MAN SUSPECTED OF FIRING ON KIDS AT ICE CREAM TRUCK: SAN BERNARDINO (AP) — Police say that after a nine-hour standoff they have arrested a 59-year-old man suspected of shooting at a group of children who were surrounding an ice cream truck in San Bernardino.
No children were injured by the gunfire Sunday afternoon.
Lt. Richard Lawhead says police fired pyrotechnic tear gas into the man’s house late Sunday night and captured him when he jumped out a window.
Lawhead says the man was bitten by a police dog during the arrest and likely had other injuries, but the extent was unclear.
When police first arrived the man retreated to his house and shot three rounds at an armored vehicle.
A few dozen homes in the neighborhood were evacuated as SWAT officers try to coax him out.
RICHMOND POLICE SHOOT, KILL SUSPECT: RICHMOND (AP) — Police in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Richmond say an officer shot and killed a man as the two got into a struggle at a liquor store.
The officer encountered a group of people at the store early Sunday morning and asked them to leave. Police say the man refused, and he and the officer got into a fight.
The officer ended up on the floor, and the two grappled. Police Chief Chris Magnus said the suspect tried to grab the officer’s gun from his holster.
The officer fired three shots at the man, striking him in the chest and killing him.
GM EXPERT SAYS 19 DEATHS ELIGIBLE FOR COMPENSATION : DETROIT (AP) — The death toll tied to faulty ignition switches in General Motors small cars has risen to 19, according to a compensation expert hired by the company. The number is likely to go higher.
Kenneth Feinberg said Monday that he has determined that 19 wrongful death claims are eligible for payments from GM. General Motors’ estimate of deaths has stood at 13 for months, although the automaker acknowledged the possibility of a higher count.
Feinberg received 125 death claims due to the faulty switches in older-model small cars such as the Chevrolet Cobalt. The rest remain under review or require further documentation, he said in a report issued Monday.
“The public report is simply reporting on those eligible to date,” Feinberg spokeswoman Camille Biros said in an email. “There will certainly be others.”
NEW MEXICO SHERIFF ENTERS PLEA IN DISPUTED STOP: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico sheriff pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges stemming from an off-duty traffic stop that authorities say left a driver injured.
Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella was arraigned on charges of deprivation of rights and brandishing a firearm in a superseding indictment filed a month after he was first charged in the March encounter.
Flanked by his wife and family, Rodella said he understood the new indictment and left without speaking to reporters.
Robert Gorence, Rodella’s attorney, denied the allegations against his client and said the case is largely based on a dispute with U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez over U.S. Forest Service patrols in northern New Mexico.
Authorities said Rodella was in plainclothes when he pulled over a motorist in March, jumped out of his personal SUV with a gun, and shoved his badge in the motorist’s face. The driver was dragged from his car and thrown to the ground, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors said Rodella has been involved in at least three other questionable traffic stops.