June 7, 2013 Associated Press
(SANTA MONICA, Calif.) — A gunman with an assault-style rifle killed at least six people in Santa Monica on Friday before police shot him to death in a gunfight in the Santa Monica College library, authorities said.
Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks told reporters the rampage began at a house in the coastal city before the gunman, dressed all in black, made his way to Santa Monica College.
Seabrooks said he killed two people in the house, which caught fire, two more people as he moved several blocks toward the campus, and then two more on campus.
He entered the library and fired on other people but didn’t hit them, Seabrooks said.
Several students in the library reported hearing gunfire, and one witness said he heard a woman scream.
“The officers came in and directly engaged the suspect and he was shot and killed on the scene,” Seabrooks said.
She identified the gunman as 25 to 30 years old and dressed all in black, wearing what appeared to be a ballistic jacket.
The campus was searched for a second shooter, and a man dressed entirely in black, with the words “Life is a Gamble” on the back of his sweatshirt, was seen being taken into custody by law enforcement officers. He did not appear to be wounded.
“We are not convinced 100 percent that the suspect who was killed operated in a solo or alone capacity,” Seabrooks said.
June 7, 2013 Associated Press
DALLAS — A pregnant Texas actress who told FBI agents her husband had sent ricin-tainted letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been arrested for orchestrating the scheme herself, law enforcement officials said Friday.
It was not immediately clear what charges would be filed against Shannon Guess Richardson of New Boston, Texas, a mother of five who has played bit roles in television shows. Two U.S. law enforcement officials confirmed her arrest to The Associated Press but spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly during the ongoing investigation.
FBI agents wearing hazardous material suits were seen going in and out of her house Wednesday in New Boston, about 150 miles northeast of Dallas near the Oklahoma and Arkansas borders. Officials have said the search was initiated after Richardson contacted the FBI and implicated her husband, Nathaniel Richardson.
June, 7, 2013 CNN
Richard Ramirez, a mass murderer and serial rapist known as the "Night Stalker" for his 1984-85 crime spree in California, died Friday morning of natural causes at age 53, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said.
The California death row inmate died at Marin General Hospital north of San Francisco, the department said.
Ramirez was convicted in 1989 of 13 murders -- 11 in Southern California and two others in the San Francisco area -- along with five attempted murders, 11 sexual assaults and 14 burglaries.
Ramirez, a professed "satanist," was dubbed the "Night Stalker" for his preference of breaking into houses in the wee hours of the morning.
His attacks, many of them on elderly couples, terrified Southern California. His preferred method of attack was to quickly kill the male and rape -- sometimes repeatedly -- the female after ransacking the home for valuables. Some of his victims survived and provided descriptions, but police were unable to name a suspect.
On June 7, 2002, Michael Skakel is convicted in the 1975 murder of his former Greenwich, Connecticut, neighbor, 15-year-old neighbor Martha Moxley. Skakel, a nephew of Ethel Kennedy, the wife of the late U.S. Senator Robert Kennedy, was later sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.
June 6, 2013 CNN
Mexican authorities say they've rescued 165 migrants who were apparently kidnapped as they tried to cross into the United States.
The victims were held for weeks in the northeastern border state of Tamaulipas, Mexico's Interior Ministry said Thursday.
A majority of the migrants -- 150 -- are from Central America. Another 14 are Mexican nationals, and one is from India, the ministry said.
They were held for as many as three weeks, officials said.
"The victims said that they had the intention of entering the United States of America, but they were held against their will while a suspected criminal group contacted their families by phone and demanded different sums of money that were sent to their kidnappers," Interior Ministry spokesman Eduardo Sanchez said.
June 5, 2013 The Morning Journal By KAYLEE REMINGTON
ELYRIA — Nancy Smith took off her glasses to wipe tears from her face and couldn’t contain her smiles yesterday when she learned she would not have to return to prison.
Visiting Judge Virgil Sinclair approved an agreement hammered out by Smith’s attorneys and Lorain County prosecutors that sentenced Smith to 12 years in prison, but gave her credit for the 15 years she already spent behind bars after being convicted in the Lorain Head Start sexual molestation case in 1994.
Family, friends and supporters filled the courtroom and exchanged hugs and kisses after hearing the sentence.
Sinclair, a retired Stark County judge appointed by the Ohio Supreme Court, also reduced Smith’s rape charges to the lesser offense of gross sexual imposition.
Smith and co-defendant Joseph Allen spent 15 years in prison before Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge acquitted the pair in 2009 when they went before him to correct a sentencing error. The Ohio Supreme Court ruled later Burge exceeded his authority and Smith and Allen would have to be resentenced.
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