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December 18, 2018

PAIR OF CHICAGO POLICE OFFICERS KILLED BY TRAIN

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say two officers investigating a shots-fired call on the city’s far South Side have died after being struck by a train.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the officers who were fatally hit last night evening were 37-year-old Eduardo Marmolejo and 31-year-old Conrad Gary. Johnson said Marmolejo had been with the department for two and a half years and Gary for 18 months.

Johnson said the officers were struck shortly after 6 p.m.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said a weapon was recovered and a person of interest is being questioned.

Local media reported that the officers were struck by a train operated by the South Shore commuter rail line that links northern Indiana and Chicago.

WAFFLE HOUSE SHOOTING IN TENNESSEE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The father of a man accused of killing four people with an assault-style rifle in a Nashville Waffle House says he gave guns back to Travis Reinking that had previously been confiscated when his son told him he was moving away.

According to a deposition filed in federal court yesterday, Jeffrey Reinking had been holding three rifles and a handgun in a gun safe after his son’s Illinois firearms owner identification was revoked.

In the deposition, Reinking says he spoke with an officer at the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office before returning the guns but he declines to say what advice he was given.

The federal case was filed by family members of victim Akilah DaSilva. It accuses Jeffry Reinking of negligent infliction of emotional distress and civil conspiracy.

DUI - SCHOOL BUSH WRECK

TAYLORSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman has been charged with driving while impaired after a crash with a school bus that sent 13 students to the hospital.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol issued a news release saying Kimberly Ann Austin was also charged with driving left of center. The 56-year-old Taylorsville resident was being treated yesterday afternoon at a hospital.

It wasn’t clear if she had a lawyer who could speak for her. A working home phone listing couldn’t be found, and the district attorney’s office didn’t immediately respond to an email asking if Austin has an attorney.

The Highway Patrol says that Austin’s car crossed the center line and hit the bus carrying a driver and 19 students. The Patrol said 12 of the students suffered minor injuries, while one was in critical condition but expected to survive.

STUDENTS CHARGED AFTER POSTING CLIP MIMICKING SCHOOL SHOOTING

RAVENA, N.Y. (AP) — Three students in New York State who police say posted videos mimicking a school shooting face felony charges of making a terroristic threat.

The Albany County Sheriff’s Office says two videos were made by Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk students aged 10, 14 and 15 and posted to Instagram. They show a student with a fake gun barging into a living room and “shooting” two other students sitting with tray tables. In one video, students use a racial epithet.

Sheriff Craig Apple says the videos were “very graphic, very racist and horrifying.” But civil rights experts raise free speech concerns and call the arrests police overreach.

Another student reported the postings Friday, and police arrested three students Saturday.

The videos did not specifically threaten any schools or people.

The students have been suspended.

NUNCHUCKS BAN IN NEW YORK OVERTURNED BY COURT

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal court says New York’s ban on nunchucks, the martial arts weapon made famous by Bruce Lee but prohibited in the state for decades, is unconstitutional under the Second Amendment.

Judge Pamela Chen issued her ruling last week in federal court in Brooklyn.

The plaintiff, James Maloney, started his legal quest after being charged with possession of nunchucks in his home in 2000.

Maloney wants to teach a form of martial art using nunchucks that he created to his sons.

The state has completely banned private citizens from owning nunchucks, two rigid rods connected at one end by a chain or rope, since 1974.

The suit names the Nassau County district attorney as defendant. The county’s lawyer had no immediate comment.

RAND PAUL’S ATTACKER

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Federal prosecutors seeking a new sentencing hearing for Sen. Rand Paul’s attacker say the Republican lawmaker suffered chronic pain months after being tackled while doing yard work at his Kentucky home.

Prosecutors said in a recent court filing that Rene Boucher’s 30-day sentence was unreasonable for such an “inexplicable and violent assault,” noting sentencing guidelines outlined 21 to 27 months in prison.

They’re appealing the sentence to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Prosecutors say Paul suffered broken ribs, resulting in repeated hospital trips. They say the attack damaged Paul’s lung, causing him breathing problems. They also say he developed pneumonia and suffered chronic back pain months afterward.

Boucher’s attorney, Matt Baker, says if the victim were anyone other than a senator, the sentence would be the same as what Boucher received.

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