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Gunman kills two officers, himself

By Wire services
Published December 14, 2003

MISHAWAKA, Ind. - A gunman killed two police officers who attempted to arrest him early Saturday, then took his own life after reportedly telling witnesses, "I can't take this anymore."

The officers were sent to investigate a complaint that gunshots had been fired in a residential neighborhood, and they were shot while trying to make an arrest, Capt. Mike Samp said at a news conference.

The gunman then entered the home of Andrew Moreno, sat down in the kitchen and reloaded his gun, Moreno told WNDU-TV of South Bend.

"He then said "I can't take this anymore.' He told us to leave. . . . We walked to the doorway still looking at him, he cocked the gun and put it up against his head, and we said "No!' but by that time he had pulled the trigger," Moreno said.

Police identified the gunman as Raymond Matthew Gilkeson, 30, of Mishawaka.

Police Cpl. Thomas Roberts died at the scene, and Patrolman Bryan S. Verkler died in surgery, authorities said.

Mishawaka is about six miles from South Bend.

Prison guard accused of ordering hit on husband

PUEBLO, Colo. - A state prison guard was jailed Saturday, accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill her husband so she could get a life insurance payout and continue an affair with an inmate.

Pamela J. Dickens, 47, was arrested Friday after a six-month investigation by the Department of Corrections. Officials had received a tip that she was having the affair and trying to get her husband, also a prison guard, killed.

She was taken into custody after meeting with an undercover detective posing as a hit man, said Pueblo Police Capt. John Barger.

Dickens was charged with unlawful sexual contact with an inmate inside a penal institution and first-degree official misconduct and was being held on $250,000 bond.

Charges of solicitation of first-degree murder were pending against her.

Hepatitis cases at school may be tied to restaurant

HOOKSTOWN, Pa. - High school students who have tested positive for hepatitis A may be the first people to contract the virus from victims of an outbreak at a nearby Mexican restaurant.

State health officials said they will know Monday or Tuesday whether the latest cases, involving an unspecified number of high school students, are the first secondary cases tied to the largest known hepatitis A outbreak, which was confirmed last month at a Chi-Chi's restaurant about 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

Health officials have confirmed 640 people - including three who died - got hepatitis A from eating or working at the restaurant, but have yet to confirm any secondary cases in which those infected spread the disease to others.

The high school where some students tested positive for hepatitis A in the past week is about 10 miles from the restaurant.

"When new cases come in and certainly because they're in the same area, you want to talk to people and find out what you can," said Richard McGarvey of the Pennsylvania Health Department.

Shooting at site of JFK assassination ruled suicide

DALLAS - A postal worker found shot to death in Dealey Plaza, where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 40 years ago, committed suicide, authorities said Saturday.

Richard E. Clem, 50, shot himself in the mouth before daylight Friday on the "X" in Dealey Plaza that is the unofficial marker of where Kennedy was fatally shot Nov. 22, 1963, the Dallas County Medical Examiner said.

Clem was from Dallas and had worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 27 years.

Witnesses said they saw Clem wearing a camouflage jacket and holding a gun on his chest early Friday. Police found him with a gunshot wound to the head. The gun was in his hand.


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