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NATION IN BRIEF: Police: Man who tried entering Army base caught

Police: Man who tried entering Army base caught

ROLLA, Mo. — Police said Thursday that they captured a man who tried breaking into an Army base and fired on police during a high-speed chase before entering and leaving a university building where classes were in session.

Rolla Police Chief Mark Kearse said officers took Cody N. Willcoxson, of South West City, into custody Thursday afternoon, hours before they say he tried sneaking into nearby Fort Leonard Wood using a fake ID.

Fort Leonard Wood spokesman Mike Warren said a man tried entering the base through its west gate Thursday morning but was told to leave by a security guard, who determined the man’s identification card didn’t look legitimate. Instead of leaving, the driver accelerated rapidly and drove through the gate, then led military police on a chase that ended when he drove back out through the front gate and the St. Robert Police Department began the pursuit, he said.

Student victims IDed in campus murder-suicide

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Two victims of an apparent murder-suicide were identified Thursday as business students at the Northern California university where the shooting occurred, and the husband of one was named as the gunman.

Victims Marcory Caliguiran, 25, and Thomas Kyle Williams, 26, were graduating seniors at San Jose State University majoring in accounting, school spokeswoman Pat Lopes Harris said.

Police said they were sitting inside a car in a university parking garage Tuesday night when Napoleon Caliguiran, 54, fired multiple gunshots while standing outside the vehicle owned by the married couple. The gunman then apparently shot himself, police said.

NY tea party candidate scuffles with cameraman

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A 15-second video shows a tea party congressional candidate in New York scuffling with a Republican Party volunteer who questioned his absence from a debate.

The video posted on YouTube shows candidate Jack Davis asking the volunteer Wednesday whether he wants to “punch it out” after a campaign event in Greece, outside Rochester.

Davis was responding to the man’s repeated calls for him to explain why he backed out of a debate held Thursday in Buffalo.

Davis announced Wednesday he’d changed his mind about participating in the debate with the two major party candidates in the May 24 special election for the 26th District seat. Instead, he said he’d speak to voters directly via an electronic town hall meeting May 21.

Lunch break leads police to bandit suspect

FONTANA, Calif. — Victims who reported being robbed at gunpoint by an old lady wearing big sunglasses, a scarf and a muumuu can breathe easier — police are saying the “Granny Bandit” has been arrested.

A crime analyst on the case was on her lunch break when she spotted the suspect wanted in a series of armed robberies outside Southern California department stores and helped police make the arrest Wednesday, authorities said.

Dodi Wasbotten, 51, was taken into custody hours after a woman with a child reported being held up outside a Target store by a woman who was wearing a muumuu and had covered her face with a scarf.

NY library: Return this book to a park bench

NEW YORK — The New York Public Library is encouraging bookworms to pass around 25,000 free copies of a new paperback it will distribute in subway stations, on park benches and in other public places.

Starting May 19, books will be dropped off at park benches and in five subway stations. They’ll also be distributed at the Fifth Avenue library and all its branches, as well as in some bookstores. A note inserted in the book will instruct readers to leave it in another part of the city for someone else to enjoy.

Man accused of Fenway Park equipment theft

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. — A Massachusetts man who concocted a story about needing to sell $25,000 worth of Red Sox memorabilia to help pay his sick son’s medical bills is facing criminal charges in New York after prosecutors said Thursday that he never had an ailing child and the items were stolen from Fenway Park.

Jamie Pritchard Holland of Nahant, Mass., was charged with possession of stolen property for attempting to sell Boston Red Sox equipment bags, warm-up jackets and jerseys and other gear on a Long Island auction website, said Suffolk County, N.Y., District Attorney Thomas Spota.