SANTA ANA – A judge denied a request on Wednesday to dismiss charges against a man accused of shooting at officers during a police chase, ruling that there was insufficient evidence to prove that law enforcement conspired to destroy video and audio recordings.
Jimmy Hoang Truong, 30, faces multiple felony counts including attempted murder on police officers and evading them during a pursuit and a 90-minute standoff in Santa Ana in November 2015. No one was injured.
Truong’s attorney, Mark Hover, insisted that Truong never fired at officers and that law enforcement destroyed evidence from helicopter videos and dispatch recordings.
The prosecution has maintained that no video footage was destroyed, and that there is no evidence that police acted in bad faith.
If convicted, Truong, who has a lengthy criminal record, faces more than 80 years to life in prison.
After a three-week hearing, Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals sided with prosecutors, stating
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas — First Baptist Church Pastor Frank Pomeroy said he turned the radio to his daughter’s favorite Christmas station on Wednesday morning because he knew she would be disappointed if the tragic mass shooting here also killed her family’s holiday spirit.
“It is hard to cope right now,” he told NBC News in an exclusive broadcast interview Wednesday, his voice starting to strain as he wiped a tear from his eye. “But I know Annabelle would have still wanted that Christmas music on. She would want the holidays to proceed — it was her favorite time of the year.”
The hotel where the Las Vegas gunman carried out a sniping attack on concertgoers last month is laying off employees and cutting back its hours—a cost-cutting measure as it deals with a shrinking number of guests since the hotel saw the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history.
Several hundred employees at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino were affected by the cuts, according to local NPRaffiliate KNPR.
The cuts came after the hotel’s parent company, MGM, announced its third-quarter earnings, the first financial disclosure since the Oct. 1 attack that left 58 dead and more than 500 others injured after gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire from his hotel room on the 32nd floor. After the attack, MGM Resorts’ stock plummeted but had steadily increased to its levels before the shooting. But company revenue is down 72 percent compared to last year’s earnings in the same quarter, decreasing from $535.6 million to
The mass shooting at a Texas church that left 26 people dead apparently involved a domestic dispute and was not motivated by race or religion, officials said Monday.
The gunman in Sunday’s massacre, identified as Devin Patrick Kelley, had threatened his mother-in-law, who sometimes attended the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs.
Kelley, who was chased by bystanders as he fled the scene in an SUV, apparently died after crashing his vehicle and shooting himself, officials said.
Earlier Monday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said law enforcement was “very aggressively looking” at why Kelley, 26, a resident of Comal County, Texas, with a history of domestic violence, attacked the church.
Kelley’s former in-laws occasionally attended services at the church, yet the couple were not inside the church when the shooting occurred, Wilson County Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr. told CNN Monday morning.
Bruce Paddock was busted Wednesday at an assisted living facility in North Hollywood, Calif., after police found over 600 child abuse images on a computer he left at the garage, the Sun of the UK reported.
The sicko had squatted in the attic of the Sun Valley, Calif., garage since 2014 but was eventually evicted after becoming “violent and aggressive” with staff and customers, the paper reported.
Hector Cruz, the shop’s owner, gave cops the computer, but Paddock disappeared and police had been hunting for him until tracking him down after his brother unleashed his massacre.
The mass shooting in Las Vegas has only gotten stranger in the weeks since. Before explaining how, let me emphasize at the outset: Do not read this column as implying any sort of conspiracy theory. In fact, even now — more than two weeks after the terrible event — we don’t even know enough facts to concoct a conspiracy.
We do know, however, that the story keeps getting more bizarre. Remember the heroic security guard, Jesus Campos, who allegedly helped stop the shooting? He appears to have, well, vanished. Here’s the Los Angeles Times:
“The story seemed straightforward: The unarmed security guard approached Stephen Paddock’s room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, distracting the gunman and potentially saving lives . . . Now, the man that many want to honor and who can help bring clarity about the timeline of the shooting has vanished from the public eye,