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State Fair GOP booth volunteer reports sexual assault by woman
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uFALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — Police at the Minnesota State Fair say they’re investigating after a volunteer at the Republican Party booth reported being groped through her clothes after a political argument with another woman.

The 40-year-old GOP volunteer told police her assailant walked away after the incident Friday night.

The Star Tribune reports that State Fair police spokeswoman Brooke Blakey declined to say what part of the victim’s body was groped. The assailant was described as a woman in her 30s.

There were no immediate arrests. Police are asking any witnesses to come forward.

The party’s state chairwoman, Jennifer Carnahan, told KSTP-TV that other people also have been hostile while visiting the booth. She says people have used foul language and obscene gestures against volunteers, cursed President Donald Trump and poured drinks on merchandise.

uTEXAS MAN ACCUSED OF FATALLY SHOOTING BOSS AFTER BEING FIRED: HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities allege a 22-year-old suburban Houston man fatally shot his boss after being fired.

Jatraveous Williams remained jailed on Saturday after being charged with murder in the death of 56-year-old Leonard John Ruffer.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office alleges Williams shot Ruffer, who owned a floor installation business, after Ruffer fired him. Investigators say Ruffer was shot Friday morning at his home in the Houston suburb of Spring.

The sheriff’s office says one of Williams’ relatives was driving him to speak with investigators when he pulled out a gun. The relative pulled over to a gas station and called authorities.

After a 90-minute standoff, Williams surrendered to deputies.

uTEXAS TROOPER DIES MONTHS AFTER BEING SHOT AT CRASH SCENE: EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — A state trooper has died more than four months after he was shot while investigating a vehicle collision in South Texas.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said in a statement that Trooper Moises Sanchez, 49,  died Saturday after suffering head injuries when he was shot April 6 in Edinburg.

Authorities say Sanchez was investigating a vehicle collision but couldn’t find one of the drivers. They say he then found Victor Alejandro Godinez nearby and was shot.

Authorities say charges of attempted murder against Godinez will be upgraded to capital murder. Godinez, of Edinburg has been jailed since the weekend of the shooting.  

u12-YEAR-OLD BOY SHOT AT GEORGIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: CONYERS, Ga. (AP) — A 12-year-old boy has been wounded in a shooting at an elementary school in Georgia and another child is in custody.

Rockdale County sheriff’s deputies say deputies responded to Peek’s Chapel Elementary School in Conyers at about 6:35 p.m. Friday and found the boy with a gunshot wound. He was taken to an area hospital. His condition was not known Saturday afternoon.

Deputies say a boy was taken into custody and has been charged in connection with the shooting.  

uPOLICE: MAN SHOOTS WORSHIPPER DURING CHURCH SERVICE ROBBERY: FOREST ACRES, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a man walked into a South Carolina church demanding money during an early Sunday service and shot one worshipper.

Centro Cristiano de Columbia Church Pastor Henry Alfaro said the lights were dim and people were praying when the man waved his gun and demanded money around 6:15 a.m.

Alfaro told WLTX-TV the man fired in the air, then shot a church member before his gun appeared to stop working and he ran from the church in the Columbia suburb of Forest Acres.

Forest Acres Police say the man got into a car and drove off. He hasn’t been identified.

uRIGHT ON TRACK, FLORIDA COUPLE MARRIES ON HIGH-SPEED TRAIN: FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — They may have been travelling a speedy 79 mph, but a Florida couple remained steady as they said their vows while onboard a high-speed passenger train.

Paul Ward and Jules Bandiera became the first couple to get married on the Brightline train. They tied the knot Saturday between the Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach stations. A minister married the gay couple who held a quick photo session and celebration at the West Palm station before hopping the train home.

Ward told the Sun Sentinel he was standing outside work one day pondering a yacht wedding when the train passed by and he “was stopped in my tracks.”


uMARRIED ONLY MINUTES, TEXAS NEWLYWEDS KILLED IN CRASH: ORANGE, Texas (AP) — Harley Morgan was still wearing his dark suit and Rhiannon Boudreaux her wedding dress when the Texas “childhood sweethearts” were killed in a crash with a truck minutes after they were married.

Nineteen-year-old Morgan and 20-year-old Boudreaux were pronounced dead Friday at the scene by the same justice of the peace who had just married them.

“I’m talking five minutes. You may kiss the bride,” said Orange Police Cpt. Keith Longlois. “The family was right behind them. They were all going out to go to wherever they were going to have their reception,” he said.

Longlois said they were “childhood sweethearts” who decided to be married by a popular Orange County Justice of the Peace Joy Dubose-Simonton.

He said the groom was driving when he tried to exit the driveway of the Justice of The Peace building onto a five-lane highway. A truck pulling a trailer carrying a heavy tractor slammed into their vehicle. The force was so great that witnesses said the car flipped multiple times before coming to rest in a ditch.

The driver of the truck was not identified but Longlois said he was cooperating with the investigation and there was no sign of wrongdoing. Drug and alcohol tests would be conducted, he said.

“I had to sit there and watch my two babies die,” the mother of the groom, LaShawna Morgan, told the Beaumont Enterprise