Pope Rides Around In A Fuel-Efficient Compact Car


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During his trip to the U.S., the Pope has refused to ride in a limousine, and instead has been driven around in a modest Fiat 500 from the airplane.

MSNBC reports on the Pope’s departure from Joint Base Andrews in a small Fiat after saying goodbye to President Obama and the First Lady.

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Indiana Woman Charged With Felony And Arrested After Pulling Into Nearby Parking Lot

A resident of the town of Portage, Indiana, said she did not immediately pull over for the flashing lights behind her because, as a 52-year-old woman traveling alone at 11:21 p.m. on a dark county road, she was concerned for her safety.  This happened at the end of March.

She assumed the car behind her was a police officer, and DelRea Good said she slowed her vehicle, put on her emergency flashers, and waved her arm out the window to acknowledge the pursing car.

Ms. Good continued for less than a mile where she pulled over into the lighted parking lot at a Kohl’s department store.

The decision not to immediately stop resulted in her being handcuffed and taken to jail by Porter County Sheriff’s Department Patrolman William Marshall on a felony charge of resisting arrest, states nwitimes.com.

It may also cost her her job, because a nurse cannot work after being convicted of a felony, she said.

“I felt I didn’t do anything wrong,” Good said. “I got to a safe place and I told him that.”

According to nwitimes.com, Porter County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Larry LaFlower said, “The sheriff’s office supports our officer’s decision in this matter.”

He cited state law requiring motorists to yield to emergency vehicles and said Marshall was driving a fully marked squad car and used the lights and siren.

Strange Situation At NSA

Officers opened fire after two men allegedly dressed as women refused to stop a stolen vehicle Monday at the National Security Agency gate at Fort Meade in Maryland. The stolen vehicle smashed into a police vehicle blocking the road, officials said.

One of the men died, and the other man and an officer were hurt.

Officials claimed that there were plenty of chances for the incident to end nonviolently.

The NSA released a statement Monday afternoon saying the driver of the sport utility vehicle disobeyed instructions from an NSA police officer and failed to stop shortly before 9 a.m.

Investigators are looking into whether the men were under the influence of drugs following a night of partying, a federal law enforcement official said.

A man reported his car stolen from a hotel not far away from NSA Headquarters and said he had been with two men who had taken his car. Cocaine was found in the vehicle. The Howard County Police Department confirms that a Ford Escape reported stolen in Howard County, Maryland, is the vehicle involved in the incident.

The FBI said they did not think terrorism was related to the incident.


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Israeli Police Hit In Palestinian Car Attack

An Israeli policewoman cries near the scene of an attack in Jerusalem

A Palestinian has rammed his car into a group of Israeli pedestrians in Jerusalem, according to the BBC. He injured six policewomen, police say.

It happened on the seam of East and West Jerusalem, on the same junction as a previous attack last year.

Police say the driver tried to stab people before he was shot and seriously wounded by a security guard.

Man Shot And Killed After Trying To Run Down Police

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A man who had posted an online video threatening to kill police and FBI agents supposedly tried to use his car to run down officers seeking to arrest him on Tuesday and, fearing for their lives, they shot and killed him, authorities said.

The man was killed in Upper Darby, suburban Philadelphia, as officers ordered him out of the car and he appeared ready to accelerate at them as they manned a blockade.

Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said officers feared 52-year-old Joseph Pacini would kill them Tuesday and that they “did what they had to do.” Together, five officers fired about 20 shots, he said. No officers were injured.

The man’s death comes a little more than a week after a man who made similar threats shot two New York Police Department officers dead in their patrol car and then killed himself in a subway station.

Pacini posted three online videos with rambling messages and threats after a detective left a message for him regarding an altercation Monday at a fitness club, Chitwood said.

Pacini described the videos as a response to the message, saying in one that police had destroyed and tortured him and demanding the detective “back off.”

If police tried arresting him, Pacini said, there would be “serious and irreversible catastrophic consequences,” including the deaths of law enforcement officers.

Police secured an arrest warrant Tuesday.

Pacini’s record included a 2005 arrest for locking his Philadelphia landlord in an office while facing eviction and demanding $1,500 at knifepoint to leave, Chitwood said. The charges were later withdrawn, according to court records.

Pacini was living with his mother when she had him involuntarily committed, Chitwood said. The date of the commitment was not immediately available. They were still living together in a Clifton Heights apartment at the time of his death.

“Certainly in his rant on the Dec. 29 YouTube where he threatened to kill any police, FBI or CIA that came after him, or their families, it was clear that those mental health issues were still affecting his life,” Chitwood said.

Disrespectful: Mike Brown Memorial Run Over By Car

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According to Mediaite, a memorial set up on the street where Michael Brown was fatally shot was destroyed recently when a car crashed into it.  Based on reports, the destruction of the memorial appears to have been deliberate.

Reports say that people in the community rallied to rebuild and restore the memorial overnight.

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Police Confirm Hit-And-Run At Protest In Riverside, CA

Police confirmed that there was a hit-and-run accident outside the Mission Inn’s annual Festival of Lights in Riverside, California.  Witnesses said 3-4 people were hit by what appeared to be a BMW, but none were seriously injured. No one was taken to a hospital, it was reported.

Witnesses said the people who were struck were taking part in a protest against police brutality.

Social media exploded with reports from the scene mentioning “chaos.”

Jose Negrete tweeted, “Just saw some protesters get run over in Mission Inn avenue Downtown Riverside is crazy right now.”

Protesters said they were doing nothing but being peaceful when the car came rushing through.

More:

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/12/06/police-confirm-hit-and-run-outside-mission-inns-festival-of-lights-in-riverside/

Driver In Minneapolis Plows Through Protesters, Runs Over One

Police said the woman suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital by ambulance. The driver of the car later pulled over and called 911 to report the incident.

Video by KSTP.com

Video from Tuesday, November 25th.