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Published: Friday, February 02, 2018 @ 9:50 AM
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Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 5:23 PM
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. — The alleged gunman in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting last week in Parkland, Fla., has an inheritance from his adoptive parents worth $800,000, according to news outlets.
Cruz was charged with 17 counts of murder last Thursday, a day after allegedly opening fire inside the high school with an assault-style rifle.
The large amount of money could prompt a judge to review the estate and possibly make the money accessible for Cruz’s defense.
The Public Defender’s Office asked a judge Tuesday to review the inheritance, the Herald reported, to help determine if any of the money can be used in his defense.
The court filing specifically asked the judge to “determine whether the defendant is indigent.”
Cruz is charged with 17 counts of murder in the deaths of 14 students and three adults, including teachers, in the deadly rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day. More than a dozen others were injured in the massacre.
Cruz was caught shortly after the shooting in nearby Coral Springs, Fla., and taken into custody without incident.
He’s jailed without bond.
Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 12:01 AM
— During CNN’s Wednesday night town hall with Florida lawmakers, survivors of last week’s high school shooting and members of the NRA, Sen. Marco Rubio attempted to explain why a ban on assault rifles wouldn’t have prevented the tragedy, and the audience’s reaction was not quite what he was hoping for.
While explaining what a ban on assault rifles would do, the Republican senator from Florida said to ensure no one would “get around it.”
“You would literally have to ban every semi-automatic rifle that’s sold in America.” A surprised Rubio, who appeared to have been hoping to convince the audience against such an idea, was met with a solid 10 seconds of applause that overwhelmed the room.
“Fair enough, fair enough,” the senator said as the cheers died down.
The moment came just after a grieving father called Rubio’s reaction to the mass shooting “pathetically weak” and asked whether the senator would support banning assault rifles like Nikolas Cruz’s AR-15 in order to save the lives of children.
“It’s too easy to get. It is a weapon of war,” the father emotionally said. “The fact that you can’t stand with everybody else in this building and say that, I’m sorry.”
A flustered Rubio assured him, “I do believe what you’re saying is true,” before launching into his argument against an assault rifles ban.
Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 11:36 PM
REGION — Piqua and Miamisburg police investigated threats made by students.
Miamisburg police Sgt. Joshua Himan said today, Feb. 21, a threat of violence was found written on a bathroom wall at Miamisburg High School.
No one has been arrested yet, and Miamisburg police and schools are investigating.
There will be extra patrols at the school Thursday, Himan said.
The threat referenced "tomorrow" but it's unknown how long it was on bathroom wall.
In Piqua, Police Chief Bruce Jamison confirmed his office is investigating a threat that involved a student whom attends Piqua Central Intermediate School.
Jamison though would not reveal any specifics about the threat, including whether it was against a school or individual or referenced any weapons.
Piqua police were made aware of this threat Wednesday afternoon and "eliminated the threat,” Jamison said, by ensuring it could not be carried out. He declined to elaborate.
Jamison said there have been increased police patrols at Piqua schools since the school shooting in Florida last week.