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COPS: MAN FIRES BB GUN AT 11-YEAR-OLD, SAID BOY SHOT HIS SON: MCKEESPORT, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man shot an 11-year-old boy in the chest with a BB gun on a playground because he said the boy had previously shot his own young son with the same kind of weapon, authorities said Monday.

Albert Clark, 31, of McKeesport, approached the boy Sunday outside the former George Washington Elementary School and fired twice, police said. The boy fell to the ground, saying he couldn’t breathe, and was later hospitalized in critical condition, police said.

Clark told investigators he then gave the weapon to a child who “was walking up the street,” according to a criminal complaint.

“Clark stated that he was upset that the victim had shot his 5-year-old son with a (BB) gun in the buttocks the day before and that he had shot at his son again” on Sunday, investigators allege in the complaint.

Investigators searched Clark’s home and took 5,000 BB rounds.


SUSPECTS CHARGED IN SENIOR PRANK THAT RELEASED LADYBUG SWARM: CHAPTICO, Md. (AP) — Police have charged seven suspects in a senior prank that released 72,000 ladybugs in a public high school.

The St. Mary’s County’s Sheriff’s Office says in a news release that early May 20, five people forced open a door at Chopticon High School in Morganza, Maryland.

Deputies say the pranksters, who were wearing masks and hoodies, released a swarm of ladybugs throughout the school while two others waited in a car.

One suspect ordered the ladybugs online, deputies say.

Four juveniles have been charged with burglary, property destruction and disruption of school activities. They were released to their parents. Deputies say three adults will be charged by criminal summons.


WOMAN ACCUSED IN VEGAS HATCHET ATTACK THAT LEFT HUSBAND DEAD: LAS VEGAS (AP) — A man died in a hatchet attack that was planned and carried out by his wife and her brother on a Memorial Day visit to Las Vegas, police said.

Maria Hernandez, 33, of Idaho, and Hector Gutierrez, 22, of California, face charges of murder with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit murder, authorities said.

Las Vegas police initially received a report of a carjacking at about 2:30 a.m. Monday, then found Hernandez with her husband, who was dead from multiple injuries believed to come from a hatchet.

Police initially said the couple had pulled over on the side of the road to check on their van when the man was attacked by someone who fled with their vehicle. The van was found about 10 miles away around 7:30 a.m.

Police later said they determined Hernandez had asked Gutierrez to kill her husband and she assisted in the attack. The couple was visiting Las Vegas and met Gutierrez there.

Gutierrez was found with a non-life-threatening stab wound and was treated at a hospital.


15-YEAR-OLD DIES AFTER BEING HIT BY BASEBALL IN MINNESOTA: BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) — Police say a 15-year-old baseball player has died after being struck by a ball in the northern Minnesota city of Bemidji.

The president of the Bemidji Youth Baseball League, Bruce Dahlin, tells KSTP-TV that Zacharie Schaubhut lived in Des Moines, Iowa, but was living with his grandparents for the summer so he could play baseball in Bemidji.

Police say the incident happened just before 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Bemidji High School baseball field.

Police say Zacharie was pitching and was struck by a ball that a batter hit. He died later at a hospital.