October 22, 2020

Man fatally shot moments after entering ride-share vehicle on West Side, cops say

A 19-year-old man was fatally shot soon after entering a ride-share vehicle in Humboldt Park late Monday and Chicago police are investigating the shootings as a homicide, authorities said.

About 11:15 p.m. a 19-year-old had just entered a ride-sharing vehicle and the driver told police that “moments later he heard multiple gunshots,” according to a statement from Chicago police. The driver then looked at the passenger and discovered he’d been shot in the head, authorities said.

It wasn’t immediately clear where the driver picked up the man but he stopped at a gas station in the 3300 block of West Beach Avenue “and immediately called 911 for help,” investigators said.

The 19-year-old was rushed to Stroger Hospital in critical condition and he was pronounced dead a short time later, police said.

The man had not been identified as of Tuesday morning. The Cook County medical examiner’s office was expected

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Man fatally shot in face then run over by vehicle near Mt. Morris

MT. MORRIS TWP, MI — A suspect is in custody after a 57-year-old man was killed outside a Mt. Morris Township home, police said.

Officers with the Mt. Morris Township Police Department responded around 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 to the 5000 block of Judith Ann Drive off Carpenter Road for a report of a man who had been shot in the face and run over by a vehicle.

Detective Sgt. Laurie Salem said the incident started inside the house as an argument between the victim — identified as Samuel Leves Cole Jr. — and the 28-year-old nephew of the victim’s girlfriend who was staying at the home.

Witnesses at the scene told police they heard one gunshot outside the home, Salem said. It’s alleged the 28-year-old man shot and killed Cole.

The suspect then went into the home, grabbed the keys to a white Chevy pickup truck owned by

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Sacramento High student found in car crash was fatally shot

Jaylen Betschart was a friendly and highly respected student athlete who had just entered his senior year at Sacramento High School, on his way to college and working toward a professional career.

The 17-year-old was found Saturday with a gunshot wound near Granite Regional Park in Sacramento. Police officials said his vehicle crashed into a power pole and detectives are investigating his death as a homicide.

He was a star athlete, a quarterback and a baseball player who loved both sports and had dreams of becoming a college athlete before embarking on a professional sports career that would allow him to help support his family, said Domina Stamas, his science and physics teacher at Sacramento Charter High School.

She said Betschart was a good student and a great kid who stayed out of trouble at school and made his classmates feel respected.

“It didn’t matter who you were, he welcomed

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Cassandra Brouthers was riding in a car when fatally shot in Pittsfield, DA says

Authorities on Saturday afternoon identified a woman killed in a Pittsfield shooting as 22-year-old Cassandra Brouthers.

Investigators believe Brouthers was a passenger in a vehicle, which was traveling on Robbins Avenue, at the time of the shooting, according to the office of Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington.

Pittsfield police went to the scene around 9 p.m. Friday, where officers found Brouthers suffering from a gunshot wound. She was taken to Berkshire Medical Center, where she succumbed to her injuries.

Police do not believe the shooting is random, the district attorney’s office said, and there is not an ongoing threat to the public.

“I send my heartfelt condolences to Ms. Brouthers family, friends and the entire community who are mourning today. We will not tolerate gun violence in Berkshire County. The Pittsfield Police are conducting a thorough investigation to hold the perpetrator accountable,” Harrington said in a statement.

Harrington’s office said

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DNR locates cougar in Twin Cities; likely fatally hit by vehicle

A cougar was located dead near where two interstates meet in Bloomington in what state conservations officials say is an extremely rare verified instance of a big cat finding its way to the Twin Cities area.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) took the cougar Tuesday morning and said it apparently was hit by a vehicle near Interstates 494 and 35W.

The animal was taken to the DNR Wildlife Research office in Grand Rapids, where it will undergo a necropsy, the agency said.

Since 2004 and through the end of 2018, the DNR has tallied 31 verified cougar sightings in Minnesota. One of those was in the Twin Cities area, coming in 2009 in Ramsey County, the DNR said.

It has yet to explain how the cougar ended up in such an unlikely location and says there is no evidence that Minnesota has a self-sustaining, breeding cougar

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Riverview man fatally shoots woman with assault rifle during dispute over car crash, charges say | Law and order

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ST. LOUIS — A Riverview man was charged Sunday with murdering a woman a day earlier during a dispute over a minor car crash.

Deion A. Whalen, 23, of the 9800 block of Jeffrey Drive, was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

Charges say Whalen fired an assault rifle at Victoria McBee, striking her in the eye and killing her Saturday in the 4400 block of Lexington Avenue. After police found McBee, 34, lying in the street about 2:40 p.m., an ambulance took her to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

According to charges, a relative of McBee and someone else had been in a minor car crash on the block and were trying to resolve a dispute peacefully when Whalen, who was not involved in the crash, approached the scene.

Whalen threatened McBee’s relatives with an assault rifle, and when

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Woman in wheelchair fatally struck by vehicle on Westheimer

Houston police are investigating the tragic death of a woman in a wheelchair Monday morning after she was stuck by a vehicle.

HPD: Woman in wheelchair struck, killed on Westheimer

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It happened about 6:23 a.m. at the intersection of Westheimer and Dunvale roads in southwest Houston. 

The victim has been identified as a 65-year-old woman, who was pronounced dead when officers arrived. 

Investigators said the victim was using a crosswalk but attempted to cross the street at the wrong time. 

According to police, the driver claims he was passing through a greenlight and didn’t see the woman. 

Police said the driver stayed at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. He’s been

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