Oklahoma police officer killed in traffic-stop shootout

Mar 27, 2017 7

A 22-year-old police officer in central Oklahoma died Monday after a shootout with a man trying to escape a traffic stop in central Oklahoma, police announced.

Officer Justin Terney died Monday morning after undergoing surgery overnight, Tecumseh Assistant Police Chief J.R. Kidney said.

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The suspect was also shot and was in intensive care Monday morning, Kidney added.

Terney pulled over a vehicle around 11:30 p.m. Sunday in Tecumseh, 35 miles southeast of Oklahoma City, police said. The suspect — apparently a passenger — bolted as Terney checked with dispatchers to see if he had any outstanding warrants, according to Kidney.

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Terney used a stun gun on the man but it was ineffective, Kidney said. The man then shot at Terney, who returned fire. Both men were wounded and paramedics rushed them to OU Medical Center.

Kidney said Terney, who graduated from police academy last summer, was shot in the “lower extremities.” He was hit three times, Fox 25 reported.

He said authorities are still working to confirm the identity of the suspect, who was also shot multiple times.

“If it is who we think this person is, there’s a possibility that he has some warrants,” Kidney said. “That could be the reason that he ran.”

The driver of the vehicle was in custody as well, police added.

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The Latest: Police: 1 dead, 5 injured in Florida shooting

Mar 27, 2017 6

The Latest on the killing of a woman and the shooting of five others, including two boys, in Sanford, Florida (all times local):

11:35 a.m.

Police in central Florida say a woman and her boyfriend were arguing over property before he fatally shot her and also shot five others, including her two grade-school age sons.

Sanford Police spokeswoman Bianca Gillett said that the woman and the gunman were arguing Monday morning at a gas station over property, and the woman approached a police officer about it.

The officer settled them down, but sometime later the officer was called to the home where the argument had flared up again.

The argument died down again and the officer left.

A short time later, the gunman fatally shot the woman and also shot her two sons and their grandfather.

The gunman then went to a nearby street and shot two bystanders, including a high school student waiting for a bus.

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9 a.m.

Investigators say one person is dead and five others — including two young children — are being treated for injuries following a shooting in central Florida.

Sanford police spokeswoman Bianca Gillet tells local news outlets that four people were shot in a house following what appears to be a domestic violence incident early Monday. She says two innocent bystanders were also shot in another location in Sanford, which is northeast of Orlando.

She says the children are ages 7 and 8, and that all five shooting victims are in critical condition.

Gillet says a police officer heard the shots at the second location and was able to capture the suspect. A weapon was found.

The names of the shooting victims haven’t been released.

No further details were immediately available.

1,100 New Hampshire acres donated for permanent conservation

Mar 27, 2017 7

A New Hampshire couple has donated 1,100 acres to the Upper Valley Land Trust for permanent conservation, the largest donation in the organization’s history.

The Valley News reports (http://bit.ly/2nsNnQR) Christina and Harvey Hill, of Charlestown, are keeping 27 acres for the home they built in 1989.

The publicly accessible land includes parts of Charlestown, Claremont and Unity, encompassing high-quality timber stands, large hayfields, wetlands, streams, vernal pools and a large breached beaver pond.

Trust President Jeanie McIntyre says the land is particularly valuable because of the Hills’ sustainable forestry practices. McIntyre said the size and quality of the land provides “all sorts of teaching opportunities for people,” from demonstrating thoughtful timber harvesting and related activities, to identification courses for natural resources, plants, winter trees and animal tracking.

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Information from: Lebanon Valley News, http://www.vnews.com

High court struggles over hospital pension dispute

Mar 27, 2017 6

The Supreme Court is struggling over whether some of the nation’s largest hospitals should be allowed to sidestep federal laws protecting pension benefits for workers.

The justices on Monday considered the case of three church-affiliated nonprofit hospital systems being sued for underfunding employee pension plans.

The hospitals — Advocate Health Care Network, Dignity Health and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System — say their pensions are “church plans” exempt from the law. They want to overturn three lower court rulings against them.

Lawyers for employees say the hospitals are shirking legal safeguards that could jeopardize retirement benefits for tens of thousands of workers.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor said she believed the case could go either way. Justice Anthony Kennedy said the hospitals seemed to rely in good faith on guidance from federal agencies.

9/11 from terrorist's perspective basis for Iowa State assignment

Mar 27, 2017 6

9/11 was bad. But let’s pretend it wasn’t.

That’s the challenge some International Studies students at Iowa State University faced in an assignment obtained by The College Fix.

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“Write a paper that gives a historical account of 911 from the perspective of the terrorist network,” the project rundown stated. “In other words, how might Al-Qaeda or a non-Western historian describe what happened.”

Though the description acknowledges the terror attack was a “heinous action,” it encourages students to view the events “from other perspectives.”

The university defended the proposal for the 500-word minimum essay.

“As you can see, the assignment was in no way an attempt to diminish the tragic events of September 11, 2001,” an ISU spokesperson told The College Fix. “Nor was it designed to support the goals of Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations.”

The spokesperson added: “This is similar to the vital work being performed in our nation’s diplomatic and intelligence operations, such as the Central Intelligence Agency, or the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research.”

The class is taught by lecturer James Strohman,a member of the Iowa Employment Appeal Board and a registered Democrat. Strohman has taught at ISU for 10 years, according to his biography on the university’s website.

The assignment was given out during the first week of class and was worth a total of four points, according to the online description.

ISU is located in Ames, about 35 miles north of Des Moines.

Sheriff: 2 accused of trying to sell a baby online for $3K

Mar 27, 2017 6

Authorities say a Tennessee couple is accused of trying to sell a 5-month-old baby online for $3,000.

Local news outlets report that the Greene County Sheriff’s Office says 37-year-old Deanna Lynn Greer and 26-year-old John David Cain were arrested Friday on charges of aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect or endangerment.

Sheriff Pat Hankins says authorities were alerted after another couple saw an ad posted on Craigslist listing the infant for sale.

Hankins says an undercover officer contacted Greer and Cain and was given the price for the child. He says the couple then met with the agent at a store, exchanged the baby for cash and both were then taken into custody.

Hankins says the child is in state custody.

It’s unclear if Greer and Cain have attorneys.

West Oakland fire: One feared dead in large 4 alarm blaze

Mar 27, 2017 6

There is a large 4-alarm fire burning in West Oakland on the corner of Mead and San Pablo Avenue. 

It’s a three story residential building. Firefighters rescued seven people from the building. Oakland fire crews say they do believe there was a fatality in the fire but they will have to confirm that information. Crews thought they saw a body on the floor but there was too much smoke to confirm that information. 

Three people who were rescued were injured. The injuries were mainly smoke inhalation. Currently, there are no reports of people missing according to the battalion chief. At this point, it’s unclear if everyone has been accounted for. 

Firefighters were pulled from the building due to safety concerns. 

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Fire crews believe 50-60 people live in the building. KTVU spoke to a man who lives on the second floor of the building. He said the first floor was a drug rehab center, the second floor was clean and sober living and the third floor was independent living. We also spoke to residents who came down the fire escape. They were on the third floor and said the hallways were filled with flames. They are worried about their neighbors – some of whom were in wheelchairs. 

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Family sues town to demolish house after creepy letters

Mar 27, 2017 4

A New Jersey family that wants to demolish their home after they say they were stalked by an anonymous creepy-letter writer known as “The Watcher” has filed a lawsuit against their town.

Derek and Maria Broaddus filed the suit against the town of Westfield after its planning board rejected their plan to raze the house and subdivide the land, so they could build two houses.

A lawyer for the town told NJ.com (http://bit.ly/2nnv0eG ) she cannot comment on the lawsuit.

The couple, who have children, say that after buying the six-bedroom house for nearly $1.4 million in 2014, they received three threatening letters from a stalker calling himself “The Watcher.”

Their attorney says they are good people caught in a situation they didn’t ask for.

Parts of confession thrown out in case of teen's slaying

Mar 27, 2017 4

A judge has thrown out some statements a former Virginia Tech student charged in the killing of a 13-year-old girl made to police because of improper interrogation techniques.

The Roanoke Times reports (http://bit.ly/2opPMJR0 ) a judge ruled Monday that parts of Natalie Keepers’ confession cannot be used at trial. He said officers should have read Keepers her Miranda rights and told her she had the right to talk to an attorney once it was clear she would be charged in Nicole Lovell’s death.

Keepers has been charged with being an accessory to first-degree murder and with concealing a body. Her co-defendant, David Eisenhauer, has been charged with first-degree murder, abduction and concealing a body.

WDBJ-TV reports that the judge Monday also set a trial date for Keepers in February 2018.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com

Snakes and other reptiles found dead at Zoo Knoxville

Mar 27, 2017 6

Officials say an “environmental cause” appears to be behind the recent deaths of 33 reptiles, nearly all of them snakes, at Zoo Knoxville.

The animals found dead last week were all housed in the same building in the zoo’s reptile area. Surviving animals were removed and given oxygen.

The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2nsc5RF) reports that an exact cause remains unknown. But Zoo Knoxville President and CEO Lisa New said Sunday that officials believe the deaths were not due to disease but to “an environmental cause.”

Additional autopsy results are pending.

New called the deaths a “devastating and catastrophic loss,” adding that several endangered or threatened species breeding programs were lost.

The building where the deaths occurred was home to 52 animals. It has been closed while an investigation continues.

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Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com