Police ended a hostage standoff at a city hall in Ingolstadt on Monday by storming the building, shooting and wounding the captor, and freeing his two captives unharmed. Officials said the 24-year-old kidnapper had previously been banned from entering city hall because he was stalking one of its female employees for more than a year. The 25-year-old woman was one of the people he was holding hostage. The kidnapper, whose identity was not released, “was shot in his shoulder and legs” and rushed to a hospital, police spokesman Guenther Beck said. Two other hostages, including a deputy mayor, were freed from the building earlier in the day. More than 200 police officers had surrounded the city hall for nearly nine hours before the special unit raided the building.
CCTV to catch dog poop
The Parisian suburb of Montereau-Fault-Yonne has come up with an innovative plan to fight a plague of dog droppings on local streets — catching offenders on closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras. The town said on Monday that municipal police would begin using a decade-old network of CCTV cameras to track down dog owners who do not pick up their pets’ droppings. “This will allow us to identify and seek out pet owners with no sense of civic duty and, in the event of repeat offenses, to fine them” 35 euros (US$47), town mayor Yves Jego said.
Kidnapped pilots safe
Ankara said on Monday the two pilots kidnapped in Lebanon earlier this month are alive, and that it knows roughly where they are. The Turkish Airlines pilots were kidnapped on Aug. 9 when gunmen ambushed a bus carrying the national airline’s crew from Beirut airport to a hotel in the city. “Their whereabouts are more or less known. We know that they are alive, in peace and comfort,” Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc told reporters after a Cabinet meeting. A previously unknown group calling itself Zuwwar Imam al-Rida has claimed the kidnapping, demanding Turkey use its influence with Syria’s rebels to secure the release of nine Lebanese Shiites kidnapped in Syria in May last year.
First family has new dog
President Barack Obama and his family welcomed a new addition to the White House on Monday — a dog called Sunny. The black Portuguese water dog joins the first family’s other four-legged friend of the same breed, Bo. “Sunny is the perfect little sister for Bo — full of energy and very affectionate — and the First Family picked her name because it fit her cheerful personality,” a post on the White House blog said.
Ex-drug lord gets 15 years
Former drug kingpin Eduardo Arellano Felix, who pleaded guilty to laundering money for the notorious cartel that bore his family name, was sentenced on Monday in California to 15 years in prison in what law enforcement officials called the end of an era. With the sentencing in San Diego District Court, Arellano Felix, 56, became the last of four brothers killed or sent to prison in connection with the Arellano Felix drug trafficking ring, federal prosecutors said. Arellano Felix pleaded guilty in May to one count of conspiring to launder hundreds of millions of dollars in drug proceeds and one count of conspiring to invest that money for the cartel’s benefit.