SANTA ROSA, Calif.
Protest over shooting
Hundreds of demonstrators marched Tuesday to protest the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy by a Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy in an encounter that sparked community outrage and an FBI investigation. The protesters included middle- and high school-age students and members of the Occupy Oakland movement. “Andy Lopez did not have to die,” they chanted during the nearly three-hour demonstration. A funeral was also held Tuesday for Lopez, who was shot and killed Oct. 22 by Deputy Erick Gelhaus, a firearms instructor who authorities said mistook a pellet gun carried by Lopez for an assault rifle. The incident remained under investigation by the FBI, local prosecutors and police.
CASA GRANDE, Ariz.
Deadly chain reaction
Three people were killed and at least 12 injured after a dust storm led to multiple crashes Tuesday on Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson, authorities said. Arizona Department of Public Safety officials identified one of those killed as Gordon Lee Smith, 76, of Mead, Wash. They said Smith’s wife was injured, but her condition wasn’t immediately disclosed. DPS officials said 19 vehicles — 10 commercial vehicles, seven passenger cars, one tanker and one recreational vehicle — were involved in chain-reaction collisions south of Casa Grande shortly after noon. The Picacho Peak area is prone to dust storms that develop suddenly and can quickly reduce visibility to zero for drivers.
Battery blamed in death
Family members and doctors knew something was wrong when 1-year-old Julian Wilson started vomiting blood, but they didn’t find out he had swallowed a small battery until after an autopsy was performed. Julian died earlier this month of internal bleeding, with cuts to his esophagus and gastric irritation, according to the Clark County Coroner’s Office. He also had a collapsed lung. The boy had swallowed a camera battery, the office said. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified 14 battery-swallowing deaths in the United States between 1995 and 2010; all of them involved children under age 4.
Compiled from wire reports.