Police won’t officially confirm the identification of the body until tests are concluded, and I’ll update if it’s not Dorner. See the Los Angeles Times, ” Dorner manhunt: Investigators work to ID charred human remains .” And here’s the background report from this morning’s hard-copy of the newspaper, ” Dorner manhunt leads to deadly standoff “: Last week, authorities had tracked Dorner to a wooded area near Big Bear Lake. They found his torched gray Nissan Titan with several weapons inside. The only trace of Dorner was a short trail of footprints in newly fallen snow. On Tuesday morning two maids entered a cabin in the 1200 block of Club View Drive and ran into a man who they said resembled the fugitive, a law enforcement official said. The cabin was not far from where Dorner’s singed truck had been found and where police had been holding press conferences about the manhunt. The man tied up the maids, and he took off in a purple Nissan parked near the cabin. About 12:20 p.m., one of the maids broke free and called police. Nearly half an hour later, officers with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife spotted the stolen vehicle and called for backup. The suspect turned down a side road in an attempt to elude the officers but crashed the vehicle, police said. A short time later, authorities said the suspect carjacked a light-colored pickup truck. Allan Laframboise said the truck belonged to his friend Rick Heltebrake, who works at a nearby Boy Scout camp. Heltebrake was driving on Glass Road with his Dalmatian, Suni, when a hulking African American man stepped into the road, Laframboise said. Heltebrake stopped. The man told him to get out of the truck. “Can I take my dog?” Heltebrake asked, according to his friend. “You can leave and you can take your dog,” the man said. He then sped off in the Dodge extended-cab pickup — and quickly encountered two Department of Fish and Wildlife trucks. As the suspect zoomed past the officers, he rolled down his window and fired about 15 to 20 rounds. One of the officers jumped out and shot a high-powered rifle at the fleeing pickup. The suspect abandoned the vehicle and took off on foot. Police said he ended up at the Seven Oaks Mountain Cabins, a cluster of wood-frame buildings about halfway between Big Bear Lake and Yucaipa. The suspect exchanged gunfire with San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies as he fled into a cabin that locals described as a single-story, multi-room structure. The suspect fired from the cabin, striking one deputy, law enforcement sources said. Then he ducked out the back of the cabin, deployed a smoke bomb and opened fire again, hitting a second deputy. Neither deputy was identified by authorities. The suspect retreated back into the cabin. The gun battle was captured on TV by KCAL 9 reporter Carter Evans, who said he was about 200 feet from the cabin. As Evans described on air how deputies were approaching the structure, he was interrupted by 10 seconds of gunfire. Deputies drew their weapons and sprinted toward Evans. Someone yelled for him to move — then about 20 more seconds of shooting erupted. “Hey! Get … out of here, pal,” someone shouted. Evans was unharmed. The gunfire gave way to a tense standoff. Mountain residents locked their doors and hunkered down. Holly Haas, 52, who lives about a mile from where the shootout unfolded, said she heard helicopters buzzing on and off until about 3:30. One dipped so close to her home, she said, “I could throw a rock and hit it.” Others watched the standoff unfold on television. At her home, Candy Martin sat down to watch TV when, to her surprise, she spotted her rental cabin on-screen — where the suspect was believed to be holed up. She contacted police and told them that the furnished, 85-year-old cabin had no cable, telephone or Internet service. No one had booked it for Monday. “There should have been nobody,” she recalled saying. “Nobody in any way.” Within hours, authorities moved in on the cabin. The fire broke out, setting off ammunition that had apparently been inside. On TV, viewers saw only the orange flames and curls of black smoke. As night fell, authorities had yet to enter the building, said San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman. “They believe there is a body in there,” she said.
Hey, isn’t the way it started in the 1770’s, with small revolts? Or, is it more like the streets of Los Angeles? The turkey’s may have had enough (via rdbrewer at Ace) (CBS Boston) Neighbors are on the offensive in Brookline after what some residents are describing as aggressive turkeys. “They were attacking the vehicle,” Karen Halvorson
Turkeys Revolt In Massachusetts, Form Gangs
(Photo: NBC4) (TheBlaze/AP) — New York City officials have apologized for sending a collection letter to a man who was fatally struck by a police cruiser, billing him $710 for the damage his body did to the vehicle. In April, police officers in Brooklyn caught 23-year-old Tamon Robinson digging up paving stones, and he was fleeing on foot when he was hit by the vehicle. He reportedly slipped into a coma after the accident, and died six days later without regaining consciousness. Then, last month, Robinson’s mother got a letter from a law firm retained by the city. It was addressed to her dead son and demanded that he pay for the damage within 10 days. Robinson’s mother told The New York Daily News she was outraged. “We’re still grieving, and this is like a slap in the face,” Robinson’s mom, Laverne Dobbinson, 45, remarked. “They want my son to pay for damage to the vehicle that killed him. It’s crazy.” But that’s not all. The Daily News continues: Dobbinson said her family has been dismayed from the start by the lack of respect shown by the city . As Robinson lay brain dead in Brookdale Medical Center, cops kept him shackled to his bed under police guard . Dobbinson said she had to get permission from the NYPD to visit her son’s bedside — and was permitted to stay for only 20 minutes. In a made-for-movie twist, on the day of Robinson’s funeral, cops broke down the door of the family’s apartment — and later acknowledged they had executed a search warrant at the wrong location. The city repaired the door the same day , according to Dobbinson. At the time of his death, Robinson worked at a Connecticut muffin shop in Fort Greene, but also tried to make extra money hawking items , including the paving stones, to scrap dealers, his mother said. [Emphasis added] Here is an NBC4 interview with the mother from October, when she had just received the notice: A spokeswoman for the city’s law department told The New York Times the notice never should have been sent, and it’s unclear why it happened. “We don’t know any instance where we send letters like that,” Paul J. Browne said. “I’m not sure how it came out.” Cristina Gonzalez, a lawyer for the collection firm, added: “We were not aware of the circumstances…This type of receivable is not something we pursue when the alleged debtor is deceased.” The family’s lawyer, Sanford Rubenstein, reportedly intends to file a lawsuit on behalf of the family seeking $20 million for what he claims was a wrongful death. The Brooklyn district attorney’s office is also investigating the matter.
BURLINGTON, Massachusetts (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney plans to talk up some specifics of his economic proposals as he enters a critical period of his campaign and tries to erase a small lead that President Barack Obama has built in the polls. Romney's challenge is to keep it close until the campaign goes into its conclusive phase next month, when he and Obama met on October 3 for the first of three presidential debates that will dominate the final weeks leading up to the November 6 election. In a race defined by the weakness of the U.S. …
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At Telegraph UK, ” Arkansas police release dashboard camera video of fatal officer shooting “: US authorities have released footage which shows an Arkansas police officer pleading for his life before he was fatally shot during an incident last year. Footage captured by a dashboard camera in the police vehicle shows how the tragic events unfolded during a routine stop in April 2011. Trumann police officer Jonathan Schmidt and his colleague Corey Overstreet pulled over a car on suspicion of it being uninsured. The driver was handcuffed and questioned. Mr Schmidt then opened the rear left door to the vehicle where Jerry Lard was sitting. Lard opened fire on the officer, shooting at his face. He then ran from the car, continuing to shoot at the two officers as he yelled, “What you got b—-?” In the 20-minute long video, Mr Schmidt can be heard pleading with Lard off-camera: “Please don’t shoot me. Please don’t shoot me again.”
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Police in San Gabriel, California, just north of Los Angeles, have charged Commerce Secretary John Bryson with felony hit-and-run after the 68-year-old official apparently caused two separate car crashes on Saturday afternoon. Bryson was found unconscious behind the wheel at the scene of the second accident, and is currently in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Three of the other people involved in the accidents are also being treated for minor injuries. Politico provides a concise account of the incidents: Bryson, 68, was allegedly driving a Lexus on San Gabriel Boulevard when he hit the back of a Buick that was waiting for a train to pass. There were three men in the Buick. The commerce secretary is said to have spoken to the men after hitting the car the first time and then, while leaving the scene, again hit the vehicle. The men in the Buick followed Bryson’s car while they called 911. A few minutes later at about 5:10 p.m. local time, Bryson allegedly caused another collision — this one involving a Honda Accord with a man and a woman inside. According to the statement, Bryson was “found alone and unconscious behind the wheel of his vehicle” and was treated at a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Bryson’s departure from the scene of the first collision makes it a felony, because there were injuries involved. He reportedly passed a breathalyzer test, and provided a blood sample for a toxicology test, although the results of the latter will not be known for another few days. Bryson is the former CEO of Edison International, approved with some reluctance by the Senate last October after his predecessor, Gary Locke, became ambassador to China. His nomination was delayed by a power struggle between congressional Republicans and the White House over free-trade agreements with Panama, Columbia, and South Korea. However, there were also significant objections to Bryson himself. His critics, most notably Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), regarded him as an environmental extremist, citing his support for cap-and-trade legislation, service to the United Nations as a climate-change advisor, and involvement in founding the Natural Resources Defense Council. Also, Bryson’s connections to California politics led some to detect a whiff of crony capitalist foul play during the state’s energy crisis in 2001. “To me, he’s not qualified to be secretary of Commerce at a time when we have 9.1 percent unemployment,” said Barrasso. The Washington Times editorial board added, “Nominating an advocate for schemes that massively raise prices for struggling consumers and small businesses makes little sense in this economy,” and concluded that President Obama “ought to look for someone with a track record of creating jobs, not someone whose claim to fame is building an organization dedicated to destroying them.” Curiously, Bryson was also an advisor to a private equity firm called Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Company. President Obama normally regards such firms as festering pools of heartless evil, but presumably Bryson’s years of environmental activism, serving as a tireless advocate for greater government power, helped wash away the corrupting stain of private equity.
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Responding to critics who claim he was too quick to blame drug smugglers for the deaths of five people found in a burned-out SUV last weekend, an Arizona sheriff said Wednesday that he was merely sharing timely information about the case and never formally concluded that the deaths were the work of a cartel.
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The European Union’s suspension of economic sanctions against Myanmar has riled exiled activists, who are urging the United States to press for further reforms by the dominant military before following suit.
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