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The murder trial is underway for a dentist accused of poisoning another man to death in the parking lot of a Planet Fitness in Ulster, New York. Gilberto Nunez allegedly killed Thomas Kolman in 2011 with the drug midazolam because he wanted to prevent Kolman's wife, Linda, from breaking off their affair, according to the Daily Freeman.
A dispute on a basketball court at LA Fitness in Kent, Washington, may have led to a shooting in the parking lot of the facility, according to a media release from the King County Sherriff's Office, which is handling the shooting investigation. A Kent Reporter story identified the alleged shooter as Jhalante Tahyre Smith. Smith, who turned himself in on May 17, was booked on assault 1 charges for allegedly shooting Mathew Mirante in the arm on May 16. Detectives say a disagreement between the two occurred on the basketball court of the health club, and Smith allegedly confronted the victim near his car, pulling a gun and firing one shot that hit Mirante before Smith's gun jammed for unknown reasons. Mirante was released from the hospital.
Robert Swanson is in jail on $1 million bond for the alleged sexual assault of a boy younger than 13 at Nash Recreation Center in Oregon, Illinois, according to a saukvalley.com report. Swanson was arrested shortly after the alleged incident on May 25.
Police are seeking two suspects who opened fire at a private outdoor party on Memorial Day at Olympic Swim & Health Club in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania. Three victims suffered serious but non-life threatening wounds, according the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, citing police.
Fides Rwangarambe was arrested on May 20 for allegedly hiding in a tanning room while a woman undressed at a Planet Fitness in Spartanburg, New York, according to GoUpstate.com. The lights were off when the victim entered the tanning room, and the lights turned on as she began to undress, according to police.
Police in Springfield, Illinois, are investigating an unlawful recording device found in the YMCA of Springfield's Kerasotes branch, according to the Springfield State Journal-Register. YMCA CEO Angie Sowle notified members in a May 31 letter about the device, which was in the family changing room from approximately March 31 to April 4. The low-quality images recovered from the device has made it difficult for police to identify potential victims.
Luis Ramirez was arraigned June 2 on various charges after allegedly exposing himself to a woman at a LA Fitness on May 26 in Troy, Michigan. The woman was showering in the women's locker room when she spotted a man later identified as Ramirez, according to The Oakland Press, citing local police.
An unknown suspect opened fire at the Oakview Recreational Center in Newbern, Tennessee, on May 21. No injuries were reported. Newbern Police officers initially patrolled the area after it was notified of a party being held at the center, and gunfire broke out when officers pulled into the parking lot and a crowd ran away from the center, according to the Dyersburg State Gazette.
A suspect armed with a knife attempted to take a cell phone from a student at the Texas A&M Student Recreation Center on May 27. The suspect, who was observed discharging a fire extinguisher when University Police arrived, was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital for a health evaluation, according to a WTAW report. The victim was not injured.
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