GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A judge has ruled the teenager accused of fatally shooting 10 people at a Texas high school mentally incompetent to stand trial.
State District Judge John Ellison ordered Dimitrios Pagourtzis to be committed to a state mental facility for up to four months.
Ellison ruled Friday in Galveston after three experts — one for the defense, one appointed by the court and one picked by prosecutors — found him mentally incompetent to stand trial for the May 2018 shootings at Santa Fe High School.
POST, Texas (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a suspected neo-Nazi is facing a gun charge following an FBI investigation.
Authorities charged 23-year-old Aiden Bruce-Umbaugh with possession of a firearm by an unlawful user of a controlled substance after he was arrested in Post, Texas. A federal grand jury indicted him Wednesday.
Defense attorney Michael L. King declined comment Friday except to point out Bruce-Umbaugh has no criminal record.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas said in a statement that Bruce-Umbaugh was a passenger in a car stopped by local law enforcement Nov. 4.
DALLAS (AP) — Police say a 76-year-old woman has been hospitalized in critical condition after she was mauled by three pit bull dogs.
A police statement says the incident was reported shortly before 11:30 a.m. Friday near Beckley Heights Park in far south Dallas. Officers arrived to find the woman still being mauled by the dogs.
Police say Dallas Animal Control have taken the dogs into custody and will issue citations to the owner. The case also will be referred to the Dallas County grand jury for possible criminal charges.
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — A 16-year-old boy planned the attack that killed two students and wounded three others at a Southern California high school, but investigators were so far unable to find out why he brought a gun to campus and opened fire, authorities said Friday.
After more than 40 interviews and evaluation of evidence, no motive had been established, said Capt. Kent Wegener, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s homicide unit. He said no manifesto, diary or suicide note had been found.
“It still remains a mystery why,” Sheriff Alex Villanueva told a press conference.
The teenager opened fire on his birthday Thursday morning after being dropped off by his mother at Saugus High School in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita. The shooter, who hasn’t been identified, fired his last bullet into his own head and remained in critical condition Friday.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Sen. Mitt Romney said Friday his support for allowing college athletes to profit from their name and image isn’t driven by a desire to help a star quarterback score endorsement deals, but to help poor athletes get extra money to help their families.
“We have in many cases young people who are giving their heart out day-after-day in practice, sometimes six days a week, six hours a day with the expectation of going pro and there ain’t a chance of them actually going pro,” Romney said at a news conference after a meeting with Utah college athletic directors.
Romney, who was president and CEO of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, said he learned at the meeting there are more options than he thought, and pitfalls that need to be carefully maneuvered. He said wants to make sure rules prevent certain colleges from becoming “super magnets” and doesn’t want athletes to be defined as employees of universities, which could trigger problems with employment laws.
DALLAS (AP) — Boeing is settling a few more of the roughly 150 lawsuits filed by families of passengers killed in two crashes of the 737 Max jet.
A Seattle law firm said Friday it settled four of the 46 cases it’s handling for families of passengers who were on board a Lion Air Max that crashed off the coast of Indonesia in October 2018. On Thursday, a federal judge in Chicago approved settlements of nine other cases involving the same crash.
A Boeing spokesman said the company has settled “dozens” of claims.
Terms of the settlements were kept confidential at Boeing’s insistence, according to lawyers.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel says its missile defenses have intercepted two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip.
The firings early Saturday raise more doubts about the fate of a fragile cease-fire that was announced Thursday.
The Egyptian-brokered lull ended two days of escalation between Israel and the Islamic Jihad.
A rare Israeli targeted killing of a senior commander from the Iranian-backed group triggered the worst bout of cross-border fighting in years.
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Security forces in Bolivia clashed with supporters of former President Evo Morales in a central town on Friday, escalating the challenge to the interim government and deepening the country’s tumult.
Thousands of largely indigenous protesters had gathered peacefully in Sacaba in the morning. But fighting began when many tried to cross a military checkpoint near the city of Cochabamba, where Morales’ supporters and foes have clashed for weeks.
Protesters said several people were killed when security forces opened fire on the demonstration, but the interim government and security officials have not confirmed the report.
Many details of the violence in Sacaba remained unclear. The Associated Press was unable to reach the main hospital by telephone despite repeated attempts.