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Gunman shoots police officer at burning Oregon home

(Reuters) - An Oregon police officer was shot and wounded on Sunday while responding to reports of a man at a burning house brandishing a gun, authorities said. The wounded Oregon City police officer was airlifted to a hospital, a Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. His condition was not disclosed. The alleged gunman was killed in a volley of police gunfire, the statement said.

Florida sheriff freed weapon suspect to protect his rights -lawyer

By Bill Cotterell BRISTOL, Florida (Reuters) - A Florida sheriff accused of illegally releasing a concealed-weapon suspect from jail acted out of a constitutional duty to uphold the Second Amendment right to bear arms, the police officer's attorney said on Tuesday at his trial. Suspended Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch allegedly let Floyd Parrish walk free from jail after a now former deputy arrested him for being in possession of a loaded .357 Magnum during a routine pat-down after a traffic stop in March.

Deputy who killed California boy trains officers to use guns

By Ronnie Cohen SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A sheriff's deputy who shot and killed a 13-year-old California boy carrying what turned out to be a plastic replica assault rifle is a firearms expert who has trained officers for nearly two decades, authorities said on Monday. Deputy Erick Gelhaus, 48, fired eight shots at Andy Lopez Cruz on Tuesday, as the popular eighth-grader was walking near his home in the wine-country suburb of Santa Rosa carrying an imitation AK-47 he planned to return to a friend, relatives and officials said.

California boy with replica gun fatally shot by deputies: report

SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - A 13-year-old California boy carrying a replica of an assault rifle was shot and killed by sheriff's deputies who apparently believed the gun was real, local media reported on Wednesday. The incident took place in the northern California community of Santa Rosa on Tuesday, a day after a 12-year-old boy killed a teacher at a Nevada middle school with a gun he also used to take his own life.

Mom of Florida bullying suspect arrested on child abuse charges

(Reuters) - Deputies have arrested a Florida woman whose 14-year-old daughter was charged earlier this week with maliciously harassing another young girl who jumped off a tower to her death. Vivian Vosburg, 30, of Lakeland, Florida, was charged with two counts of child abuse with bodily harm and four counts of child neglect, the Polk County Sheriff said. The charges were unrelated to the arrest of Vosburg's daughter, the sheriff's office said in a statement.

Florida convicts sought after release on forged orders

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO (Reuters) - Florida authorities searched on Thursday for two convicted murderers released from prison based on forged court documents that indicated their life sentences had been reduced, state corrections officials said. The forged signature of a high-profile judge who presides in the county where the men committed their crimes was used to dupe prison officials into freeing them, a court official confirmed.

Two girls arrested in Florida online bullying death

(Reuters) - Two girls, ages 12 and 14, have been charged with felony aggravated stalking for what a Florida sheriff described on Tuesday as "maliciously harassing" a 12-year-old girl who jumped from a tower to her death. The middle school students appeared before a judge on Tuesday and the 14-year-old was remanded into custody pending further juvenile proceedings, a Polk County Sheriff's spokeswoman said.

Two of nine missing New Mexico teens return home: police

By Noreen O'Donnell (Reuters) - Two of the nine teenage boys missing from a ranch for troubled youth in southern New Mexico have returned to their families, police said on Saturday, and an alert for the other seven will remain in place until they are confirmed safe. While a lawyer for the ranch said all of the boys were with their parents, police would not confirm their safety.

Case against accused Boston bomber advanced by local prosecutors

BOSTON (Reuters) - Local prosecutors in Massachusetts on Monday moved a step toward bringing charges against accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for the murder of a university police officer three days after the bombing attack.

Ex-CBOT chief says he's in Europe after warrant issued

By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - Former Chicago Board of Trade Chairman Patrick Arbor said on Saturday that he was in Europe, following a newspaper report alleging he had fled the United States to avoid paying millions of dollars to his ex-wife. "I can't talk about it," Arbor told Reuters about the accusations when reached on his cell phone. Asked where he was, he said: "I'm in Europe. I'm an Italian citizen."
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