Enfield, Nova Scotia-A 51-year-old man went on a shooting rampage on Sunday killing at lease 10 people, including a police officer.
The suspect, identified as Gabriel Wortman, was found by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in a gas station in Enfield, Nova Scotia. Authorities said the suspect is also dead.
“In excess of 10 people have been killed,” RCMP Chief Superintendent Chris Leather said. “We believe it to be one person who is responsible for all the killings and that he alone moved across the northern part of the province and committed what appears to be several homicides.”
Brian Sauvé, President of National Police Federation union, said a police officer was among those killed in a shooting and another was injured. “Countless families are in mourning today,” Assistant RCMP Commissioner Lee Begerman said.
The officer has been identified as Const. Heidi Stevenson, a mother of two, and a 23-year-old veteran of the force.
The incident began in a small, rural town of Portapique. Residents were advised to lock their homes and stay in the basement. Several buildings fires were also reported by residents. A motive has not yet been provided.
“This is one of the most senseless acts of violence in our province’s history,” said Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil.
Cpl. Lisa Croteau, a spokeswoman with the provincial force, said police received a call about “a person with firearms” at around 10:30 p.m. Saturday and the investigation “evolved into an active shooting investigation.”
“My heart goes out to everyone affected in what is a terrible situation,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.
Tampa, FL-A week after a Florida man was released from jail due to the coronavirus spread, he was arrested on murder charges.
Joseph Edward Williams was released on March 19 following the issuance of an administrative order aimed at lowering the risk of COVID-19 spread. Williams, 26, was being held at the Hillsborough Count Jail on a $2,500 bond for felony and misdemeanor drug charges.
A week later, Williams shot and killed someone in Tampa. Williams was arrested April 13 for second-degree murder, resisting an officer with violence, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia, authorities said. A judge set bail at $250,000.
"There is no question Joseph Williams took advantage of this health emergency to commit crimes while he was out of jail awaiting resolution of a low-level, non-violent offense," Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a statement. "Judges, prosecutors, and Sheriffs around the country are facing difficult decisions during this health crisis with respect to balancing public health and public safety. Sheriffs in Florida and throughout our country have released non-violent, low-level offenders to protect our deputies and the jail population from an outbreak."
Police said Williams has a long criminal history that includes felony burglary and drug convictions.
San Marcos, TX-A San Marcos police officer and a suspect are both dead after a shooting Saturday evening.
At approximately 6:05 p.m police responded to a domestic disturbance call at Twin Lakes Villas Apartments at 2917 Hunter Road.
According to authorities, the officers were ambushed by the suspect with a rife.
One of the officers was fatally shot, and the other two officers were shot and transported to a local hospital with they underwent surgery
Police say the suspect died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“We are heartbroken to make this announcement,” Interim Police Chief Bob Klett said in a statement. “We ask for your support for our fellow officers and their families as we try to cope with yet another tragic event in our San Marcos police family.”
The names of the officers and suspect have not yet been released.
A Florida man called in more than a dozen New Jersey restaurants and placed large ordered who he claimed were for local police departments, but he never paid for or picked up the food.
The South Brunswick Township Police Department said the scheme costs the businesses several thousand dollars.
Sudeep Khetani, 34, called pizzerias and restaurants in three New Jersey counties. During a press release, authorities said, “each time he indicated he would pick up the order or it was intended for local police.”
"In several of the follow-up calls the pizzerias made to the phone number that placed the order, Khetani would make statements about Italians and wished they would be affected with the coronavirus," police said.
Authorizes said Khetani used a voice override service to mask his real phone numbers, but detectives were able to identify him.
Police believe Khetani is currently in the Orlando, Florida area, where he is on probation for selling fake Disney World tickets.
“It is incomprehensible that a suspect would play on the goodwill of so many during these difficult times," South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka said in a statement. "We have had several residents send us food, which I appreciate tremendously, but this suspect has gone to a new low."
“Our businesses are all struggling and every dollar matters. I will not tolerate someone trying to take advantage of our community in these difficult days," he said.
Khetani has been charged with theft, and authorities are considering whether the crimes could also be biased in nature or constitute cyber harassment.
Alexandria, VA- A North Carolina woman is facing charges in Virginia for allegedly assaulting a Federal Air Marshal during a flight to Dulles International Airport this past weekend.
On February 22, Dana Mustafa, 27, was on board a flight that departed from Frankfurt, Germany, when fight attendants were alerted to the activation of a flight lavatory smoke detector. Flight attendants saw Mustafa in the lavatory smoking and told her smoking was not allowed on the aircraft.
Court documents say Mustafa was crying and told flight attendants that she was returning home to see family because they died in a car accident.
A Federal Air Marshal then saw Mustafa leave her seat and walked to the rear of the plane towards the bathroom. A flight attendant tried to stop Mustafa when she pushed the flight attendant and tried to close the bathroom door. Federal Air Marshals intervened at which time Mustafa became combative and was resisting being handcuffed. Court documents also say she yelled and kicked at the Federal Air Marshals.
When Mustafa was relocated next to a Federal Air Marshal, court documents say she said: "I’m going to stab everyone on this plane. Then kill myself. I’m Palestinian! That’s how we get down."
When the plane landed at Dulles Airport, court documents say Mustafa was interviewed by an FBI agent and allegedly said the story about her family being killed was a lie.
Mustafa is charged with assaulting a federal officer. She faces up to 8 years in prison if convicted.
Spring Valley, NY- A man accused of stabbing a security guard to death in a New York library earlier this week also tried to rape a woman at a hospital last year.
On Tuesday afternoon, Sandra Wilson, 52, was killed at the Finkelstein Memorial Library. Wilson asked Glaudin Blanchard, 25, to turn down his music when he lunged at her, stabbing her with a large kitchen knife. Blanchard was help down by other patrons while waiting for police.
Wilson was taken to the hospital where she later died.
Blanchard was arrested and charged with murder in connection to her death.
Police say Glaudin was a regular at the library and knew the victim. The victim worked at the library for about 10 years.
Officials say that Blanchard attempted to rape a woman at a Nyack Hospital no November 9.
Blanchard entered the rape accuser’s room, help her by her throat and bit her neck. He then allegedly told her, “Shut up and do not scream. Pull down your pants. I do not care about your blood.” The woman managed to fight him off, and Nyack Hospital staff took him out of the facility. She suffered "visible physical injuries to the neck and throat," according to the complaint.
Blanchard was arrested and his bail was set at $100,000, but because of the new bail reform laws that were going into effect in the new year, he was released.
Nashville, TN-The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) has released details regarding a vehicle that is tied to the case of missing 15-month-old Evelyn Boswell.
The BMW that police believe is related to this missing child is a gray 2007 BMW was TN tag 3M96W9. On Friday morning, the TBI reported that the individuals traveling in the BMW have information regarding Evelyn’s whereabouts.
Evelyn Mae Boswell was last seen on December 26, 2019, however she was not reported missing until February 18.
Boswell is 2 feet tall and weighs 28 lbs, with blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a pink tracksuit, pink shoes and a pink bow.
If you have seen Evelyn or this vehicle, immediately call the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office at 423-279-7330 or the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.
Austin, TX-Police say a drunk driver hit a pedestrian and kept driving with the man’s body inside the car.
Paul Joseph Garcia Jr, 24, struck 55-year-old Lee Martin Cagle on Saturday night. Garcia was driving his Ford Focus at a high rate of speed with his headlights off when he hit Cagle who was pushing a shopping cart on Menchaca Road on February 15.
When Cagle was struck, his body went through the front windshield and landed in Garcia’s front passenger seat. According to a police affidavit, the victim suffered extreme head trauma and significant damage to the extremities, enough to sever some of them. Body parts were later found both at the accident site and inside the vehicle.
Garcia drove half a mile to the South Austin Beer Garden where he stopped and went inside. Bartenders refused Garcia service and called police.
"He was in tears,” said David Pearce co-owner of the South Austin Beer Garden. “He was distraught. In a panic state. You could see he had tears in his eyes and he looked like he was running from something."
Garcia was charged with intoxication manslaughter and failure to stop and render aid.
Kinnelon, NJ-A school bus driver is being accused of sexually assaulting two young Kinnelon students.
Thomas Thomasevich, 70, of Oakland, bribed them with candy and donuts so they would not tell anyone about the months of molestation during daily games of “hide-and-seek” on the bus.
Thomasevich was arrested Tuesday on charges of sexual assault, child endangerment and multiple counts of neglect. He is currently being help in the Morris County Jail.
The sexual assaults began in October and continued until one of the girls reported the abuse by ‘Bus Driver Tom’ to guidance counselors on January 17.
The girls were under the age of 13. The sexual abuse occurred on the bus outside of the school after Thomasevich parked and allowed them to play “hide and seek” with their seat belts off. He arrived early so that the girls would remain on the parked bus and that’s when he sexually assaulted them.
He also allowed students to play on the bus while it was moving with their seat belts off.
When officer interviewed Thomasevich, he told officer he might have touched one student, but it was accidental and because his eyes were closed for the game. He denies touching a second student.
A spokeswoman for the bus company, First Student, said they will be conducted their own investigation and that Thomasevich has been removed from service.
He faces two charges of sexual assault, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and six counts of cruelty and neglect of children.
Kansas City, KS- Bob Nill, 88, helped students every morning for the past five years cross the street outside of their school in Kansas City.
On Tuesday, Nill was struck and killed by a speeding sedan. Nill tried to save two young boys from being struck when he was struck and killed.
The principal at Christ the King Parish Catholic School, Cathy Fithian, told CNN that Nill put his arm out and told the boys, aged 8 and 11 to stop.
"He loved the kids. He was very friendly to everyone he spoke with," Fithian said. "They lit up when they talked to him."
Nill was taken to a local hospital where he later died of his injuries. The incident is under investigation at this time.
Fithian said the community and students loved Nill. "On Valentine's Day, they had given him gifts and cards," she said. "We're blessed to have him in our lives."
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