Police: Man shot after charging at officer with sword

Police: Man shot after charging at officer with swordWXIA-TVAccording to the Covington Police Department, officers responded to a call of a man carrying a sword on Legion Drive around 12:35 p.m. Officers said they found a man carrying a large medieval-…

Man suspected of assaulting a firefighter outside a Silver Lake firehouse

LOS ANGELES – A man was arrested for assaulting a firefighter in a confrontation outside a firehouse in Silver Lake, authorities said today.

The suspect, who was not immediately identified, parked his car and became aggressive with a firefighter directing traffic in the 2100 block of West Sunset Boulevard as a fire engine reversed across lanes into the station house, Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Craig Heredia said.

The incident occurred around 10:45 p.m. Wednesday, outside Los Angeles Fire Department’s Station 20, Heredia said.

The firefighter was not injured, Heredia said.

  July 24, 2014  

Judge throws out gun in Warlocks biker gang triple homicide

SANFORD — When he went on trial in April, breakaway Warlocks motorcycle gang member David Maloney convinced a jury he did not murder two men and did not try to murder a third.

Prosecutors, though, plan to retry him on another attempted-murder count, one that left the jury deadlocked.

A judge has just dealt them a blow, however. Circuit Judge Marlene Alva ruled that law-enforcement officers improperly seized one of Maloney’s guns and a knife, and as a consequence, they may not use them as evidence at his new trial.

“It’s significant,” said Assistant State Attorney Stewart Stone, lead prosecutor in the case.

Maloney, 54, is the aluminum installer from Longwood at the center of a shootout between two rival motorcycle gangs Sept. 30, 2012, at the VFW hall in Winter Springs.

It left three members of his old biker gang, the Florida Warlocks, dead, and Maloney and three members of his new gang in jail.

Two Maloney allies have been convicted and sentenced to long prison terms. A third, Paul Wayne Smith, 49 of Effingham, S.C., the first person to open fire that day, is scheduled to go on trial in September.

Maloney’s new trial date has not been set. Attorneys are still fighting over what evidence jurors should hear and see

However, the judge last week ruled that prosecutors may not introduce Maloney’s .22-caliber handgun and a double-edged knife he was carrying.

They also may not hear Winter Springs police Sgt. Bradlea Heath recount a statement Maloney gave him the day of the shooting: that Maloney owned the .22 and knife and also had used a .38-caliber handgun that day.

It was recovered on the ground, near where Maloney had taken cover.

“I think their case was already tenuous,” said defense attorney Michael LaFay. “It’s just seems to be another nail in the coffin.”

It’s not clear how much damage those now-inadmissible pieces of evidence will do.

At least four witnesses at Maloney’s first trial testified that they saw him shooting toward rival gang members that day.

Also, Maloney took the stand and testified that he owned both guns and fired the .38 once or twice toward rival gang member Ronnie Mitchell, who was not wounded. Prosecutors could simply play a recording of that for the new jury.

They also could play a video-recorded statement Maloney made the night of the shooting to another Winter Springs officer, Det. Valarie Riddick. In it, he also acknowledged having those two guns and firing the .38.

Alva ruled that the .22-caliber Derringer gun and knife should not be admitted because they were seized by a Longwood police officer who was helping the Winter Springs department that day, someone who did not have jurisdiction in Winter Springs.

She excluded Maloney’s statement to Heath about being the owner of the guns and knife because Heath had not first advised him of his right to remain silent.

Maloney told jurors that he ran outside once he heard gunfire at the VFW because he believed the Florida Warlocks had come to kill him. They had tried several times before, he testified. His return fire that day, he said, was in self-defense.

Alva rejected his stand-your-ground-immunity claim at his first trial.

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Athens teen arrested for robbery two months after release from prison for …

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  July 24, 2014  

Michael Waldman Decodes the Second Amendment Gun Control Debate

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U.S. News & World Report
It may be one of the most hotly contested sentences in the history of the nation: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The often fierce

  July 24, 2014  

Christie, Foley spark gun control demonstration

Christie, Foley spark gun control demonstration
Monroe Courier
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  July 24, 2014  

Police chase ends with stolen car hitting Wilmington, DE ladder truck …

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  July 24, 2014  

Man Charged in 1995 Murders of Daughter, Wife

Man Charged in 1995 Murders of Daughter, Wife
NBC Connecticut
Almost 20 years after the body of a 17-year-old girl was discovered behind a shopping plaza in New Britain, police have identified her and charged her father with murdering the teen and her mother. Authorities learned that the father, Robert Honsch
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  July 24, 2014  

Intense battles continue in eastern Ukraine; Australia to send police to guard …

Intense battles continue in eastern Ukraine; Australia to send police to guard
Washington Post
DONETSK, Ukraine — Intense fighting continued Thursday in eastern Ukraine, a day after separatists fighting the Kiev government claimed responsibility for shooting down two warplanes near where a passenger airliner crashed last week after being struck …

  July 24, 2014  

Celebrity Spawn Aren’t Above The Law! Ten Who Got Caught In Drug Busts

Celebrity Spawn Aren’t Above The Law! Ten Who Got Caught In Drug Busts
Radar Online
Kevin McEnroe, tennis great John McEnroe’s 27-year-old son with his ex-wife, actress Tatum O’Neal, is the latest celebrity son to face justice because of drugs. He was arrested in NYC on July 16 for allegedly possessing glassine envelopes of cocaine

  July 24, 2014