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Grenade burns sleeping girl as SWAT team raids Billings home

Billings Montana: A 12-year-old girl suffered burns to one side of her body when a flash grenade went off next to her as a police SWAT team raided a West End home Tuesday morning.

© Jackie Fasching
Jackie Fasching provided the Gazette with this photo, which shows burns to her daughter's side caused by the detonation of a flash grenade during a SWAT raid on Oct. 9.
"She has first- and second-degree burns down the left side of her body and on her arms," said the girl's mother, Jackie Fasching. "She's got severe pain. Every time I think about it, it brings tears to my eyes."

Medical staff at the scene tended to the girl afterward and then her mother drove her to the hospital, where she was treated and released later that day.

Police Chief Rich St. John said the 6 a.m. raid at 2128 Custer Ave., was to execute a search warrant as part of an ongoing narcotics investigation by the City-County Special Investigations Unit.

The grenade is commonly called a "flash-bang" and is used to disorient people with a bright flash, a loud bang and a concussive blast. It went off on the floor where the girl was sleeping. She was in her sister's bedroom near the window the grenade came through, Fasching said.


Vandals admit muffin-crystal-thingie assault at Serpent Mound

Serpent Mound
© Ohio Historical Society
Serpent Mound is part of the Ancient Ohio Trail.
A group of "light warriors" buried what may be hundreds of small muffinlike resin objects, embedded with aluminum foil and quartz crystals, at Serpent Mound with the intent of realigning the energy of the ancient Native American site in Peebles.

The Ohio Historical Society and Adams County Sheriff K.R. Rogers haven't arrested anybody yet in what they consider a serious vandalism case. But the people who apparently did it made it easy by laying out their actions in an extensive YouTube video where they acknowledge they "did some work" in September at the site in Adams County to help "lift the vibration of the Earth so we can all rise together."

State officials aren't seeing the light, however, and expect to file charges soon against three to five people who they say vandalized and desecrated the 1,000-year-old site that is on the National Register of Historic Places. The perpetrators face second-degree misdemeanors, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $5,000 fine.

So far, only three small buried items, known as "orgonites," have been located. But there could be hundreds on the site, said George Kane, director of historic sites and facilities for the Ohio Historical Society. "Adding things to the property is just not acceptable," Kane said. "This is very serious."

Kane said officials were tipped off to "suspicious activity" at the Serpent Mound site mid-September but learned more by watching a YouTube video, "Serpent Mound Reactivation 2012," which has been removed from the video site.


Drivers waiting for 6 hours at midtown gas station


Cars wait in line for fuel at a Gulf gas station on November 1, 2012 in Fort Lee, New Jersey.
With patience running thin and tension running high in the fight for fuel after Superstorm Sandy, the scene at area gas stations has been chaotic.

On Friday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said gas is finally on its way. But not soon enough.

Speaking at a news conference, Gov. Cuomo acknowledged there is a shortage of fuel, but said "there is no reason to panic."

Try telling that to drivers at the Hess station at 44th Street and 10th Ave. As CBS 2′s Tony Aiello reports, drivers coming up from the South are waiting six hours to fill their tanks at the station.


Top Christian shrine may shut down over unpaid water bills

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A general view showing one of Christianity's holiest site, The Church of the Holy Sepulchre
One of the holiest sites in the Christian world, believed to be the place of Jesus Christ's crucifixion and resurrection, is now under threat of being closed over unpaid water bills.

Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre, also known as the Church of the Resurrection, was founded during the rule of Emperor Constantine the Great in the 4th century and withstood invasions, fires and earthquakes. But now, more than 1,600 years later, the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, which maintains most of the complex, may close the temple's doors as the city's water company Hagihon demands payment of a US$2.3 million bill dating back 15 years, including interest.

"If nothing changes we intend to announce within a few days, for the first time in centuries, that the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is closed," Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III said on Friday, as quoted by RIA Novosti news agency.

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New Jersey kicks out Sandy volunteers because they aren't unionized

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Volunteers stock basic supplies like diapers, food and water November 1, 2012 in New York City.
Utility workers from across the US are descending on the Northeastern states left ravaged by Superstorm Sandy, but some volunteers making the trek are being told they can't pitch in since they don't belong to a union.

According to a report published late Thursday by WAFF News out of Seaside Heights, crews coming to assist all the way from Alabama's Decatur Utilities were turned away because they aren't unionized, despite making the 800-mile jaunt to lend a hand.

WAFF quotes Decatur worker Derrick Moore, who tells the network that he and his colleagues "are frustrated being told, in essence, 'thanks, but no thanks.'"

Left with nothing to do in New Jersey, Moore and other members of the Decatur team are reportedly waiting in Roanaoke, Virginia to see if Seaside Heights authorities will change their mind. Meanwhile, though, millions of residents up and down the East Coast remain without power after a powerful tropical storm downed power lines and flooded streets from North Carolina to New England.


Atlanta police sniper shoots suicidal boy instead of saving him

Andrew Messina

Andrew Messina
The parents of a suicidal 16-year-old boy who was shot to death by a SWAT team sniper in suburban Atlanta have spoken out for the first time against the unjustified actions of the police.

Andrew Messina had threatened to kill himself after getting a bad grade in school last May. He took his father's .357 Magnum, took swigs of alcohol from a bottle of Martini, and phoned his father to relay his suicidal thoughts - all while recording himself with a video camera.

"I do know personally I really don't want to live," Andrew told his father on the phone. "So you should just let this happen if you really love me."

While he was on the phone, Lisa Messina, the boy's mother, called the police and told the 911 operator that they should send "just one" police car to make sure her son wouldn't panic.

"It just happened so fast, and then he went upstairs," Lisa Messina told CBS Atlanta. "He had a gun in his hand, and he had bullets in the other hand."

But instead of sending a police officer, the SWAT team showed up at the suburban Atlanta home, together with an armored tank and a sniper. Law enforcement officers cut off the telephone lines and put negotiators on the line to talk to the distraught teen while the house was surrounded.


Screams of joy as power restored to Sandy's hard hit victims

Screams of joy erupted through the canyons of lower Manhattan today when the lights came back on through a large section of the city, four days after Sandy's flood waters knocked out power to the city's financial district.

The power surge will allow greater movement of the city's crippled subway system and was a major step in the recovery from the killer storm, whose death toll had topped 90, according to the Associated Press.

When traffic lights came on, screams of joy could be heard in Soho, Chelsea and other Manhattan neighborhoods that have had to go without heat, light, elevators and restaurants since Monday.

Increasingly impatient Sandy survivors got another glimmer of hope when New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that a flotilla of ships and barges began unloading gasoline in an effort to reduce long lines of gas-desperate motorists.

"The issue of gasoline has created concern and anxiety and practical problems all throughout the region," Cuomo said at a news conference today. "People can't get gas. It's slowed down the delivery of service, it's increased the stress level all across the region."


Utility workers pelted with eggs after Bridgeport, Connecticut, mayor blasts provider

utility workers, power
© The Associated Press
Connecticut - Angry residents pelted utility crews with eggs as they tried to restore power in Bridgeport, Conn., after the mayor claimed the local power company had "shortchanged" the state's largest city as it tries to recover from superstorm Sandy.

United Illuminating workers reported eggs and other objects being thrown at them a day after Mayor Bill Finch said the utility was taking care of wealthy suburbs while his constituents suffered. The unrest caused United Illuminating to pull its workers out until the city agreed to provide police protection.

"Citizens began throwing things at the crews," Michael West, a spokesman for United Illuminating, told FoxNews.com. "It started to get pretty hairy. They did not feel safe."

West said it started with verbal abuse and escalated.

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Police say teen girls responsible for recent robberies occurring on University of Minnesota campus

Minneapolis - A series of brazen robberies by suspects you might not expect has caused police to issue a crime alert on the University of Minnesota campus.

There's been a total of four robberies in the past couple weeks near the campus.

Police say they believe in two of the cases, a pair of teenage girls are responsible for assaulting students in an attempt to steal their cell phones.

  • Eighteen-year-old Odessa Richmond was booked at Hennepin County Jail last weekend.

    The other girl's name isn't being released because she's not eighteen.

    University of Minnesota student Katie Johnson said after her car was recently broken into in this area, she started to get crime alerts texted to her.

    "Well, I live two blocks from here, and this is where it happened, so really close," Johnson said.

    She couldn't believe when she saw a pair of teen girls were partly responsible for recent robberies on campus.

    "It's just really scary," she said. "Usually it's a male-oriented crime, so it certainly shocked us when we saw that."


    Two sentenced to U.S. prison for copyright piracy

    Two members of an Internet piracy group were sentenced to prison Friday on charges stemming from unauthorized online distribution of first-run films, officials said.

    The Justice Department said a Virginia court sentenced Willie Lambert, 57, of Pennsylvania, to 30 months in prison and Sean Lovelady, 28, of California to 23 months.

    Lambert was ordered to pay $449,514 in restitution and Lovelady $7,500.

    Lambert and Lovelady were indicted along with two other defendants in April for their roles in the IMAGiNE Group, a ring that sought to copy and release to the Internet copies of movies only showing in theaters.