Paul Harris to make first court appearance in fatal drive-by shooting of pregnant woman

Paul Harris to make first court appearance in fatal drive-by shooting of pregnant woman

Man accused of killing pregnant St. Paul woman due in court Monday

Man accused of killing pregnant St. Paul woman due in court Monday


ST. PAUL, Minn. — A man accused of killing a pregnant woman in St. Paul is due for his first appearance in court Monday.

Paul Harris, 24, is charged with second-degree murder in a drive-by shooting.

According to a criminal complaint, last Monday evening, Harris pulled up next to a car that the victim was in and shot through the window, hitting 21-year-old Gabriella Dehoyos in the head.

The driver and Dehoyos’ boyfriend rushed her to the hospital, but she died from her injuries.

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Court records say several young children were also in the car at the time of the shooting.

Investigators later found a shell casing at Marion Street and St. Anthony Avenue.

At the time of the murder, court records show Harris was on supervised release after five years in prison for illegally possessing a firearm.

His hearing is set for 9 o’clock Monday morning.

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The Iraq War: 20 Years On

The Iraq War: 20 Years On

On March 20, 2003, President George W. Bush announced the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq to topple Saddam Hussein and destroyed his alleged stockpile of weapons of mass destruction.

But U.S. forces found no WMD, and rather than greeting the invaders as liberators after reaching Baghdad, Iraqis soon treated them as occupiers, leading to years of civil war that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives across the sectarian divide.

History As It Happens podcast host Martin Di Caro interviews Melvyn Leffler, a preeminent scholar of U.S. foreign policy, about why the U.S. went to war in 2003.

Mr. Leffler’s new book is “Confronting Saddam Hussein: George W. Bush and the Invasion of Iraq.”

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Minneapolis couple ready to move after their Kia, Hyundai repeatedly targeted by thieves

Minneapolis couple ready to move after their Kia, Hyundai repeatedly targeted by thieves

MINNEAPOLIS – A Minneapolis couple says they’re ready to move away after their cars have been broken into and stolen several times in just the last few months.

Hayden Griswold discovered his Hyundai’s back window was smashed out again Friday. It’s the fifth time he says in the last six months.

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“We don’t keep anything in here anymore,” Griswold said. “Of course it’s impossible to at this point once it’s happened so many times in both cars.”

His family’s other car, a Kia, wasn’t in front of their north Minneapolis home Sunday, because after being stolen and recovered for a second time, it’s waiting on repairs.

“It’s been sort of juggling both, one disaster after the other,” Griswold said.

Kias and Hyundais have been particularly vulnerable to thefts, and Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is looking at a possible lawsuit against the carmakers.  

Hayden Griswold


Owning both brands, Griswold says he feels like he rolled double snake eyes.

“The police officer showed me…how easy it is,” he said. “It’s really shocking. We were trying to get [the Kia] out of the ditch [where we found it], and he was like, ‘Yeah, I can start it up no problem,’ and he sure did with the cord.”

Griswold says he’s learned that a back window costs roughly $300-$400 to replace, and it’s usually not even worth making an insurance claim on, he says. He’s not sure yet how all this will impact his insurance rates.

Griswold estimates he’s paid up to $5,000 between deductibles and repairs. He’s had enough and wants to move out of Minneapolis.

“I mean, who lives like this, I mean really?” Griswold said. “When you have two that are just vulnerable and it keeps happening over and over, you have to do your best.”

The Griswolds have started a fundraiser to help pay for a move.

So far this year in Minneapolis, there have been 1,978 car thefts. That’s an 85% increase compared to this time last year, when there had been 1,066.

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$5,000 reward offered for information in road rage shooting between SeaTac and Kent

$5,000 reward offered for information in road rage shooting between SeaTac and Kent

Friends and coworkers of the victim want the shooter brought to justice.

SEATAC, Wash. — Friends and coworkers of a man critically hurt in a road rage shooting last week are offering a $5,000 reward for the identity of the people involved.

The victim remains in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the face and neck.

“It is a life-altering injury that he has,” said the victim’s friend of 15 years, Tim Clifford.

Clifford and the victim are both longshoremen with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 19.

“We’re just devastated,” says Clifford. “He’s such a good guy. It’s hard to believe something like this could happen to him.”

On March 15 at around 4:30 in the afternoon, police started getting reports of two cars driving erratically on I-5 North between Kent and SeaTac near 216th Street.

The suspect pulled out a gun and fired.

The victim, a man in his mid-30s, had just said goodbye to his wife and children as he headed out to work a night shift.

“His family is devastated,” Clifford said. “They thought he was at work and they got a phone call about this. They’re hurting. Everybody who knows him is hurting.”

Police are looking for a white, four-door Audi or Infinity.

A man and woman were inside.

The man, believed to be the shooter, had longer hair and did not know the victim.

“This was evil,” said Clifford. “I think it would be best for everyone that we help the police in getting this person off the streets.”

As the investigation continues, friends and family focus on the victim’s recovery.

Clifford says there are “real questions” as to how much of a recovery his friend will be able to make.

“The shooter and the other person in the car, we’re pretty confident they probably told someone about what they did last Wednesday night,” Clifford said. “We’re hoping this money compels whoever knows their names to come forward and do the right thing and help the Washington State Patrol get these people off the streets. They’re dangerous. If they would do this to my friend they’d do it to anyone.”

If you have any information about this case call the Washington State Patrol tip line at 425-401-7719.

The reward will go to the person who provides a name that leads to a conviction.

Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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North Korea calls latest missile launch a simulated nuclear attack on South

North Korea calls latest missile launch a simulated nuclear attack on South

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea on Monday described its latest ballistic missile launch as a simulated nuclear attack on South Korea as leader Kim Jong Un called for his nuclear forces to sharpen their war readiness in the face of his rival’s expanding military exercises with the United States.

The report by Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency came after the South Korean and Japanese militaries on Sunday detected North Korea firing a short-range ballistic missile into waters off its eastern coast. The launch came less than an hour before the United States flew long-range B-1B bombers for joint training with South Korean warplanes as part of the allies’ biggest combined training in years, which the North has condemned as a rehearsal for a potential invasion.

KCNA said the missile, which flew about 800 kilometers (500 miles), was tipped with a mock nuclear warhead and that the test reaffirmed the reliability of the weapon’s nuclear explosion control devices and warhead detonators. It said the launch was the final step of a two-day drill that also involved nuclear command and control exercises and training military units to switch more quickly into nuclear counterattack posture.

Kim, who state media photos showed attended the missile launch with his daughter, instructed his military to consistently conduct such drills simulating actual war conditions to make the units “more perfectly prepared in their active posture of making an immediate and overwhelming nuclear counterattack anytime.”

Saying that his enemies are getting “ever more pronounced in their moves for aggression,” Kim urged the need to bolster his nuclear deterrent “exponentially” and laid out unspecified “strategic tasks” for further developing his nuclear forces and improving their war readiness, KCNA said. This indicated that the North could up the ante in its weapons demonstrations in coming weeks or months.

Sunday’s short-range launch was the North’s fifth missile event this month and the third since the U.S. and South Korean militaries began joint exercises on March 13. The drills, which are to continue through Thursday, include computer simulations and field exercises tjat are the biggest of their kind since 2018.

The North’s flurry of tests this year included a slew of short-range missiles fired from land vehicles, cruise missiles launched from a submarine and two different flight tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles fired from its main airport near the capital, Pyongyang, as it tries to demonstrate a dual ability to conduct nuclear attacks on South Korea and the U.S. mainland.

The latest ICBM test last Thursday came hours before South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol traveled to Tokyo for a summit with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, which was partially aimed at rebuilding security ties between the often-estranged U.S. allies in the face of North Korean nuclear threats.

North Korea already is coming off a record year in testing activity, with more than 70 missiles fired in 2022, as Kim accelerates a nuclear push aimed at forcing the United States to accept the idea of the North as a nuclear power and negotiating badly needed sanctions relief from a position of strength.

The North last year had also dialed up its weapons demonstrations when the allies were conducting joint exercises, including a slew of missile and artillery firings it described as simulated nuclear attacks on South Korean and U.S. targets. One of the missiles the North fired in November flew in the direction of South Korea’s populated Ulleung island, triggering air raid sirens and forcing residents to evacuate. South Korea quickly responded by launching its own missiles in the same border area off the Korean Peninsula’s eastern coast.

North Korea has long portrayed U.S.-South Korean military drills as rehearsals for an invasion, although the allies describe those exercises as defensive. Many experts say North Korea uses its rivals’ drills as a pretext to aggressively expand its nuclear arsenal and overall military capability.

In New York, the U.N. Security Council scheduled an emergency open meeting Monday morning at the request of the United States, United Kingdon, Albania, Ecuador, France and Malta in response to North Korea’s ICBM launch March 16.

The U.N. Security Council held an informal meeting Friday at which the U.S., its allies and human rights experts shone a spotlight on what they described as the dire rights situation in North Korea. China and Russia denounced the meeting as a politicized move likely to further escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea’s U.N. Mission issued a statement Sunday calling the meeting about “our non-existent `human rights issue’” unlawful. It also said the U.S. held Friday’s meeting “while staging the aggressive joint military exercise which poses a grave threat to our national security.”

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Michael Cohen asked to be available in case witness is called to discredit him in Trump grand jury investigation, sources say

Michael Cohen asked to be available in case witness is called to discredit him in Trump grand jury investigation, sources say

Probes into Trump documents, alleged payment

Manhattan district attorney looks into Trump alleged “hush money” payment


An attorney may be called before a Manhattan grand jury on Monday to discredit star witness Michael Cohen in the investigation into former President Donald Trump, two sources confirmed to CBS News. 

Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney, has been asked to be available if needed before the grand jury, which is investigating an alleged “hush money” payment Cohen made to adult film star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Cohen has been asked to be in close proximity to the grand jury, which meets in Lower Manhattan, in case he’s needed to “rebut” another witness expected to testify Monday.

Two sources told CBS News that attorney Robert Costello, who worked as a legal adviser to Cohen before they had a falling out, may appear before the grand jury to discredit Cohen, a key witness in the investigation into Trump. Costello has been asked to appear by Trump’s attorneys, sources said, but it’s unclear if he will actually be called. 

Michael Cohen leaves after testifying before grand jury in New York
Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen leaves after testifying before grand jury in Manhattan, New York City on March 15, 2023.

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Costello’s possible appearance was first reported by The New York Times

Trump posted on social media on Saturday that he expects to be arrested on Tuesday by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. He did not post any details about what he could be charged with, but Bragg’s office has been conducting an investigation into the $130,000 Cohen paid Daniels ahead of the 2016 election. The president also called on his followers to “PROTEST, TAKE OUR NATION BACK!” in the event of his arrest.

Earlier this month Trump was invited to testify before the grand jury, a step that often signals an upcoming indictment. Joe Tacopina, an attorney for Trump, said the former president will not accept the invitation to appear.

Trump’s attorney on Saturday said his social media comments were related to news reports. “Since this is a political prosecution, the District Attorney’s office has engaged in a practice of leaking everything to the press, rather than communicating with President Trump’s attorneys as would be done in a normal case,” Trump attorney Susan Necheles said in a text to CBS News.

Bragg has not commented on Trump’s social media posts. But in a memo to staff on Saturday, Bragg warned of potential threats and said “your safety is our top priority.”

“We have full confidence in our outstanding security staff and investigators, along with our great OCA and NYPD colleagues, and will continue to coordinate with all of them,” Bragg said in a memo. “We do not tolerate attempts to intimidate our office or threaten the rule of law in New York. Our law enforcement partners will ensure that any specific or credible threats against the office will be fully investigated and that the proper safeguards are in place so all 1,600 of us have a secure work environment.”

Cohen, a central figure in Bragg’s investigation, testified before the grand jury last week. He reported to prison in May 2019 on federal charges related to the payout as well as charges of tax evasion and lying to Congress. 

Trump has denied any wrongdoing, including ever having a sexual relationship with Daniels. He has called the case “a political Witch-Hunt” and an “old, and rebuked case, which has been rejected by every prosecutor’s office.”

Caroline Linton contributed to this report.

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