Morning News: Monday January 23rd 2023

Monday, January 23rd, 2023 11:52am

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News:

The Evansville Police Department said the alleged gunman who opened fire inside the West Side Walmart Thursday night left a suicide note at his home. Police identified the shooter as 25-year-old Ronald Ray Mosley II, a former Walmart employee who was charged with assaulting four people in the store last year. Police shot and killed Mosley after he allegedly shot a Walmart employee in the head and fired at responding officers. The employee is recovering in the hospital, according to EPD spokeswoman Sgt. Anna Gray. Evansville police said there did appear to be intended targets Mosley had in mind, Gray said Mosley entered the store just after 9:50 p.m. armed with a 9mm handgun. An employee meeting was set to take place at 10 p.m. and workers were starting to gather in the breakroom. Mosley entered the room and ordered employees to line up against a wall and held them at gunpoint, Gray said. Two employees were told to stay in the middle of the room. Mosley then shot the female Walmart employee in the head, according to police. The victim, who has not been publicly identified, was carried to safety by her coworkers, who used a shirt to apply pressure to her wound. The second employee told to stay in the middle of the room, a man, ran out of the breakroom. Mosley pursued him through the store and out into the parking lot before ultimately returning to the inside of the store.

If Mosley had survived, Gray said he would have faced charges of multiple counts of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, criminal confinement with a deadly weapon, and multiple counts of attempted murder. Body camera footage released Friday afternoon shows officers responding to the 200,000 square-foot store and searching for the reported active shooter. In one video, officers with semi-automatic rifles can be seen moving slowly and tactically throughout the store. As officers searched store aisles, gunshots can be heard ringing out. At that point, some of the officers can be seen running toward the source of the gunfire. Police said the footage then shows Mosley shooting at officers, who return fire, killing him. Mosley is blurred in the footage, but he can be seen laying on the ground after initial gunfire from the officers. An officer is then heard telling him to drop his weapon. He does not respond, and officers once again fire multiple shots at him as he lays on the ground. They then approach and shout to get EMS into the store. Gray said Mosely was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

New Harmony Fire Department's annual Sausage and Bean Supper will be taking place this Saturday, January 28th at the Posey County 4-H Fairgrounds. Dinner will be served from 4pm until 7pm. Adult meal tickets will be $10.00 and children's tickets (12 & under) will be $5.00. This year, there will be a raffle for two guns. Raffle tickets are $10 each or 5 tickets for $40. Tickets can be purchased from any New Harmony Fire Department member, or at the door during the event. Back by popular demand, they will also have a Chinese auction this year. They ask that you bring your family and friends to help support the local fire department in their annual fund-raiser. 

 

After a brutal start to the flu season, the flu season is continuing to ease, with activity reaching low levels. On Friday, the Indiana Department of Health released its weekly influenza report, showing cases and deaths in the week ending January 14th. Officials say 156 people have died from the flu so far this season. This is 24 more deaths than reported in the previous week. Of the deaths this season, the majority occurred in people who were 65 years old or older. Nationwide, there have been 6,367 people admitted to the hospital with influenza over the last week. While hospitalizations are going down, the CDC reports that the cumulative hospitalization rate was 1.6 times higher than the highest cumulative in-season hospitalization rate dating back to 2010-2011. However, it was still lower than end-of-season hospitalization rates for all but four pre-COVID-19 pandemic seasons. So far this season, the CDC estimates there have been at least 25 million illnesses, 270,000 hospitalizations, and 17,000 deaths from flu. The CDC says the highest rate of hospitalization is among adults aged 65 and older followed by children 4 years and younger.

 

Sports:

The Mt. Vernon Girls Swim team absolutely dominated the PAC Championship on Saturday, winning with almost twice as many points as the next team. They took 9 of the 12 events and set 6 new PAC records. The team was treated to a fire truck escort around town afterwards on Saturday. Mt. Vernon had a team score of 328. Heritage Hills finished 2nd with 171 points and Tell City came in 3rd with 169 points.

 

Yesterday, the IHSAA Girls Basketball Sectional pairings were released. This week is the final week of the regular season and then next Tuesday they will begin postseason play with the first round of sectionals. North Posey Girls Basketball who will play in the Class 2A Sectional 48 at Forest Park, drew the host school Forest Park in the 2nd game of the opening next Tuesday at 7:00 PM. Mt. Vernon will host the Class 3A Sectional 32 and play Memorial in the first game on the tournament next Tuesday evening at 6:00 PM.

 

- Evansville Womens Basketball (8-8, 3-5) lost at Illinois State on Sunday, 78-46. Abby Feit had 20 points for the Aces. 

- IU Mens Basketball (13-6, 4-4) picked up a nice win at home over Michigan State, 82-69. Trayce Jackson-Davis had a double-double for the Hoosiers with 31 points and 15 rebounds. 

- #3 Purdue (19-1, 8-1) hangs on for a 58-55 win at home against Maryland. Leading the way for the Boilermakers was Zach Edey as he had 24 points and 16 rebounds. 

- Butler (11-10, 3-7) got thumped at #15 UConn, 86-56. 

- Over the weekend, the Divisional Round of the playoffs took place in the NFL. From the NFC side of the bracket, the Eagles hammered the Giants at home, 38-7. The San Fancisco 49ers won at home against the Dallas Cowboys, 19-12. On the AFC side of the bracket, the Chiefs topped the Jaguars at home, 27-20 and the Bengals dominated the Bills on the road, 27-10. 

With those results, the conference championship matchups are now set for this Sunday. The NFC Championship game will be played at 2:00 PM on Sunday with the San Francisco 49ers traveling to the Philadelphia Eagles. Then at 5:30 PM on Sunday, the AFC Championship game will feature the Cincinnati Bengals at the Kansas City Chiefs. 

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