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The suspect in a triple homicide in Southern California who died in a shootout with police Friday is believed to have driven across the country to meet a teenage girl before killing three members of her family. Police say Austin Lee Edwards, 28, also likely set fire to the family’s home in Riverside, California, before leaving with the teenager. The bodies in the home were identified as the girl’s grandparents and mother — Mark Winek, his wife Sharie Winek and their daughter Brooke Winek. Police say Edwards met the girl online and obtained her information by deceiving her with a false identity, known as “catfishing." Edwards was a Virginia State Trooper until his resignation last month.

Kentucky State Police posts across the state are collecting donated nonperishable food items for families in need during the holidays. A statement from police says the “Cram the Cruiser” drive is set for Dec. 2. Troopers will be at grocery and retail stores accepting products like canned fruit and vegetables, canned meat, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, jelly, canned soups, cake mixes, water and powdered milk. Collected food is distributed to food banks, shelters, churches and other groups.

The Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments has forwarded three names to Gov. Bill Lee to consider for a vacancy on the Court of Criminal Appeals. The Tennessee Supreme Court said in a statement last week that after a public hearing and interviews, the council selected Joshua B. Dougan, Matthew Joseph Wilson and William Mark Ward.  Dougan is the assistant district attorney in the district that covers Chester, Henderson and Madison counties. Wilson is an assistant U.S. attorney. Ward is a retired criminal court judge in Shelby County. The vacancy in the court’s Western Section occurred when John Everett Williams died Sept. 2.

The city of Chesapeake, Virginia, has scheduled a candlelight vigil to honor the victims of the mass shooting at a Walmart store. Monday evening's remembrance comes six days after the rampage that claimed six lives in the city of about 250,000 people near the Virginia coast. Six others were wounded. The rampage marked the nation’s second high-profile mass shooting in four days after a person opened fire at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs. Police said the shooter at the Walmart was a supervisor. He left behind a note that claimed he was harassed and pushed to the brink by a perception his phone was hacked. He died at the scene of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.


BRISTOL, Va. – The driver of a Jeep Grand Cherokee allegedly shot at another car in Bristol, Virginia, in a road rage incident just after 5 p.m. near Exit 7 of I-81 on Sunday, police said.

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