Staff writer Holly Harvey reports:
In a strange flip of events, a burglary suspect called 911 early Tuesday to report that he was being held at gunpoint by a Springtown homeowner and his son.
The homeowner called 911, too, but by then he was in control, holding him at gunpoint and demanding to know what he was doing in his home.
“Just unlucky, I guess,” the man responded, according to a release from the Parker County Sheriff’s Department.
The incident happened around 12:30 a.m. when the homeowner and his wife woke up to find an intruder in the bedroom of their home in the 100 block of Lelon Lane.
The suspect, identified as 41-year-old Christopher Lance Moore of Bedford, left the home and sat in his GMC pickup, parked in the family’s driveway. The homeowner followed him with a pistol, took the suspect’s keys and blocked his getaway with his own vehicle, while his stepson trained a shotgun on Moore, Fox 4 News reports.
“If he gets out of the truck, shoot him in the legs,” James Gerow told his son. “You ain’t gotta kill him; just shoot him in the legs. … If he’d got out, I’d have expected him to shoot him.”
I wonder if there’s treasure in there...
Unicorns exist and look no further than an ancient burial site in North Korea for proof, according to the latest bit of fantastic news to emerge from the secretive dictatorship.
North Korean archaeologists “have recently reconfirmed a lair of the unicorn rode by King Tongmyong,” reports the state news outlet, Korean Central News Agency.
“A rectangular rock carved with words ‘Unicorn Lair’ stands in front of the lair. The carved words are believed to date back to the period of Koryo Kingdom (918-1392),” the article states.
There are strong indications the proposed mining bill could be next, joining collective bargaining, voter ID and a gubernatorial attempt to supersede the powers of the state superintendent as lawsuit fodder.
“From a litigation standpoint, they have a losing hand,” predicts state Sen. Tim Cullen, D-Janesville.
Protection of state waterways, Cullen and others say, will be the likely legal roadblock.
But what the Assembly bill fails to do, say opponents, is protect state waterways, including lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands, from the leftover soil, called “overburden,” that is dug out in any mining operation.
That means a lot of excess dirt will need to be put somewhere after it is removed to reach the iron ore deposits. Since the Assembly mining bill doesn’t say the excess soil can’t be deposited in wetlands and rivers, critics fear this is exactly what will happen.
If the company dumps the earth into these streams, says Meyer, it would be a violation of the state constitution’s “public trust doctrine,” which says that state waterways must remain the property of all citizens, not any one property owner or company.
Can you challenge a law for what it doesn’t say? I ask that in all seriousness. I don’t know. While it is clear that if a mining company dumps waste in a waterway that they can be sued and/or fined, that doesn’t mean that the mining law is unconstitutional. Come to think of it, if it is already pretty clear to everyone that such dumping of waste violates the law, then why does it need to be written into the mining law anyway?