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Montana wanted thieves caught

Two wanted criminals in the north of Pretoria were caught on Sunday in a team effort by police, a security firm and CPF. In the early hours of Sunday, Guard Net Security Services[1], Sinoville CPF and police caught the two Mozambican men suspected of preying on residential complexes in Montana the past few weeks. Jeandr Venter, Guard Net Security[2] portfolio manager, said he called the Sinoville CPF for assistance in apprehending the criminals who had gained entry into Bougainvillea Security Estate.

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CPF responded in literally seconds with police short on their heels. We kept an eye on the suspects on a 24/7 live stream camera system to make sure they don t escape, said Venter.

The unbelievable effort and team work could only mean success. An hour later a search team of about 20 members found the two criminals in a thick bushveld between Bougainvillea Security Estate and Twee Riviere Lifestyle Estate Village One and Two.

Venter said the thieves gained entry into security estate after they had cut through the electric fence surrounding the estate.

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Our security members on the inside scared them off and they fled back into the veld where we made the arrest, he said. Venter said the thieves had been spotted on security cameras a few times before their arrest and had been plaguing residents in the area. The two criminals were taken to Sinoville police station and will appear in court soon.

Guard Net Security would like to thank all professional security officers at Bougainvillea Security Estate and Twee Riviere Lifestyle Estate Village Two, said Venter.

We especially thank the CPF members. Your assistance is highly appreciated. Thank you for your efforts to keep the community safe.

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Gunfire erupts downtown just before, after Detroit fireworks show; 3 injured, 2 in custody

Gunfire Erupts Downtown Just Before, After Detroit Fireworks Show; 3 Injured, 2 In Custody CLOSEGunfire Erupts Downtown Just Before, After Detroit Fireworks Show; 3 Injured, 2 In Custody

Michigan has some pretty strict rules when it comes to fireworks. Hasan Dudar/Detroit Free Press

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The 2017 Ford Fireworks happened on the Detroit River in downtown Detroit on Monday, June 26, 2017. (Photo: Mary Schroeder, Detroit Free Press)Buy Photo

The annual fireworks celeberation in Detroit Monday night was marred by two shootings downtown, the first one sending scores of spectators running through the streets. Police said the first shooting occurred when a group of teens began arguing at Woodward and Jefferson and one pulled out a weapon.

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Detroit police secure an area near Woodward and Jefferson Monday night after a shooting during the fireworks show. (Photo: Allie Gross / Free Press)

Detroit Police Media Relations Director Michael Woody said multiple shots were fired and one bullet struck a woman bystander in the stomach. He said she was transported to an area hospital where she was listed in serious condition. Woody said police have two suspects in custody. Assistant Chief Arnold Williams said a weapon was recovered away from the scene where the suspects were apprehended.

“The fireworks is what we would call a success,” Williams said.

“…When you have a family environment where people are trying to enjoy a special event, they get into an argument and they have resolve their argument by drawing a weapon, it’s just idiotic,” Williams said.

In order to create a space for medics to transport the woman, police began barricading parts of the newly formed Spirit of Detroit Plaza near the Coleman A. Young Municipal Building. The plaza, which opened earlier this month to great fanfare, was created by closing off Woodward at Jefferson. Just as the shooting occurred, the rain paid a return visit — this time it grew from a drizzle to a brisk shower, sending even more spectators running for cover as emergency vehicles forced their way through the crowded streets; their emergency lights clashing with the lighted sky. About an hour after the downtown incident, another shooting occurred in the area of Fort and Cass, near the People Mover. Police said an argument took place involving occupants of a vehicle with some people outside of the vehicle. Those outside fired shots into the vehicle, striking the two inside. They were taken to the hospital.

“This shooting scene as far as we know has nothing to do with the fireworks,” Williams said.

Police barricade downtown Detroit after an alleged shooting on Jefferson[1]

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The shootings come one day after three people were shot early Monday morning outside a party bus in the area of Congress and St. Antoine in downtown. Police had beefed up patrols downtown recently after a chaotic scene involving eight men attacking another man was captured on video in Greektown. Several arrests have been made in that incident. Though most recent years the fireworks show has gone off without any serious incidents. But there have been years when the show, attended by thousands of families with young children, has been sullied.

In 2013 a 37-year old man was killed near the Martin Luther King Apartments about a mile from Hart Plaza during the fireworks show. In 2011, a 16-year old girl was shot in the leg as she and her friends walked near Atwater and Beaubien near the Renaissance Center. And in 2004, nine people were shot in Hart Plaza following an argument.

In some years the city has instituted curfews for minors 17 and younger unaccompanied by an adult. But neither the shooting nor the rain Monday kept the fireworks show from going on as scheduled. And thousands stayed for the 59th annual Ford Fireworks show downtown tonight but that didn’t last for long. Just minutes before the start of the fireworks show, the rain made a return visit, first as a sprinkle, then as a brisk shower.

Added to the rain was the sound of reported gunfire near Woodward and Jefferson, just moments before the start of the show. Though police had yet to verify the source of the sound, nevertheless, it sent spectators in that area dashing through the streets. But before the rain hit, Mike Lewis, 63, and Linda Burns, 60, siblings from Highland Park, came prepared and brought an umbrella which they huddled under to hide from the brief rain.

“I hope it clears up,” Burns said around 5 p.m., adding that if it rains through the night there might not be a fireworks show.

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The fireworks on the Detroit River didn’t begin until 9:55 p.m., but crowds were already gathered early on Hart Plaza to grab the best spots to view the show. And even after the rain, the show went on, with booms that mimicked thunder accompanying the rain. Linda Stokes, of Detroit had been downtown since about 2 p.m. She had reserved a room downtown at the Renaissance Center but decided to settle in on a grassy, tree-covered spot along the riverwalk with her grandchildren instead.

“There’s really nothing like having a nice view of the riverfront, really relishing the vibe, and being out in the open air,” Stokes said.

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Ralph Sanders, 25, and Erin Sanders, 22, with their 4-year-old son Aaden. (Photo: Allie Gross/ Free Press)

Ralph and Erin Sanders brought their 4-year old son Aaden to the fireworks. Ralph Sanders works at Quicken Loans and was already downtown, so his wife, who works at a neurology office in Dearborn, came down to meet him for the fireworks. It was Aaden’s first time seeing them in downtown Detroit.

“It’s pretty cool,”‘ said Ralph Sanders. Erin Sanders turned to her son to see what he thought. “Want to say anything about the fireworks,” she cooed. Aaden smiled and just nodded. Entry to Hart Plaza will close once it has reached desired capacity, and there will be no re-admittance, according to the Parade Company, the group that organized the festival. Sonya Dabney, 47, and her daughter Mercedes Fitzpatrick, 22, were sitting downtown since 7:30 p.m. to watch the fireworks. Fitzpatrick, a physical therapy assistant student at South University, is so dedicated she is working on her kinesiology homework, due Tuesday at 8:30 a.m., while she waits for the fireworks.

“I don’t work well in silence,” she laughs, noting that, yes, this may not be the most usual place to get her homework done. She and Dabney have been coming downtown for the firework for years.

“I love the fireworks and just the holiday time,” Dabney said.

Devin Polaski, 27, and his wife, Noelle Polaski, 28, and in-laws Renee Evans, 65, and Tim Evans, 57, came to the fireworks together. Devin and Noelle Polaski live blocks away from Hart Plaza and decided to walk down with Noelle’s parents, who live in St. Claire.

“It’s super nice that we live next to everything and that we don’t have to drive, that’s the biggest benefit,” said Devin who runs a video and animation company called He said last year he and Noelle rode their bikes to Belle Isle to watch the fireworks, which was also super convenient.

In terms of what the city feels like tonight, Devin noted that there are a lot more than usual. “It feels more like we live in a “real city”” he said making air quotes. But some who had come downtown with blankets in tow were surprised to find out they couldn’t access Campus Martius Park’s grassy area without a Facebook invitation. Marcus Brooks, 21, found out about the exclusive Campus Martius firework event through an office e-mail. Brooks says everyone at Ernst & Young where he works received an e-mail Friday inviting them to watch the firework in Campus Martius.

He invited his girlfriend Kayla Haber-Bates, 22, as soon as he found out, saying he liked the idea of watching the fireworks in a secure area. “It’s already set up, you don’t have to worry about finding a spot.”

While he ran into one colleague already, he notes that the park is pretty roomy.

“I know a deterrence was someone saying they didn’t know you could actually see the fireworks from here,” he said.

A security guard confirmed that this was the case. You’d be able to hear the noise but not see anything.

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A 20-Pound Lobster Impresses Airport Security, but It’s No Record Breaker

PhotoA 20-Pound Lobster Impresses Airport Security, But It's No Record Breaker A T.S.A. agent with the 20-pound Atlantic lobster at Logan International Airport in Boston. Credit via Transportation Security Administration

On a conveyor belt of bags, purses and laptops at Boston Logan International Airport on Sunday, one meaty package was clamoring for an additional security screening. Next to the rest of the luggage that morning, it was a fish out of water and appeared overstuffed, perhaps too big to fit under an airplane seat.

I don t know what would have triggered what we call an alarm, whether it was the size of the container or how it appeared on the X-ray image, said Michael McCarthy, a spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration.

The it? An approximately 20-pound live Atlantic lobster that was transported through Terminal C of Logan Airport. Like any other luggage, a passenger sent the crustacean, which was packed in an insulated cooler, through the X-ray scanner. It projected the outline of the spiny creature on a security agent s screen.

Logan Airport, with its proximity to the lobster-rich waters of New England, is no stranger to crustaceans. In fact, the T.S.A. has a web page that explains just how to transport lobsters in a clear, plastic, spill-proof container and advises that an agent will need to inspect it.

On Sunday, a security agent not only inspected it, he also took a photo with the monster lobster, which was shared on the T.S.A. s Twitter page[1]. For its brief fame, much remains a mystery. It appeared to be male, but did it have a name? Where was it found, and where was it going? Was it destined for a clam bake, for a taxidermist or to be kept as a pet?

Photo A 20-Pound Lobster Impresses Airport Security, But It's No Record Breaker A short story by The Associated Press on Big Jake s demise in January 1984. Credit The Chicago Tribune

Anecdotally, I have no indication of any other lobster of this size, Mr. McCarthy said.

But 33 years ago, there was a lobster named Big Jake. Caught off Long Island, Big Jake weighed 25 pounds and was shipped to Anchorage, where he toiled with his tiny brethren in a tank and carried a steep price at a seafood store: $212.

In a world where restaurants call three-pound lobsters jumbo, Big Jake became an overnight celebrity and the subject of multiple stories by The Associated Press in January 1984. Customers crowded the Anchorage store to see him and fought over who would buy him. Some said they wanted to mount him in their homes.

It was not a good environment for Big Jake, who was then shipped cross-country again, this time for a market in Boston. But fame, even for lobsters, can be cruel.

His health deteriorating, Big Jake landed in Boston with a mere flicker left in him, the Anchorage seafood store owner told The A.P. He died and was sent back to Alaska on ice.

The crustacean on Sunday escaped Big Jake s fate at least while at the airport.

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