6 Philadelphia police officers shot; suspect surrenders after hourslong standoff

A gunman surrendered early Thursday morning following a standoff with Philadelphia police that lasted more than seven hours leaving six officers shot and three others injured.

Source: 6 Philadelphia police officers shot; suspect surrenders after hourslong standoff

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CDC: Overdose deaths now higher in cities than rural areas | TheHill

Drug overdose deaths in the U.S. are now higher in cities after years of being more common in rural areas, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released Friday.

The CDC says overdose rates for urban areas surpassed rural areas in 2016 and 2017, though not by much.

The CDC found that in 2017, there were 22 overdose deaths out of every 100,000 people in urban areas. In rural areas, there were 20 overdose deaths per 100,000 people.

Source: CDC: Overdose deaths now higher in cities than rural areas | TheHill

New York man caught with almost $500k in drugs hidden in minivan | WTAJ

SOMERSET COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — State Police arrested Pedro Rosa, 30, of Yonkers, New York after finding $480,000 worth of heroin in a hidden compartment of his van.

Just before 11 p.m. on Thursday, August 1, Troopers pulled over Rosa for going 81 mph in a 70 mph area.

Rosa, who was driving a Chrysler Town and Country van registered in Philadelphia, stated he was on his way to Pittsburgh to do some fishing in one of the lakes. He reportedly didn’t know who the van belonged to.

After agreeing to let Troopers conduct a search, they found an aftermarket hidden compartment under the carpet in the rear of the van.

When the compartment was opened, approximately 960 brick (48,000 stamp bags) of heroin were found and taken.

Rosa gave no information to the Troopers. He was charged and taken to Somerset County Jail.

Source: New York man caught with almost $500k in drugs hidden in minivan | WTAJ

RFK’s granddaughter Saoirse Kennedy Hill overdoses, dies at 22

Robert F. Kennedy’s granddaughter reportedly died of an apparent drug overdose at the family’s Cape Cod compound on Thursday — the latest in a long line of tragedies to rock the storied family.

Saoirse Kennedy Hill, 22, was staying at the sprawling Hyannis Port, Mass., home of her grandmother, 91-year-old Ethel Kennedy, RFK’s widow.

By the time medics arrived to the Marchant Avenue mansion at about 2:30 p.m., the young Kennedy was already in cardiac arrest, the Hyannis News reported.

She was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The New York Times said the suspected cause was an overdose, but an investigation by Barnstable police is ongoing.

The death jolted a family long haunted by tragedy

Source: RFK’s granddaughter Saoirse Kennedy Hill overdoses, dies at 22

16 Marines arrested on accusations ranging from human smuggling to drugs, officials say | Fox News

More than a dozen U.S. Marines were arrested early Thursday on a variety of accusations ranging from human smuggling to drug-related offenses, according to officials.

The U.S. Marine Corps said in a news release that 16 Marines were arrested during a Battalion formation at Camp Pendleton in California. All are members of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, between ranks of E-2 and E4 (PFC-Corporal), a spokeswoman told Fox News, adding that none of the Marines officially has been charged.

“Information gained from a previous human smuggling investigation precipitated the arrests,” USMC officials said in a statement.

Source: 16 Marines arrested on accusations ranging from human smuggling to drugs, officials say | Fox News

PITTSBURGH FENTANYL BUST: Largest fentanyl bust in state history made along Pa. turnpike, police say | WPXI

Police said the largest fentanyl bust in Pennsylvania history took place Monday morning along the turnpike in Westmoreland County.

“This is what you’d see out of a movie. That package would go to an area where it was cut with different agents, cut over and over again to where that’s over $1 million worth of street value in a 3.5-pound package,” State Trooper Steve Limani said.

Police believe the fentanyl was headed to Pittsburgh, where it would be distributed and sold on the streets of western Pennsylvania.

Source: PITTSBURGH FENTANYL BUST: Largest fentanyl bust in state history made along Pa. turnpike, police say | WPXI

Illinois becomes 11th state in US to legalize recreational marijuana, first to set up statewide marketplace | Fox News

Illinois on Tuesday became the 11th state in the U.S. to legalize marijuana for recreational use after Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill that permits residents to purchase and possess up to one ounce of cannabis at a time and non-residents up to 15 grams.

The move, which fulfills one of Pritzker’s campaign promises, also implements the nation’s first comprehensive statewide cannabis marketplace designed by legislators. It also means that nearly 800,000 people with criminal records for purchasing or possessing 30 grams of marijuana or less may have those records expunged.

Source: Illinois becomes 11th state in US to legalize recreational marijuana, first to set up statewide marketplace | Fox News

Florida man tortured 2-year-old with torch, airsoft gun while wearing werewolf mask, sheriff says | WPXI

Andrew Ross-Celaius, who is accused of beating and burning the girl, was acquitted in the 2006 killing of a 2-year-old boy.

 

PENSACOLA, Fla. – A Florida man previously acquitted in the killing of a child was arrested last month and charged with torturing his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter, sometimes while wearing a werewolf mask, authorities said.

Andrew Bennett Ross-Celaius, 37, of Pensacola, was arrested April 9 and charged with six counts of aggravated child abuse, four counts of child abuse, a variety of drug charges, possession of a weapon, tampering with evidence and a probation violation, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. Another man, Eric Everett Furnans, 36, of Pensacola, was arrested Tuesday and charged with destroying evidence in the case after Ross-Celaius was taken into custody. He has since been booked on drug charges

Source: Florida man tortured 2-year-old with torch, airsoft gun while wearing werewolf mask, sheriff says | WPXI