Friday, October 30, 2009

OH: Toledo man shoots, kills burglar: "A 62-year-old Toledo homeowner shot and killed an unidentified male burglar in the 100 Block of Mulford Road in Toledo at approximately 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, according to a news release from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s detectives were called to the scene and learned the homeowner woke up after hearing a noise which led him to believe someone was trying to break into his home. He heard someone coming up the stairs inside of his residence. The homeowner told deputies he told the burglar to ‘freeze,’ but the burglar continued to advance toward the him, at which time the homeowner told the burglar to ‘freeze’ once again. The burglar continued moving, therefore the homeowner shot the burglar, stopping him from advancing any further, the news release said.”

DE: Teen fires gun to stop assault on mother: "A Clayton man charged in the assault of a Dover woman was scared off after the victim’s teenage son fired a shotgun into the air in an attempt to stop the attack, Dover police said today. Jeremy S. Stanislow, 32, of the 1100 block of Smyrna Clayton Blvd., later turned himself in and faces three counts of third-degree assault, four counts of endangering the welfare of a child and disorderly conduct. He was released on $3,000 secured bond. … Stanislow and the woman got into an argument at her home, said Dover police spokesman Lt. Steve Getek. During the argument, Stanislow allegedly pushed the woman off a set of steps and began to assault her, he said. One of the victim’s teenage sons attempted to intervene, and Stanislow allegedly began to assault the son, Getek said. When the woman attempted to intervene, he continued assaulting her, he said. At this point, another teenage son exited the home and fired a single shot from a shotgun into the air in an attempt to stop the attack, he said. Stanislow fled the area and turned himself in to police at about 8:20 p.m.”

WA: Student “vigilante” group patrols campus: "A group of University Of Washington students are being called vigilantes after they armed themselves with handguns and tried to set up patrols on University Avenue and other areas around campus where students have been attacked over the past year. Stanley Luong and Luis Garcia have armed themselves. Both are assault victims. … So both got a concealed license permit and bought handguns. Now they walk with pistols in their pockets … looking for the bad guys. Luong says, ‘I don’t know if it’s illegal to walk around and be bait. I’m kind of fishing for robbers.’”

Guns banned in Britain but still a “modern pestilence” there: "The most senior judge in England and Wales delivered a severe warning against gun crime yesterday as he increased the sentence on the gang member who armed the killer of schoolboy Rhys Jones from seven years to twelve. James Yates, now 21, was given seven years’ detention at Liverpool Crown Court in January for possession of a prohibited firearm and for assisting the killer, Sean Mercer, 18. But yesterday Lord Judge, the Lord Chief Justice, increased the sentence, saying that Yates’s “gravest culpability” was in handing over the gun to his friend for reasons of gang warfare and misplaced gang loyalty. It was taken to a public place and “an innocent child was gunned down”. Lord Judge branded the use of guns a “modern pestilence”".

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