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Briefly, June 17

Driver fatally shot while delivering pizza

CLEVELAND (AP) — Police in Ohio say a pizza delivery driver has been fatally shot while parked in front of a house in Cleveland.

Cleveland police spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia said in a release the shooting happened early Sunday around midnight. Ciaccia said police found the 28-year-old man inside a car that had crashed into two parked cars. He died at the scene.

Police say preliminary information indicates the man was delivering pizza for a Papa John’s when two males pulled up in a vehicle. Investigators say the men reportedly exited the car they were in and fired shots at the victim from both sides of his car before driving away.

The delivery driver’s car traveled a short distance, crashing into the two parked cars.

Police haven’t released the driver’s identity.

Utah veteran gets over 5,000 cards

OREM, Utah (AP) — When John Frey’s family requested 101 birthday cards to celebrate the World War II veteran’s 101st birthday in Utah, they were expecting to get 500 at most.

At a celebration June 8, a day after his birthday, Frey ended up with well over 5,000 cards, the Daily Herald reported.

According to the report, Frey’s request spread quickly after The Associated Press picked up the story from the Daily Herald in May and it appeared in news outlets across the country.

The cards came from all 50 states and at least 12 countries. Entire classrooms of children, military veterans and Utah’s elected officials wanted to wish the former mechanic/machinist for the U.S. Army a happy birthday.

Frey said he had not expected to ever get so many cards.

Jeanne Waters, the front desk receptionist at the Mervyn Sharp Bennion Central Utah Veterans Home where Frey lives, said she had to ask the Postal Service for an extra tub just to sort his cards every day.

“These have been overfilled with letters and packages and everything for him,” Waters said. “It’s been fun. It really has.”

Frey celebrated with family and friends last week at home. His daughter Janice Carlson helped him use a letter opener to open one envelope including a sea shell and a note. “Holy mackerel!” Frey exclaimed after opening another card that played music.

Carlson said they are going to load up his room with as many cards as they can, but it will take a few days to open them all.

The excitement has been a bit tiring, Frey added.

“I just want to get in my car and take off for a while,” said Frey, who lived in his own home until he was 100 and enjoys going for drives in his car.

Burglary suspect caught, had machete wound inflicted by 11-year-old boy

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina burglary suspect who was fought off by an 11-year-old boy with a machete was caught Sunday, nearly two days after he slipped away from the hospital where he was treated for a head wound. His capture came after a manhunt and finger-pointing about who was to blame for his escape.

Sgt. Shane Brown of the Burlington Police Department said Jataveon Dashawn Hall was arrested in an apartment there Sunday afternoon. Hall, 19, was returned to Orange County, where the sheriff’s office said he faces charges including breaking and entering and assault.

Authorities said the boy was alone in the house in Mebane, about 40 miles northwest of Raleigh, Friday morning when Hall broke in after another suspect rang the doorbell and a third waited outside. Hall forced the boy into a closet and was stealing electronics when the boy emerged, grabbed a machete and hit the suspect in the head with the blade, drawing blood, according to the sheriff’s office. The boy swung a second time but missed. Authorities didn’t say where the machete had been stored.

Hall and the other suspects then fled.

“When Hall realized he was bleeding, he dropped the electronics,” left the home and departed with another man and a woman, the sheriff’s office said.

It wasn’t clear if Hall had an attorney; no phone listing for him could be found.

It was what happened after Hall sought treatment that raised questions about how he was guarded.

Hall went Friday afternoon to a UNC Hospital branch in Hillsborough, seeking treatment, according to Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood, who said Hall was never in the custody of his office that day. Deputies were notified, and one waited in a public area of the hospital for more investigators to arrive, the sheriff’s office said, adding that “at this point, Hall was only a suspect and there was no legal authority to hold him.”

The sheriff then obtained warrants and asked hospital police to notify his office before discharging Hall, which Blackwood described as standard practice.

Hall was transferred to UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill because of the severity of his wound. But surveillance video shows Hall left the second hospital with his head wrapped in a bandage and wearing a hospital gown and blue socks around 8 p.m. Friday. A nurse noted in his chart shortly thereafter that he had left.

However, the sheriff’s office said they weren’t notified until the next morning when they called to inquire about him. The reason for the delay wasn’t clear.

“I am not in the business of assigning blame,” the sheriff said in a statement Sunday. “However, it has become clear to me that another statement was necessary to defend the actions of my deputies and investigators and to place this matter in the correct context.”

UNC Health Care noted Sunday morning the sheriff didn’t place a deputy to guard Hall, saying suspects under treatment “remain the legal responsibility of law enforcement.” The hospital system added that “nurses and physicians cannot be both caregivers and law enforcement at the same time.”

A sheriff’s spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to an email Sunday afternoon asking if the other two suspects had been identified or caught.

The boy’s mother, Kaitlin Johnson, told WTVD-TV she was upset Hall had escaped from the hospital, adding, “It was infuriating.”

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