Archive for June, 2004

June 30, 2004

Anaheim, California

From Los Angeles’ of June 30, 2004

Man Foils Robbery Attempt With Own Gun

Robbers targeting a man at an Anaheim mall picked the wrong victim Tuesday.

When they approached him, the man reportedly fired his own gun at the robbers, possibly hitting one.

Police were still looking for the would-be robbers late Tuesday.


June 30, 2004

Port Arthur, Texas

From the Beaumont Enterprise of June 30, 2004

PA man shoots at home invaders

The latest in a string of home invasions here ended with a man shooting at his would-be robbers.

At about 1:45 a.m. Tuesday, two men kicked in the front door and shot into a home in the 4600 block of Evergreen Drive, said Lt. Troy LeBouef, with the Port Arthur police department.

The resident shot back, LeBouef said by phone. The resident was not injured.

About an hour later, a man was admitted to Christus St. Elizabeth hospital with a gunshot wound, LeBouef said.

Police are investigating to see if the man is connected to the home invasion on Evergreen Drive and one on Sabine Avenue on Sunday.

June 30, 2004

Montgomery, Alabama

From the Montgomery Advertiser of June 30, 2004

Man fires shots at late-night intruder

A Montgomery man fired back at crime Tuesday morning, shooting at a man who broke into his home and robbed him.

Herbert Beverly of 12 Polaris Drive fired three shots at the alleged robber, who broke out the window on Beverly’s front door to get in, Montgomery Police reports said. The incident happened around 12:40 a.m.

Once inside, the robber told Beverly he had a gun and demanded his wallet, the reports said. After giving up his wallet, Beverly picked up a .22-caliber rifle and fired. The man, who was not hit, then fled, the reports said.

June 30, 2004

Lakeland, Florida

From Tampa’s of June 30, 2004

Three shot during photo studio robbery

Three people were shot during a robbery at a photo studio. Lakeland Police say none of the injuries appear life threatening.

It happened just before 11 o’clock this morning at the Phillips Photographers Studio on busy South Florida Avenue in Lakeland. The store’s owner says a robber with a gun took $100 and shot employee Bradley Beck in the forehead.

Beck still managed to get his gun, chased the robber outside and shot him.

Phillips says Beck is an experienced target shooter who takes care of his elderly mother.

Police have identified the robbery suspect as Darrell Logan of Lakeland. During the gunfight outside the studio, a woman who happened to be driving by in a green van was also shot.

June 28, 2004

Akron, Ohio

From Cleveland’s of June 28, 2004

Man killed attempting to rob USO fundraiser

A fundraiser for American troops overseas became the target of armed robbers in Akron.

During the incident early Monday morning, a security guard shot and killed one of the thieves.

Akron police tell us that the two men showed up at a Las Vegas Night fundraiser for the USO.

One of them tried to jump the counter where the money was kept. Then he aimed his gun at the security guard.

Police say that’s when the guard shot and killed the robber.

The guard described the scene in a 911 call:

“He jumped the counter, he came in the door, ran across the room and jumped the counter. And we ran out the back. He chased us and when he came around the corner, he stuck the gun out and said ‘Drop it’ and I shot him.”

The thief who was killed was identified as Kevin Moss, a 19 year old from Cleveland Heights.

His accomplice got away and is still on the run tonight.

June 28, 2004

West Hartford, Connecticut

From Hartford’s of June 28, 2004

One Dead After Shooting At Groton Dairy Queen

Police: Owner Shoots Man Sunday Night

Police said a Dairy Queen owner shot a man who broke into the store Sunday night.

Authorities said the intruder was armed with a crow bar. The unidentified man died at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital.

Neighbors along Fort Hill Road said they heard multiple gunshots. Police arrived at the scene around midnight.

A store manager said the Dairy Queen closed around 10 p.m. Sunday. Police said the intruder broke into the store by prying a lock off the back door with the crow bar.

The manager said her boss was struck three times in the head with the crow bar.

Police did not release registration information regarding the gun. They are continuing their investigation.

From New London’s The Day of June 10, 2006

Hear The Evidence First

Shooting lawsuit may appear frivolous, but questions remain.

On June 28, 2004, Jarion Childs, 27, allegedly broke into the Dairy Queen on Route 1 in Groton after it had closed. According to the account provided by Stephen Botchis, the victim of the break-in, Mr. Childs was carrying a crowbar and wearing a mask. He scuffled with Botchis, the manager, who was alone. Mr. Botchis, 51 at the time, suffered injuries when he was hit in the head during the struggle, but he had a gun and fired several shots, killing Mr. Childs.

Now Mr. Childs’ family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Mr. Botchis, his brother Matthew Botchis, who owns the business, and the Dairy Queen company.

On its face, the lawsuit appears to make no sense. Why should someone committing a break-in, while wearing a mask and carrying a crowbar, have any right to compensation for the collateral harm that befalls him?

In fact, questions remain about what happened that night. The civil court system, as abused as it is with frivolous lawsuits, is one place where people can demand answers.

Eroll Skyers of Bridgeport, the attorney for the Childs’ family, said the lawsuit intends to get at the answers and to prove that Mr. Childs, a college graduate and one-time high school basketball standout and college player, did not deserve to die.

The autopsy determined that Mr. Childs was shot in the back more than once. This, Mr. Skyers suggests, shows that Mr. Childs was moving away at the time. He also contends that Mr. Childs was an “invitee,” not the burglar described in published accounts. He refused to elaborate.

Mr. Skyers said that because he represents the “victim” of the shooting, he was able to review the police investigation. The attorney for Mr. Botchis has not had the opportunity to see the report, nor has the public. In fact Groton police have provided little information about the incident. Chief Kelly Fogg said that a summary of its investigation should be available in about a week.

Attorney William Corrigan of Hartford, representing Mr. Botchis, contends all the information he has suggests that Mr.

Childs was a burglar who was shot because he threatened his client’s life.

Until evidence is provided to the contrary, the presumption should be that Mr. Botchis was the real victim who, fearing for his life, didn’t have the opportunity to analyze the motives of his attacker before he started firing.

And if Mr. Botchis did something wrong, why was he never charged criminally?

Further undermining the credibility of the civil case is the fact that at the time of his death Mr. Childs was a suspect in a cold-blooded murder.

A. Gordon Jeffrey, who was 89, was severely beaten while tied in his own bed on May 14, 2004. His face disfigured, eyes swollen shut, the Stonington man died two weeks later, about one month before the Dairy Queen incident.

Mr. Childs’ sister, Sonya Childs, told police her brother had planned to “jack” Mr. Jeffrey because he was bedridden and easy prey. Her statement is contained in an affidavit police used to obtain a search warrant for the apartment of Mr. Childs’ girlfriend. Though the sister later denied making the statement, Mr. Childs’ palm prints were found on a window at Mr. Jeffrey’s home.

The murder case remains open.

So is this lawsuit a tawdry and baseless attempt to gain a cash windfall from a tragedy? Or is it a legitimate attempt to get at the truth?

Only time and the evidence will tell

June 27, 2004

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette of June 27, 2004

Hill District home invasion reported

Shots were fired yesterday after a gunman entered a Hill District home only to be chased off by the occupant.

“I guess it was a home invasion gone bad,” said Dorjan Anderson, whose Brackenridge Street home was the scene of the home invasion. No one was injured.

Anderson said the gunman, Jason Barber, 22, is the cousin of the mother of Anderson’s four children. Anderson declined to name the woman. She and the children were not home during the incident.

In recent weeks, Barber, of the West End, got involved in a dispute between Anderson and the woman. Since then, the two men have been feuding. Anderson said Barber has threatened him.

Yesterday afternoon, as Anderson dozed on his sofa with his shotgun nearby, he said he heard Barber enter the back door. Barber then entered the living room and fired a shot that narrowly missed Anderson’s head. Anderson then fired three shots as Barber shot a second time from his .45-caliber pistol as he fled out the door and down a back street. Neither man was struck.

Barber had not been apprehended last night. No charges were filed against Anderson.

June 27, 2004

Askov, Minnesota

From the Minneapolis Star Tribune of June 23, 2004

A more representative headline would be “Armed civilians capture suspected shooter“.

Teen held in father’s shooting death

For more than four hours Tuesday, authorities searched this small town and the surrounding woods and prairie of Pine County looking for a boy who allegedly shot and killed his father earlier in the morning.

For more than four hours, the word was out that a 15-year-old boy was on the run.

So when the teenager appeared, armed with a gun, near Hwy. 23 just south of town early Tuesday afternoon, the three men working at a nearby auto shop — Matt Gebhart, Scott Jorgensen and Brian Volk — knew what to do.

They got their guns.

Minutes later, they surrounded the boy and talked him into dropping the gun. Deputies arrived a short time later and arrested the boy, identified by acquaintances as Dallas Wright, in connection with the shooting of his father, Norman R. Wright Jr., 47, on the front lawn of the family’s home.


June 26, 2004

Missoula, Montana

From the Missoula Missoulian of June 26, 2004

Shooting victim charged with attack on girlfriend

Last Sunday morning, Chad Hill’s girlfriend shot him in the stomach, then frantically called police to report what she’d done.

By late Thursday, Justice of the Peace Karen Orzech had signed a $250,000 warrant for Hill’s arrest on several counts of assault and child endangerment – and it was clearly the injured Hill who was in trouble over the incident.

As of Friday afternoon, Hill, 21, was listed in good condition at St. Patrick Hospital, where he has been since the early morning shooting June 20. Police had not yet taken him into custody.

A complaint and affidavit supporting the arrest warrant outline the charges against Hill: felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor counts of partner assault, assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

Hill and his girlfriend, Ashley New, had been dating about four months when she arrived at the hospital June 14, claiming to have been beaten outside Stockman’s Bar, the affidavit said. She had several facial fractures, a concussion, two black eyes, scrapes and bruises.

New said she didn’t know who attacked her, but the affidavit said an officer who responded became suspicious almost immediately, because it appeared New had been choked and punched by someone standing in front of her – and the injuries were so serious that whoever caused them meant to hurt her. The officer tried to follow up later, but no one would answer the door at New’s apartment at 2050 S. 14th St. W.

Five days later, New called 9-1-1 from a neighbor’s house to say she’d shot Hill.

The argument Sunday morning allegedly started after a night of drinking, the affidavit said. New tried to take a shower, and Hill got angry. He said he “was going to break the other side of her face” and started hitting and kicking her and dragging her around by the hair.

Then, the affidavit said, Hill took a .45 caliber gun from a dresser drawer, set it on the corner of a bed and said he’d kill New if she didn’t get it first. She grabbed the gun and backed out of the room. Hill then got two knives from the kitchen and threatened to kill both New and her 3-year-old son. New shot Hill the third time he moved toward the little boy’s door.

“Chad scared me,” the boy reportedly told officers later. “Chad opened the door and Mommy shot Chad. Š My mom got hurt.”

Hill also has a pending case in state District Court, on charges that he beat his previous girlfriend and hurt his mother as she tried to protect her.

June 26, 2004

Coburg, Oregon

From the June 25, 2004 Eugene, Oregon Register-Guard:

COBURG – Three robbers in a black Cadillac held up an Interstate 5 gas station and threatened to kill the clerk, but she drove them off by blowing out the car’s back window with her handgun, police said Thursday.

Officers stopped a car minutes later on Belt Line Road and arrested two men and a woman late Wednesday.

Three people drove into the Fuel-N-Go gas station at 33100 Van Duyn Road about 11:35 p.m. in a Cadillac with California plates, police Chief Mike Hudson said. One man went into the store, simulated a gun in his sweatshirt pocket and demanded money.

After the clerk handed over about $200 in cash, the chief said, the robber threatened to kill her anyway. That’s when the clerk pulled out her own handgun.

The robber ran out of the store, and a male attendant fought with the robber, who again simulated a weapon. The female clerk fired one shot, breaking out the car’s rear window, the chief said. The bullet lodged in the dashboard of the car.

California plates? That explains it–they weren’t expecting the victims to shoot back.