CHICAGO — A Chicago man shot a 30-year-old acquaintance during an argument that began because he thought she was being too loud, prosecutors said Sunday.
Terrell Washington, 37, was charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery with a firearm after the victim identified him as her shooter, according to court records.
On Jan. 18, Washington came over to the victim’s apartment in the 4000 block of West Gladys Avenue about 9:15 p.m.
They were talking and smoking cigarettes, and Washington became “increasingly angry” and repeatedly told the woman to lower her voice, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Julia Ramirez.
The woman became frustrated and told Washington to leave her apartment. He pulled a handgun from his waistband and shot her in the arm and leg, prosecutors said.
Washington then ran from the apartment through the front door, leaving it open, Ramirez said.
A witness called 911 after hearing arguing followed by gunshots. Officers found spent shell casings at the scene.
The victim was taken to the hospital and was treated for gunshot wounds. She later identified Washington as the person who shot her.
Washington, of the 5300 block of West Adams, was arrested Friday. He was ordered held without bail during a Sunday court hearing before Judge Mary Marubio.
— Chicago Tribune
Accused Lana Del Rey stalker: ‘I love you so much Lana’
ORLANDO, Fla. — The man accused of plotting to kidnap singer Lana Del Rey from her performance at Amway Center in Orlando chanted during a police interview and said he planned to go to the “afterlife.”
Michael Shawn Hunt, 43, was armed with a 3-inch-blade folding knife and had a concert ticket when he was arrested near the arena Friday night, according to an Orlando police report.
Hunt chanted gibberish during an interview with a detective at the Orlando Police Department headquarters and spoke of putting something inside himself and the officer.
“The interview with Hunt was very disturbing,” the detective wrote.
Police were alerted to Hunt’s Facebook posts, in which he professed love to the singer and published plans to travel from Brandon to Orlando to be with Del Rey, according to the arrest report.
“Well folks I can barely touch the electronics anymore it’s probably my last day on Facebook. I hope to see y’all on the walk about in your life be good and Ill see you on the other side everybody … ” the post read.
Hunt admitted to writing the message, according to the arrest report.
“Our Queen Forever in both Worlds xoxo I love you so much Lana I can’t wait to be back in your arms in a few days baby,” the post read. “I hear you singing baby I miss you baby I miss you so much Lana. I won’t need them everybody in the entire Coliseum will know who I am when I get there.”
The arrest report indicated Del Rey, whose real name is Elizabeth Grant, was aware of the posts and was fearful.
“Due to the statements posted by Hunt, victim Elizabeth Grant was in fear for her safety,” the report states.
Hunt told an Orange County judge Sunday, during his first court appearance, that he did not intend to hurt the singer.
— Orlando Sentinel
15-day state of emergency declared in Maldives amid political crisis
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — The government of the Maldives has declared a 15-day state of emergency as a growing political crisis grips the nation, officials said on Monday.
Azima Shukoor, an aide to President Abdulla Yameen, said the current unrest had prompted the move.
The country’s opposition has called on the international community to support the implementation of a Supreme Court ruling, which ordered the release of opposition leaders and the reinstatement of 12 opposition lawmakers.
Yameen’s government has so far refused to implement the order to release political prisoners, including former president Mohamed Nasheed.
The state of emergency gives wide powers to the security forces and police to arrest, detain persons and stop ongoing opposition protest campaigns.
Thirty-seven legislators, all belonging to the opposition coalition, signed a statement calling for help in the dispute from India, Sri Lanka, the United States, Britain and the European Union, as well as international organizations and non-governmental organizations
The statement called for Yameen’s government to respect the rule of law.
The legislators said that, following Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling, the opposition coalition now enjoys a clear majority in the 85-member parliament.
“We are deeply fearful that the government’s refusal to implement the Supreme Court ruling, the police violence and the increased militarization of the country could escalate to civil unrest and incite violence across the country,” the statement said.
Palestinian peace negotiator tells Nikki Haley to ‘shut up’
In a new interview, a top Palestinian official told off U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley after she criticized Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
“Nikki Haley needs to shut up and realize that the Palestinian leadership is not the problem,” Saeb Erekat told the website Al-Watan Voice on Saturday, the Times of Israel reports.
Erekat is a lead Palestinian peace negotiator and the secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
“Instead, the problem is the Israeli occupation and the policies it continues to pursue. I’m not saying that we don’t make mistakes; every society and every government makes mistakes.”
Addressing the United Nations Security Council on Jan. 25, Haley had attacked Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after he said she and American Ambassador to Israel David Friedman brought “shame on the administration” and that the Palestinian leadership won’t “accept the U.S. as a mediator” after it recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
“A speech that indulges in outrageous and discredited conspiracy theories is not the speech of a person with the courage and the will to seek peace,” Haley said, even as President Donald Trump continues to allege that the FBI and Justice Department are out to get him.
“Ultimately, peace will not be achieved without leaders with courage,” she said.
Apparently taking this as a threat, Erekat accused Haley of pushing for a “coup” within the “Palestinian political system.”
“She called for overthrowing the democratically elected Palestinian president,” he said. “This is the president who led the peace process and promoted the principle of the two-state solution.
“Now this ambassador is accusing him of lacking courage and is calling for replacing him.”
Since Trump declared that the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Palestinians have intentionally avoided meeting with American officials.
— New York Daily News