A cane-walking man suspected of killing at least five people in three different homes after going on a shooting rampage in Pennsylvania's Montgomery County Monday is now on the run after barricading himself inside a home just outside Philadelphia and later eluding police who tried to apprehend him.
The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office has described the suspect as Bradley William Stone, 35, of Pennsburg.
"All of the victims have a familial relationship to Stone," explained officials in a release online. "Stone is described as 5'10", 195 pounds and is known to use a cane or walker to move. Stone may be wearing military fatigues, in either sand or green color." more >>
Federal Judge Robert Holmes Bell, father of bestselling author and popular pastor Rob Bell, called the shocking secret life of former Christian radio host John Balyo, "filthy" and "obscene" as he sentenced the once married expectant father to 40 years in prison for sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy.
Balyo, 35, pleaded guilty in a federal court in Michigan earlier this summer, to photographing and having sex with the boy in April – the same month he got married.
"No one ever reported any misgivings or indiscretions about Balyo. But he was a wolf in sheep's clothing,'' said Assistant U.S. Attorney Tessa K. Hessmiller wrote in a sentencing memorandum according to the USA Today. more >>
Popular Hollywood actor Samuel L. Jackson challenged his army of celebrity colleagues who participated in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which went viral this summer, to protest police violence against civilians Saturday by singing the "We ain't gonna stop 'til people are free" song.
Jackson made the call through a video posted on his public Facebook page the same day thousands of protesters flooded streets in New York City and Washington D.C. to march in protest against police violence. "All you celebrities out there who poured ice water on your head, here's a chance to do something else. I challenge all of you to sing the 'We ain't gonna stop 'til people are free' song," said Jackson.
He then launched into the lyrics of the song singing with a somber and militant expression on his face. "I can hear my neighbor crying, 'I can't breathe.' Now I'm in the struggle and 'I can't leave.' Calling out the violence of the racist police. We ain't gonna stop 'til people are free," he crooned. more >>
Update 12/15, 12:27 PM ET: The gunman has reportedly been killed during the shootout with Sydney police, national security source in the United States told CNN.
Gunshots were fired in the confrontation between the Sydney police force and the suspected gunman holding at least 15 people hostage in a cafe Monday, with multiple deaths and injuries. The suspected gunman has been identified as an Iranian sex offender and murder suspect.
Australian state broadcaster ABC reported that at least two people were killed and three seriously injured during the showdown. The condition of the suspected gunman Man Haron Monis is unknown. more >>
Fed up with the passage of an 18½-page incoherent, rambling, unconstitutional gun control initiative that was bankrolled by billionaires, gun owners across Washington State held the largest felony civil disobedience rally in the nation's history, brazenly titled "I Will Not Comply." No one was hurt and no stores were looted. Between 1,000 and 3,000 lawful gun owners showed up openly armed at the state capitol in Olympia, Wash., on Saturday to defy the newly passed gun control law, I-594.
Organizer Gavin Seim made the extraordinary nature of the rally very clear, "This isn't just a protest. We are here to openly violate the law." Attendees publicly transferred their guns to each other in violation of I-591's background check provisions, and some even bought and sold guns just a few feet away from law enforcement. A fire pit blazed throughout the rally, and at the conclusion, gun owners lined up to burn their concealed weapons permits. A petition was circulated affirming gun owners' refusal to follow I-594, which ended with, "We pledge our blood. We will not comply."
As the RSVPs in advance of the rally grew to over 6,000, the police - most who probably detest I-594 - decided not to enforce the law. The Washington State Patrol announced there would be no arrests for exchanging guns - not even for selling guns. Seim refused to obtain a permit to hold the rally, citing the right of people to peaceably assemble. more >>
A Tarrant, Alabama Police officer who became an Internet sensation after he decided not to arrest a grandmother he caught shoplifting eggs but to buy her some eggs instead, went a step further this week when he delivered two truckloads of food to her home to help her children.
"The last time I saw my house this full, I was 12-years-old and staying with my grandmother," 47-year-old mother and grandmother Helen Johnson told al.com Wednesday after the food was delivered to her home. "I've been crying all day."
Last Saturday, Officer William Stacy of the Tarrant Police Department was called to investigate the Johnson after she attempted to steal a dozen eggs at the Dollar General Store on Pinson Valley Parkway. After finding out that the desperate woman was simply trying to feed her children, however, Stacy bought a dozen eggs for the mother after getting her to promise not to shoplift again. more >>