Man arrested who taped airman being shot

Sunday, February 5, 2006

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- A man who videotaped a sheriff's deputy shooting an unarmed Air Force security officer was arrested Friday for an alleged assault in Florida, officials said. Jose Luis Valdes was taken into custody by Pomona police on a warrant for aggravated assault with a firearm from Miami-Dade County, Fla. The warrant came up during a routine background check when Valdes went to an immigration office, police said. Valdes, contacted by cell phone, confirmed he had been arrested but said the only problem he had in Miami was an arrest for driving under the influence. He did not elaborate about that arrest, but said authorities wanted to send him back to Florida within 24 hours. The airman's shooting happened in Chino, about 40 miles east of Los Angeles.

Teen arrested for gay bar rampage shoots officer

GASSVILLE, Ark. -- A teenager suspected of a hatchet-and-gun attack in a Massachusetts gay bar shot and killed a small-town police officer and the teen's passenger before he was critically wounded in a gun battle with police Saturday, authorities said. Jacob D. Robida, 18, was shot twice in the head, and "it doesn't look good right now," said Massachusetts prosecutor Paul Walsh Jr. Walsh said the teen shot officer Jim Sell, 56, twice during a traffic stop in this northern Arkansas town.

Small plane forced to land near Bush's Texas ranch

WACO, Texas -- The pilot of a small plane was in for an unpleasant surprise when he flew too close to President Bush's ranch in Texas during a weekend visit by the commander in chief. Two fighter jets forced the small plane to land, though authorities believe the intrusion was an accident. The pilot violated restricted air space over the ranch on Friday night and was forced to land at a nearby airport several hours after the president arrived, the Secret Service on confirmed Saturday. A Secret Service spokesman said the pilot was interviewed and sent on his way. The matter was referred to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Man allegedly tries to sell drugs to uniformed officer

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Note to drug dealers: Not a good idea to solicit a man in uniform. Authorities in Florida say deputy Ed Johnson was sitting in his marked patrol car, in his uniform when a man approached him and allegedly offered to sell him cocaine. Arrest records say that Michael Garibay, 34, of Orlando, approached Johnson's cruiser and asked the deputy if he was "straight." When Johnson said that he was, Garibay asked, "Do you know what that means? ... It means do you want to buy some cocaine." According to the documents, Johnson replied "yes," and Garibay produced a bag containing a white substance and asked for cash. The contents tested positive for cocaine, and the deputy arrested Garibay.

-- From wire reports

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