Man fatally shoots armed robber breaking into home

(WSVN) — NEAR FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Officials are investigating the death of a man who allegedly broke into a victim’s house, Wednesday morning.

According to Broward Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives, 51-year-old Gary Peterson was armed and wearing a mask when he tried to force his way into the victim’s home, located at 530 N.W. 30th Terrace, around 3:30 a.m. Witnesses said they saw Peterson wearing dark clothes and holding what looked like a firearm.

The victim and resident, officials said, argued with Peterson and a struggle ensued shortly after and Peterson eventually forced his way inside the house. “There’s no information right now that leads us to think they knew each other,” said Broward Sheriff’s Officer Gina Carter.

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Reagan biographer: Hinckley release ‘purely political decision’

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John Hinckley

A noted historian and lecturer who has written several books about Ronald Reagan and his presidency is warning that the decision by a federal judge to release John W. Hinckley Jr., the man who tried to kill Reagan in 1981, is a “travesty” and a threat to society.

The comments are from Craig Shirley, whose works “Rendezvous with Destiny: Ronald Reagan and the Campaign that Changed America,” “Reagan’s Revolution: The Untold Story of the Campaign That Started It All” and “Last Act: The Final Years and Emerging Legacy of Ronald Reagan” are among many writings about the late president.

It was reported Wednesday that Hinckley will be released from a government psychiatric hospital after more than 35 years.

Judge Paul L. Friedman of Washington determined the 61-year-old isn’t a significant danger to himself or others any longer.

He set a number of restrictions on Hinckley, but they could be dropped over the next year, “removing him from court control for the first time since he was confined to St. Elizabeth’s hospital after the shooting.”

Hinkley has been allowed supervised visits with family over the years.

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Chaos outside the Washington Hilton on March 30, 1981, after John Hinckley tried to assassinate President Reagan.

“After 34 years as an [inpatient] at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, and in view of the foregoing findings, and the successful completion of over 80 … visits to Williamsburg over the last 10 years, the court finds that Mr. Hinckley has received the maximum benefits possible in the inpatient setting,” the judge said.

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“The court finds by the preponderance of the evidence that Mr. Hinckley will not be a danger to himself or to others if released on full-time convalescent leave to Williamsburg under the conditions proposed.”

He could be sent back if he causes trouble, and is not allowed to go beyond a 50-mile radius of Williamsburg, Virginia.

Shirley expressed outrage.

“The decision to release John Hinckley Jr., from St. Elizabeth’s psychiatric hospital after his attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan is outrageous, disgraceful and a travesty of justice,” he said in a statement.

“No matter how much supervision he has, John Hinckley cannot be trusted to move and function in society. Even though his victims, President Ronald Reagan and White House Press Secretary James Brady have passed on, Mr. Hinckley remains a threat,” he continued.

“According to the Secret Service, he is still obsessed with Jodie Foster. Hinckley’s actions remain a terrible stain on American history and a reminder of the lifetime of damage that can be caused by one man in a matter of seconds.”

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Actress Jodie Foster

Shirley charged that the judge is motivated by politics.

“This is a purely political decision by Judge Paul L. Friedman who clearly wishes to corrupt Reagan’s legacy. Judge Friedman was appointed to the bench by President Bill Clinton in March of 1994. Just as a jury of liberal Washingtonians came to the liberally biased verdict that John Hinckley was innocent by reason of insanity, so too is this decision,” he wrote.

“Hinckley is the murderer of Jim Brady and attempted murderer of Reagan, police officer Thomas Delahunty and Secret Service agent Tim McCarthy.

“Once again, corrupt liberal justice was served, but justice was not served for the four victims of Hinckley’s sick actions,” he wrote.

Hinckley’s attack not only wounded Reagan but also press secretary James Brady, U.S. Secret Service agent Tim McCarthy and Washington policeman Thomas Delahanty. It was two decades after the shooting, but Brady eventually died of complications from the injuries he sustained in the shooting. His death officially was ruled a homicide.

Hinckley explained he tried to shoot Reagan to impress Hollywood actress Jodie Foster.

A jury in Washington considered 13 charges against Hinckley,but found him not guilty by reason of insanity.

The Washington Post reported the backlash was so severe 38 states and the federal government changed their laws to raise the standard of proof for insanity defenses.

Others reacted with surprise. Radio talk show host Mark Levin tweeted, “I never thought I’d see the day when John Hinckley, Reagan’s would-be assassin, would be released; the world is nuts.”

Hinckley’s lawyer, Barry Levine, highlighted the judge’s determination that Hinckley isn’t dangerous.

“Mr. Hinckley recognizes that what he did was horrific. But it’s crucial to understand that what he did was not an act of evil. It was an act caused by mental illness,” he said. “He is profoundly sorry, and he wishes he could take back that day, but he can’t. And he has lived for decades recognizing the pain he caused his victims, their families and the nation.”

Don Bongino, whose “Life Inside the Bubble” recounts his tenure as a Secret Service agent protecting presidents, wasn’t reassured.

“Just because he hasn’t acted up in a clinical environment in decades, doesn’t mean he does not have a proclivity to act out violently when he’s out of that setting,” he told the Post.

Bongino noted the significant burden that will be added to the Secret Service, especially whenever a president travels near Williamsburg.

“They are going to have do some kind of surveillance operation and watch him whenever the president is around,” Bongino said. “There is no room for error on this.”

President Ronald Reagan being shoved into his limousine by Secret Service agents after being shot March 30, 1981.

President Ronald Reagan being shoved into his limousine by Secret Service agents after being shot by John Hinckley.

Hinckley reportedly struggled with mental-health issues in high school and eventually stalked Foster, then a Yale student.

After he shot Reagan, police found a letter he had written in which he said, “Jodie, I’m asking you now to please look into your heart and at least give me a chance, with this historic deed to gain your respect and love.’

Court records from St. Elizabeth’s physicians found he was delusional and had a raging narcissistic personality disorder.

But the judge’s ruling said doctors believe Hinckley’s “primary diagnoses of psychotic disorder … have been in full and sustained remission for well over 20 years.”

But the judge also noted that as recently as 2015, Hinckley was willfully deceiving authorities about what he did during unsupervised periods of his times away from the hospital. And the judge said some experts asked for continued corroboration of Hinckley’s activities and whereabouts, based on his “history of unreliable self-reporting.”

The ruling states Hinckley’s family supports him and would continue to do so, although members expect he will receive government benefits to assist with expenses.

The judge found Hinckley is on Risperdal and Zoloft and his “narcissistic personality disorder is significantly attenuated from its previous state.”

“Mr. Hinckley continues to exhibit symptoms of self-importance, but he no longer exhibits the intense self-absorption and grandiosity that was present.”

The court also is counting on his 90-year-old mother to provide supervision when he lives with her.

“My father did more than say the Lords Prayer He lived it in forgiving John Hinkley Jr…Maybe we should do the same,” Michael Reagan, Ronald Reagan’s son, tweeted following the announcement of Hinckley’s release.

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$3 million lottery winner ‘invested in meth ring’

(CNBC) — A Georgia man who reportedly used part of his $3 million in lottery winnings to deal drugs has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and firearm charges.

Court records show that Ronnie Music of Waycross pleaded guilty on July 22 to charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and being a felon in possession of firearms. Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that Music, who won $3 million in the Georgia lottery, used the money to buy methamphetamine to sell.

Prosecutors say the case began when several people were caught trying to sell 11 pounds of methamphetamine worth $500,000.

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Dozens of cops injured in student fights

(NYPOST) — Dozens of city school safety agents were hospitalized after clashes with students in the first three months of the year, according to NYPD data.

Sixty-nine school safety officials suffered injuries after violent disputes on campuses across the city, figures released last week show.

Of those, 40 sustained injuries that were severe enough to require hospital visits, according to the NYPD’s data.

“This is a problem that’s getting worse,” said Greg Floyd, president of the school safety-agents union, Teamsters Local 237.

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Trump encourages Russia to find Hillary’s missing emails

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(CNN) — Donald Trump on Wednesday called on Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s email.

“Russia, if you’re listening I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press,” Trump said during a news conference in Florida.

Shortly after his event ended, Trump repeated his call on Twitter.

“If Russia or any other country or person has Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 illegally deleted emails, perhaps they should share them with the FBI!” Trump tweeted.

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Trump encourages Russia to find Hillary’s missing emails

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(CNN) — Donald Trump on Wednesday called on Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s email.

“Russia, if you’re listening I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press,” Trump said during a news conference in Florida.

Shortly after his event ended, Trump repeated his call on Twitter.

“If Russia or any other country or person has Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 illegally deleted emails, perhaps they should share them with the FBI!” Trump tweeted.

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Olympians literally ‘swimming in human cr-p’

(BREITBART) — Olympic athletes competing in the waters off Rio’s shore dodge human feces, the invisible rotavirus, and dead bodies in pursuit of gold.

This game ranks not as an official Olympic sport but as a necessity for athletes competing on the open waters during the August event in Rio.

“We just have to keep our mouths closed when the water sprays up,” Afrodite Zegers, a sailor on the Olympic team of the Netherlands, reasons to the New York Times.

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Olympians literally ‘swimming in human cr-p’

(BREITBART) — Olympic athletes competing in the waters off Rio’s shore dodge human feces, the invisible rotavirus, and dead bodies in pursuit of gold.

This game ranks not as an official Olympic sport but as a necessity for athletes competing on the open waters during the August event in Rio.

“We just have to keep our mouths closed when the water sprays up,” Afrodite Zegers, a sailor on the Olympic team of the Netherlands, reasons to the New York Times.

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This game ranks not as an official Olympic sport but as a necessity for athletes competing on the open waters during the August event in Rio.

“We just have to keep our mouths closed when the water sprays up,” Afrodite Zegers, a sailor on the Olympic team of the Netherlands, reasons to the New York Times.

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Mean season: Black man shot for Trump support

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A black Air Force veteran from Cleveland has been shot for voicing his support for GOP nominee Donald Trump.

Paul Jones Jr., 60, loves talking about politics with his friends.

Paul Jones, 60, was shot for being a Trump supporter

Paul Jones Jr., 60, was shot for being a Trump supporter

He was pumped up about his support for Trump after last week’s GOP convention in his city.

So he let his pals in his neighborhood bar know what he was thinking Monday night.

Jones took a bullet as a direct result of that conversation, he said from his hospital bed.

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Detectives were still looking for the shooter Wednesday, and Jones is expected to make a full recovery.

As Jones tells the story, he was sharing his enthusiasm for Trump with a friend when another man nearby got involved in the discussion.

“He butted in the conversation,” Jones said. “The conversation wasn’t directed at him or to him.”

The unidentified assailant then reportedly went out to his car and came back with a gun.

Cleveland police said the attacker shot Jones in the thigh, then walked out.

“I’m quite sure you have a lot of people having their own opinions. But that doesn’t mean you should hurt somebody because you have your own opinion,” said Jones’ mother, Latosca.

 

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