Wednesday, December 4 2013 4:08 PM EST2013-12-04 21:08:10 GMT
EVANSVILLE (WFIE) -Evansville Police are on the scene of a barricaded gunman. According to the department's Facebook page, it happened Wednesday morning in the 1500 block of South Alvord Boulevard. DispatchersMore >>
Several streets near Covert Avenue and South Alvord Boulevard were closed Wednesday morning as police responded to a man who barricaded himself inside his home. More >>
Tuesday, December 3 2013 11:01 PM EST2013-12-04 04:01:42 GMT
EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) – Police and emergency crews are on the scene of an accident on I-164 near mile marker 11. According to dispatch, a dump truck ran off the road and down an embankment. No other carsMore >>
I-164 is back open on Tuesday night after a semi carrying a load of coal ran off the roadway. More >>
Monday, December 2 2013 10:50 PM EST2013-12-03 03:50:58 GMT
A jury has cleared a Webster County man accused of running over a man at a soccer field. The defendant, 76-year-old Jimmy Frederick, is the husband of the Mayor of Dixon. His trial started on Monday andMore >>
A jury has cleared a Webster County man accused of running over a man at a soccer field.More >>
TUCSON, AZ (CBS5) -
On the eve of the sentencing for Tucson shooting suspect Jared Loughner, several of the survivors are grappling with what to say in court Thursday morning.
Pam Simon, who was shot in the chest while working for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, said she hopes she can convey what's in her heart.
"Much has been said. But I think it will be important for me to just kind of have the closure of making my statement about hoping that everyone involved finds a place of peace including Jared Loughner," said Simon.
The bullet that truck Simon traveled nearly her entire body but missed all vital organs. She refers to her physical recovery as a miracle and said, over all, she is 95 percent healed.
Loughner fired 31 shots from his 9mm semiautomatic gun and was trying to reload when he was tackled by heroic members of the crowd.
"When you have that big of a trauma it just takes a long time for the whole mind, body, soul. And in some ways I will always be different. I'll always be different because of it," said Simon.
Prior to the shooting in January of 2011, which killed six people and injured 13 others, Simon was not a proponent of the death penalty. Today, she still opposes capital punishment and is pleased with the judicial outcome of the Loughner case.
"I, personally, am extremely happy that this is the resolution. Happy is an odd way to put it because it's a tragedy on so many levels. A huge tragedy that this young man has an illness that he didn't ask for and he will end up spending the rest of his life, pretty much, in solitary confinement," said Simon.
Loughner pleaded guilty and avoided the death penalty. He is expected to be sentenced to a term that will keep him in federal prison for the rest of his life, without a chance of parole.
"I dreaded the idea of having to go through a trial. Not only for myself but many of the survivors and the families of the victims. They've become dear friends and I just know that would be an extremely hard thing for them to go through," said Simon.
C.J. Karamargin, the former communications director for Giffords, said he didn't know if he would attend the sentencing.
"It is still a very emotional thing for anyone involved," he told CBS 5 News on Thursday morning. "What happened, the wounds, the pain, the heartbreak. There is no way to completely heal. There is a lot of lingering hurt."
He said the sentencing is appropriate and necessary, but that a "judicial proceeding is not justice."
Karamargin said Loughner is "a troubled young man" and he hopes the shooter can get the help he needs so he can understand "the gravity of what happened."
He said if Loughner expresses remorse or regret Thursday, it "might mean something, but won't heal all the wounds."
Simon has funneled her energy into trying to turn the tragedy into something positive. She is on the board of the Christina Taylor Green Foundation, a nonprofit that helps youth through arts in education. The organization was named after the youngest victim of the Tucson shooting tragedy.
Simon also has been working with the organization called Mayors Against Illegal Guns that was founded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
"My hopes is that his (Loughner's) parents, who must be living a hell, find some kind of peace and some way in which they can move on. And perhaps this experience will be used to help others. And then, for all of us that have been affected, so profoundly, that we find a place where we can have peace and move on with our lives," said Simon.
Simon believe's Thursday's sentencing will be emotional.
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Here is a list of all the notable deaths of 2013.More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 12:35 PM EST2013-12-06 17:35:35 GMT
Tri-Staters will wake up to snow and ice Friday morning. 14 News meteorologists predict ice accumulations will range up to 1/4" in parts of the Tri-State. They say 3-5" of snow is possible along and northMore >>
Driving conditions on Friday will be hazards so officials are reminding everyone to take it slow.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 12:42 AM EST2013-12-04 05:42:35 GMT
MADISON COUNTY, KY (WAVE) – A mother is facing charges after she allegedly left her children in a bedroom with drugs and a corpse. According to Richmond police, around 8:30 a.m. on November 30 officersMore >>
According to Richmond police, around 8:30 a.m. on November 30 officers responded to a home in Dixie Plaza on a report a 24-year-old man had overdosed.More >>
Thursday, December 5 2013 9:37 PM EST2013-12-06 02:37:44 GMT
ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) - It's a crime most of us can't comprehend: an Elizabethtown mother is accused of trying to sell her baby not once, but twice. Police and prosecutors in Hardin County were baffledMore >>
It's a crime most of us can't comprehend: an Elizabethtown mother is accused of trying to sell her baby not once, but twice.More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 11:31 AM EST2013-12-06 16:31:32 GMT
The Hardin County Sheriff's Office is hoping you can help find a missing woman. Deputies are looking for 39-year-old Chrisandra Lea Williams, who they say is considered to be in danger . AuthoritiesMore >>
The Hardin County Sheriff's Office is hoping you can help find a missing woman who they consider to be in danger.More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 5:27 PM EST2013-12-06 22:27:45 GMT
The Tri-State area is seeing a lot of snow and ice resulting in dangerous conditions. Perry County officials have declared a snow and ice emergency. Due to the amount of snow and ice, road crews areMore >>
The Tri-State area is seeing a lot of snow and ice resulting in dangerous conditions.More >>
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