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Reader Selected News For Week Aug 17 – Aug 23

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This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, August 16th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Reader Selected News For Week Aug 17 – Aug 23”

  1. From WITN News:

    Tree hugger shoots tree trimmers: Korean War PTSD blamed
    VANCEBORO, NC (WITN) – An elderly Craven County man has now been charged with yesterday’s shooting spree outside of Vanceboro.

    Sheriff Jerry Monette tells WITN News that John Jenkins is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

    Monette says the man was irate at the tree trimmers and wounded three people before an officer returned fire and injured him.

    The sheriff said it appears Jenkins had an emotional or mental health issue.

    You think?

    Two tree trimmers and a neighbor were wounded in the shooting. Monette says everyone will survive.

    The sheriff says Jenkins, who he says is nearly 80 years old, will be taken into custody on the initial charge, once he is released from Vidant Medical Center….

    The sheriff says Jenkins suffers from dementia and old age and that they have dealt with him in the past. Monette says the man is a Korean War veteran who may suffer from post traumatic stress disorder.

    He’s still suffering from PTSD 60 years later? That doesn’t speak well of the mental health efforts of the VA.

    Asked why Jenkins was upset, the sheriff says he’s not sure. Monette says possibly they trimmed some trees and didn’t remove limbs from his property.

    Monette says Jenkins probably shot at between ten and twelve people.

    Obviously we need prevent veterans from owning guns. Who knows how long after serving they will snap. (sarcasm)

    FYI-This is the eastern NC NBC affiliate.

  2. captstubby

    Police seek 2 young suspects after World War II veteran dies following parking lot beating
    Published August 23, 2013
    FoxNews.com

    Police in Spokane, Washington are searching for two young suspects after a World War II veteran was severely beaten in a parking lot Wednesday and later died from his injuries.
    The Spokane Police Department says in a press release officers responded to reports of an assault Wednesday and found the victim in his car with serious head injuries. He later died Thursday in the hospital.
    Authorities on Thursday released surveillance photos of the two suspects, who they describe as African-American males between the ages of 16 and 19.
    Friends identified the victim as 88-year-old Delbert Belton, and say he was sitting outside a lodge for the Fraternal Order of the Eagles when he was attacked.
    KXLY-TV reports that Belton served in the Army during World War II and was shot in the leg during the Battle for Okinawa.
    “He was a tough old bird, I’ll tell you that,” Ted Denison, Belton’s friend for 23 years told the Spokesman-Review.
    “He was just such a nice person for God’s sake. I don’t think Shorty had a mean bone in his body,” friend Betty told KXLY-TV.com.
    “It does appear random. He was in the parking lot, it appears he was assaulted in the parking lot and there was no indication that he would have known these people prior to the assault,” Spokane Police Major Crimes Detective Lieutenant Mark Griffiths told the station.
    Denison told KXLY-TV he cannot comprehend how someone could have carried out such an attack. “I thought of him more as a dad than I did a friend really,” Denison said.
    “He was always there for me when I needed him,” Denison said.
    “I don’t understand how somebody could do this. I really don’t,” he told the station.

    i suspect we will not hear the Campainer in Chief make this statement,
    “If I had a grandfather, i would want him just like Delbert.”




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