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Trial opens for Wisconsin man accused of killing parents

A 23-year-old Wisconsin man charged with killing and dismembering his parents is going on trialByThe Associated PressJanuary 4, 2022, 6:21 PM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleMADISON, Wis. — Opening statements were scheduled for Tuesday in the trial of a 23-year-old Wisconsin man charged with killing and dismembering his parents.A jury was selected Monday in Dane County Circuit Court to hear the case against Chandler Halderson, who faces charges of first-degree intentional homicide and mutilating and hiding a corpse. The criminal complaint in the case has not identified a motive.According to prosecutors, Halderson spun a “web of lies” after reporting Bart and Krista Halderson missing on July 7. He told investigators that his parents never returned home to Dane County from a Fourth of July weekend trip to their cabin in northern Wisconsin.Halderson has been in the Dane County Jail since his arrest and is being held on $1 million bond.Bart Halderson’s remains were found in rural Dane County on July 8, the day Chandler Halderson was arrested, and authorities said he had been shot once before being dismembered. Six days later, investigators found Krista Halderson’s remains along the Wisconsin River in Sauk County, according to the complaint.Eighteen jurors were selected to hear the case, but only 12 will be tasked with reaching a verdict after six alternates are chosen at random and dismissed once closing arguments are over. The trial is expected to last three to four weeks, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

Philadelphia Lyft driver with license to carry shoots armed suspects during carjacking, police say

A Philadelphia Lyft driver with a license to carry a firearm shot two suspects who carjacked him on Monday afternoon as last year’s record-breaking violence in the city continues to spill over into the new year.The 38-year-old ride-share driver was rear-ended by another vehicle just after 2:40 p.m. in the 1100 block of North 40th Street, Philadelphia police told Fox News.PHILADELPHIA’S RECORD VIOLENCE SPILLS INTO NEW YEAR AFTER AT LEAST 3 KILLED, 7 WOUNDED IN SHOOTINGSThe Lyft driver got out of his car and was approached by a shotgun-wielding suspect, who authorities said opened fire on the victim’s 2011 Infiniti before driving away with the vehicle.
Police said the that one suspect was found with a gunshot wound to his chest inside a 2011 Infiniti.
(FOX29 Philadelphia WTXF)Police said the 38-year-old Lyft driver has a valid permit to carry and used his personal weapon to fire at the suspect who took his car. When a second suspect, driving a Honda Accord, allegedly tried to run over the victim, the Lyft driver also shot at him.Both suspects drove the vehicles away from the scene, according to police, but were later apprehended.
Police say Lyft driver fired at suspects, injuring both of them.
((FOX29 Philadelphia WTXF))Police located the first suspect in the 4200 block of Parkside Avenue in the Infiniti with a gunshot wound to his chest. The second suspect was found in the 4300 block of Lancaster Avenue in the Honda. He suffered a gunshot wound to the right side of his ribcage.
The 38-year-old Lyft driver was not injured during the incident, police said.
(FOX29 Philadelphia WTXF)Police said both suspects were rushed to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in critical condition. The Lyft driver was not injured during the carjacking. 
Police recovered weapons from the scene after locating and arresting both suspects, who were both wounded and rushed to a hospital.
(FOX29 Philadelphia WTXF)Police arrested both suspects and said that weapons had been recovered from the scene.Authorities did not immediately release the identities of the Lyft driver or the suspects.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe carjacking and shooting comes as violent crime continues to plague Philadelphia into the new year.As of Monday, police statistics show five homicides have happened in the city – a 25% increase compared to the same three-day period last year.Philadelphia ended 2021 with a record-breaking 562 homicides, eclipsing the 499 homicides recorded the year prior.

Stranded I-95 driver describes ordeal, walking dog to pass 'four-hour' standstill

Drivers left their cars on I-95 to walk their dogs in order to pass time while stranded for hours on the icy roadway, one source told Fox News. Darryl Walter, opened up to Fox News about his experiences being stuck on Interstate-95 after about posting on Twitter about the ordeal.  “We spent 11 hours yesterday driving from Rocky Mount, NC, to Bethesda, MD (after spending 14 hours the previous day driving from Sarasota),” he told Fox News. “At one point we were at a standstill for over four hours on I-95 North. We passed the time by taking our dog for a walk on 95, reading, and playing Trivia Pursuit.” I-95: DRIVERS TRAPPED FOR HOURS ON VIRGINIA INTERSTATE AS TEMPERATURES DROPPED DURING THE OVERNIGHT  
This image provided by the Virginia department of Transportation shows a closed section of Interstate 95 near Fredericksburg, Va. Monday Jan. 3, 2022. Both northbound and southbound sections of the highway were closed due to snow and ice. 
(Virginia Department of Transportation via AP)Walter said he had water, fruit and chips with him and watched trucks stopped in the middle of the road as they started moving.   “There were large stretches of road that had yet to be plowed even though a plow could of gotten there,” he shared. “We actually feel fortunate as we were driving toward the Beltway as 95 South was backed up and stopped a good 15 miles. The people on that side were stuck all night in their cars. We were able to get home last night.” Many drivers have been stranded for hours on the road amid the winter storm, according to a Fox News report. The Virginia Department of Transportation has warned drivers to stay away from the roads while they work to free those stuck in freezing temperatures. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP An engineer for the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Fredericksburg district assured they are working on getting people out. “We know many travelers have been stuck on Interstate 95 in our region for extraordinary periods of time over the past 24 hours, in some cases since Monday morning,” Marcie Parker said in a statement. “This is unprecedented, and we continue to steadily move stopped trucks to make progress toward restoring lanes.” Fox News’ Greg Norman contributed to this report.

Illinois police officer begged for her life before being shot dead with own firearm: Docs

An Illinois police sergeant was pleading for her life moments before she was fatally shot with her own service weapon by a gunman in a hotel last week, documents provided to Fox News show. “At the time Sullivan fired the fatal shots into Sgt. Rittmanic, Sgt. Rittmanic was pleading with them to just leave, ‘you don’t have to do this, please just go, please don’t please don’t.’ She was desperately pleading for her life,” Kankakee County State’s Attorney Jim Rowe said in court Monday.Mobile users click here to see the above document.Bradley Police Sgt. Marlene Rittmanic and Officer Tyler Bailey were shot Dec. 29 while responding to a Comfort Inn Hotel along a highway in Kankakee County regarding barking dogs that were left in a vehicle. They found the room where the vehicle’s possible owner was staying and were shot while talking to the people in that room, the sheriff’s office said.ILLINOIS POLICE WARN SCAMMERS USING NAME OF SLAIN OFFICER ON FAKE GOFUNDME PAGESThe officers were taken to nearby hospitals, where Rittmanic died and Bailey was listed in critical condition and underwent surgery, the Bradley Police Department said.Rowe submitted an official request on Monday to federal prosecutors, asking them to review the first-degree murder cases pending against Darius Sullivan and Xandria Harris, who are charged the shooting, and to pursue a federal death sentence for both defendants, FOX 32 Chicago reported.Mobile users click here to see the above document.ILLINOIS POLICE OFFICER’S DEATH: ONE SUSPECT NABBED IN INDIANA, ANOTHER SURRENDERS, AUTHORITIES SAYRittmanic, who lived in Kankakee, joined the Bradley Police Department in 2007 and was promoted to sergeant in 2014, said Lt. Philip Trudeau, a department spokesman. She previously spent seven years as a deputy with the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Department, he said.
Darius Sullivan, 25, and Xandria Harris, 26, were both taken into custody in connection to the shooting of two Illinois police officers. 
(Illinois State Police )Meanwhile, Illinois police are warning that scammers are creating fraudulent GoFundMe pages using Sgt. Rittmanic’s name. “There have been several Go Fund Me fundraisers posted by supposed family members of Sgt Marlene Rittmanic. NONE of these are legit and the family will NOT be creating any fundraising pages through Go Fund Me,” the department said on its Facebook page. “If you see a fundraising page for Sgt Marlene Rittmanic you can report it to them as fraudulent and if you’ve donated to one please seek a refund.”There is one legitimate GoFundMe page set up by the family of her critically injured partner, 27-year-old Bailey.The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Snowstorm strands hundreds along I-95 in Virginia

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A record 4.5 million Americans quit their jobs in November

A record 4.5 million American workers quit their jobs in November, a sign of confidence and more evidence that the U.S. job market is bouncing back strongly from last year’s coronavirus recessionBy PAUL WISEMAN AP Economics WriterJanuary 4, 2022, 4:38 PM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleWASHINGTON — A record 4.5 million American workers quit their jobs in November, a sign of confidence and more evidence that the U.S. job market is bouncing back strongly from last year’s coronavirus recession.The Labor Department also reported Tuesday that employers posted 10.6 million job openings in November, down from 11.1 million in October but still high by historical standards.Employers hired 6.7 million people in November, up from 6.5 million in October, the Labor Department reported Tuesday in its monthly Jobs Openings and Labor Turnover Survey.Nick Bunker, research director at the Indeed Hiring Lab, noted that quits were high in the low-wage hotel and restaurant industries. “Lots of quits means stronger worker bargaining power which will likely feed into strong wage gains,” he said. “Wage growth was very strong in 2021, and … we might see more of the same in 2022.”Still, the Labor Department collected the numbers before COVID-19’s omicron variant had spread widely in the United States. “While each successive wave of the pandemic caused less economic damage, there is still a risk to the labor market from the current surge of cases,” Bunker said.The job market is rebounding from last year’s brief but intense coronavirus recession. When COVID hit, governments ordered lockdowns, consumers stayed home and many businesses closed or cut hours. Employers slashed more than 22 million jobs in March and April 2020, and the unemployment rate rocketed to 14.8%.But massive government spending — and eventually the rollout of vaccines — brought the economy back. Employers have added 18.5 million jobs since April 2020, still leaving the U.S. still 3.9 million jobs short of what it had before the pandemic. The December jobs report, out Friday, is expected to show that the economy generated almost 393,000 more jobs this month, according to a survey by the data firm FactSet.The unemployment rate has fallen to 4.2%, close to what economists consider full employment.

Chicago store robbed of $50K in merchandise 24 hours after appearing on local news profile

A Chicago store was robbed of about $50,000 in merchandise on Monday when a group of thieves stole multiple designer handbags a day after the shop was featured in a profile on the local news, according to reports.About 10 shoplifters hit Cynthia’s Consignments, located in the 2200 block of North Clybourn Avenue in Lincoln Park, at around 1:10 p.m., FOX32 Chicago reported.2021 ENDS AS CHICAGO’S DEADLIEST YEAR IN A QUARTER CENTURYThe shop’s owner, Cynthia Dibuglione, told the outlet the store was busy when she buzzed in a male customer from outside. She said a group of 10 to 12 young men stormed into the store behind the man and ripped merchandise from her shelves before fleeing in waiting getaway cars.”It was fast, it was so fast,” she said. “It’s like they’ve done this plenty of times before and unfortunately in the city of Chicago, there’s no repercussions. None. Even if they do get them, they’ll be out tomorrow.”
Shoplifters made off with about $50,000 in designer handbags from Cynthia’s Consignments in Lincoln Park, Chicago, on Monday after the shop was featured in a profile on the local news, according to reports.
(Google Maps)Dibuglione’s shop was featured in a televised profile that WGN-TV aired just 24 hours before the robbery, CWB Chicago reported. The feature was posted on the station’s YouTube page but appeared to have been removed from the site following the robbery. Users who commented on videos of WGN’s coverage of the theft noted that the station had just profiled the shop.”The same consignment shop featured a few days ago on WGN news segment?” one user wrote. “Wonder how someone thought to rob them knowing Chicago PD can’t do anything.”Another wrote: “They never knew about this place until they put it on the news the other day…”Dibuglione said that she’s been taking precautions against would-be robbers as the trend of smash-and-grabs continues in cities across the country, including the use of a buzzer system to let customers in and security cameras.”I mean, what could I do differently,” Dibuglione told FOX32. “And I had a house full of people here.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPChicago police told Fox News that no injuries were reported during the incident and that the robbers escaped in two vehicles – a silver or gray Chevrolet Impala and a black Honda Civic. Police said no one was in custody as of Tuesday morning as detectives continue to investigate the theft.Through Dec. 26 last year, citywide thefts rose 21% year-to-date, with 12,789 reported compared to 10,567 in 2020, according to police statistics.