The price that good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men. -- Plato

District attorney: police shoot stabbing suspect

SALISBURY, Mass. — The Essex District Attorney says police responding to a domestic violence call in Salisbury fatally shot a man armed with a knife and a machete when he threatened officers who couldn't disarm him.

District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said the 29-year-old suspect allegedly had attacked and seriously injured a man and a woman before police arrived at the Cable Street location Thursday afternoon.

Blodgett said the man rammed a Salisbury police cruiser as he tried to flee, then got out and charged at the officers.

ATF quietly laying groundwork to expand multiple rifle sales reporting

A little noticed and virtually unreported April 15 notice posted in the Federal Register suggests the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives intends expanding the multiple rifle sale requirement currently imposed on four border states (Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas) to all states.

Titled “Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed eCollection eComments Requested; Report of Multiple Sale or Other Disposition of Certain Rifles,” and assigned OMB Number 1140–0100, the 60-day notice abstract declares “The purpose of this information collection is to require Federal Firearms Licensees to report multiple sales or other dispositions whenever the licensee sells or otherwise disposes of two or more rifles within any five consecutive business days with the following characteristics: (a) Semi automatic; (b) a caliber greater than .22; and (c) the ability to accept a detachable magazine.

Texas town shaken by officer shooting 93-year-old

Friends say 93-year-old Pearlie Golden still shopped at the grocery store and greeted friends with a jubilant "Hey, baby!" Now they and the mayor of this small Texas town want the police officer who shot and killed her gone.

The fatal shooting of "Miss Sulie" - as residents say she was widely known - has raised tensions in Hearne and the Texas Rangers are investigating what led the officer to fire on Golden while responding to a 911 call at her house this week.

New York woman sues police over raids seeking long-dead husband

A New York woman has sued the city police department, claiming that officers have raided her home four times in the past year trying to arrest her long-dead husband.

The raids continued even after the woman, Karen Fennell, posted a death certificate over her front door showing that her husband, James Jordan, died in March 2006, according to papers filed in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn.

Supreme Court: Pennsylvania cops no longer need a warrant to search citizens’ vehicles

Pennsylvania police officers no longer need a warrant to search a citizen’s vehicle, according to a recent state Supreme Court opinion.

The high court’s opinion, released Tuesday, is being called a drastic change in citizens’ rights and police powers.

Previously, citizens could refuse an officer’s request to search a vehicle. In most cases, the officer would then need a warrant — signed by a judge — to conduct the search.

That’s no longer the case, according to the opinion written by Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery.

Pawtucket police search for suspect after stabbings at birthday party

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Four people were stabbed and another man was assaulted early Sunday morning after dozens of people crashed a birthday party and the celebration turned into a brawl.

Around 3:30 a.m., Pawtucket police got multiple 911 calls about a melee at 981 Main St., where officers found several men who’d been stabbed. Three men from Providence, another from Pawtucket and a fourth from Boston's Roxbury neighborhood had been injured — including some men who tried to break up the fight.

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