PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Authorities in Arkansas halted a standoff this weekend when they shot a man who opened fire at them.
But when police announced that the incident left a 107-year-old man dead, it sparked a flurry of questions about how and why the life of such an elderly man could end at the hands of a SWAT team.
Authorities in Pine Bluff said they used negotiating tactics, a camera and gas before they shot Monroe Isadore on Saturday.
Still, that hasn’t addressed concerns from some described Isadore on Monday as a pleasant, churchgoing man who was hard of hearing.
A police report The Associated Press obtained Monday said an Arkansas woman told officers she had gone to the house where Isadore was living temporarily to help him move to a new home.
Zimmerman’s wife not pressing charges
The sobbing wife of George Zimmerman called 911 on Monday to report that her estranged husband was threatening her with a gun and had punched her father in the nose, but hours later she decided not to press charges against the man acquitted of all charges for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin.
Lake Mary, Fla., police officers were still investigating the encounter as a domestic dispute, but no charges had been filed Monday afternoon. Shellie Zimmerman left the house after being questioned by police. George Zimmerman remained there into the early evening, and his attorney denied any wrongdoing by his client. George Zimmerman was not arrested.
Shellie Zimmerman, 26, who has filed for divorce, initially told a 911 dispatcher that her husband had his hand on his gun as he sat in his car outside the home she was at with her father. She said she was scared because she wasn’t sure what the 29-year-old Zimmerman was capable of doing. Hours later, she changed her story and said she never saw a firearm, said Lake Mary Police Chief Steve Bracknell.
For the time being, “domestic violence can’t be invoked because she has changed her story and says she didn’t see a firearm,” Bracknell said.
Troll added to newly opened Bay Bridge
A final piece of safety hardware – a bearded, spindly legged troll – has been installed in the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
The troll is meant to be a protector and good luck charm, modeled after a similar statue placed surreptitiously by a steelworker on the old span after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
The new statue, forged by an unknown artist, was installed at an undisclosed location, Bay Area Toll Authority spokesman John Goodwin told the San Francisco Chronicle in a weekend story.
The original troll was removed from its perch on Labor Day in preparation for the demolition of the old bridge and will likely be housed in a museum or park, but plans were still being finalized.
Largest Ferris wheel being built in Vegas
The madcap carnival on the Las Vegas Strip is getting another over-the-top addition: the world’s largest Ferris wheel.
The outer wheel of the 55-story High Roller ride is scheduled to be hoisted into place today. The gargantuan project is now visible from all over the city, including the airport. Early next year, it will be outfitted with 1,500 LED lights and start its slow spin.
Caesars Entertainment Corp., which owns more casinos than any other U.S. gambling company, is building the ride as part of its $550 million Linq development, a new outdoor plaza across the street from Caesars Palace.
The walking mall, sandwiched between the Flamingo and Harrah’s hotel-casino, is expected to open this winter. It’s designed to lure Gen Xers and millennials, demographics that Caesars believes will contribute a majority of Sin City tourist dollars by 2015.
The High Roller will be 100 feet taller than the London Eye, which opened in 2000, 30 feet taller than China’s Star of Nanchang, which opened in 2006, and 9 feet taller than the Singapore Flyer, which opened in 2008.
Bus crash kills 44 in Guatemala
A bus plunged into a deep river canyon in northwestern Guatemala on Monday, and at least 44 people were killed, officials said.
Mario Cruz, spokesman for the volunteer fire department in the area, said 46 more people were injured and taken to hospitals. At the accident site, medical personnel were conducting autopsies on the dead, which showed multiple injuries.
Cruz said about 90 people were aboard the Guatemala City-bound bus, which had an official capacity of 54 passengers. The dead included at least three babies.
The bus fell into a river at the bottom of the 600-foot canyon around 8:15 a.m. in the town of San Martín Jilotepeque, apparently after the driver lost control on a curve.
The area has mostly dirt roads that wind through steep mountains without guardrails or other safety measures.