At a Glance | July 2

Maryland Man Accused of Killing 5, Injuring 2 in Targeted Shooting Against Newspaper


A Laurel, Maryland, man holding a yearslong grudge against a newspaper fatally shot five journalists and injured two others when he opened fire in the newsroom on June 28, authorities said. Jarrod W. Ramos (right), 38, is accused of using a legally purchased shotgun to shoot through a glass door at the Capital Gazette’s office in Anapolis, Maryland, before firing at employees. Ramos is being held without bail and is charged with five counts of first-degree murder in what authorities said was a targeted attack. State’s Attorney Wes Adams said Ramos barricaded a back door to prevent people from escaping. Police responded within a minute of the shooting and found Ramos hiding under a desk. Four people died at the scene, while another died at the hospital. Two staff members suffered minor injuries. Ramos unsuccessfully sued the newspaper in 2012, claiming defamation over a story about a harassment case against him. Ramos also posted harassing social media messages toward the newspaper and staff, including on the day of the shooting.

Middle Township Man Charged After Stolen Plane Illegally Lands on Coast Guard Beach in Cape May

A Middle Township (Cape May County) man accused of stealing a plane used to fly banners and landing it on restricted US Coast Guard beach in Cape May is charged with fourth-degree criminal trespass, according to the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office on June 27. James P. Dahlen Jr., 51, turned himself in to the prosecutor’s office that day after Cape May Police were unable to locate him and issued a warrant for his arrest. Prosecutors noted that Dahlen could face additional charges. Authorities said that Dahlen, a student pilot and mechanic at an aerial advertising company in Middle Township, took a plane without permission from the business owned by his stepmother on June 24. He allegedly flew the aircraft erratically over several Jersey Shore towns before illegally landing it on the beach of the US Coast Guard Training Center Cape May. Coast Guard officials said Dahlen then fled on foot, and the training center was placed under heightened security for several hours as authorities searched for him. Prosecutors said Dahlen could face up to 18 months in state prison if convicted.

Fort Lee Latest District in New Jersey Adding Armed Officers to Schools

The Fort Lee (Bergen County) School District looks to add three special armed officers in time for the start of the 2018-19 academic year. The special officers will join two school resource officers from the Fort Lee Police Department and school security guards in keeping the district’s four elementary schools, middle school, and high school safe. Two of the special officers will be assigned to the elementary schools, while the third will assist at the middle school. A school resource officer is assigned to the high school. Fort Lee officials had been discussing adding officers at their schools since September, and the borough joins several others in New Jersey that are bolstering security efforts following a shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school in February that left 17 dead. “We live in a time where we have to be ready for anything. It’s naïve to think these tragedies couldn’t happen in our little corner of the world, but we see too often now no community is immune to it,” Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich said. The police department will employ the Special Class III officers, who must have retired from police duty in the last three years and be 65 or younger, among other State requirements.

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