University cancels classes
The University of Chicago is canceling all classes and activities on its main campus Monday following an online threat of gun violence. The university says in a statement Sunday night that a threat from an unknown person was passed on to the university by the FBI. The threat mentioned the campus quad, a popular gathering place, and a time of Monday morning at 10 a.m., the statement says. Faculty, students and non-essential staff are asked to stay away Monday from the Hyde Park campus on Chicago’s South Side. Students in college housing are asked to stay indoors.
7-month-old shot, killed
Authorities have arrested a central New York man who claims a loaded shotgun he was holding discharged accidentally when he tried to stand up, striking and killing a 7-month-old boy. Rome police say 18-year-old Henry Bartle faces a charge of criminally negligent homicide. He was arrested early Sunday. Authorities say Bartle was in his apartment on Saturday with his girlfriend, who’s the baby’s mother, and another man, and was cleaning the 12-gauge shotgun in the living room. Police say he then loaded the gun and had it in his lap pointing in the direction of the child. The baby was struck in the upper body when the gun went off. It was unclear if Bartle has an attorney.
Lawyer defends fence jumper
A college student who jumped over the White House fence while draped in an American flag was committing civil disobedience and had no plans to harm himself or others, his attorney said Sunday. Joseph Caputo, 22, of Stamford, Conn., was carrying a binder with “a rewritten Constitution” when he scaled the fence on Thursday, prompting a lockdown while President Barack Obama celebrated Thanksgiving with his family, attorney Stephan Seeger said. Caputo was the first person to jump over the White House fence since the Secret Service installed additional metal spikes earlier this year in response to a series of security breaches.
Good looking officer arrested
A San Francisco police officer whose good looks attracted a following on social media has been arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run. A police statement issued on Sunday says Officer Christopher Kohrs is suspected of plowing into two men who were crossing a city street around 2 a.m. and seriously injuring them. The driver ditched his Dodge Charger at the scene and ran away. Investigators later identified the driver as Kohrs. The 38-year-old officer was arrested and booked into jail for investigation of felony hit-and-run.
Compiled from wire reports