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Boise police searching for man after attempted robbery


Boise police searching for man after attempted robberyKTVBBOISE — A man is on the run after an attempted robbery at a Boise mobile home park. Boise police set up a perimeter near West Holt Street and Maple Grove early Thursday morning, but were unable…

Report: Civil rights charges not expected against George Zimmerman


George Zimmerman is not expected to face civil rights charges in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin due to insufficient evidence, according to the Washington Post.

The Justice Department’s civil rights division opened the investigation two years ago. The investigation is still open for now, but officials said it is all but certain the department will close it, reporters said.

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Suspect in fatal Vixen Bar shooting to appear in court today

The 23-year-old man arrested after an officer-involved shooting that killed an innocent woman in August will face an Orange County judge this morning, officials said.

Kody Roach, of Winter Park, faces second-degree felony murder and a long list of other charges in the Aug. 19 shooting of 22-year-old Maria Fernanda Godinez at Vixen Bar in downtown Orlando.

His first appearance is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

Roach was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center after he was hit by bullets from police who responded to the shooting.

He is now being held at the Orange County Jail.

Multiple 911 callers said Roach was acting belligerent and flashing a gun at the bar before he was thrown out.

When officers Eduardo Sanguino and Jeff Angel arrived at Vixen, they found Road at the bar’s locked door. According to court documents, he pointed his right hand at officers and ignored commands to get on the ground.

Angel fired his Taser, but it didn’t attach properly because of Roach’s clothes. As Roach moved his hand toward his waistband, Sanguino fired his gun nine times — striking Roach at least five times.

One stray bullet hit Godinez in the shoulder., or 407-420-5620

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Riot Police Not Justified In Attacking Students And Elderly


Riot Police Not Justified In Attacking Students And Elderly
Despite the fact that our path to escape the gas was obscured by the smoke, the organizers were urging people to remain calm and move a safe distance away from the police. It’s a testament to the quality of them and the protesters that no serious

The Michigan Sniper

     In 2003, during a three-week period in and around Washington, D.C., snipers John Allen Muhammad and his 17-year-old accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, shot thirteen people, murdering ten of them. During this killing spree, the so-called Beltway Snipers randomly shot individuals who were going about their daily business in places they thought were safe. During the time these pot-shot artists were at large, the media paid little attention to the rash of routine shootings that were taking place in the District of Columba, a place much more dangerous than the sites of the sniper shootings.

     Because of the nature of the Beltway shootings, and the victimology, Muhammad and Malvo terrorized an entire region. And that’s what snipers really are–terrorists. Although a person is far more likely to be shot by a spouse, it’s the sniper that scares the hell out of us. These people instill fear far beyond the harm they actually inflict. This is what terrorism is all about.

     In mid-October 2012, a sniper began randomly shooting at motorists and pedestrians along a 75-mile stretch between Ann Arbor and Detroit in southern Michigan. While there were ten shot fired by the sniper in Wixom, Michigan, most of the bullets were flying across I-96. (Forensic firearms identification experts linked dozens of bullet fragments to a single rifle. This and the fact that snipers are usually lone wolves led the police to believe they were dealing with one subject.)

     At 11:50 in the morning on Saturday, October 27, 2012, an 18-year-old motorist from Canton, Michigan, driving eastbound on I-96 with his girlfriend, became the sniper’s 26th target when a bullet passed through the backseat windows of the vehicle. No one was injured.

     Thirty minutes later, Scott Arnold, from Dalton, Michigan, driving eastbound on I-96 on his way to Detroit to attend game 3 of the World Series, became the Michigan sniper’s first shooting victim. The 46-year-old, alone in the car, was shot in the buttocks as he approached the Fowlerville Road exit. The wounded driver made it to a service station where he was treated by members of an ambulance crew who took him to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital of Livingston. According to reports, the wounded motorist was extremely concerned that he would miss the Detroit Tigers-San Francisco Giants World Series game.

     In terms of the damage the bullet could have done, Mr. Arnold was lucky. The slug just missed an artery and major nerves. With the bullet still in him, doctors discharged Mr. Arnold from the hospital on Sunday, October 29. He had missed the game.

     The FBI and ATF offered a $11,000 reward for information leading to the sniper’s arrest. (An odd amount.) Local police, based on witness information, were looking for a black Ford Mustang with blue-tinted headlights and a center racing stripe. Officers were also on the lookout for an older model Chevrolet Cavalier. The limited description of the sniper–a young white male–wasn’t much help.

     On October 30, 2012, federal officials and CrimeStoppers of Michigan posted a $102,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the Michigan sniper. The police now believed the shooter was driving a 10 to 12-year-old dark-colored sedan in the shape of an old Toyota Camry or an Oldsmobile Alero.

     On November 7, 2012, police officers arrested 43-year-old Raulie Casteel at his home in Wixom, Michigan. A geologist, he was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and other crimes connected to the sniping incidents.

     Casteel, in March 2014, pleaded guilty to terrorism and numerous weapons charges. Livingston County Circuit Judge David Reede sentenced him to 18 to 40 years in prison. At a press conference following the sentencing, State Attorney General Bill Schuette said, “Raulie Casteel committed calculated acts of violence that terrorized our state, and today the victims of his shooting spree received justice.”

     Defense attorney Douglas Mullkoff told reporters that the Michigan legislature did not intent the terrorism statute to fit someone like Casteel who was mentally ill. According to Mullkoff, “The public views my client as sad. Most people feel sorry for him.”

     Had this case gone to trial, I don’t think the jury would have shown much mercy to the defendant. That’s probably why the defense attorney agreed to the plea bargain. There are a lot of mentally ill people living among us. How many of them turn into domestic snipers? 

Writing Quote: What A Memoir is Not

     A memoir is not a chronological, thematically tone-deaf recitation of everything remembered. That’s autobiography, which should be left, in this twenty-first century, to politicians and celebrities. Oh, be honest: It should just be left…

     A memoir is not an exhibition for exhibitionism’s sake. If nothing’s been learned from a life, is it worth sharing? Or, if nothing’s been learned yet, shouldn’t the story wait?

     A memoir is not a self-administered therapy session. Memoirists speak to others and not just to themselves….

Beth Kephart, Handling the Truth, 2013