1Border gunfire: Border Patrol agents patrolling the Rio Grande early Friday in Texas were shot at by gunmen from the Mexican side, the agency said. No agents were injured, but the Border Patrol said one of its boats was damaged by automatic weapons gunfire in the shooting around 2:30 a.m. near the city of Fronton. Agents on board estimated at least 50 rounds were fired by four gunmen. A Border Patrol spokesman couldn’t immediately say whether the agents returned fire. The region across the river from Texas is dominated by gangs. U.S. authorities have forced thousands of asylum seekers to wait in Mexico, citing capacity issues.
2Storm forecast: Government meteorologists say this year’s hurricane season may be busier than initially expected now that summer’s weak El Nino has faded away. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center in College Park, Md., says the Atlantic season looks more active than normal as peak hurricane season begins. Forecasters now expect 10 to 17 named storms, with five to nine hurricanes and two to four major ones. Forecaster Gerry Bell says the end of El Nino means more hospitable hurricane conditions. El Nino is the periodic warming of parts of the Pacific that affects weather worldwide and dampens storm activity.
3Shooting scare: Five days after 22 people were killed at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, panicked shoppers fled a Walmart in Springfield, Mo., after a man carrying a rifle and wearing body armor walked around the store before being stopped by an off-duty firefighter. Police on Friday identified the man as Dmitriy Andreychenko, 20, who is being held in jail on suspicion of first-degree making a terrorist threat. No shots were fired during the incident. Andreychenko arrived Thursday, walked inside the Walmart carrying a “tactical rifle,” another gun and more than 100 rounds of ammunition, police Lt. Mike Lucas said.
4Stabbing death: A judge in Maine imposed a life sentence Friday on a 77-year-old man who fatally stabbed a woman in front of her children — a crime virtually identical to one he committed four decades ago. Albert Flick won’t get out of prison again after he was convicted last month of stabbing the victim, Kimberly Dobbie, at least 11 times while her twins watched on a Lewiston sidewalk in 2018. He was previously convicted of the 1979 stabbing of his wife in front of her daughter. “He is a monster,” said Lori Moreau, a friend of the victim. Flick declined to address the courtroom, saying “nah” when the judge asked him if he had anything to say.
5Detective sentenced: A Los Angeles County sheriff’s detective has been sentenced to prison for having sex with a 15-year-old girl he met while investigating her report of being sexually assaulted. Neil Kimball was given three years on Thursday. He pleaded guilty last month to unlawful sexual intercourse with a child. Prosecutors say Kimball befriended the girl in 2017 after she reported being sexually assaulted.
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