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79-Year-Old Repeat Murderer Back in Prison:   A 79-year-old murderer released after serving 14 years of a 30-year sentence for the 1973 killings of his wife's mother and grandparents has been given an 18-year sentence for killing a 32-year-old woman earlier this year.  Joel Currier at the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Torrence Epps claims that he suspected that the victim, who worked at his senior apartment complex, was stealing from him.  On January 19, Epps rolled his wheelchair through the Lafayette Town senior housing complex shooting at people until he hit Tiandra Johnson, killing her.  Within a month of his release from prison for the earlier murders, Epps had escaped a halfway house and was a fugitive for 8 years.  Later he was convicted and incarcerated again for fraud and then released again on parole in 2003.

Tourists Beaten in Baltimore:  The effect of abandoning proactive policing has been documented in Baltimore since the April 2015 riots following the death of habitual felon Freddie Gray while in police custody.  Homicide and violence has skyrocketed over the past two years as officers have been pressured to back off from enforcing public order, including breaking up groups of youths roaming the inner city.  Alex DeMetrick of CBS Baltimore reports that on October 21, the day of the Baltimore Marathon, a large group of teenagers attacked and beat a New Jersey family visiting the popular Inner Harbor district.  The 10 family members, from grandparents to grandchildren, were beaten and kicked by the mob, with two suffering concussions.  A week earlier a similar mob attacked two bicyclists in the city, robbing and beating them.  While police are reviewing surveillance video, they currently have no suspects.       

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