- - Sunday, July 15, 2012

BLISSFIELD — A nationwide search was under way Sunday for a 38-year-old ex-convict from Ohio suspected of fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend and her sister, and wounding their mother in southeastern Michigan.

State police Lt. Mardella Horhn said Thomas J. Fritz, of Sylvania, Ohio, hasn’t been charged but is wanted for questioning. Mr. Fritz was released from an Ohio prison in 2008 after serving a one-year sentence for criminal sexual conduct.

Fritz may be en route to Ohio,” state police Detective Sgt. Marc Moore said in a statement. “He is believed to be armed and dangerous. Citizens should contact police immediately and not approach him.”

Lisa Gritzmaker, 24; Amy Merrill, 34; and their mother were shot at Ms. Merrill’s home about 11:40 p.m. Friday in Blissfield, located about 20 miles northwest of Toledo, Ohio.

“Blissfield police responded to a 911 call from one of the victims,” Sgt. Moore said. “When they arrived, they found that three people were shot; two fatally and the third victim is hospitalized.


Fortunetelling ban overturned by judge

ALEXANDRIA — A federal judge has struck down a central Louisiana ordinance banning fortunetelling, palm reading, astrology and similar activities in the city of Alexandria.

U.S. District Judge Dee Drell’s ruling Wednesday concurs with a magistrate’s conclusion that the ordinance is unconstitutional.

Rachel Adams is a fortuneteller who says she accepts donations but doesn’t charge for her services. She sued the city after a police officer issued her a court summons in 2011 for violating the ordinance. A violation can result in daily penalties of up to $500.

The city argued the business of fortunetelling is a fraud and inherently deceptive, but U.S. Magistrate James Kirk concluded that fortunetelling is free speech protected by the First Amendment.

Miss Adams told the Town Talk newspaper last year that she is a fifth-generation psychic.


Ways to curb plasticwater bottles mulled

SAN FRANCISCO — The city that regulated Happy Meal toys and banned plastic grocery bags has a new target in its health-conscious, eco-friendly crosshairs: plastic water bottles.

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