Gunmen injure 22 at New Jersey art festival

By MIKE CATALINI and RON TODT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gunmen opened fire at an all-night arts and music festival early Sunday morning, sending people running over each other in the scramble to safety, authorities said. One suspect was killed and 22 people, including two suspects, were injured.

Of 17 people treated for gunshot wounds, four of them, including a 13-year-old boy, were critically injured but three had been upgraded to stable by evening, leaving only one man believed to be a suspect in critical condition, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri.

The shots rang out around 2:45 a.m. Sunday as an estimated 1,000 or more people were attending the Art All Night Trenton festival that showcases local art, music, food and films.

Onofri said numerous fights inside and outside had prompted police to tell organizers that the event needed to be shut down because “there was a report that the mood inside the venue had been changing.” Organizers were in the process of doing that when the shooting started, he said.

Authorities believe several neighborhood gangs had a dispute at the venue, and multiple suspects began shooting at each other, with police returning fire, Onofri said.

Tahaij Wells, 33, the suspect who was killed, had recently been released from prison and was on parole since February on homicide-related charges, Onofri said. Amir Armstrong, 23, listed in stable condition, was charged with a weapons offense. It was not immediately known if he had an attorney who could comment.

Multiple weapons were confiscated, including a handgun with an extended capacity magazine containing more ammunition than is allowed under New Jersey law, Onofri said.

On Sunday, crime scene tape surrounded the site of the historic Roebling Wire Works Building that now shares a parking lot with a supermarket, bank and laundry.

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She went to check her corn — and was swallowed by a python

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / The body of 54-year-old Wa Tiba (bottom) lies next to a python after villagers cut open the seven-metre (23-foot) snake which was found bloated in the village of Persiapan Lawela on the island of Muna, offshore of Sulawesi on June 16, 2018.The Indonesian woman was found in the belly of the giant python after the swollen snake was captured near where she vanished while tending her vegetable garden, police said. / AFP PHOTO / STRSTR/AFP/Getty Images

The body of 54-year-old Wa Tiba (bottom) lies next to a python after villagers cut open the seven-metre (23-foot) snake which was found bloated in the village of Persiapan Lawela on the island of Muna, offshore of Sulawesi on June 16, 2018. The Indonesian woman was found in the belly of the giant python after the swollen snake was captured near where she vanished while tending her vegetable garden, police said. Agence France-Presse via Getty Images

By Avi Selk | The Washington Post

For the second time in barely more than a year, an Indonesian villager has been swallowed whole by a python.

Wa Tiba, 54, left her home on Muna island to visit her cornfield on Thursday night, according to the Jakarta Post.

The field was about a half mile from her house, surrounded by cliffs, caves and a certain number of reticulated pythons, the longest snakes in the world.

The snakes normally feed on smaller mammals. Attacks on humans are supposed to be as rare as winning the lottery and being struck by lightning at the same time, according to a Washington Post report. Nevertheless, just such a horror took place on an adjacent island last year, when a man’s body was extracted from a 23-foot-long python, shown in a gruesome YouTube video.

Tiba had been concerned about wild boars, not so much snakes, as she walked through her cornfield that night, the Jakarta Post reported. The pigs had been raiding the crops lately, thus the inspection.

When she had not returned by sunrise, her sister went to the field to look for her.

She found only Tiba’s footprints, her flashlight, her machete and slippers.

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Video: See huge nuke plant cooling towers implode

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Two cooling towers — both well over the length of a football field — came tumbling down in seconds on Saturday in Florida as part of an effort to dismantle a power plant.

The identical, 462-foot towers were imploded at St. Johns River Power Park in Jacksonville. After counting backward to one, a large blast sent the towers to the ground amid wild cheers. A huge cloud of smoke and dust plumed out and engulfed nearby trees.

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Jacksonville Electric Authority and Florida Power & Light contracted Total Wrecking & Environmental to handle the implosion of the cooling towers and demolition of the power park for $14.5 million. The project is expected to be completed in April 2020.

They were the second tallest cooling towers to be imploded in the world, Total Wrecking & Environmental said.

Preparation took about 10 weeks for the implosion. It was over in just more than 10 seconds. More than 1,500 pounds of dynamite and 12,000 linear feet of detonation were used.

The St. Johns River Power Park, a 1,264-megawatt, coal-fired electric plant, was closed in January.

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Police: Inmate kills Kansas deputies escorting him to court

By Kristine Phillips | The Washington Post

An inmate shot and killed two sheriff’s deputies in broad daylight Friday in Kansas while they were transporting him from a Kansas City jail to a courthouse across the street for a hearing, authorities say. One of the mortally wounded deputies managed to shoot the suspect, who remains hospitalized.

Deputy Patrick Rohrer died at a hospital on the same day. Deputy Theresa King died shortly after midnight Saturday. The two had a combined 20 years of service for the sheriff’s department in Wyandotte County.

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Rohrer and King had pulled up into the courthouse’s back parking lot shortly after 11 a.m. Friday and were taking the suspect out of an inmate transport van when they were attacked, Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kelli Bailiff told reporters at a news conference.

Authorities said the inmate may have taken one of the deputies’ guns and shot both of them. Pictures taken by local media show the white van, its doors wide open, parked in a gated portion of the parking lot and surrounded with yellow evidence markers.

Kansas City Police Chief Terry Zeigler did not share details about the shooting and told reporters that investigators are still speaking with witnesses. It’s unclear if there were other inmates inside the van. Authorities also have not released any information about the suspect or the extent of his injuries.

John Garcia said he was just leaving the courthouse when he heard gunshots, and he and others were quickly told to go back inside. Looking out a window, he saw three people on the ground in a parking lot behind the building, Garcia told the Kansas City Star.

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