Shooting at mosque results in charges

CHICAGO – A 51-year-old man was charged with shooting at a mosque he lives near in Morton Grove, Ill., according to authorities.
Police confiscated a “high-velocity air rifle” from the home of David Conrad, who lives just east of the mosque. He was charged with three counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm and one count of criminal damage to property, all felonies. He’s scheduled for a bond hearing on Monday.
Members of the Morton Grove mosque said someone took several shots with an air rifle Friday night at the building’s outer wall. According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, two air rifle shots were fired at the outer brick wall of the Muslim Education Center mosque, damaging it.
A guard was working security at the center, where services were under way for Ramadan, when he heard a projectile hit the outside wall of the building at 9:20 p.m., said Morton Grove Police Chief Mark Erickson.
“He was walking around outside and he heard this bang and he notified the police,” Erickson said.
No one was hurt and no one inside the center was near a window when the pellet-gun shooting happened, said the chief.
– McClatchy Newspapers

Woman stabs fiance on day of wedding

HOKENDAUQUA, Pa. (AP) – Authorities say an eastern Pennsylvania woman stabbed her fiance to death during an argument on their wedding day.
Na Cola Darcel Franklin is charged with criminal homicide in the death of 36-year-old Billy Rafeal Brewster in their Whitehall Township apartment.
Police say they found Brewster bleeding shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday. District Attorney Jim Martin says he was pronounced dead at a hospital.
The (Allentown) Morning Call reports that at her video arraignment Saturday, the 31-year-old Franklin wept and choked out, “I did not kill him on purpose.”
Neighbor Steve Engel says the pastor who was supposed to perform the ceremony came to the apartment building after being unable to reach the couple, and a number of people who were apparently going to the wedding also showed up throughout the day.