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The parking lot outside Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City on April 13, 2014.  KCTV

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Shootings at Jewish-related locations in a Kansas City suburb left three people dead on Sunday and a suspect was in custody, CBS affiliate KCTV reported.

One shooting was reported about 1 p.m. Sunday at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, according to an Overland Park Fire Department spokesman. This happened at the Lewis and Shirley White Theatre inside the center.

About 75 people were inside the theater, most of them children, KCTV said.

Teens were auditioning for KC Superstar and parents were frantically trying to get to their children. One of the dead was killed in the parking lot of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City.

A second shooting was reported at Village Shalom, an assisted living center on West 123rd Street in Overland Park.

A suspect was arrested at the Valley View Park Elementary School, a mile away from Village Shalom. KCTV reported the suspect appeared to yell “Heil Hitler” as he was being led away in handcuffs by Overland Park police.

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A suspect was arrested at the Valley View Park Elementary School in Overland Park, Kan.
 KCTV

Police said one of the dead was killed in the parking lot of the Jewish Community Center.

Authorities also confirmed that a one person was undergoing surgery at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. It wasn’t immediately clear whether that one person died in surgery and was one of the three dead or was a fourth person shot.

Worried relatives of residents toldKCTV that Village Shalomhas been placed on lockdown.Phyllis Cantor, who is undergoing rehabilitation at Village Shalom, said she heard the sound of sirens. She said many police officers are at the scene and their focus appeared to be on a white car in the parking lot.


Outside areas closed while police searched for animal

DERRY, N.H. — Derry, N.H., police say they found and euthanized a fox that chased a woman and her son and bit another girl on the ankle.

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The first incident involving the fox was reported Wednesday around 6:45 p.m. Derry police said they got a call from a woman who said she watched a fox circle her 9-year-old son while he was playing in their back yard.

She said the boy started to run to the house, and the fox chased him and knocked him to the ground.

She said she threw something at the animal and it backed off, only to chase both her and her son as they continued to run back to their house.

The woman said she then swung a shovel at it and the fox ran into nearby bushes.

They were not injured.

The second incident was reported Thursday around 3:45 p.m. at Don Ball Park on Humphrey Road. The caller told police that the fox bit a 5-year-old girl in the ankle while she was playing.

Police said they responded to the area and after an extensive search the fox was located.

Officers said they were forced to euthanize the fox in a wooded area off Cemetery Road.

During the search for the fox, police said a public safety alert was issued for resident in the areas of Schurman Drive, Cemetery Road, Dexter Street, South Main Street and in the area surrounding Don Ball Park.

As a further precaution, the park and all outside areas of the West Running Brook School and Derry Village School were closed.

Those areas have since reopened.


Man in stable condition at hospital

Mary Saladna/WCVB

PLYMOUTH, Mass. — Plymouth police said they were forced to shoot a man Thursday evening after he charged at them with a knife.

Officers said they were called to the downtown area of Plymouth around 5:45 p.m. after getting a call from the man, who was making suicidal threats.

They said they found him in the downtown area, and when they approached him, he charged at them with the knife.

One of the responding officers opened fire and shot the unidentified man in the torso.

He was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Plymouth and is listed in stable condition.

He was arrested and charged with assault by means of a dangerous weapon.


State police say man thrown from Jeep

MANCHESTER, N.H. — A 25-year-old man was seriously injured on Interstate 93 on Thursday when a tanker truck struck his Jeep, throwing him from the vehicle.

Police said Matthew Davis, of Plaistow, suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to Elliot Hospital for surgery. He was listed in serious but stable condition.

The crash shut down a portion of I-93 north for about four hours. State police said the truck crashed into the Jeep near exit 6 about 12:30 a.m.

“As a result of that, the operator of the Jeep, the 25-year-old gentleman, was ejected from the Jeep,” said Lt. Christopher Wagner.

Police said the force of the crash threw Davis into the barrier separating the north and southbound lanes.

“As the troopers arrived on scene, they found the situation to be fairly grave, with life-threatening injuries to the operator of the passenger vehicle,” Wagner said.

A good Samaritan helped police administer aid until an ambulance arrived.

The driver of the tanker truck, Wesley Basler, 56, of Richford, Vt., was also taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

Police said Davis said his Jeep had run out of gas, and he was unable to push the vehicle off the roadway.

Police said speed and alcohol did not appear to be factors in the crash.


Man held up People’s United Bank on Elm Street

Furnished by Manchester police

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Manchester police were searching for the man who robbed a bank on Elm Street on Wednesday morning.

Police were called to the People’s United Bank shortly after 9 a.m.

Officers said a man entered the bank and handed the teller a note demanding cash.

He kept his hand in his pocket indicating that he might have a weapon, but no weapon was shown. No one was hurt.

The man was described as a white man, 35- to 45-years-old, 5 feet 5 inches tall and 120 pounds. He has black hair and was clean shaven.

The man was last seen wearing an olive jacket, dark running pants with stripes and dark shoes.


Officials say prison swaps common

Steven Spader

Furnished by State of New Jersey Department of Corrections

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Convicted murderer Steven Spader has been moved from New Hampshire to a prison in New Jersey.

Department of Corrections officials confirmed that Spader, 22, was moved to the New Jersey State Prison on Feb. 15.

Spokesman Jeff Lyons said it’s not uncommon to send inmates to other states in exchange for other inmates, but officials don’t give specific reasons for such transfers.

Lyons said the most common reasons for a transfer are that the inmate is a threat to the institution or the inmate’s personal safety might be threatened without a move.

Spader was convicted of first-degree murder in the October 2009 machete killing of Kimberly Cates, of Mont Vernon. He was also convicted of attempted murder for the attack on Cates’ daughter, Jaimie Cates.

Christopher Gribble was also convicted of murder in the case.

Lyons said New Hampshire has more than 100 inmates serving sentences in other states.


Michael Gagnon assaulted teen during ‘test drives’ of work cars, police say

BELFAST, Maine — A teacher at the Waldo County Technical Center who also coaches softball at an area high school has been charged with sexually assaulting a student.

Police allege that 46-year-old Michael Gagnon, of Winslow, an automotive technology instructor at the career training school, assaulted the 17-year-old Belfast High School student when he took her on “test drives” of vehicles other students were working on.

Police tell the Morning Sentinel that Gagnon also allegedly assaulted the girl at his home in Winslow and a motel in Bangor.

The technical center has suspended Gagnon, as has Mount View High School in Thorndike, where he coached softball.

Gagnon is being held on jail on $10,000 cash bail on a charge of gross sexual assault. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer


Jennifer Bray, The Enterprise

Emily Reynolds

EASTON, Mass. — Brian Edlund had a broken pelvis and flames were closing in on him after his car had crashed into a tree on Summer Street.

That’s when Easton police officer Charles Hopkins joined other bystanders and pulled Edlund to safety, dislodging him from the fiery wreck and dragging him to safety. Two years later, Edlund remains thankful, theEnterprise reported.

“A lot of people say I am very blessed,” said Edlund, 53, on Monday.

On Saturday, the same officer who helped save Edlund died on duty, said Easton police Lt. Gary Sullivan. Sullivan would provide no other details, except to say Hopkins’ death left him “with a heavy heart.”

“Officer Hopkins was a dedicated veteran of the Easton Police Department for more than 13 years,” Sullivan said. “More importantly, Charlie was a devoted husband and father of three children.”

Police responded to Beaver Dam Road after receiving an emergency call reporting a sudden death at 12:27 p.m. Saturday.

State police detectives and the medical examiner responded to the scene to investigate.

Gregg Miliote, spokesman for the Bristol County district attorney’s office said there is no criminal investigation in the matter, which is classified as a sudden death.

Miliote said Hopkins died at home while on duty.

Easton Fire Chief Kevin Partridge remembered Hopkins as a very professional and quiet person.

“He was always there to help and it’s all very sad. We feel for our brother police officers,” Partridge said.

Easton Police Chief Allen Krajcik could not be reached for comment Monday.

In 2012, Krajcik said at the time that Hopkins along with others, risked his life to save Edlund.

“These gentlemen, without any regard for their own safety, went out and clearly saved that man’s life,” Krajcik said at the time.

Several public safety officers have died within the last year. Two Boston firefighters died on March 26 fighting a fire in the Back Bay. That fire claimed the lives of Boston fire Lt. Edward Walsh, 43, and Boston firefighter Michael Kennedy, 33.

State police said that state trooper Gregory Jasinskas, 40, of West Bridgewater, committed suicide last July. And West Bridgewater police officer Sgt. Gregory Ames was found dead in his Bridgewater home in what the district attorney’s office called an unattended death in last June.

The sudden death of an emergency responder is felt by an entire department said Mitch Librett, a criminal justice professor at Bridgewater State University, who worked as a New York police officer for 23 years.

“When something like a sudden death happens, it has a tremendous impact on the well-being of any organization,” he said. “And in a small organization it is magnified exponentially. It’s a terrible thing.”


Miriam Carey killed after car chase in Washington, D.C.

Miriam Carey

WASHINGTON — The attorney for the family of a Connecticut woman killed by police on Capitol Hill six months ago says her autopsy found she was shot multiple times from behind, including a shot to the back of the head.

Attorney Eric Sanders said on his law firm’s website that the autopsy found Miriam Carey was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Carey was shot to death after a car chase that went from the White House to near the U.S. Capitol in October of last year. The report from Sanders said the “Carey family is understandably upset.”

Calls to Sanders’ office and to U.S. Capitol Police were not immediately returned late Monday.

Carey, a 34-year-old dental hygienist, tried to ram her car through a White House barrier on Oct. 3 before leading police on a chase that ended with her being killed. Her 1-year-old daughter was in the car but escaped serious injury.

Carey’s relatives have challenged law enforcement accounts that she was delusional and raised questions over whether police used an appropriate level of force. Sanders has said he believes officers who shot Carey mishandled the encounter and should be prosecuted.

Carey, who had been diagnosed with postpartum depression and psychosis, told officers who responded to her Stamford, Conn., apartment prior to the Washington incident that President Barack Obama communicated with her and had set up cameras to record her life for national news outlets, police said.

In an interview Monday with the National Journal, Sanders portrayed the autopsy findings as bolstering his theory that Carey’s shooting was not justified.


Eric Pfalzgraff accused of breaking and entering

Jack Harper/WCVB-TV

BOSTON — A man was in court Monday, accused of breaking into a boat that was docked in Boston and posing as a police officer when confronted by the owners, police said.

Eric Pfalzgraff, who turned 39 Monday, broke into the boat docked off Commercial Street, police said. When a Boston couple returned to the boat, they found the man onboard eating cake, drinking beer, and smoking cigars.

When confronted, he allegedly claimed to work for the Boston Police Harbor Patrol.
At the time, Pflazgraff was allegedly wearing the man’s Rolex watch but returned it before police took him into custody.

Pflazgraff was held on $5,000 and ordered to undergo a three-week evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospital.

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