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Police say teen used social media to intimidate witnesses to Philadelphia crimes

Police have arrested a 17-year-old accused of maintaining a social media account intended to intimidate witnesses to violent crimes in Philadelphia. Officers said the teen named witnesses to four shootings, including a 2007 homicide, and posted secret court documents. The caption beneath one photo read: “EXPOSE ALL RATS.” Officers learned…

Homeowner charged with murder and manslaughter in Detroit woman’s shooting death

A man who fatally shot a Detroit woman who crashed her car near his Dearborn Heights home has been charged in her death. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said 54-year-old Theodore Wafer has been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride. Wafer had said…

Armed Florida man pretended to be a cop twice to get discounted doughnuts, deputies say

Authorities say an armed Florida man tried twice to impersonate a police officer to get discounted doughnuts. Pasco County sheriff’s deputies said 48-year-old Charles “Chuck” Barry went to the drive-thru of Dunkin’ Donuts in Trinity last week, said he was a law enforcement officer and asked for a discount on…

WATCH LIVE: School shooting reported in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh police are responding to a reported shooting at the city’s Brashear High School. According to KDKA, police dispatch radio said three people have been shot. The school is located in the Beechview area of Pittsburgh and has approximately 1,200 students. UPDATE: The school may have been mostly empty at…

Former Texas cop indicted on manslaughter after firing 41 shots at suspect after pursuit

A grand jury indicted a former Texas police officer Monday on a manslaughter charge in the fatal shooting of an unarmed suspect following a high-speed pursuit. A judge set bond Tuesday at $100,000 for 33-year-old Patrick Tuter, who’s accused of firing 41 shots at 25-year-old Michael Allen Vincent following a…

Idaho lawmaker still allowed to carry concealed weapon despite lying about pleading guilty to rape

An Idaho lawmaker who had his concealed weapon permit revoked for lying about a long-ago guilty plea to rape can still legally carry a gun because his state exempts elected officials from the permit law. State Rep. Mark Patterson (R-Boise) had his permit revoked after the Ada County sheriff discovered…

Neighbor: Woman acted confused after crashing her car shortly before homeowner shot her to death

New details are emerging about the events that led to the shooting death of a 19-year-old Detroit woman after she wrecked her car last week. Police in Dearborn Heights said Renisha McBride crashed her father’s 2004 Ford Taurus shortly before 1 a.m. on Nov. 2 and was shot to death…

Two members of Brooklyn indie rock band and another musician from Iran slain in murder-suicide

Two members of an indie rock band that originated in Iran and another musician were shot to death by a former friend who then turned the gun on himself, police said. Investigators said Raefe Ahkbar moved from floor to floor in a three-story East Williamsburg building early Monday morning and…

Effort to repeal ‘Stand Your Ground’ law fails in Florida legislature

A panel of Florida legislators voted down an attempt to repeal the state’s “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law on Thursday, in spite of impassioned testimony by the law’s critics. The Associated Press reported that the committee, chosen from among members of the Republican-controlled state legislature, voted 11-2 not to overturn…

Police: Homeowner says he shot stranded Detroit woman in the face by accident

A homeowner told investigators that his shotgun went off accidentally and fatally shot a Detroit woman in the head as she stood on his front porch over the weekend. The family of Renisha McBride say the 19-year-old was seeking help after crashing her car several blocks away about 2:30 a.m.…

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