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NATION IN BRIEF: Cops question teen about school shooting

Photo by Michael Buckelew

Photo by Michael Buckelew

Cops question teen about school shooting

MARTINSVILLE, Ind. -- A 15-year-old boy who was expelled this week opened fire at his central Indiana middle school before classes began Friday, shooting another teen student in the stomach, police said. The incident sparked an hours-long school lockdown as hundreds of panicked parents awaited word on their children.

State Police Sgt. Curt Durnil said Chance Jackson, 15, was in critical but stable condition at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where he was taken by helicopter after the shooting at Martinsville West Middle School just after 7 a.m.

Police arrested the former student suspected in the attack on the south side of Martinsville about an hour after the shooting, and are interviewing him at the county jail, Durnil said.

NH man gets life in woman's machete attack

NASHUA, N.H. -- A man who admitted he took part in a deadly machete and knife attack on a New Hampshire woman and her daughter was convicted of murder Friday after jurors rejected his claim of insanity.

Minutes after the jury returned the verdict against 21-year-old Christopher Gribble, Superior Court Judge Gillian Abramson imposed the mandatory sentence of life without parole, telling Gribble, ''infinity is not enough jail time.''

For the first time in the proceedings, victim Jaimie Cates, now 12, appeared in the courtroom. She witnessed the sentencing.

Most of Gribble's knife blows targeted the girl. A lead investigator said that even as she lay on the bedroom floor bloodied and feigning death, she opened one eye and watched as Gribble plunged a knife into her mother's throat.

Mich. man linked to explosive will get mental exam

MARQUETTE, Mich. -- A man accused of placing an explosive outside a federal building in Detroit that sat unexamined inside for nearly three weeks will undergo a mental exam after declaring in court Friday that he was a former president and the governor of California.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy Greeley said he was influenced by Gary Mikulich's behavior during the man's first appearance in federal court in Marquette.

Mikulich, 42, was arrested and charged Thursday with leaving a metal box containing electrical components outside the McNamara Federal Building in Detroit on Feb. 26. No one was hurt, and a bomb squad destroyed it miles away at a city park last week.

Police: Dog defecating in yard leads to shooting

JACKSON, Miss. -- An argument that started when a Mississippi man's dog defecated in his neighbor's yard escalated to a shootout, sending a man to the hospital and the dog owner to jail, authorities said Friday.

Terry Tenhet, 52, was mad at Jerry Blasingame because Blasingame's dog went to the bathroom in his yard, Washington County Sheriff's Assistant Chief Deputy Billy Barber said.

The argument Wednesday evening got out of control and the neighbors began shooting at one another, police said. Tenhet was hit in the chest, arm and hip with a shotgun blast. His injuries weren't considered life-threatening.

Ohio man, teen accused of burning cross in family's yard

MOUNT GILEAD, Ohio -- A man and a teenager are accused of burning a cross bearing racial slurs in a black family's yard in central Ohio.

Both suspects are white.

Morrow County Prosecutor Charles Howland said Friday that 20-year-old Brandon Rhodes, of rural Marengo, pleaded not guilty to five counts each of ethnic intimidation and aggravated menacing.

Authorities said a teen is charged with similar counts in juvenile court. His name and the specific charges were not released.

Man gets 18 years in stabbing of UConn player

VERNON, Conn. -- The man who fatally stabbed University of Connecticut football player Jasper Howard during an on-campus fight in 2009 tearfully apologized to Howard's family Friday as he was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

John Lomax III, dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit with his hands and feet shackled, sobbed loudly as he told Howard's family that he regretted what he did.