Thursday, July 12, 2012

TX: Accomplices indicted on murder, robbery charges: "Randall County grand jurors indicted two Amarillo siblings Wednesday on murder and aggravated robbery charges in the death of a 26-year-old burglary suspect shot during a June home invasion.  Jessica Medina, 26, and her brother, Timothy Francisco Lopez, 29, were each indicted on both charges. Randall County Criminal District Attorney James Farren said both participated with Gabriel Castillo, 26, in a June 8 home invasion at 2918 S. Highland St. Castillo’s body was found in the 2400 block of Rule Street, where police said he died of a gunshot wound to his right hip.  Earlier that day, a caller told dispatchers two masked men attempted to steal a safe from an office in the backyard of 2918 S. Highland St., when the office owner confronted the men, authorities said.   One of the two men pointed a gun at the office owner, who drew his own pistol and fired it as officers were en route, police said. The unidentified burglary victim from 2918 S. Highland St. was questioned and released pending further investigation, police said."

CA:  Robbery Suspects in Gunfight with Clerk:  "Hollister police are asking the public to help identify two armed men caught on surveillance video who entered Pacheco Liquors in Hollister Saturday night, demanded money and exchanged gunshots with a store clerk.  The suspects took off after the shots were fired around 11:20 p.m. Hollister Police Officers responded to the call of shots fired and an attempted robbery at 801 San Benito Street.   Police said the two suspects entered the store and one of them pointed a gun at a clerk and demanded money. A second clerk produced his own handgun, and shots were exchanged between the clerk and suspects. No one is believed to have been hit. Both suspects ran from the store and were seen leaving in a white, 2000, BMW 328i"

SD: Open Carry Group Praises Gun Decision:  "Gun advocates are celebrating Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether’s announcement rescinding an Executive Order banning guns on city property. The city attorney said the policy would not hold up if challenged in court. Representatives from Open Carry South Dakota, a group in favor of open weapons laws, say the repeal expands personal freedoms.  The group made the announcement Wednesday night in front of City Hall. Before the announcement it would have been one of several buildings and parks where handguns were not prohibited.  “The right to self defense shouldn't stop when we bring our kids to the park or city property,” Hixon said."

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