Shootings unnerve Tulsa Hmong community

October 13, 2013
Washington
‘Riot’ ensues after police break up party

Hundreds of college-age revelers in Washington state — thwarted in efforts to continue a large party — threw projectiles at police, who responded with pepper spray to disperse them, authorities said.

Multiple partiers were arrested during the melee late Saturday and early Sunday in the college town of Bellingham, about 75 miles north of Seattle, police Sgt. Mike Scanlon said. Three people were arrested.

“There was drinking,” he said. “It became disorderly and pretty much an out-and-out riot.”

He said the unrest began as police dispersed a noisy party that had drawn a few hundred people.

Lauren Boushey, 20, a junior at Western Washington University who was at the apartment-complex party, said it broke up around 9 p.m. and police officers politely asked people to go home.

“It was set up to be . . . this really nice night and nothing reckless or ridiculous like it turned into,” she said Sunday.

Many of the revelers moved to nearby Laurel Park, where they were joined by even more people, Scanlon said, calling it a “large, intoxicated, disorderly crowd.”

Up to 500 people had converged on the park as police worked to disperse them, he said.

— Associated Press

Oklahoma
Shootings unnerve Hmong community

Gunfire that killed five people at a traditional Hmong New Year’s festival rattled a peaceful, tight-knit east Tulsa community, where some feared Sunday that the rampage could deter others from attending upcoming cultural celebrations.

“It’s really sad because a lot of people do not feel safe to go to the other New Year’s celebrations,” said Joua Xiong, who attended Saturday’s event along with hundreds of other Hmong people.

Two Tulsa men — Boonmlee Lee, 21, and Meng Lee, 19 — have been taken into custody and face multiple charges, authorities said Sunday. Each faces five counts of shooting with intent to kill plus firearms charges.

— Associated Press

Ohio
Ill man fulfills a promise to daughter

A terminally ill Ohio man who arrived at his daughter’s wedding by ambulance gave her away, from a hospital gurney.

Guests cried and clapped as Scott Nagy, 56, took part in daughter Sarah’s wedding Saturday at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Strongsville, the Plain Dealer newspaper reported.

A volunteer team of medical professionals helped Nagy escort the bride, 24, as groom Angelo Salvatore and the Rev. Chuck Knerem awaited their arrival.

“It was a promise I made in March, to walk her down the aisle,” said Nagy, of Brunswick. “She’s my princess. This is my definition of walking down the aisle.”

Nagy received a diagnosis of urethral cancer last year and has had chemotherapy. He has been at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center since August.

— Associated Press

Transit talks go down to wire: With a strike deadline drawing closer, negotiators for the Bay Area Rapid Transit system and its two unions prepared Sunday to resume contract talks that could prevent hundreds of thousands of commuters in the San Francisco Bay area from having to find costlier and longer ways to work. BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said that caucuses for each side were meeting Sunday morning and that a mediator would bring them together “at the appropriate time.” The unions have vowed that they would walk off the job Monday morning if no new labor agreement was reached.

Memorial set for man who was walking across U.S.:A memorial service has been scheduled for an Oregon man who was killed last week while walking across the country to raise awareness about bullying. The service to honor Joseph Bell, 48, of La Grande, Ore., will be held Thursday at Gilbert Event Center on the Eastern Oregon University campus in La Grande. Bell died Wednesday after being struck along a two-lane highway in a rural area of eastern Colorado. Investigators think the driver fell asleep. Bell’s son, Jadin, 15, died in February after hanging himself in a schoolyard. He had reported being bullied. Bell began his walk in April and planned to finish in New York City.

— Associated Press

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