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Documents: Teen planned attack at Maryland school

MONKTON, Md. (AP) - A Maryland teenager told police he planned to use a stolen handgun to kill his parents, then drive to his high school and kill students and teachers as revenge for years of bullying he suffered, according to court documents released Wednesday.

Sash Alexander Nemphos, 16, of Monkton, is charged as an adult, Baltimore County Police said in a tweet. The charges include possession of a destructive device, having a dangerous weapon on school property and theft, according to the probable cause documents.

Nemphos was confronted Saturday by police over thefts from a car and business, including a handgun. After asking him about the stolen gun several times, the 10th-grader, who officers said was clearly intoxicated, told police he was going to take the gun, drive to his school Monday, shoot the school officer, and then take the officer's gun to "kill as many teachers and students as he could."

The documents say the teen also said he had made several bombs to blow up George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology.

Police recovered from his home a handgun, three crude, homemade explosives, a suicide note, and a journal with all his plans, the probable cause documents said. He was arrested at his home.

Nemphos told officers he had intended to go through with his plan on Halloween and had taken the gun in his backpack to school. But he had forgotten the bombs so he aborted his plan, he said. He also said he was too drunk to carry out the plan, the documents said.

He said he was going to try again Monday and would stay sober to do it, the documents said.

Nemphos told police he had been bullied for years and has told teachers, but nothing was ever done.

A woman who answered the phone at Nemphos' address hung up when asked about the case.


Nun forgives rapist as he's sentenced to prison

BEAVER, Pa. (AP) - An elderly western Pennsylvania nun issued a statement forgiving her rapist as the judge sentenced the 19-year-old man to 18½ to 37 years in prison.

The victim didn't appear in a Beaver County courtroom when Andrew Bullock, of Aliquippa, was sentenced Wednesday. Rather, another sister read a statement on the victim's behalf.

The statement says, "My profound and permanent prayer for you, Andrew, is that you wholeheartedly take advantage of the educational, uplifting, socially positive opportunities that may be available during your prison time."

The nun was 85 when Bullock approached her at a recycling bin on Dec. 13. After offering to help her load some newspapers, he exposed himself, punched the nun in the jaw and knocked her face-down while raping and screaming at her.


Teen says he tho­ught he killed go­blin, not brother

LOGAN, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa teenager has testified that when he killed his 5-year-old foster brother, he was in a fantasy world and thought he was killing a goblin.

Cody Metzker-Madsen told the western Iowa jury on Wednesday that he visits a world only he can reach whenever he plays with someone. He says he didn't realize until afterward that what he thought was a goblin was actually his foster brother, Dominic Elkins.

His lawyer is using an insanity defense.

Authorities say Metzker-Madsen killed Dominic last year while the two were playing outside of their home near Logan. Metzker-Madsen was 17 at the time.

The boy's body was found at the bottom of a ravine. An autopsy showed he died of blunt-force head injuries and drowning.


Man buys house, finds corpse on bedroom floor

CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) - A southwest Florida man found a body inside a foreclosed house he purchased at an auction.

The News-Press of Fort Myers ( reports Cape Coral resident William Wilson bought the light pink house for $96,000 on Tuesday. When he went to evaluate his purchase Wednesday, he found a corpse on the master bedroom floor.

Cape Coral police cordoned off the property and began a death investigation.

Neighbors told the newspaper two sisters had lived in the home but no one had seen them for a while. Police told Wilson the most recent piece of mail was from November 2011 and unpaid property taxes went back three years.

Wilson said the house was a mess inside and it looked like someone was planning to move.

Published: Fri, Nov 07, 2014


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