A counterprotester shouts at man trying to join a White Lives Matter group outside the Texas Capitol in Austin. (James Gregg/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
8 arrested in racial protests at capitol

Eight people were arrested Saturday as White Lives Matter protesters were confronted by counter-demonstrators at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, where Gov. Greg Abbott had earlier dedicated a monument honoring the contributions of African Americans to the state.

Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. Victor Taylor said the arrests were for assault, evading arrest, disorderly conduct and “interference with public duty.”

“Some protesters assaulted other protesters,” Taylor said. “We don’t know for sure which side they were on.”

About two dozen people with the White Lives Matter group were protesting what they called the unequal application of hate-crimes laws, which they say favor minorities. That group was confronted by several hundred counterprotesters, who held up signs that said “Stand Against Hate” and “Black Lives Matter.”

— Associated Press

Davis grandson killed over shoes, police say

Two juveniles are in custody in the fatal shooting of an Illinois congressman’s grandson in a dispute over a pair of shoes, Chicago police said Saturday.

Officer Michelle Tannehill said the juveniles are suspects in the murder of Javon Wilson, 15, who was shot in the head at his home in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago on Friday. Wilson is the grandson of Democratic Rep. Danny K. Davis.

The juveniles have not been identified.

Police said that the shooting stemmed from a dispute over a pair of basketball shoes and that Javon knew his attackers.

Davis said Saturday that his grandson was a victim of a world where gun violence has become commonplace. “It’s almost, just the way it is. People think nothing of it,” he said.

— Associated Press

Air ambulance headed to Utah crashes; 4 die

An air-ambulance plane taking a patient to a Utah hospital crashed in a parking lot in northern Nevada, killing all four people aboard and sending up explosions and flames.

Three crew members and the patient were killed in the Friday night crash in Elko, American Medflight said Saturday.

The victims were pilot Yuji Irie; medical staff members Jake Sheppard of Utah and Tiffany Urresti, 29, of Elko; and patient Edward Clohesey of Spring Creek, Nev., Elko Police Chief Brian Reed said.

Elko police Lt. Rich Genseal said the twin-engine plane apparently “experienced mechanical problems” as it was climbing after taking off on the 230-mile flight to Salt Lake City, then lost altitude and crashed, the Elko Daily Free Press said.

In a statement American Medflight president John Burruel said that the company was cooperating with the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration as they investigated the crash.

— Associated Press

Missing newborn found: Authorities found a newborn reported missing Thursday after her mother was shot to death in Kansas, police said Saturday. Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said baby Sophia was found alive at home in Dallas, the Wichita Eagle reported. He said she will be reunited with relatives. Two adults were in custody and being interviewed Saturday, Ramsay said. The baby went missing the same day her mother, Laura Abarca-Nogueda, 27, was found fatally shot in her Wichita apartment.

— From news services