Friday, March 4, 2016

Another toddler 3, adding to the others: 3,5,7,9 and 6 yr olds this week alone

3-year-old injured in accidental shooting in Graves Co. KY

GRAVES COUNTY, KY (3-3-16)  The Kentucky State Police, Post 1 is investigating an accidental shooting on KY 408 E near Viola, KY, in Graves County.

A juvenile, age three, was transported to Baptist Health in Paducah with a non-life threatening injury.

Troopers and detectives are on scene and the investigation is ongoing.

The Kentucky State Police is being assisted on scene by the Graves County Sheriff’s Office and the Mayfield Graves County EMS.

Accidental Shooting in St. Albans           (shot next apt thru floor)

ST. ALBANS, WV  (3-3-16)  Kanawha County Dispatchers said a woman was transported to a local hospital Thursday night after an accidental shooting at an apartment complex in St. Albans on High Street. Around 9:21 p.m. dispatchers said a gun accidentally discharged and hit a woman who was on the floor below.

The dispatchers add the injury is non life threatening. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department is on the scene investigating.

Chief Deputy of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office recovering after accidental shooting

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fl  (3-3-16)  The chief deputy of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office is recovering after accidentally shooting himself while at a gun training exercise

At approximately 5:30 p.m. Thursday, while conducting routine agency training in firearms proficiency, Chief Deputy Garry Wilson accidentally discharged his service weapon, injuring himself in the thigh," said Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

According to the sheriff, Wilson suffered non-life-threatening injuries. He was transported to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute, and was later released.

‘It just went off all by itself,’ Hartsville woman says of gun that wounded 2

HARTSVILLE, SC  (3-3-16) – Hartsville Police charged a woman after they say a child was inside in her home when a gun was accidentally fired and drugs were discovered Friday night.

Lt. Mark Blair says, officers responded to a home on Logan Avenue for reports of an accidental shooting. They found a woman, Justine Peterson, 26, and an 18-year-old man in the yard when they arrived. Officers report the man had blood on his hands and said he accidentally shot himself.

Peterson was also covered in blood, and told officers she may have also been hit by the accidental bullet, Lt. Blair adds.

Inside the home, police found two children who had been in close proximity to the gun when it was fired. Officers also say they found marijuana in the living room, the report states.

Peterson told police she left the gun in between couch cushions, which is where she usually stores the weapon. Peterson went on to say she and the 18-year-old were in the living room when the gun “just went off all by itself.”

When officers spoke with the 18-year-old, he told police he pulled the gun from the couch cushions, placed it in the front pocket of his hooded sweatshirt and the weapon “just went off.”

Lt. Blair says although the two children were inside the home when the gun was fired, it was confirmed that neither child was shot. The Department of Social Services was contacted to investigate the case on behalf of the young victims.

Justine Peterson, 26, is charged with unlawful neglect of a child, simple possession of marijuana, and accidental discharge of a firearm.

(not sure what the cause of death was)
OSP Trooper Don Frerichs found dead at Roseburg home. 

Roseburg, Or  (3-3-16)  At approximately 6:40 p.m. Wednesday, members of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office found Donald Frerichs, 51, deceased at his residence in the Roseburg area.

Frerichs, an Oregon State Police Trooper, had been working outside on his property most of the day, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office. Family members attempted to contact Frerichs during the day by phone, and when he did not respond, a family member searched the property and found him deceased in a remote area on the property in the Melrose area.

Detectives responded to the scene and at this time, the death does not appear to be suspicious and is being investigated as an accident. An autopsy is planned for later today.

In a statement, OSP said it is “mourning the loss of Senior Trooper Don Frerichs. Senior Trooper Frerichs was a 27 year veteran of OSP. Senior Trooper Frerichs exemplified the spirit of being a trooper. He was a dedicated family man, friend and co-worker. OSP is requesting the media to respect the privacy of the family following their loss.”

In 2014, Frerichs was involved in a hunting accident 10 miles north of Myrtle Creek where Frerichs, an OSP Fish & Wildlife trooper, accidentally shot and killed his 20-year-old daughter, Rachel Frerichs.

Reporter Ian Campbell can be reached at 541-957-4209 or Or follow him on Twitter @MrCampbell17.

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