Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Pa. Woman Fired Weapon in Self Defense: "Jolene Swenda, 50, of Phoenixville, was acting in self defense when she fired her revolver on the street in Royersford Monday. According to police, the woman was defending herself and her dog from a loose pit bull. No charges will be filed against Swenda. Witnesses and Swenda told police during the investigation that as Swenda was walking her small dog in the 500 block of Chestnut Street, a 75-pound pit bull worked its way loose from a nearby fenced-in yard. “Swenda felt that her life and her dog’s life were in danger so she discharged her [.38-caliber] revolver three times to scare the pit bull away,” according to police. Police said that as Swenda feared for her life and her dog’s life and as Swenda does have a valid firearms permit in Chester County, no charges will be filed."

TN: Father shoots deranged son: "Patrick Jorgensen, Sr. is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the death of his son. Jorgensen, Sr. walked into court Monday with a large gash on his forehead and family members by his side. According to family members, 24-year-old Patrick Jorgensen, Jr. suffered from mental problems and had physically attacked family members in the past. Last Thursday, the fighting started at the family's home on Glenwild. Ballin said Jorgensen, Sr. shot his son after he had attacked his father three times and was threatening his sister."

IA: Man Originally Charged With Murder Walks Free: "A Council Bluffs man charged with first degree murder is being released from jail Monday. The Pottawattamie County Attorney has decided to drop the charges. Robert Hashberger was arrested for first degree murder in April. Police say he and the victim, 41-year-old John Rodarte Junior, got into a fight at a bar near 12th and 6th Avenue in Council Bluffs. One of the men allegedly hit on the other's ex-girlfriend. The fight spilled out to the parking lot where Rodarte was shot in the chest. He was taken to Creighton University Medical Center where he died. Hashberger stayed at the scene until officers arrived and claimed self-defense. Investigators say Hashberger used a concealed weapon in the shooting that he was carrying legally. Rodarte was not armed."

Ohio about to eliminate ban on guns in bars, restaurants: "One of eight states against the practice, Ohio is on the verge of allowing guns in bars, restaurants, stadiums and any other place alcohol can be consumed. Gov. John Kasich will consider either House Bill 45 or Senate Bill 17, identical pieces of legislation that would end the state’s ban. The law would allow concealed-carry permit holders to carry a firearm into a bar, restaurant, stadium or club, but prohibit them from consuming alcohol."

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