Saturday, May 07, 2011

TX: Towaway anger gets man shot to death: "Police said tow truck driver, Antonio Jones, and his partner, Jose Martinez, were towing illegally parked cars at the Casa Place Apartments on the 3300 block of Chapel Creek Drive early Friday when they were flagged down by a man. That man was the brother of Israel Esparza, whose car was towed earlier in the evening. While Jones and Martinez were talking with the man, Esparza emerged from between two vehicles and shot Martinez in the back of the head at close range. Jones then unholstered a gun and the two exchanged gunshots. Esparza was killed in the shootout."

NH gun ban is short-lived: "It started about a month ago when a resident walked into Town Hall with a handgun stuck in her belt. A town employee became concerned, even though the woman was there only to register a car. "She had a weapon on her, and people just didn't think it was right," Selectman James Devine said yesterday. Devine and Selectman Brenda Copp said selectmen were just trying to do the right thing when they reinstated an old ordinance that allowed only law enforcement officers to carry a weapon in town buildings. But selectmen soon reconsidered their decision when Concord attorney Penny Dean sent them a letter, saying the board violated state law and she would take legal action, if necessary, to protect the public's right to self-defense. "The bottom line is they are violating state law and we all have to follow state law," Dean said yesterday. "That just puzzles me that they think this is right. Dean said she is glad selectmen rescinded their decision, but they never should have adopted the ban in the first place."

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