Weekly News Roundup: April 10, 2015


This is your weekly news roundup for the week of April 6th – 10th.

After 11 hours of deliberation, a jury found the youngest Tsarnaev brother guilty on all charges Wednesday. 17 of the 30 charges against him for his participation in the April 15, 2013 bombing at the Boston Marathon carry the possibility of the death penalty. The second phase of the trial, wherein jurors will decide whether or not to recommend the death penalty, will likely begin next week.

At least one person died yesterday, when two tornadoes ripped through Illinois. Just 80 miles northwest of Chicago, residents say the town of Fairdale is “absolutely devastated.” The tornadoes, which hit late Thursday evening, are just the most recent results of a major storm system in the midwest. The storm has also resulted in grapefruit-sized hail and 80 mile per hour winds. The storm is expected to bring thunderstorms to all of the eastern United States.

Walter Scott’s name is trending this week after a video was released of a South Carolina officer chasing and fatally shooting the man eight times after a traffic stop. Scott is black and the officer, Michael Slager, is white. This news did not surprise many who are still protesting after the police-related deaths of black men in Ferguson, Cleveland, and New York last year. Slager has been charged for murder. The Scott family attorney says the family intends to bring a federal suit against the police department.

If you’ve been in Old Town Fort Collins recently, you may have noticed that the horse sculpture behind Bondai Beach Bar and CooperSmith’s Pub and Brewing has disappeared. Police say that a 44-year-old man knocked over and ‘irreperably damaged’ the sculpture. The man said he tried to tackle the horse after consuming “plenty” of whiskey. The man has been charged with criminal mischief.

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