President Barack Obama visited Arkansas communities to offer the government’s support to towns ravaged by tornados, according to ABC News. Vilonia, Arkansas was one of the towns hit by massive storms that tore through the state on April 27, killing 15 people. Storms also hit the town in 2011, killing four people. The president met privately with citizens and local officials during the visit. He was accompanied by Sen. Mark Pryor, a democrat seeking re-election, according to the article. Gov. Mike Beebe (D-Ark.) and U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark) also joined Obama during his tour of the little town.
A 93-year-old woman from Hearne, Texas was shot by a police officer Wednesday, after police said she brandished a gun, according to USA Today. The officer responded to a 911 call reporting a disturbance involving a woman with a gun, said Robertson County District Attorney Coty Siegert in the article. The police told the woman, Pearlie Golden, to drop her weapon, but she didn’t, City attorney Bryan Russ Jr said. The officer who shot Golden has been put on administrative leave, according to the article.
Vermont will not seek charges in a case in which a teenager shot and killed his father, who was threatening his family with a gun, according to USA Today. The shooting of Kryn Miner, a war veteran, was justified so no criminal charges will be filed, said Chittenden County State Attorney T.J. Donovan. Miner was shot inside his home on April 26 after pointing a gun at his wife and one of his children and declaring he was going to shoot the entire family, according to the article. Miner had been drinking before the incident. He also suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries that may have been factors in his actions preceding his death, according to the article. The family released a statement encouraging others to stand behind veterans who suffered from conditions like Miner’s.
The Portland Police Department is reviewing directives on taking juveniles into custody, according to the Associated Press. The review comes one year after police handcuffed a 9-year-old girl at her home, according to the article. The officers were investigating a fight at a youth club when they handcuffed the girl and took her to be processed on a fourth degree assault charge. The girl’s mother called the actions excessive. The department announced the review hours before a citizen oversight panel planned to look into the incident, according to the article. The department is looking for community feedback regarding processing of juveniles.