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Police: Man angry over video game shoots, kills mom

A California man is accused of shooting and killing his mother after becoming upset over a video game he was playing, police officials said. 

Matthew Douglas Nicholson, 28, of Ceres, is charged with murder and making a criminal threat, according to records from the Stanislaus County Jail. He is being held without bail. 

Officials with the Ceres Police Department reported that officers were called to Nicholson’s parents’ home shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday after his father called 911 to report the shooting. Nicholson’s mother, Lydia Susanne Nicholson, had been shot in the head.

The 68-year-old woman died of her injuries at a hospital. 

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Detectives determined that Matthew Nicholson was in his bedroom, playing video games, when he became enraged over the game he was playing and started yelling, police officials said. His mother went into his room to check on him, and the pair began arguing. 

Nicholson broke his game headset during the argument and blamed his mother, officials said. Threatening to kill his mother and father, he retrieved a handgun, police officials said.

After firing two shots into a wall, Nicholson turned the gun on his mother, according to investigators. 

He also tried to shoot his father, Loren Nicholson, who wrestled the gun away from him, a Ceres Police Department news release said. The 81-year-old was not injured in the scuffle. 

“I understand that he would’ve killed the father, too, but the gun jammed,” a family friend told Fox 40 in Sacramento. “The father grabbed the gun (and) emptied it.”

Matthew Nicholson fled and headed to his sister’s home, in nearby Riverbank, police officials said. Officers there located the vehicle he was driving and conducted a high-risk traffic stop.

Nicholson was taken into custody without incident, the news release said.   

His sister described their mother as a wonderful person who loved her children and husband of 32 years. Lydia Nicholson worked in the local school system, Autumn Nicholson told Fox 40

“(She) had so much compassion for people and just wanted to see the best in people at all times,” she said. 

Women targeted in Jacksonville Walmart purse snatchings

Women in a Florida city are being targeted at Walmart parking lots as they unload groceries, police said.

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Two women said Monday that a car pulled up beside them and the driver tried to snatch their purses at a Walmart parking lot near the Avenues Mall in Jacksonville. 

“I grabbed my purse, put it on my shoulder and grabbed her purse and was holding it in my hand,” Denise Wilson said. 

Wilson said she did it to make sure no one was able to swipe their purses as she and her friend, Cathy Elliott, were loading grocery bags. But, she said, someone still managed to try.

“A car came over, almost hit me, grabbed my purse, I screamed and clutched back and pulled back,” Wilson said. 

The car was about 4 inches from her when she said the driver reached out of the window and grabbed at her purse.

“In that moment I was mad, just obviously (as) you are concerned. You could be hurt, but I was just mad that someone was grabbing at me,” Wilson said. 

She said the car was a red, four-door sedan and the driver was a man with long, curly, reddish-brown hair and in his 20s.

Wilson was able to fight back before anything was stolen. 

“She screamed, then I screamed and they took off so it was really so fast (that) you couldn’t begin to plan it out if you wanted to,” Elliott said. 

The women called police and the responding officer told them they had received a call 20 minutes after their call that a woman's purse was stolen from a Walmart in a different part of the city.

“They feel that they started here and just took off (I-)295 and went over there and got that purse,” Elliott said. 

The women said that they believe it was a crime of opportunity.

“We are usually pretty vigilant with knowing what’s going on around us. We missed that one. We won’t miss it again,” Elliott said. 

Walmart officials said the stores have security inside and it’s the retailer's mission to keep everyone safe.

Philadelphia Eagles fan punches horse, police officer after ejected from game

A Philadelphia Eagles fan attacked a horse after being ejected from the Eagles-Falcons playoff game in Philadelphia on Saturday.

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According to WPVI, police said 22-year-old Taylor Hendricks was ejected from the game and became violent as he was leaving. WTXF reported Hendricks struck a mounted police officer in the legs and repeatedly hit the horse in the face and neck.

Police said Hendricks has been charged with aggravated assault, illegally taunting a police horse, simple assault and defiant trespass. He may also face animal cruelty charges.

2 teens charged with murder in 74-year-old woman's death

Police have arrested two Indianapolis teenagers, including an 18-year-old former nurse’s aide, in connection with the death of a 74-year-old woman, according to the Indy Star.

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Kiesha Summerhill and her 19-year-old boyfriend, Arion Cruthird, face murder charges in the Jan. 7 death of Alice Wright. The charges were announced by Brownsburg Police Sgt. April Hyde during a news conference, which was live-streamed by WXIN.

Summerhill had previously cared for Wright’s husband, Kerney.

Police say the pair broke into the senior couple’s home and robbed the Wrights. Alice Wright’s daughter alerted police after she found her mother in her bedroom with an apparent gunshot wound.

Kerney Wright, who uses a wheelchair, was found in another room in the home. He was treated at a hospital for health issues unrelated to the case, police said.

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Investigators believe Alice Wright was likely dead for 12 hours before she was found. The autopsy report ruled the manner of death as homicide and the cause of death as multiple traumas “that complicated her hypertensive cardiovascular disease,” the Indy Star reported.

Hyde said investigators have made steady progress in the case over the last five days, but said there remain plenty of questions that need answers.

“It’s been rapidly evolving, but it’s also been very cumbersome and tiring for the investigators,” Hyde said, “and I can’t even imagine what the family is going through.”

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Hyde also alerted residents of Brownsburg to take proper precautions to protect themselves from crime.

“In this day and age, you need to stay aware of what’s going on around you, you do need to protect yourself,” Hyde said. “There’s no leaving your doors unlocked to your residence anymore. There’s no leaving your cars unlocked. These crimes are happening, and they’re happening more frequently in our community, unfortunately.”

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The Wright family released a statement Friday and reported that Kerney will have to move into a nursing home to receive proper care for his medical conditions.

“The love of Kerney’s life, his wife of 39 years, and his full-time caregiver, Alice, was tragically taken from him January 6th,” the family statement read. “Kerney has disabilitating medical conditions that will require entry into a skilled nursing facility.”

GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family with Kerney’s medical expenses.

Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock's girlfriend said her fingerprints would likely be on ammo

We are slowly learning more about the Las Vegas shooting that left 58 people dead in October 2017.

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Newly unsealed court documents show that, in the months before the massacre, shooter Stephen Paddock took measures to muddy the waters in the law enforcement investigation he knew would follow his attack. FBI search warrants state that Paddock “destroyed or tried to hide digital media devices” that he assumed the feds would be after, according to a New York Times report. In fact, Paddock took a number of steps aimed at tripping up investigators, and the FBI team trying to get to the bottom of the shooting wrote that the 64-year-old exhibited “a level of sophistication which is commonly found in mass casualty events.”

Although the bureau still has not determined a motive for his attack, they’ve slowly traced the winding trail that led him to the Mandalay Bay hotel room last October. They said he used multiple communication devices, including a prepaid cellphone. Three phones were found in the room where Paddock died, two of which investigators were able to search, but one that they could not unlock, authorities said. An agent wrote in the search warrants that “if there were any information related to a potential conspiracy, it would be found within” the locked phone, which operated on the Google platform.

The warrants also detail a few of the steps that investigators took in looking into Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley. Although Danley has not been charged, investigators said: “She has been identified thus far as the most likely person who aided or abetted Stephen Paddock based on her informing law enforcement that her fingerprints would likely be found on the ammunition used during the attack.”

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She reportedly deleted social media profiles in the hours after the attack.

In the warrants, agents pushed for access to Danley’s email account, saying that “[it could] lead investigators to determine the full scope of Stephen Paddock’s plan and Marilou Danley’s possible involvement.”

A number of the devices that Paddock used in the shooting were ordered online, including a holographic weapon sight, authorities said.

Authorities have been able to gain access to Paddock’s email accounts and say that he emailed between two accounts referring to items that he used in the attack, including the bump stock that he attached to his weapon. Although they’re not sure, investigators said there’s a possibility that somebody else was handling one of the email accounts, and they believe that identifying the person could help pull back the veil that surrounds Paddock’s motives.

Wife charged with murder searched for 'how to kill someone and not get caught,' police say

A Maypearl, Texas, woman has been charged with murder after she was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of killing her husband.

Sandra Louise Garner was arrested Jan. 10, nine days after her husband’s death. Police said they were led to the 55-year-old after they seized one of her electronic devices and discovered that she’d recently searched “how to kill someone and not get caught,” according to the Waxahachie Daily Light. Garner’s late husband, 42-year-old John Garner, was found in the couple's home early Jan. 2. Maypearl Police Chief Boyd Norton said the autopsy revealed that John Garner was killed with a .38 caliber bullet.

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Norton said Sandra Garner called 911 on the night of her husband’s death, saying, “Ms. Garner told investigators she was awakened by two gunshots and saw a masked male holding a gun and a flashlight inside her residence,” per a report from Paris Extra. Sandra Garner also claimed that “the perpetrator told her he held a grudge against her husband because of work-related matters," police said. She also reportedly told police that the gunman told her he wasn’t there to hurt her and that he made her open the family safe and fork over $18,000. However, as early as Jan. 4, the Maypearl Police Department pushed back on Sandra Garner’s story, writing on Facebook, “We have reason to believe that the shooting was NOT a ‘stranger on stranger’ home invasion.”

The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office reportedly got a search warrant and found a bullet in a pillowcase in the Garners’ bedroom. That discovery led to them seizing the devices, where they uncovered Sandra Garner’s search history. Norton also said investigators found a .38 Taurus handgun in a Ford Mustang parked near the residence. The gun was wrapped in a paper towel and slipped into two plastic bags, he said. Police arrested Sandra Garner after experts determined that the bullet found in the John Garner’s body matched the .38 found in the Mustang.

Sandra Garner is now facing a murder charge and is in the Ellis County Jail on a $2 million bond.

WATCH: 77-year-old woman dragged by car during purse snatching

A Texas woman whose purse was snatched in broad daylight on New Year's Eve also was dragged by the suspect's car, police said.

The incident was captured on surveillance video, KHOU reported. The 77-year-old woman is seen placing groceries in the trunk of her car. A man in a white Nissan Sentra pulls up behind her and grabs the purse from her cart. 

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While the woman tries to hold onto her purse, the suspect drives off, dragging the woman until she fell.

Authorities are offering a $5,000 reward for information in the case, KHOU reported. 

Sheriff: Florida woman killed after being mistaken for target in murder-for-hire plot

Three people were taken into custody Friday in connection with the abduction and murder of a 42-year-old Florida woman, officials said. 

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It turns out that the victim was mistaken for the target of a murder-for-hire plot, Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson said.

A woman's body was found in Ormond Beach on Monday and was later identified as Janice Marie Zengotita-Torres, who had been reported missing out of Osceola County, officials said.

According to investigators, Ishnar Lopez-Ramos, 35, allegedly hired Glorianmarie Quinones-Montes, 22, and Alexis Ramos-Rivera, 22, to kill a woman in a relationship with a man she loved.

The pair allegedly mistook Zengotita-Torres for the target, but even after realizing she was the wrong person, they allegedly bound her and suffocated her with garbage bags, Gibson said.

Zengotita-Torres worked at the same store as the intended target and the two looked similar, investigators said.

All three suspects allegedly gave full confessions and face charges of premeditated first-degree murder, Gibson said.

"I get emotional because it just touches me so deeply that one of our citizens was killed in such a manner over a mistaken identification, and in the end it appears to be a lovers' triangle," he said. "Wow."

Zengotita-Torres moved to Osceola County from Puerto Rico with her 14-year-old-son, husband and father about a year ago, investigators said.

The three women charged in her death all came to Central Florida from Puerto Rico in late December, deputies said.

As she was being led from the Osceola County Sheriff's Office to a cruiser that would take her to jail, Quinones-Montes cried and denied she was involved.

"I didn't do anything," she said.

Man convicted in deaths of 3 civil rights workers dies in Mississippi prison

Edgar Ray Killen, who was convicted for the 1964 deaths of three civil rights workers in Mississippi, died Thursday in prison, WAPT reported. He was 92.

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Killen was pronounced dead at 9 p.m. Thursday in the Mississippi State Penitentiary hospital, prison authorities said.

Killen was serving three consecutive 20-year terms for the June 21, 1964, deaths of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner. The deaths in Neshoba County inspired the 1988 film, “Mississippi Burning.”

Killen was originally tried in 1967, but the case ended in a mistrial, WAPT reported. The state reopened the case 38 years later, and Killen was convicted on June 21, 2005. He was sentenced two days later, and the Mississippi Supreme Court upheld the convictions in 2007, WAPT reported.

No cause of death was given, prison officials said. An autopsy was pending, WAPT reported.

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