FLORIDA / Clerks kills would-be robber
A convenience store manager grabbed a gun from under the counter and shot a would-be robber in the knee before the man scooped up the clerk's infant daughter and tried to flee, sheriff's deputies said Wednesday. Daniel Ramont Hernandez, 32, died at hospital after the Tuesday shooting in Naples, according to the Collier County Sheriff's Office. The child wasn't hurt. Hernandez came in store acting erratically, causing Elizabeth Easterly, 22, to be worried for her safety, according to the sheriff's office. When Hernandez came around to her side of the counter, she grabbed a gun and shot him once in the leg. When she ran outside to alert a school crossing guard, Hernandez grabbed the stroller with Easterly's child and carried it toward the door. He put the stroller down, ran outside and was tackled by another man who was coming to work, the report said.
PENNSYLVANIA / Kids in protective custody
Eight children and teens linked to the accused Philadelphia basement captors were in protective custody Wednesday, including a badly abused teen, the city's police commissioner said. Four accused captors are charged with kidnapping four mentally handicapped adults, each with the capacity of a 10-year-old child, found in a basement dungeon in what authorities said was a scheme to steal their disability checks. Linda Ann Weston, 51; Gregory Thomas, 47; and Eddie Wright, 50, have all been arrested, along with Jean McIntosh, 32, Weston's daughter.
WASHINGTON STATE / No bail for 2 in slaying case
A white supremacist couple suspected of killing four people in a violent road trip across the Pacific Northwest pleaded not guilty Wednesday to first-degree murder in two of the deaths. A day after their extradition from California, David Joseph Pedersen, 31, and Holly Grigsby, 24, also were ordered to remain held without bond. Each is charged with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Pedersen's father and stepmother. The couple also are suspected of later shooting to death two men during a road trip.