Au­thor­i­ties: Trucker in Mor­gan crash hadn’t slept

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

TROUT­DALE, Ore. (AP) — A lone gun­man armed with a ri­fle shot and killed a stu­dent Tues­day and in­jured a teacher shortly af­ter classes started at a high school in a quiet Columbia River town in Ore­gon and was later found dead as po­lice ar­rived, au­thor­i­ties said.

Au­thor­i­ties have ten­ta­tively iden­ti­fied the gun­man but weren’t ready to re­lease the name, Trout­dale Po­lice Chief Scott An­der­son said.

They were in the process of no­ti­fy­ing the fam­ily of the gun­man and stu­dent who was killed.

An­der­son said the teacher suf­fered non-life threat­en­ing in­juries and was treated at the scene.

Dur­ing the evac­u­a­tion, an­other un­re­lated gun was found and one per­son was taken into cus­tody.

The at­tack pan­icked stu­dents at Reynolds High School in Trout­dale af­ter a lock­down was or­dered and they were told to qui­etly go to their class­rooms.

Fresh­man Mor­gan Rose, 15, said she hun­kered down in a locker room with an­other stu­dent and two teach­ers.

“It was scary in the mo­ment. Now know­ing ev­ery­thing’s OK I’m bet­ter,” she said.

Fresh­man Daniel De­Long, 15, said af­ter the shoot­ing that he saw a phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher at the school with a blood­ied shirt. He said he was tex­ting friends to make sure they were all OK. “It just, like, hap­pened so fast, you know?” he said. An­der­son said he was sorry for the fam­ily of the slain stu­dent. Po­lice did not say how the gun­man died.

“To­day is a very tragic day for the city of Trout­dale,” the chief said.

Gov. John Kitzhaber added in a state­ment: “Ore­gon hurts as we try to make sense of a sense­less act of vi­o­lence.”

The first re­ports of shots fired came at 8 a.m. on the nextto-last-day of classes. Po­lice ini­tially seemed un­cer­tain about whether there was a live shooter in the school.

Stu­dents were even­tu­ally led from the school with hands on their heads. Par­ents and stu­dents were re­united in a su­per­mar­ket park­ing lot.

Mandy John­son said her daugh­ter called from a friend’s phone.

“I thank God that she’s safe,” said John­son, who has three younger chil­dren. “I don’t want to send my kids to school any­more.”

Paul Csea was in the school cafe­te­ria with friends when they were told the school was go­ing into lock­down, The Oregonian re­ported.

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A truck driver’s lack of sleep is be­ing blamed for the high­way crash that in­jured Tracy Mor­gan and killed an­other co­me­dian in New Jersey.

As Mor­gan re­cov­ered in a hospi­tal, au­thor­i­ties said Mon­day that the truck driver who trig­gered the weekend crash hadn’t slept for more than 24 hours be­fore the ac­ci­dent.

Wal-Mart trucker Kevin Roper was ex­pected to ap­pear in state court Wed­nes­day. It was un­clear if Roper, of Jones­boro, Ge­or­gia, had re­tained an at­tor­ney. He re­mained free af­ter post­ing $50,000 bond.

State po­lice on Tues­day re­leased au­dio record­ings from three 911 calls made af­ter the ac­ci­dent. In one, a woman tells the dis­patcher: “It’s a ter­ri­ble ac­ci­dent. The car flipped. It’s on its side. It’s two ve­hi­cles and a Wal-Mart truck.”

Au­thor­i­ties said Roper ap­par­ently failed to slow for traf­fic ahead early Satur­day in Cran­bury Town­ship and then swerved to avoid a crash. In­stead, they said, his big rig smashed into the back of Mor­gan’s chauf­feured limo bus, killing Mor­gan’s close friend and fel­low co­me­dian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair and in­jur­ing Mor­gan and three other people.

Roper has been charged with death by auto and four counts of as­sault by auto. Un­der New Jersey law, a per­son can be charged with as­sault by auto if he or she causes in­jury af­ter know­ingly op­er­at­ing a ve­hi­cle af­ter be­ing awake for more than 24 hours.

Ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint, Roper op­er­ated the truck “with­out hav­ing slept for a pe­riod in ex­cess of 24 hours re­sult­ing in a mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent.” It doesn’t spec­ify the ba­sis for that as­ser­tion.

Re­port: Di­a­betes num­bers

con­tinue to rise in US

NEW YORK (AP) — The num­ber of Amer­i­cans with di­a­betes has in­creased again — now more than 29 mil­lion people have the ill­ness. That’s an in­crease of about 3 mil­lion from three years ago. In new re­port re­leased Tues­day, federal sci­en­tists cal­cu­lated that more than 9 per­cent of Amer­i­cans have di­a­betes — or 1 in 11 people. The re­port es­ti­mates that about a quar­ter of them haven’t been di­ag­nosed yet and don’t know they have di­a­betes.

The Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion used a 2012 na­tional sur­vey and other data to come up with the new num­bers.

Di­a­betes is a dis­ease in which su­gar builds up in the blood. The most com­mon form is tied to obe­sity, and the num­ber of di­a­bet­ics has bal­looned with the rise in obe­sity.

Arkansas pas­tor is new South­ern Bap­tist pres­i­dent

BAL­TI­MORE (AP) — An Arkansas megachurch pas­tor was elected Tues­day to lead the coun­try’s South­ern Bap­tists as the con­ser­va­tive de­nom­i­na­tion tries to turn around de­clin­ing mem­ber­ship, church at­ten­dance and bap­tisms and faces in­creas­ing con­flict with main­stream cul­ture, es­pe­cially over its con­vic­tion that gay sex is im­moral.

Later on Tues­day, the na­tion’s largest Protes­tant de­nom­i­na­tion is sched­uled to con­sider a res­o­lu­tion op­pos­ing the idea that gen­der iden­tity can be dif­fer­ent from a per­son’s bi­o­log­i­cal sex. And a mo­tion made from the floor by one South­ern Bap­tist Con­ven­tion del­e­gate asks the group to dis­ci­pline a South­ern Cal­i­for­nia church that has stopped preach­ing against ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity.

In nom­i­nat­ing the Rev. Ron­nie Floyd for pres­i­dent, the pow­er­ful head of South­ern Bap­tist The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary, the Rev. Al­bert Mohler, told the crowd of 5,000 meet­ing in Bal­ti­more, “The na­tion is em­brac­ing a hor­ri­fy­ing moral re­bel­lion that is trans­form­ing our cul­ture be­fore our very eyes.”

racial dis­crim­i­na­tion

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A group of eight cur­rent and for­mer em­ploy­ees of United Par­cel Ser­vice in Ken­tucky have sued the com­pany say­ing they faced racial dis­crim­i­na­tion, poor treat­ment based on race and re­tal­i­a­tion af­ter they com­plained.

The men also con­tend an ef­figy of a black UPS em­ployee hung from the ceil­ing out­side the man­ager’s of­fice for four days.

The suit, filed Fri­day in Fayette County Cir­cuit Court in Lex­ing­ton, names three man­agers and the com­pany as de­fen­dants.

The men say they were pun­ished more se­verely than white em­ploy­ees for “al­leged workplace in­frac­tions.” Two of the em­ploy­ees were fired; two oth­ers re­signed, which the law­suit says con­sti­tutes “con­struc­tive dis­charge.”

AP Photo/The Oregonian, Faith Cath­cart

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