NEW YORK NY Sept 8 2012 (AP) — A police officer shot and killed a convenience store worker who plowed into him on a sidewalk while frantically fleeing an armed robbery early Friday, a sudden encounter that the police department called a tragic accident.
Three men taken into custody at the shop after the shooting were charged with murder, robbery and weapons possession, prosecutors said.
Dramatic security video released by police shows the uniformed officer, his gun drawn, positioned outside the Bronx shop’s front door moments after a 911 call. In a flash, the store manager rushes out the door. Closely behind with his head down is Renaldo Cuevas, who runs full speed into the officer, sending both men tumbling to the sidewalk.
A pool of blood appears to form on the ground the instant Cuevas lands on his back. The officer is kneeling and pointing his semiautomatic at Cuevas when the video clip ends.
Investigators believe the impact of Cuevas running into the officer caused him to fire one round, striking the 20-year-old victim in the left shoulder, police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said at a news conference. Cuevas died later at a hospital.
Though the death appeared to be an accident, the officer was placed on desk duty pending an investigation, a routine practice for all New York Police Department shootings. Officials refused to release the name of the seven-year veteran of the police force.
There was no sign that the shooter and other officers at the scene mishandled the situation, Kelly said.
‘‘The tragedy here of course was that Mr. Cuevas was shot, but I see nothing wrong with the procedure,’’ he said.
Added Kelly: ‘‘We want to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Cuevas for their loss.’’
The fatal police shooting, one of two in the city on Friday, came two weeks after two police officers wounded nine people by shooting a total of 16 rounds at an armed murder suspect, leaving him dead in the shadow of the Empire State Building. The bystanders all were struck by police gunfire, ricochets and fragments.
In the second police shooting Friday, officers were summoned to contend with a man holding a knife to his neck in a Queens home. Officers repeatedly ordered the man to drop the knife, but he refused and began approaching an officer while holding it in the air, police said. The officer fired once and hit the man, who was taken to a hospital and died Friday evening, police said.
Felix Mora, the manager of the Bronx convenience store that was robbed earlier Friday, told reporters he was closing up with Cuevas, the shop owner’s nephew, well after midnight when the three men barged in and one pointed a gun at them. One warned, ‘‘Don’t move. I will kill your son if you move,’’ he said, explaining that they thought Cuevas was his son.
‘‘I was so scared. I was just praying for the cops to come,’’ the 43-year-old Mora said.
A passer-by called police at about 2 a.m. to report the holdup. When officers arrived, they looked through a window and saw Mora and Cuevas being held hostage at gunpoint, police said.
Another security video shows a masked gunman hitting the manager with a pistol as he pushes both men to the floor. It also shows one of the bandits peering out the window, then, apparently realizing police were there, bolting to the back of the store, giving the victims a chance to slip away.
Mora told investigators he had heard one of the men yell in Spanish, ‘‘Policia! Policia! Policia!’’ meaning, ‘‘Police! Police! Police!’’
After the shooting, one of the robbers quickly surrendered, police said. The two others retreated to the basement and remained inside until police threatened to send in a dog, Kelly said.
One of the men emerged around 5 a.m., claiming to be a victim. Police found the second man tied up inside as part of the ruse, police said.
Police said they found a .32-caliber handgun, which was never loaded, and the robbers’ backpack, which contained $718 in cash, cigarettes and scratch-off lottery tickets.
Across the street from the bodega, Cuevas’ friends set up candles and put up hand-drawn posters on the wall that included messages reading, ‘‘RIP Reynaldo’’ and ‘‘We want justice.’’
Mora called Cuevas ‘‘a good kid, a hardworking kid, a happy kid.
Wife of Oceanside’s police chief sentenced to 15 years in prison for shooting at officers www.privateofficer.com
SANTA ANA CA Sept 8 2012 — The wife of Oceanside’s police chief was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison for shooting at officers during a suicidal standoff outside her Orange County home.
Brinda McCoy faced up to 29 years in prison but got it reduced by about half due to a deal with prosecutors.
A Santa Ana jury found McCoy, 49, guilty in June of five felony counts of assault with a firearm on a peace officer and one count of discharging a firearm with gross negligence. She was allowed to remain free on bail until her sentencing, but was then jailed following a suicide attempt in her backyard a week later.
When considering the deal, Senior Deputy District Attorney Rebecca Olivieri said she took into account the facts surrounding McCoy’s offense, her personal history and the suicide attempt.
“Her attempted suicide brought to the forefront the real significant mental health issues that she was dealing with,” Olivieri said. “It sheds new light on what was occurring during the incident.”
The prosecutor also noted McCoy’s nearly 20-year career as a nurse and that her son and daughters have gone on to careers in public service.
As a condition of the deal, McCoy agreed to waive her appellate rights, bringing the case to a definitive end. She’ll have to serve 85 percent of her 15-year sentence — about 13 years.
As McCoy was led away by sheriff’s deputies, she turned to husband Frank McCoy and other supporters and said, “Thank you, everyone. Love you,” according to City News Service.
She could be heard sobbing from her holding cell before the hearing.
McCoy’s lawyer, Lew Rosenblum, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
The standoff occurred on Dec. 16, 2010, when McCoy called 911 stating she needed police assistance. When Cypress police officers arrived at her home, she refused to come out and could be seen through a window pointing a gun at her head and the ceiling.
She told dispatchers she was having “a bad day.”
Her attorney told the jury during closing arguments that she was on antidepressants and had consumed two martinis that evening, according to news reports.
She pointed the gun at police and fired a shot at officers who were standing behind parked cars, authorities said. She fired a second shot out the window about 20 minutes later. No one was hit.
SWAT officers eventually struck her with a less-than-lethal bean bag round and arrested her.
“There was never a belief, given the facts that we had, that the defendant was trying to kill the police officers,” Olivieri said Friday. Instead, McCoy was likely trying to get the officers to shoot her — commonly known as “suicide by cop.”
“That’s something that nobody should be doing,” the prosecutor said. “Whether or not the police fire back or whether or not they are hit, the danger to the police officers is significant. I don’t take it lightly.”
Olivieri said she agreed to adjust a firearm-related sentencing enhancement that would have required a minimum punishment of 25 years in prison. The prosecutor said she and Rosenblum discussed the matter early in the week and appeared in front of Orange County Superior Court Judge Francisco Briseno Friday.
The sentencing had been scheduled for Monday.
Court records indicate McCoy has struggled with mental illness for years. Her husband mentioned in police records a previous incident in which she got so upset she threw all his guns into the ocean.
McCoy’s husband is a former Cypress city councilman and Long Beach police commander. He was hired as Oceanside’s police chief in 2006. He could not be reached for comment Friday.
Over the years, Everett Wallace, Jr. and Melody Wagner of Riegelwood have grown flowers more than 12 feet tall.
Many of their flowers have been recognized by Guinness World Records, but the couple is now accusing the group of fraud.
“When they altered the records, they put the wrong dates on them,” said Wallace. “They take the ID numbers on certificates that have been rewarded to me and put them on other certificates. That’s illegal to do. Anytime you fill out a new application, you have to receive a new ID number.”
Wallace says since the case is unique, he hasn’t found an attorney to represent him, but hopes to find one if the lawsuit goes to trial.
Nashville TN Sept 8 2012 An off-duty East Precinct officer is being credited with capturing a bank robbery suspect.
Officer Chris Tuberville had just finished an off-duty traffic control job and was heading home on Clarksville Pike to mow his grass before reporting for his regular shift when he spotted a Buick sedan that matched the description of the getaway vehicle used in the robbery of First Tennessee Bank’s 4410 Whites Creek Pike branch.
Tuberville stopped the car and arrested convicted felon Brandon Malone, 32. A stack of money was found in the trunk of the car, police said.
Investigators say Malone entered the bank Wednesday with a covering over his face, approached a uniformed security guard and took his gun away at knife point before ordering the single customer to the floor, jumping the teller counter and taking cash. He was in the bank for less than 30 seconds.
Investigators found the security guard’s gun in a creek near the bank.
The FBI Violent Crimes Task Force is leading the bank robbery investigation, and Malone is expected to be charged federally, police said. A woman was in the car with Malone when Tuberville made the traffic stop. She was questioned but has not been charged, police said.
Malone was convicted of aggravated assault and burglary in 2011 and received a three-year probated sentence.
The male passenger, who has not been identified, breached security at around 3 p.m Wednesday at Gate 14 of Terminal 8.
Police say he entered through a restricted area to smoke a cigarette, which set off the alarms.
When Port Authority officers approached him, the suspect started running. He was quickly tackled and arrested.
Reginald Mitchell, 27, a former security employee at the track and casino, pleaded guilty to robbery conspiracy, interfering with commerce, and possession of a firearm resulting in death during a crime of violence, in federal court in Miami.
Another man, Vladimir Louissant, 34, of Pembroke Pines, is charged with firing the fatal shot at the guard, Alvaro Lopez Ramos.
Mitchell and his girlfriend, Victoria Barkley, 27, also of Miami Gardens, have both pleaded guilty to their roles. A third man, Byron Kyler, 24, of Miami, is scheduled for a change of plea hearing later this month.
Louissant and another man, Uri Ammar, 27, of Hollywood, who worked as a security supervisor at the track, have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.
Miami Dade Fla Sept 8 2012 A South Florida doctor killed himself Thursday, two days after police say he killed a beagle outside his home, clubbing the dog with a hammer and stabbing it with a screwdriver.
Dr. Isaias Lerner Biber, 65, who had an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, was found dead inside his Bay Harbor Islands home by a family member about 5:30 p.m., according to Miami-Dade County police. Officers are investigating his death as a suicide.
Lerner Biber’s death startled and saddened residents of the close-knit island community, said Councilwoman Solange Rousselot.
“My condolences are with his family and with his soul,” Rousselot said. “We don’t have those kinds of events.”
She said people shouldn’t leap to judgment. “Our police department works very well, and I’m sure they will get all the information,” she said.
Mayor Isaac Salver said he didn’t know the doctor, but said that he “only heard from his friends and neighbors he was a good person.”
Reached by phone Thursday night, a woman who identified herself as Lerner Biber’s family member declined to comment, saying she wanted to respect relatives’ privacy. “I think right now they need time to be quiet,” she said.
On Tuesday, Bay Harbor Islands police arrested Lerner Biber on one count of animal cruelty with intent to kill, a third-degree felony.
The doctor told police that he was fed up with his beagle’s misbehavior. He said he attacked the dog because it “was defecating and urinating in the residence and kept running away,” said Bay Harbor Islands police Capt. John Robertazzi.
Bay Harbor Islands police said two witnesses told officers they saw the man repeatedly hit the dog — tied to a tree outside the doctor’s home — on the head with a hammer, according to an arrest report.
One witness said the man then impaled the dog with a screwdriver in the area of the dog’s ear and throat, “with what was described as a grinding motion,” the report said.
Hours before the doctor’s suicide Thursday, the medical office in Coconut Creek where he practiced said it no longer was affiliated with him. In a telephone interview, a staff worker who identified herself as Medalys said: “He’s no longer with our practice. That’s all we have to say.”
The doctor’s death seemed part of “a tragic series of events that unfolded over the last couple of days,” said Jay Glickman, 55, of Coconut Creek. Glickman was a patient at the medical office where Lerner Biber had worked. “The whole thing is upsetting, but it doesn’t change anything about how I feel about the office,” Glickman said. “I love the office; they have met my medical needs and take care of everything.”
Source: Sun Sentinel
Gabriel Hoskins, who worked as reserve officer for Clarkston Police and was also working security at the apartment complex where the suspects lived, has been sentenced in federal court.
Hoskins admitted to tipping off the men because he had pawned his .40 caliber handgun to them for $500 and was worried it would be found during the search.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kurt Erskine tells WSB’s Sandra Parrish that Hoskins was caught because the cell phone of one of the drug dealers was tapped, thus averting a potentially dangerous situation.
“Mr. Hoskins, as a former reserve officer, should have known that and should have appreciated that… unfortunately he didn’t and he had his day with Judge Story,” says Erskine.
He says the two drug dealers were eventually arrested and convicted.
LOWVILLE NY Sept 8 2012 — A South Lewis Central School District teacher was arrested Thursday for the alleged forcible touching of two individuals, ages 17 and 26.
Village of Lowville Police arrested Arthur J. McCall, 45, 5326 Dayan St., after an investigation following an Aug. 25 incident at his residence. The incident was reported to police Aug. 30.
The names and sex of the victims are being withheld to protect their privacy, according to Police Chief Eric C. Fredenburg.
Mr. McCall is employed by the South Lewis school district in the music department.
Though the alleged incident was said to have not occurred on school grounds, South Lewis Superintendent Douglas E. Premo said Mr. McCall “has been placed on administrative leave until the school district has a chance to review this matter.”
Mr. McCall officiates Frontier League swim meets and is the founder and coach of the Turbines swim club in Lowville. He is the director of the Lowville Village Band and Lowville Jazz Orchestra.
Beaver River Central School District employed Mr. McCall as the modified boys swim coach in the 2010-11 school year. When the program was slated to be cut for budget constraints the following season, parents of swimmers raised funds to allow the team to return. Mr. McCall returned as a volunteer coach for the boys modified and varsity teams.
This past week, Mr. McCall was notified via letter he would not be allowed to return to the school, following a lawsuit he filed against the swim team parents, suing for his expenses as a volunteer coach.
“Parents raised that money for the kids. As a volunteer, he knew there would be no financial reimbursement,” said Beaver River Superintendent Leueen Smithling.
“We were appalled, “ she said to find out about the suit. “Who does that to kids?”
Mr. McCall’s Sept. 6 arrest is the second sexually-related charge against a South Lewis teacher in the past year. Bryan F. Barney, 34, a former South Lewis teacher and coach was charged with one count each of second-degree rape and second-degree criminal sexual act in August 2011 by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department after allegedly having sexual relations with a child under age 15.
Mr. Barney committed suicide in his Fort Covington home the day following his release on bail.
Source:watertown daily times
HAINES CITY, Florida Sept 8 2012- High school teacher Dale Pennington made his first appearance in court from the Polk County Jail Thursday afternoon. He’s accused of sending graphic text messages to one of his former students, a 16-year-old female.
“He’s married, he’s 36 years old and he doesn’t have any children. But he does like to do nasty things with children,” said a disgusted Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.
Pennington is a history teacher and assistant soccer coach at Ridge Community High School in Haines City. The principal set a recorded message home alerting parents of the arrest early Thursday afternoon.
“I just panicked,” said parent Anjenetta Sanchious-Smith. “My kids they’re in athletics and I’m not sure if it’s someone who they are around.”
Pennington is accused of sending vulgar messages and nude images of himself to the teen, both on her cell phone and computer.
Deputies say the two talked about meeting for sex behind a nearby Publix, or even in the teacher’s hot tub at home. Deputies say Pennington texted the girl stating ‘his wife wouldn’t approve… and that makes it more exciting.’
“He thought I just played this nasty game and I got caught,” said Sheriff Judd.
Much of the other content can’t be repeated in this report, but the arrest affidavit with Pennington’s very graphic statements to the teen is attached.
When we showed a mother what was said in the messages, she was in disbelief.
“I told you this guy’s elevator does not go to the top,” said Sanchious-Smith.
Students say Pennington was arrested on campus during the school day.
“It surprises me a lot because Mr. Pennington doesn’t seem like the type of teacher that do nothing like that,” said student Tim Williams.
The school was apparently trying to keep the whole situation under wraps, directing students, and even parents, to keep quiet.
Our interview off campus with one student was interrupted by a school security officer.
But the Sheriff’s Office is working to get the word out. They worry there could be other victims and urge anyone with information on the case to contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
“We just want to know if he appeared overly friendly with any other kids at school,” said Sheriff Judd. “Anyone in position of authority anyone in a position of trust is our number one target when it’s alleged they violate the law.”
Sheriff’s Capt. Eben Bratcher says the body of DPS officer James Howard was found Wednesday afternoon just hours after he was questioned at his home in the eastern Yuma County community of Roll.
Howard’s body was found at an area shooting range dead of a gunshot wound to the head.
Bratcher said Friday an adult woman contacted deputies early last month and reported she was molested by Howard when she was a child more than 20 years ago.
Deputies served a search warrant at Howard’s home Wednesday morning and questioned but did not arrest him in the case.
Baltimore man pleads guilty to armored car robberies-stealing more than $500,000 www.privateofficer.com
Twenty-seven-year-old David Marquise Howard entered the plea on Thursday. He will be sentenced Nov. 20.
According to a statement of facts, Howard and others robbed employees of Dunbar Armored at gunpoint, making off with cash.
Four robberies, which occurred from 2009 to 2011, took place in Silver Spring; another took place in Ellicott City
Washington DC Sept 8 2012 Under a new agreement with the Department of Homeland Security, 20 malls in Indiana and Virginia will participate in DHS’s “If you see something, say something” campaign, with possible expansion to other facilities nationwide.
Napolitano announced the partnership with Simon Property Group Chief Executive Officer Tim Earnest in a blog post on the agency’s Website on Sept. 5.
Simon Property owns 393 properties worldwide, including The Town Center at Aurora retail facility located near the Century 16 movie theater in Colorado that was the scene of a mass shooting in July.
Napolitano said the partnership would take the campaign to shopping malls and retail centers across the U.S., beginning in 20 Simon locations in Indiana and Virginia and expanding to other properties in the coming months.
The company also owns regional malls, Premium Outlet Centers and The Mills operations, including the sprawling Potomac Mills mall just south of Washington D.C. The company is headquartered in Indianapolis, IN and employs more than 5,000 people worldwide.
The agency has been steadily announcing new participants and initiatives under the program over the last several months. In August, it announced a new public service announcement with representatives from Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League, and National Football League.
Napolitano said in her Sept. 5 Blog post that DHS has expanded the program by partnering with cities, states, universities and private businesses, including the transportation, hospitality, retail, and sports sectors. In each sector, she said, the agency has provides materials and collaboration on advertisements to help engage and educate the public as well as those working behind the scenes. She said the partnership with the Simon Property Group would help to continue expansion of the program nationwide.
St. Pete Beach Police may dissolve-contract sheriff’s department for services www.privateofficer.com
St Pete Beach Fla sept 8 2012 Of those voting, the majority of St. Pete Beach Police Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) members endorse the city dissolving its police department and contracting police services with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
14 members voted to endorse the outsourcing while nine voted against. St. Pete Beach voters will have the final say in November, when the entire city votes on whether or not to allow the city to remove a clause in its charter that it must maintain its own police department. If most voters vote yes, the city will remove the clause and could contract with the Sheriff for all police services.
“The men and women of the St. Pete Beach Police Department have enjoyed serving you, our citizens, for the past 55 years. You have entrusted us to serve and protect you, so now we ask that you support the contracting of police services with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. We know that the service you have come to expect from us will be matched, if not exceeded, by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Gualtieri has assured us that each employee of the St. Pete Beach Police Department, officers and civilians, will be given employment with his agency,” the police said in a press release Friday morning.
“None of the men and women of the St Pete Beach Police Department want to see the end of the department however after much research and investigating, we recognize that this opportunity is mutually beneficial for the city, the citizens and the employees alike. We ask that you please show your support and vote to change the charter which will allow this transition to take place,” the release continues.
The contract with the Sheriff would offer St. Pete Beach residents, citizens and property owners the following:
•$1 million in savings annually
•Equipment and training the FOP deems “better” than what the police currently have
•Equal response times in calls for service
•Continuous officers present on the beach
Please send any questions you have about the potential outsourcing to News@theGabber.com and we will find the answer before the November vote.
In addition, numerous bottles and pills of suspected illegal narcotics were seized from her vehicle, police said, and charges are pending lab results.
Elvin was arraigned before District Judge Henry Schireson, who set bail at $2,500 unsecured, and released.
Colleen M. Lynch, 20, of the 1300 block of Buggywhip Circle, Blue Bell, was cited in a different shoplifting incident for retail theft around 4:50 p.m. Aug. 23 after taking $127 worth of jewelry from Kohl’s Department Store, 1301 Skippack Pike, police said.
Raymond Scarnaty Jr., 45, was walking out of Bill’s Shop Rite with the air conditioners at 4:40 p.m. when the security staff stopped him, Pocono Mountain Regional police said. Surveillance video confirmed Scarnaty took the units, police said.
The air conditioners had a total value of $249 at Bill’s, at 503 Pocono Blvd., Route 611.
Scarnaty was charged with felony retail theft because of his criminal record, which includes a Coolbaugh Township burglary in 1998.
He was held at Monroe County Prison the evening of Aug. 25 night and arraigned in the morning on Aug. 26 by District Judge Thomas E. Olson, who released him on $10,000 bail.
Police gave the following account:
While checking the interior of the store, police found James Foster, 26, of Port Murray in a men’s bathroom stall.
Foster said he entered the store while it was open and stayed in the bathroom while it was closed.
Foster said he intended to steal jeans and planned on walking out of the store once it opened in the morning.
Foster was arrested and charged with burglary and criminal trespass.
Foster has been lodged in the Warren County Jail on default of $1,000 bail.
Security Guard Accused Of Exposing Self, Masturbating While Driving Down I-40 In OKC www.privateofficer.com
OKLAHOMA CITY OK Sept 8 2012 - An off-duty security guard was arrested Thursday after being accused of exposing himself to a female driver and masturbating while driving down Interstate 40 in Oklahoma City.
William Everett Brownfield, 34, was arrested on charges of indecent exposure, failure to show proof of insurance, and driving under suspension.
The victim claimed she was traveling westbound in the outside lane of I-40 when she noticed a vehicle get behind her and then switched lanes abruptly.
The victim said that vehicle then sped up to get directly beside her vehicle, and she said it appeared that the driver in the vehicle was trying to get her attention.
According to the police report, the victim then looked towards that vehicle, the driver, later identified as Brownfield, nodded his head in a downward motion towards his pelvic area.
The victim said she noticed that Brownfield had his underwear and his pants pulled down below his waist, exposing his bare genital area, and he began to masturbate.
The victim said Brownfield masturbated for about five seconds. She quickly exited off of Czech Hall Road from I-40 while Brownfield continued to travel west on I-40.
The victim spoke with a police officer after she exited off the interstate and told him about what happened. The officer was able to catch up with Brownfield’s vehicle and pull him over.
Brownfield told police he was only trying to get over so he could exit, and the victim was not letting him over, that’s when he pulled up behind her, and changed lanes to pull up beside her vehicle.
Brownfield denied taking his pants down and exposing himself, according to police.
Police said Brownfield was not being cooperative during the investigation, and if he were to exit, he would have had plenty of opportunities to do so if he was able to get behind the victim’s vehicle.
Brownfield was then arrested and transported to the Oklahoma County Jail.
LOUISVILLE, KY Sept 8 2012 - We are learning more about the victim’s families and the church where Thursday’s deadly dispute took place. One family is planning a funeral while another is keeping a vigil at the hospital.
We now know who the victims are. David Merritt, 73, was killed. Neighbors said he was the Home Owner’s Association President. The other victim, Marvin Fisher, was in the hospital in critical condition Friday evening. Neighbors said he is the Homeowner’s Association Vice President.
The nightmare was still painfully real for Merritt’s nephew, Shaun.
“We lost a very good man last night,” he said.
Thursday night, police said suspect Mahmoud Yousef Hindi walked into a Homeowners Association meeting of about nine people inside the Springdale Community Church and when he shot the two men. By the time the suspect was subdued by a retired police officer, Shaun’s uncle, Merritt, was dead.
“Dave, he was a gentle man. A very caring man,” Shaun said. “He was willing to give back to the community in any way he could.”
An uncle he said enjoyed several things, “We went up to a Reds ball game about 6-8 weeks ago. He enjoyed baseball. Loved baseball,” said Shaun.
Neighbors said Fisher was taken to University Hospital.
“And is in very critical condition at this point. Life threatening injuries,” Louisville Metro Police Homicide detective, Lt. Barry Wilkerson said in a press conference Friday afternoon.
“Thoughts and prayers need to be with him also and his family because they’re struggling just as bad as we are,” Shaun said.
Faith is at the forefront at Springdale Community Church after such tragedy in a place of worship and a community deeply cared for.
“The hardest part is just for the victims and their families. That’s always the hardest part of any kind of tragedy. And in response to it is trying to minister to them and show love to them and care for them,” Jason Autry, Lead pastor at Springdale Community Church said. “Precautions. We’re working on that. There’s nothing in the immediate that we could do. It was a meeting that’s held here. It’s held here monthly.”
Weekend services will go on as usual. Through the pain.
“There’s another family that’s affected by this. That’s the shooter’s family. Don’t have any hard-will against them,” Shaun said. “It’ll take a while to get back to normal,” Shaun said.
Funeral arrangements for Merritt are pending.