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10:24 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Ferguson Businesses Destroyed After Overnight Protests

Chaos returned to the streets of Ferguson after a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer in the death of Michael Brown — a decision that enraged protesters who set fire to buildings and cars and looted businesses in the area where the unarmed, black 18-year-old was fatally shot
Credit AP Photo

Smoke billowed from burned-out buildings and sidewalks were strewn with broken glass Tuesday morning after Ferguson erupted over a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the killing of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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9:03 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Brown Family Attorney Condemns Grand Jury's Decision In Fatal Shooting

Protesters occupy an intersection outside the St. Louis County Police Department headquarters on Tuesday in Clayton, Mo., in response to the Ferguson grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown.
Jeff Roberson AP

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 11:48 pm

Updated at 5:00 p.m.

Attorneys for the family of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson, said they had expected Monday's outcome in which a grand jury declined to charge the officer in the fatal shooting.

"We could see what the outcome was going to be, and that is what occurred last night," attorney Benjamin Crump said at a news conference in St. Louis Tuesday.

He said the fact that Wilson was not indicted shows the system is broken.

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Law & Order
9:02 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Ferguson Documents: What The Witnesses Saw

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 2:06 pm

Leading up to a grand jury's decision not to charge Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, witness testimony has been hotly debated.

The big question has always been whether Wilson felt threatened and whether Michael Brown had his hands up when Wilson opened fire. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch hinted last night that some of the more believable testimony showed that Brown was charging officer Wilson.

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Law & Order
5:56 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Marissa Alexander Takes Plea Deal

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 10:38 am

The Jacksonville mother once sentenced to 20 years for shooting into a wall will now serve 65 days in county jail and two years under house arrest under a new plea agreement.
 

Marissa Alexander agreed to take a plea deal Monday afternoon. 

She pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated assault and because she has already served time, she'll only spend 65 more days behind bars.

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3:51 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

FSU Shooting Victim Paralyzed; Condition Upgraded To 'Serious'

Farhan Ahmed

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 3:08 pm

One of the students shot last week at Florida State University is paralyzed.

Farhan Ahmed was shot three times in front of the Strozier Library last Thursday. He was one of three people injured by a gunman. Ahmed's sister, Farhana Ahmed spoke on behalf of the family in an update on her brother’s condition at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Monday.

"He immediately knew something was wrong because one of the first bullets struck his spine and has left him paralyzed from the waist down. But despite his injuries he’s alive and we’re so grateful he’s here with us," she says.

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Law & Order
1:31 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

State Corrections Chief Stepping Down

MIchael Crews
Credit Florida Department of Corrections

Gov. Rick Scott's corrections chief, Mike Crews, announced Monday he is stepping down from the agency grappling with reports of abuse by prison guards, allegations of retaliation against whistleblowers and a multimillion-dollar deficit.

Crews did not immediately return a telephone call, but Department of Corrections spokeswoman Jessica Cary confirmed the secretary made his resignation public within the agency Monday morning.

Crews, whose resignation has been the subject of rumors for months, is the first agency head to step down since Scott's re-election Nov. 4.

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Law & Order
2:57 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

LCSO Identifies Deputy Killed In Ambush, Says Gunman Had 'Anti-Government Views'

LCSO Spokesman James McQuaig speaks during a press conference on the gunfight and death of Deputy Christopher L. Smith

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 2:18 pm

A man known to local law enforcement for having anti-government views shot and killed Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher L. Smith this past weekend. In an emotional press conference Sunday, the Sheriff’s Office, Tallahassee Police Department and Fire Officials outlined the events that led to the first death of a sheriff’s deputy in the county in a century.

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9:59 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Leon Sheriff's Deputy Killed, Another Wounded In Ambush

Tallahassee Police on scene at Plantation Woods Subdivision where a man ambushed two Leon Co. Sheriff's deputies, killing one.

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 10:51 pm

A Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy is dead and another wounded after they were ambushed by a man who started shooting at them as they responded to a house fire.

The confrontation occured in the Plantation Woods subdivision.

In a written statement, the Leon Sheriff’s office says, “the suspect took the fallen deputy’s firearm and began walking North on Caracus Court actively shooting at the first responders as they arrived on the scene.

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Law & Order
9:56 am
Sun November 23, 2014

After Shooting FSU Opens Doors, Opens Hearts

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 12:27 pm

    

Florida State University students are back in class after a shooting at the campus library injured three people. The tragedy has raised the same question asked after any school shooting – how could this happen? But  at Florida State, It’s also raised a stronger feeling of community and support. 

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1:44 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Package from FSU Shooter Delivered in Texas

Myron May

The first of several packages mailed by a man who shot three people at a Florida State University library was delivered in Texas and is in the hands of the FBI, the agency said Friday.

Authorities thought the packages could contain videos and journals from Myron May, who was killed by police officers outside the library Thursday, according to a law enforcement official who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because that person wasn’t authorized to release information about the case.

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8:58 am
Fri November 21, 2014

FSU To Resume Classes; Gunman In 'Crisis' Before Shooting

FSU students, faculty and staff hold candlight vigil after gunman injures three in on-campus shooting.

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 5:01 am

Florida State University is back open—a day after a gunman opened fire at the school’s Strozier Library. As FSU tries to get back to normal, an investigation into the shooting continues.

In the hours after three people were shot at FSU’s Strozier library, people gathered on the campus in a prayer vigils and rallies to show their support for the university. FSU Sophomore Gillian Newman says the shooting has shaken the campus community.

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Law & Order
9:14 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

FSU Gunman was Alumni "In a State of Crisis"

Students gathered on FSU's Landis Green after a shooting at the school's library
Credit Nick Evans

An attorney who graduated from Florida State University in 2005 was identified as the gunman who opened fire at the campus library early Thursday, injuring three people, including one critically, before he was killed by police.

But Tallahassee and university officials expressed relief that the shooting, which came as at least 450 students studied for exams shortly after midnight at Strozier Library, wasn't a bigger tragedy.

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4:54 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Students Gather On FSU's Campus After Library Shooting

Students on Florida State's Landis Green.

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 2:24 pm

Florida State University students gathered for a prayer vigil Thursday morning after a gunman opened fire at the school’s main library.

A long quad called Landis Green stretches out in front of Strozier Library, the site of last night’s shooting.  On most sunny days there are groups of people walking to class or chatting on benches, but today it was a meeting place for hundreds of rattled and mourning students.  Shortly before noon, school officials turned off the fountain for a moment of silence.  Sophomore Gillian Newman says it was a moving tribute.

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1:38 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

FSU Alumnus Identified As Gunman

Alleged FSU Gunman, Myron May

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 12:29 pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A law enforcement official says the gunman who shot three people at Florida State University before being killed by police was a lawyer who graduated from the school.

 

     The official told The Associated Press that the shooter was Myron May, who graduated from Florida State before attending Texas Tech University's law school. The official requested anonymity because he was not authorized to release the name.

 

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12:25 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

FSU Shooting Live Blog

The scene outside FSU's Strozier library this morning following a shooting.

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 11:58 am

This blog will be updated throughout the day.

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