Thursday, March 03, 2011

NC: Subway worker won't be charged in killing: "An employee at a Subway restaurant in northeast Charlotte who shot and killed a robbery suspect in January will not face charges. On Jan. 17 around 7 p.m., two men armed with handguns entered the Subway restaurant on Sugar Creek Road near the Hidden Valley neighborhood. They were trying to rob the restaurant, police said, and an altercation began when the employee refused to comply with the suspects' demands. The employee opened fire, shooting both men. Jamal Steven McKenith, 20, was found dead not far from the store at the end of the strip mall. The other suspect, Demetrius Nathaniel Thomas, 19, was injured. He's been in jail since he was released from an area hospital in January, charged with conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and robbery with a dangerous weapon."

Angel Alvarez Cleared of lying police charges: "Angel Alvarez was cleared of charges that he opened fire on Harlem police, an alleged action that led the police to shoot the man 23 times. Alvarez consistently proclaimed his innocence. The New York Post adds that he maintained that he was not even guilt of gun possession and did not hold a gun during the ordeal until he grabbed the one of rival Luis Soto in self defense. The police then shot at him and Soto for no reason. Police say they only shot at Alvarez when he pointed the gun at them. After hearing Alvarez's testimony, the jury found Alvarez innocent. "The grand jury -- the people of the city -- considered all the evidence and found the truth," said Zachary Johnson, one of Alvarez's lawyers. A jury will also decide on what will happen to the police officers who fired their weapons. The shootout left Soto dead, four bystanders injured, and one police officer injured by a shot fired by another officer."

WY: Mead signs concealed gun bill: "Wyoming has become the fourth state to allow citizens to carry concealed guns without a permit. Gov. Matt Mead signed a bill into law Wednesday to allow state citizens legally entitled to own guns to carry them concealed starting in July. Similar bills are pending in about half a dozen other state legislatures around the country. Alaska, Arizona and Vermont already don't require permits for carrying concealed guns."

FL: Bill would allow guns to be carried openly at universities: "A new bill in Florida would allow for the open-carry of firearms in the state, including on the campuses of Florida’s universities. Sen. Greg Evers (R-Crestview) introduced the legislation, SB 234, which is currently in committee. If passed, the bill would allow anyone with a concealed weapons permit to also carry a firearm visible to the public. Florida is one of seven states in the country that currently does not allow a person to do that."

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