Saturday, January 15, 2011

TN: No charges in fatal intruder attack: "No charges will be filed against a Seymour man who fatally shot an intruder in his home during an attack last month, Sevier County authorities announced Friday. Sevier County Sheriff's Office deputies responded Dec. 27 to Bowen's home at 1715 E. Union Valley Road, where they found Michael S. Hutton, 36, of Sevierville dead in a bedroom. Bowen, 37, told deputies that he knew Hutton and had invited him inside just before 10 a.m. Bowen said he shot Hutton after Hutton attacked him with a tire tool and a knife. Then Hutton attacked a guest, Amy Lowery, cutting her throat with a butcher knife. Next he stabbed Bowen's 67-year-old mother, Diane Bowen, in the face, Capt. Jeff McCarter said. Bowen was able to get a gun and kill Hutton, according to Dunn. All three victims were at home Friday after being released from the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville"

OR: Kiosk robbery suspect arrested: A police SWAT team worked with detectives to take the suspect, identified as 27-year-old Eugene resident Brandon Lee Plunk, into custody Friday afternoon at his home in the 100 block of Hillcrest Drive, off River Road. Police allege that Plunk accompanied Sirus Combs, 27, to the Dutch Bros. stand at 2115 Franklin Blvd. the night before Thanksgiving, with plans to steal money from the business. Their attempt to rob the lone employee on duty at the time was foiled when the barista pulled a gun on Combs, who was killed while exchanging gunfire with the worker, police said. The barista, a man in his 20s who has not been identified by authorities, told detectives that Combs’ accomplice ran from the area after the shooting. Police say Plunk was the second robber. Plunk, a longtime Eugene resident, has a lengthy criminal record that includes convictions for robbery, assault and drug possession. If he’s found guilty in the Dutch Bros. robbery, he could spend several decades behind bars, Swenson said."

AL: Man charged in home invasion shootout: "Quortez Marshall, 21, was shot after he and two other men charged into a home on Springdale Road in North Gadsden between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 27 while armed with various guns, Gadsden Police Capt. Regina May said. The homeowner, Shara Madden, and her companions armed themselves, and both groups began shooting at each other. A man visiting Madden's home also was shot, but was not as seriously injured as Marshall. He called his wife to take him to the hospital and they were involved in a wreck on the way. No other injuries were reported in the wreck. Marshall was flown to UAB Hospital for treatment and initially was in critical condition. He since has been moved to Spain Rehabilitation. He is charged with three counts of burglary and three counts of attempted murder."

NH: GOP leaders hail gun OK in capitol: "As a state representative, Al Baldasaro says he has been physically threatened multiple times. But he has always felt a measure of safety because New Hampshire’s laws permit him to carry a concealed weapon. 'This is why we are the safest state in the country,' said the former Marine, whose grandfather was mayor of Cambridge. Now, the Republican says he feels even safer after legislators voted last week to overturn a ban on weapons in the State House and permit concealed weapons on the House floor and in the visitors’ gallery."

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