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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Thanksgiving triple-fatal shooting blamed on drug robbery

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Prosecutors say it was a drugrelated armed robbery that left three men dead and two others wounded on Thanksgiving Day at northeastern Indiana home. In a probable cause affidavit filed Monday, Allen County prosecutors said the wounded men told police that one of the deceased was selling marijuana from the house in Fort Wayne. They say two attackers tried to rob them.

Authorities say 20-year-old Colton Messmer, 23-year-old Joevonn Johnson and 21-year-old Tracey Andrews were killed. One survivor was flown to an Indianapolis hospital in critical condition, while the other was wounded in the back.

Prosecutors charged 22-year-old Kameron Joyner with five counts of aggravated battery. He is jailed awaiting a scheduled Thursday court hearing. Court records don’t list a defense attorney. Police are searching for another 22-yearold man.

 

Historical society sorry for insensitive Christmas greeting

BOSTON (AP) — A neighborhood historical society in Boston is apologizing for an awkwardly worded holiday greeting card that some people interpreted as insensitive.

The Dorchester Historical Society in a postcard promotion for its annual Christmas open house featured the phrase “We’re dreaming of a white Dorchester” along with a picture of a building inside a snowglobe.

The image drew rebukes on social media and the organization quickly issued an apology via Twitter .

The slogan was meant to be a play on the classic holiday song “White Christmas,” but the organization said it did not “think it through properly.”

The historical society called the card an “unfortunate oversight” and the image was removed from its social media accounts. Dorchester has a significant minority population.

 

Judge defers action on request to unseal Assange charges

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has deferred action on whether to unseal an apparent criminal complaint against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

Free-press advocates asked U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema on Tuesday to unseal the complaint after prosecutors in an unrelated case inadvertently mentioned charges against Assange.

Prosecutors oppose the motion. They argue the public has no right to know whether a person is charged until there’s an arrest. The government also emphasized that the mistaken reference to charges isn’t proof Assange is actually charged.

The Associated Press and other outlets have reported that Assange is indeed facing unspecified charges under seal.

 

Comey calls acting attorney general ‘not the sharpest knife’

BOSTON (AP) — Former FBI Director James Comey says Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker “may not be the sharpest knife” in the drawer.

Comey made those comments during an interview Monday with WGBH News in Boston after he was asked whether Whitaker could derail special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

Comey said Whitaker “may not be the sharpest knife in our drawer” but Comey said Whitaker “knows that if he acted in an extralegal way, he would go down in history for the wrong reasons.”

Comey also said his legal team is reviewing his options after he was subpoenaed to appear before a congressional committee next week. Comey has said he wants the questioning to happen publicly.

Father whose son shot himself with dad’s gun pleads guilty

CLIVE, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man whose 2-year-old son shot himself with his father’s handgun is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 14 in Des Moines.

Polk County court records show 30-year-old Jonathan Hauser, of Council Bluffs, pleaded guilty last week to felony child endangerment causing injury.

The shooting occurred Aug. 19 at the Sterling Inn in the Des Moines suburb of Clive. Officers say the toddler fired the .45-caliber handgun that his father had left in luggage on a bed. The bullet passed through the boy’s chest and neck. Clive police say the boy left the hospital the next day.

Police say Hauser had a permit to carry the weapon.

Passer-by rescues boy after

SUV skids into Indianapolis pond

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say a passer-by rescued a 4-year-old boy from a retention pond in Indianapolis after his family’s SUV apparently slid from an icy bridge into the frigid water.

The vehicle was one of two that drove into the pond Monday evening. Roads were icy after a wintry Midwest storm .

The fire department says the boy’s mother reported the SUV hit ice before plummeting down an embankment. The unidentified good Samaritan swam to the SUV and carried the small boy to medics before leaving.

WRTV video shows fire crews using a boat to rescue the mother and her 11- and 17-year-old daughters, who had climbed onto the roof of the vehicle.

 

Mayor refuses to resign after calling some voters ‘retarded’

FORT ANN, N.Y. (AP) — A New York town mayor who called people who vote for Democrats “retarded” says he will not step down and will run for re-election.

In an interview with The Post-Star of Glens Falls on Monday, Fort Ann Mayor Denis Langlois says he used a poor choice of words, but it’s what he believes.

Langlois posted the comments about voters on Facebook before Election Day, saying people should vote Republican and “keep America great.” Fort Ann resident Katelyn White, who wrote a letter to the newspaper after Election Day, says Langlois should consider broadening his vocabulary and that he doesn’t represent the town.

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