‘Extensive’ probe into Philadelphia police standoff to take months

first_imgBastiaan Slabbers/iStock(PHILADELPHIA) — An “extensive” investigation is underway after a gunman shot six Philadelphia police officers in a dramatic, hours-long standoff that left the city “reeling,” prosecutors said Monday.All officers survived the Wednesday violence and the suspected shooter, Maurice Hill, is in custody on charges including attempted murder.But Anthony Voci, the district attorney’s homicide chief, warned Monday that the “the scale of this investigation … is immeasurable” and will take months to complete.Over 100 rounds of ammunition were fired, Voci said, and investigators are now digging bullets out of cars, ceilings and walls.Investigators are also working to process footage from over 250 body-worn cameras as well as footage from home surveillance cameras, Voci said.“That is why it would be premature to talk about any and all the details as it relates to these charges because it’s our anticipation that there will be more based on what we see on the film and what we find throughout the investigation,” Voci said at a news conference on Monday.Officers were serving a narcotics warrant on Hill and had entered a North Philadelphia home when gunfire erupted Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.Hill allegedly barricaded himself inside and fired from the first floor as he held two officers and three civilians hostage on the second floor, police said.Gunfire rained down on police for hours. Gunshots ricocheted off sidewalks and homes as officers crawled and crouched behind cars to avoid getting hit.After a tense, seven-hour standoff — during which Hill and his lawyer spoke over the phone with the district attorney and police commissioner — tear gas was deployed and Hill surrendered.Hill, who has an “extensive” criminal record, has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, assault of a law enforcement officer, simple assault, unlawful restraint, reckless endangerment, violations of the uniforms firearms act, causing or risking a catastrophe and possession of an instrument of crime, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said at Monday’s news conference.Hill’s attorney, Shaka Johnson, told ABC News last week that he believed the standoff wasn’t planned. He said Hill, who welcomed a baby two days earlier, was caught up in the moment and the situation escalated quickly.According to Johnson, Hill wasn’t making demands to police and just wanted to end the situation in a way that ensured him no harm.Hill will appear in court on Sept. 5, Krasner said. Johnson could not immediately be reached for comment on Monday.Four others, whom Krasner did not name, were arrested in the case on charges including drug and paraphernalia possession and conspiracy, Krasner said Monday. They will appear in court on Sept. 3, Krasner said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Finsbury looks to further buys as it integrates units

first_imgFinsbury Food Group said this week that it is ready to look at possible acquisitions, as it posted record results for 2007.The group had almost finished intergrating latest acquisition, cake company Lightbody, which it bought in February, chief executive Dave Brooks told British Baker. It would be able to consider any deals which came along, but there was “no urgency”, he stressed.Meanwhile, the company is focusing on making sure its various divisions, which also include Memory Lane Cakes, organic baker Nicholas & Harris and gluten-free speciality business United Central Bakeries (UCB) are properly “mapped together”, Brooks said.Cost pressures on flour and butter were being passed on to customers he added, with price rises expected in mid-October.A new 20,000sq ft bay will be completed at UCB in the next three weeks, which will be used for new opportunities as required. The company is also going “back to basics” and researching what captures a child’s imagination to provide inspiration for its childrens’ cakes ranges, including the Nestlé ranges.Finbury’s main challenge was “curbing its enthusiasm to try and do everything at once”, Brooks added. Sales were up 50% to £109.8m in the year to 30 June, and pre-tax profit up 89% to £4.4m.last_img read more

UI conducting study of how marijuana impacts the elderly

first_imgIOWA CITY — A University of Iowa professor is conducting a study on how smoking marijuana impacts older people who are already at a greater risk for falls.Professor Thorsten Rudroff tells KCRG TV it may have to do with THC, which is the main psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana that gives a high sensation. Rudroff says THC can also hurt a person’s cognitive skills which include memory, concentration, and focus.Rudroff says those who turn to marijuana now for relief have no guidelines.”It’s self-medicated,” Rudroff says, “they don’t know how to use medical cannabis. There are no guidelines, no recommendations out there. We want to find out what is the best and safest product.”The university is looking for people between the ages of 50 and 80 to take part in the study. Researchers will test medical marijuana smokers against non-smokers regarding their motor functions, for example, to compare how they walk. Rudroff suggests people use more CBD products instead of smoking medical marijuana.“We looked in one study of how CBD affects the brain, and we found some really positive results. So it is very positive that CBD has some benefits to cognition to older people,” Rudroff. The study will last about two years. Those who take the study will receive 100 dollars.Those interested in the study can email [email protected]last_img read more