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Thursday, October 30, 2013

A gunman is dead, and there’s conflicting reports on a shot in Willard last night.

The woman’s name has not been released. The city of Willard’s Twitter page, say she passed away, after being shot in the head, during last night’s stand-off at Family Dollar. Other reports say she’s in critical condition. The female employee was held hostage by 19-year-old Shawn Shuett of Willard. Armed with a .22 caliber rifle, Shuett shot the woman, then turned the gun on himself. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

This is what we know…

Numerous law enforcement officers were summoned to the West Walton Street store at approximately 5:20, by 911 callers who said an armed man had taken over the store. City police, deputies, the highway patrol, SWAT and hostage negotiators arrived to find Shuett had barricaded the front of the store with carts and shelving units. Shots were heard at 8pm. Officers entered, and found the female hostage still alive. She was taken to Willard Mercy Hospital, then was flown to a different hospital. Shuett was found dead in the back of the store.

So far, investigators do not have a motive. They say Shuett made just one demand. He requested General Tso’s chicken, during the standoff.

A wet forecast has changed Trick-or-Treat times around the area.

Norwalk’s Trick-or-Treat, scheduled for tonight has been moved to Saturday, from 3 until 4:30pm. Milan’s Trick-or-Treat will be held between 5:30 and 6:30 Saturday, and in Berlin Heights, it’ll be held between 5 and 7 Saturday.

More testimony, in the trial of Sandusky resident Curtis Clinton.

Yesterday, prosecutors compared similarities in the deaths of Heather Jackson, and Misty Keckler. Jackson and her two young children were strangled to death in their Wayne Street home last September. Keckler was 18-years-old, and found strangled in her home in Fostoria in 1997. Clinton was convicted of killing her, and spent 13 years in prison. Clinton could spend life in prison, or be sentenced to death, if convicted of killing Jackson and the children.

Social security benefits will rise 1.5 percent in January, giving millions of retired and disabled workers an average raise of $19 a month.

The increase is the smallest since automatic adjustments were adopted in 1975.