National digest: Police investigate fatal stabbing of a 9-year-old in Michigan

August 5
INDIANA
Three people killed in parking lot shooting

Three people were killed in a shooting in a parking lot outside a furniture plant in northern Indiana on Tuesday, officials said.

White County Sheriff Patrick Shafer told the Lafayette Journal & Courier and WLFI-TV that two men died at the scene outside Jordan Manufacturing in Monticello, about 70 miles northwest of Indianapolis. A woman was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Shafer said one man and the woman were found inside a car. The other man was found on the ground outside a second car. The victims’ names have not been released. Shafer said at the scene of the shooting detectives found a handgun and box that may have been used to conceal the weapon.

— Associated Press

MICHIGAN
Police investigate stabbing of 9-year-old

A 9-year-old boy was repeatedly stabbed in the back by a 12-year-old boy at a playground, then ran screaming to his western Michigan home and collapsed bleeding on his porch, witnesses and police said Tuesday.

Michael Conner Verkerke died at a hospital shortly after the Monday evening attack in Kentwood, outside Grand Rapids. Witnesses said the 12-year-old boy went to a nearby home after the stabbing, called 911 and calmly turned himself in, then tried to flag down officers when they arrived.

The 12-year-old pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in juvenile court on Tuesday, according to his attorney. He was ordered held in a juvenile detention center. The motive in the attack was still being investigated, police said.

— Associated Press

HAWAII
Residents prepare for hurricane threat

Hawaii residents loaded up on bottled water and canned meat Tuesday to prepare for the unusual threat of a hurricane and a tropical storm barreling toward the islands.

Two big storms being so close together is rare in the eastern Pacific. Hurricane Iselle could make landfall by Friday and Tropical Storm Julio could hit two or three days later, weather officials said.

It’s unclear how damaging the storms could be, but people throughout the islands aren’t taking any chances. A grocery store in the coastal Oahu community of Waianae opened 15 minutes early Tuesday because people were already lined up to buy supplies.

— Associated Press

Tour buses crash in Times Square: Two open-top tour buses collided in New York’s Times Square on Tuesday, injuring at least 13 people, three of them seriously, at the height of the summer tourist season, officials said. The double-decker buses collided near 47th Street and 7th Avenue, where a light pole holding a traffic signal lay toppled onto a pedestrian plaza packed with visitors and street entertainers. Most of the people were hurt by the falling pole and were not passengers on the buses, a fire department official said.

— From news services

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