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2 dead after residential fire

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KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — two people are dead following a residential fire in a rural area of northwestern Arizona, Mohave County authorities said.

The remains were found after firefighters extinguished the fire reported Tuesday night in the Valle Vista area about 20 miles (32 kilometers) northeast of Kingman, the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Cause of the fire and causes of deaths were under investigation and the identities of those who died weren’t immediately established, the office said.

It wasn’t immediately known whether the fire involved a house or some other type of structure.

The Northern Arizona Fire District and the Kingman Fire Department responded to the fire in the Valle Vista area when it was reported at approximately 10 p.m.

After counseling, man shoots estranged wife, kills self

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A man shot his estranged wife after leaving a counseling office in Louisiana and then killed himself, authorities said.

East Baton Rouge Coroner Beau Clark identified the shooter as Richard Randall Ray, 53, who died at the scene.

The woman, shot in her leg and arm, was taken to an area hospital and is expected to recover.

The two had just met with a counselor in Baton Rouge and were leaving when the shooting happened.

A man armed with a knife in a Massachusetts store killed by officers

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The family that owns the Indulge! The candy store in Newton, Massachusetts is still shaken after a man was killed by police after leaving their shop on Lincoln Street.

“We learned that this person suffers from psychological problems, and it is sad that he lost his life,” said the shopkeeper’s husband, who requested anonymity. “It was heartbreaking, we are both so emotional about it.”

The shopkeeper’s husband says that the man who lives above their store came to the store with a knife towards his wife.

“He told me, ‘I want you to go upstairs with me,’” said the shopkeeper’s husband, and I noticed that he was carrying a knife.

The owner was able to call 911 while trying to comfort this man.

Meanwhile, operators heard enough information to get the police there quickly.

“The owner definitely kept his cool in a difficult situation and was able to protect himself as well as communication and supply by keeping the 911 line open – a reasonable amount of information for the police that would respond,” said Marianne Ryan, Middlesex District Attorney.

The suspect made the owner walk outside the store, and I managed to lock it when the police arrived.

Ryan said that when Newton’s police arrived, they chased the armed suspect upstairs toward his apartment.

Ryan said, “During the subsequent interaction, Newton’s police deployed less than lethal force, using a beanbag rifle, at 2:01 pm, one of the state soldiers who responded fired an electric lightning bolt.” “Neither of these uses of non-lethal force succeeded in subduing the suspect.”

Ryan says it’s when two officers shot the suspect, who later died. He was 28 years old.

The shop owner’s husband says this was a sad result, but he is very grateful that his wife was not harmed.

“I am incredibly proud of her and once again we feel sad, but the worst outcome would be if something happened to both of them,” said the shopkeeper’s husband. “So we’re glad she’s fine, but I’m sure she will have some stress to deal with, I don’t think she will sleep well tonight.

2 men rob drug dealer, then one kills the other

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Two men robbed a drug dealer of his marijuana, but when they met later to split what they had stolen, one of the robbers shot and killed the other because of his body language, according to Norfolk police.

Police said Raphael Cuffee, 28, is charged with second-degree murder in the October shooting death of Michael Perry, 35,

According to police, Cuffee confessed that he and Perry robbed a drug dealer of his marijuana, but Perry kept all of what they stole. The two were to meet to split what they took, but Cuffee told investigators he felt threatened by Perry and started shooting, police said.

Officers responding to a report of a car crash found Perry in the driver’s seat of a sedan with multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to a local hospital where he died, police said.

Four days later, a sergeant working an unrelated case spotted a car matching the description of a vehicle believed to have been involved in the shooting. Cuffee, who was the driver, was taken in custody.

A judge denied Cuffee’s request to be released on bond, saying the charges were too serious. It’s not known if Cuffee has an attorney.

6 people killed, young child rescued in Oklahoma home fire

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A mobile home fire in Woodward claimed the lives of six people, but a firefighter and local resident were able to rescue a young child from the deadly blaze.

The fire ignited . A community member called the Woodward Fire Department at around 1:15 a.m. and reported that a single-wide mobile home was ablaze in the 1100 block of Kansas Avenue.

A Woodward Fire Department captain was the first firefighter at the scene. The captain and a nearby resident used a lawnmower to knock out a window air conditioning unit, creating an escape path for anyone inside to escape. A young child jumped out.

Other firefighters arrived on scene and went into the burning mobile home through the open window and searched for other survivors. They opened the door from the room where the child was rescued and were hit by heat so intense their face masks began to melt.

Firefighters then switched to battling the blaze from outside and quickly contained the fire.

Crews searched the mobile home and found six people dead.

The State Medical Examiner and State Fire Marshal are working to identify the victims and the cause of the of the deadly fire.

A nearby structure sustained exterior damage, but crews were able to stop the blaze from spreading any further.

Settlement reached in Indiana police pursuit, deadly crash

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CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A $1.2 million settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit filed over a high-speed police chase that ended with a crash that killed a 13-year-old northwestern Indiana girl, a family attorney said.

Attorney Lawrence T. Ruder said the settlement was reached after numerous court-ordered mediation sessions. Indiana’s damage caps law limited how much the family could recover for Julianna Chambers’ death and crash injuries her grandmother suffered, he said.

The family sued the cities of East Chicago and Hammond and five of the cities’ police officers over the Feb. 15, 2017, pursuit, which began after Jessica S. Pichon, 31, of Danville, Illinois, stole a case of beer from an East Chicago supermarket.

Pichon’s boyfriend, 32-year-old Donnell Howard Jr. of Highland, Indiana, then led police on a chase that ended when his car collided with another vehicle in Hammond, killing Chambers and seriously injuring her grandmother, Theresa Paramo.

Howard and Pichon each pleaded guilty in late 2017 to two counts of resisting law enforcement and were later sentenced to 15 years in prison. But the state conceded neither entered into their plea agreements knowingly and voluntarily. Howard entered a new guilty plea Monday to one count of resisting law enforcement and is scheduled to be re-sentenced March 29. Pichon is scheduled to enter a new plea March 11.

As part of the settlement, Hammond and East Chicago each agreed to create and erect a bronze plaque memorializing Chambers’ life, Ruder said.

He said Hammond’s former police chief issued a June 2020 order amending his department’s pursuit policy — a step he said “should improve communication between patrol officers and supervisory personnel during pursuits so that tragedies like this never happen again in our community.”

Hammond corporation counsel Kevin Smith said the settlement amount was split between Hammond and East Chicago. He said the family’s civil rights claims were dropped as part of the agreement.

“We did not admit fault, but we realized it was appropriate to compensate them for their losses and the tragedy that occurred,” Smith said.

East Chicago corporation counsel Carla Morgan said, “This was a tragedy, and the family has our sympathies.”

Man injures 8 with ax in Sweden before being shot, arrested

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STOCKHOLM (AP) — A man armed with an ax attacked and injured eight people in a southern Swedish town before being shot and arrested, police said.

Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said a possible terrorist motive was being investigated.

“In the light of what has emerged so far in the police investigation, prosecutors have initiated a preliminary investigation into terrorist crimes,” he said but didn’t elaborate.

Shortly after his statement, investigators at a police press conference said they had started a preliminary investigation into attempted murder, with details “that make us investigate any terrorist motives.”

“But at the moment I cannot go into details,” regional police chief Malena Grann said.

Police said the man in his 20s attacked people in the small town of Vetlanda, about 190 kilometers (118 miles) southeast of Goteborg, Sweden’s second largest city. His motive was not immediately known.

The man was shot by police, who said the condition of those attacked and of the perpetrator was not immediately known. Officials did not provide the identity of the suspect, who was taken to hospital.

Local police chief Jonas Lindell said “it seems that the injuries are not life-threatening” but could not give further details.

The events took place in downtown Vetlanda with police saying they got calls just after 1400 GMT about a man assaulting people with an ax. Police also said that there are five crime scenes in this town of roughly 13,000.

Lofven condemned “this terrible act,” and added that Sweden’s domestic security agency SAPO was also working on the case.

”They continuously assess whether there are reasons to take security-enhancing measures and are prepared to do so if necessary,” he said in a statement.

Real Housewives of Cheshire star Ester Dee on co-stars she keeps in touch with and homeschooling challenges

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Real Housewives of Cheshire star Ester Dee has opened up on her homeschooling experience.

The glamorous star, 34, who last year revealed a new sleeve tattoo, is mum to her adorable daughter Pearl.

And discussing what it’s been like to teach her little one at home amid the pandemic, Ester said : “We both enjoyed home schooling. There’s no need for waking up early and putting uniform on.

“But the biggest challenge has been to keep Pearl motivated every day and her concentration levels are low.”

The stunning reality star continued to say it was difficult to juggle every day life and homeschooling “most days.”

Ester, who told us she won’t have more children, shared her advice for other mums struggling with the homeschooling and every day life balance.

“We are not teachers, if you cannot do it then maybe give your child a lesson from the university of life; show them how to bake, repair something and so on,” the star said.

Ester’s little one has been loving music classes, and the mum and daughter duo have also spent time reading celebrity-favourite children’s book Grumbalina and The Day Everything Changes.

The inspirational book is a positive story about fairy friends learning to get along and grow up, written by Karina Fredericks, perfect for children aged four and above.

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Of the book, Ester said : “I loved reading the book because it’s very realistic. We read it 100 times, Pearl loves it. Pearl is just like Grumbalina herself!

“Reading is very important in my view. It sparks Pearl’s imagination and stimulates her curiosity.”

Grumbalina focuses on every day common challenges like laziness, sibling rivalry and jealousy, and Ester added that she likes the fact that it prepares her daughter for “real life.”

In Ester’s life things are looking busy, with the glamorous mum-of-one hoping to make her own television show in Gibraltar where her boyfriend Glynn lives.

While in lockdown the star, who quit Real Housewives Of Cheshire last year, has enjoyed “beach walks, running around with Pearl, and her fasting diet.”

Ester admits leaving the popular reality show was the “right thing” for her to do, and that the time had come.

In a recent update, she told us: “I miss filming, I miss the crew. I would like to be back one day for sure.”

Ester also said she keeps in touch with her “friends forever,” Rachel Lugo, Dawn Ward and Seema Malhotra from the show.

Live pipe bomb found at polling place in Iowa

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ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — The discovery of a live pipe bomb at a central Iowa polling place as voters were casting ballots in a special election forced an evacuation of the building, police said.
Officers called to the Lakeside Center in Ankeny found a device that looked like a pipe bomb in grass near the center. Police later confirmed in a news release that the device was a pipe bomb.
The banquet hall was being used as a polling place for an Ankeny school district special election. Police evacuated the building, and the State Fire Marshal and agents with the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were called in. Technicians safely detonated the device, and the center was reopened around 12:30 p.m. — about three hours after the device was discovered, police said. No one was injured.
Polk County Auditor Jamie Fitzgerald described the device as a metal piece with two end caps, and said in a Twitter post that a couple walking their dog had discovered the device.
“I want to also add that there is no way of knowing how long this device had been at the Lakeside Center,” Fitzgerald said in a tweet, saying officials don’t know whether the pipe bomb was related to the election.
Fitzgerald and police said other polling places in Ankeny were checked an no other bombs or suspicious devices were found.
An investigation into who left the device is continuing, police said.

Thousands still without power after powerful winds

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — More than 20,000 homes and businesses remain without electricity in Maine and New Hampshire on Wednesday following a massive windstorm.

Gusts reaching in excess of 70 mph whipped trees, rattled windows and hampered power restoration efforts on Tuesday.

By Wednesday morning, more than 15,000 customers in Maine and more than 7,000 customers in New Hampshire remained without electricity.

In New Hampshire, the winds blew down a tent at a COVID-19 vaccination site and caused a scary moment when power lines fell on school bus. In Maine, multiple pileups were blamed on whiteout conditions caused by the wind in Aroostook County.

The wind gusted to 71 mph (114 kph) in Bryant Pond, Maine, and 60 mph (97 kph) in Concord, New Hampshire, and strong winds were reported elsewhere across the Northeast, officials said,

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