Monday Morning Recap: Roundup of This Weekend’s News Stories

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Police say an Ohio burglar made himself at home in houses he broke into by cooking and showering before leaving.

Authorities in Youngstown say the 33-year-old homeless man brought his own food to cook during break-ins.

The Vindicator reports Saturday the man was charged with burglary and breaking and entering.

Police say the man was arrested after a woman arrived home from work about 12:15 a.m. Wednesday and found her kitchen ransacked with food all over and her stove used.

Police reports say the woman heard running water upstairs and found a man in her shower.


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman whose conviction sparked a change in the state’s gun laws is now completely free and says she plans to run an organization to help victims of domestic violence caught up in the criminal justice system.

Marissa Alexander tells The Florida Times-Union she wants to help others because “from what I’ve been through I know a lot more about the system and how it fits together.”

The 36-year-old Alexander was initially sentenced to 20 years in prison after firing a shot near her estranged husband during an altercation. She contended she fired in self-defense. Alexander’s conviction was thrown out on appeal and she reached a plea deal in 2014. She was released from home detention this past week.

Her case was cited by legislators when they altered Florida’s mandatory sentencing law.


GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Police are investigating the theft of an unknown number of weapons from a gun show at the Greensboro Coliseum,

Greensboro police said in a news release that a security guard reported the theft to authorities early Sunday. The preliminary investigation indicates that multiple weapons of various makes and models were stolen from several vendors overnight.

The number and types of weapons have not yet been determined. Detectives are working with coliseum staff and vendors to determine the extent of the theft.

The coliseum website says the Greensboro Gun and Knife Show was being held this weekend.


CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — An attorney for John Buncich has asked a federal judge if the indicted Lake County sheriff can have his guns back.

Buncich’s defense attorney filed the petition in U.S. District Court Friday. The Northwest Indiana Times reports the attorney is asking for the return of weapons the sheriff surrendered last year when he was charged with fraud and bribery. The sheriff’s attorney argues Buncich isn’t charged with a violent crime and “needs his firearms to carry out his employment.”

Buncich and others were named in a multicount indictment Nov. 18 alleging an illegal towing scheme in which the sheriff accepted bribes. Buncich has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.

A federal magistrate released Buncich on bond with the condition he surrender firearms and not possess any while awaiting trial.


KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man holding a machete in one hand and a gun in the other was shot by two Osceola County deputies after he opened fire on them.

WESH-TV reported that deputies responded to reports of shot being fired at a Kissimmee hotel around 9:20 p.m. Saturday. When they got there, 36-year-old Timothy Wohlfelder, 36, came out of a motel room and fired at least one shot at deputies.

Sheriff Russ Gibson told the television station that Wohlfelder refused to drop the firearm and machete he was carrying. Wolhlfelder, who was reportedly shot three times, was taken to the hospital in stable condition and is in custody.

The station reported that the deputies are on paid administrative leave pending a Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigating into the shooting.


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a man showing off his AR-15 rifle to friends at a Lunar New Year celebration accidentally fired the weapon, killing his friend.

Washington County Sheriff’s Sgt. David Thompson said Friday that the 28-year-old man had unloaded the .223-caliber rifle to show to four guests and was reloading it when it fired and hit a 20-year-old man in the stomach.

The man was pronounced dead at Oregon Health & Sciences University Hospital. No charges have been filed.

Thompson says it doesn’t appear that alcohol or drugs played any role in the shooting.

The names of the victim and the gun owner are not being released.

Authorities are still trying to notify the victim’s family because they live overseas.


ATLANTA (AP) — A police officer shot a man to death outside an Atlanta Public Safety annex when the man tried to flee in a car while another officer was partially inside of it, authorities said Friday.

The two officers had gone to the building Thursday night to file paperwork when they noticed a suspicious man in a car in the parking lot, authorities said.

Officers initiated a conversation and the man exited the vehicle, then lunged back into the car and tried to flee, police said in a news release.

“One of the investigators was partially in the passenger side of the vehicle as the vehicle fled,” the release said.

Police said the man, whose name has not been released, had a warrant for his arrest from Fulton County and had a lengthy criminal history as well as gang affiliation. They also said a firearm was seen on the vehicle’s passenger side floorboard.

The race of the officer and the suspect has not been released.

Atlanta police Deputy Chief Darryl Tolleson said the officers weren’t injured.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into circumstances of the Thursday evening shooting on the city’s northwest side.