News@noon: Courthouse shooting, bags for a better life

The Detroit News

Today is Tuesday, July 12, 2016, and we're learning more about the motivation of the Berrien County Courthouse shooter who killed two bailiffs after wrestling a gun away from a sheriff's deputy in a hallway scuffle.

The gunman,  Larry Darnell Gordon, was attempting to escape custody following a hearing over a misdemeanor domestic violence charge. But, state police records say Gordon was charged in April with criminal sexual conduct, assault with a dangerous weapon and kidnapping.

Berrien County Circuit Judge Charles LaSata was on the bench when all of it happened. He called the bailiff who ran forward to protect him a hero.

Sheriff's Deputy Guy Puffer stands watch outside the Berrien County Courthouse after the shooting incident.

In the meantime, President Barack Obama is in Dallas, where he will honor the five police officers killed by an Army veteran-turned-sniper who said he wanted revenge for the killings of blacks by police.

Here's the other news we are following today:

Violence continues

  • Police in Washington have arrested five people they say opened fire on officers.
  • At home, Detroit Police Detective Nathan Weekley, a 17-year veteran of the force, was demoted yesterday after he posted a controversial Facebook post criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement. 
  • However, after nationwide reports of officers being disciplined for speaking out on social media after the Dallas shootings, one former police officer’s appeal for understanding and compassion are drawing praise. In a Facebook post Monday night, Merri McGregor recalled her first day as a Detroit police officer at age 21 and the next 17 years of “a whole lot of heartache” on the job. She posted a photograph of a smiling young woman in a playful pose that she said was taken by her mom as she headed out the door to her first night shift at the 12th Precinct.

Cynthia Ford calls 911 call

  • A 911 call captured Cynthia Ford telling Grosse Pointe Farms police her husband is abusing her, saying “you are going to be on a wife abuse list ... they are going to take you away.” The call, placed by Cynthia Ford to the Grosse Pointe Farms Police Department at 10:51 p.m. on July 4 from the Ford’s Lakeshore Road home, lasts nearly three minutes and captures the moments leading up to Edsel Ford II’s arrest. 

Edsel Ford II was arrested after his wife called 911 last week.

The good, the bad and the Tigers

Pugh back in court

Better Life Bags

  • Here's some good news to share: Better Life Bags, based in Hamtramck, is really making a difference in the lives of women who need to support their families. Read the story of this start-up and it will help remind you that there is good in the world. 

Better Life Bags in Hamtramck employs 15 women who otherwise may have found it difficult to find meaningful work.

Gotta catch 'em all

  • Like the rest of the country, Metro Detroit is getting caught up in the Pokémon GO craze, with players using their smartphones to “catch” the augmented reality creatures. Evan Carter went over to Campus Martius to see what all the hype is about. Arguably the best part of the game is the funny screenshots you can take when the Pokemon pop up somewhere unexpected. Tweet us your most hilarious (SFW) screenshot and you might end up featured on our Twitter and Instagram. 

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