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Pedestrians Struck in Deadly Crash in Redondo Beach, California

iStock/Thinkstock(REDONDO BEACH, Calif.) — At least one person is dead, with up to 12 others injured after a car slammed into a group of pedestrians Wednesday in Redondo Beach, California, police said.

The crash occurred outside St. James Catholic Church where a Christmas service had just ended, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Some of the pedestrians were rushed to hospitals with critical injuries, Redondo Beach police Lt. Joe Hoffman said. One adult died at a hospital, and the injured included at least one child.

According to ABC station KABC-TV, police said that a woman was driving northbound on Pacific Coast Highway when she ran a red light, striking the pedestrians and hitting another car.

The woman was taken in police custody to a hospital, where she was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, authorities said.

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Pedestrians Struck in Deadly Crash in Redondo Beach, California

iStock/Thinkstock(REDONDO BEACH, Calif.) — At least one person is dead, with up to 12 others injured after a car slammed into a group of pedestrians Wednesday in Redondo Beach, California, police said.

The crash occurred outside St. James Catholic Church where a Christmas service had just ended, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Some of the pedestrians were rushed to hospitals with critical injuries, Redondo Beach police Lt. Joe Hoffman said. One adult died at a hospital, and the injured included at least one child.

According to ABC station KABC-TV, police said that a woman was driving northbound on Pacific Coast Highway when she ran a red light, striking the pedestrians and hitting another car.

The woman was taken in police custody to a hospital, where she was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, authorities said.

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Former Justice of the Peace Sentenced to Death for 2013 Murders

Kuzma/iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — A Texas jury sentenced former Justice of the Peace Eric Williams to death in connection with the 2013 murder of the wife of a district attorney.

The jury had found Williams guilty in the murder of Cynthia McLelland, the wife of District Attorney Mike McLelland, earlier this month.

Among those who testified against Williams was his ex-wife, who described in detail the planning that went into Williams’ revenge killings. District Attorney Mike McLelland and Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse had prosecuted Williams for theft, effectively ending his legal career.

The McLellands were killed in March 2013. Williams was charged with killing Mike McLelland as well as Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse, who was killed about two months earlier, but never tried for their deaths.

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Former Justice of the Peace Sentenced to Death for 2013 Murders

Kuzma/iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — A Texas jury sentenced former Justice of the Peace Eric Williams to death in connection with the 2013 murder of the wife of a district attorney.

The jury had found Williams guilty in the murder of Cynthia McLelland, the wife of District Attorney Mike McLelland, earlier this month.

Among those who testified against Williams was his ex-wife, who described in detail the planning that went into Williams’ revenge killings. District Attorney Mike McLelland and Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse had prosecuted Williams for theft, effectively ending his legal career.

The McLellands were killed in March 2013. Williams was charged with killing Mike McLelland as well as Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse, who was killed about two months earlier, but never tried for their deaths.

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Search Continues for Suspect Who Shot Texas Meteorologist Outside TV Station

KCEN/Facebook(WACO, Texas) — Police continued their search tonight for a suspect in the shooting of a Texas meteorologist outside a TV station in Waco, Texas.

The suspect fled after allegedly shooting Patrick Crawford, NBC affiliate KCEN’s morning meteorologist, multiple times in the studio’s parking lot, Department of Public Safety Trooper D.L. Wilson told ABC News today.

Crawford underwent surgery, he added. Crawford’s wife, Heather Brinkmann, also a meteorologist at the station, was with him at the hospital, KCEN’s news director Jim Hice told ABC News.

“Thank you for your continuous thoughts and prayers,” Heather Brinkmann posted on Facebook tonight. “I am happy to say that Patrick is in stable condition. Doctors continue to tell me how well he’s doing considering the multiple gunshot wounds. Police tell me that if it wasn’t for his smarts to hurry up and drive off and flag down construction workers, it could have been a whole different story. He is truly my hero.”

A man was later captured after a standoff at a nearby house, but police told ABC affiliate KXXV that he was wanted in an unrelated case.

“[Crawford] was getting into his car this morning after leaving the building and the subject walked up to him and they had a confrontation,” Wilson said.

With multiple gunshot wounds, Crawford, 35, was still able to drive away and flag down a construction worker for help, he added. It’s not clear if there is a relationship between Crawford and the shooter.

“Whether they know each other or it’s a random shooting, we don’t know that yet,” Wilson said.

The suspect is reportedly described as a white man with a receding hairline, 30 to 35 years old, wearing a black hoodie and dark jeans. He is considered armed and dangerous.

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Search Continues for Suspect Who Shot Texas Meteorologist Outside TV Station

KCEN/Facebook(WACO, Texas) — Police continued their search tonight for a suspect in the shooting of a Texas meteorologist outside a TV station in Waco, Texas.

The suspect fled after allegedly shooting Patrick Crawford, NBC affiliate KCEN’s morning meteorologist, multiple times in the studio’s parking lot, Department of Public Safety Trooper D.L. Wilson told ABC News today.

Crawford underwent surgery, he added. Crawford’s wife, Heather Brinkmann, also a meteorologist at the station, was with him at the hospital, KCEN’s news director Jim Hice told ABC News.

“Thank you for your continuous thoughts and prayers,” Heather Brinkmann posted on Facebook tonight. “I am happy to say that Patrick is in stable condition. Doctors continue to tell me how well he’s doing considering the multiple gunshot wounds. Police tell me that if it wasn’t for his smarts to hurry up and drive off and flag down construction workers, it could have been a whole different story. He is truly my hero.”

A man was later captured after a standoff at a nearby house, but police told ABC affiliate KXXV that he was wanted in an unrelated case.

“[Crawford] was getting into his car this morning after leaving the building and the subject walked up to him and they had a confrontation,” Wilson said.

With multiple gunshot wounds, Crawford, 35, was still able to drive away and flag down a construction worker for help, he added. It’s not clear if there is a relationship between Crawford and the shooter.

“Whether they know each other or it’s a random shooting, we don’t know that yet,” Wilson said.

The suspect is reportedly described as a white man with a receding hairline, 30 to 35 years old, wearing a black hoodie and dark jeans. He is considered armed and dangerous.

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Suspect in Kidnap of New Hampshire Girl Faces 205 Charges

New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office(CONCORD, N.H.) — A New Hampshire man who allegedly kidnapped a teenage girl and held her for nine months now faces more than 200 charges, including assault and felonious sexual assault, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Nathaniel Kibby, 34, is charged with 80 counts each of aggravated felonious sexual assault and sexual assault, as well as 40 other crimes, said Jane Young, assistant attorney general of New Hampshire.

Kibby allegedly used an “anti-bark shock dog training collar” on the teen to prevent her from making noise, according to court documents. Other times, the court records accuse him of using a gag in her mouth, zip ties around her wrists and a motorcycle helmet on her head with her eyes taped shut.

The name of Kibby’s alleged victim was initially released publicly when she went missing and when she returned to her family, but now that she is alleged to be the victim of sex crimes, her name is being withheld.

The girl was 14 years old when she vanished in October 2013. She mysteriously returned to her mother’s home in New Hampshire on July 20, and Kibby was arrested eight days later.

Court records accuse Kibby of using a Taser to kidnap the girl, threatening to shoot her with a rifle and confining her to commit sexual assault.

Parts of the report released Wednesday have been redacted, but the charges make it clear that the suspect is accused of repeated, violent sexual assault.

Questions about the relationship between the girl and her alleged captor were initially raised because she did not immediately identify Kibby to police, though a spokesman for the girl’s family later said the girl did not know her attacker prior to her abduction. The court records say that at one point, Kibby allegedly laid on top of the girl and put a gun in her hand, telling her that it was better to shoot him than to tell police about the kidnapping.

Kibby, who is being held without bail, is scheduled to appear in Coos Superior Court on Jan. 8 for arraignment.

Attempts to reach his attorney for comment weren’t immediately successful.

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Montana Man Found Guilty in Slaying of German Exchange Student

iStock/Thinkstock(GRANT CREEK, Mont.) — Markus Kaarma has been found guilty in the slaying of 17-year-old German exchange student Diren Dede, whom he shot after the teen wandered into Kaarma’s Grant Creek, Montana, garage.

Kaarma had claimed that he killed the teenager inside his garage out of fear for the safety of his family.

Montana law allows a homeowner to protect himself with deadly force if threatened.

Prosecutors say Kaarma bragged about wanting to “shoot some kids” and left his garage door open, baiting a would-be robber.

The jury agreed, convicting Kaarma on Wednesday of deliberate homicide.

Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 11.

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Meteorologist Shot Outside Texas TV Station

KCEN/Facebook(WACO, Texas) — A Texas meteorologist was shot Wednesday outside a TV station in Waco, police said.

The suspect fled after allegedly shooting Patrick Crawford, NBC affiliate KCEN’s morning meteorologist, multiple times in the studio’s parking lot, Department of Public Safety Trooper D.L. Wilson told ABC News Wednesday.

“[Crawford] was getting into his car this morning after leaving the building and the subject walked up to him and they had a confrontation,” Wilson said.

With multiple gunshot wounds, Crawford was still able to drive away and flag down a construction worker for help, he added. It’s not clear if there is a relationship between Crawford and the shooter.

“Whether they know each other or it’s a random shooting, we don’t know that yet,” Wilson said.

As of 2:30 p.m. ET, police had surrounded a home about a mile and a half away from the station but do not know if the shooter is inside, Wilson said. They are also looking in other areas.

Crawford is now in surgery, he added.

The suspect is reportedly described as a white man with a receding hairline, 30 to 35 years old, wearing a black hoodie and dark jeans. He is considered armed and dangerous.

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Meteorologist Shot Outside Texas TV Station

KCEN/Facebook(WACO, Texas) — A Texas meteorologist was shot Wednesday outside a TV station in Waco, police said.

The suspect fled after allegedly shooting Patrick Crawford, NBC affiliate KCEN’s morning meteorologist, multiple times in the studio’s parking lot, Department of Public Safety Trooper D.L. Wilson told ABC News Wednesday.

“[Crawford] was getting into his car this morning after leaving the building and the subject walked up to him and they had a confrontation,” Wilson said.

With multiple gunshot wounds, Crawford was still able to drive away and flag down a construction worker for help, he added. It’s not clear if there is a relationship between Crawford and the shooter.

“Whether they know each other or it’s a random shooting, we don’t know that yet,” Wilson said.

As of 2:30 p.m. ET, police had surrounded a home about a mile and a half away from the station but do not know if the shooter is inside, Wilson said. They are also looking in other areas.

Crawford is now in surgery, he added.

The suspect is reportedly described as a white man with a receding hairline, 30 to 35 years old, wearing a black hoodie and dark jeans. He is considered armed and dangerous.

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