Friday: Woman Charged In Connection With Firefighter Shootings

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State and federal authorities have charged a 24 year old woman in connection with the guns used in the Christmas Eve ambush slaying of two volunteer firefighters responding to a house fire in upstate New York.
   
U.S. Attorney William Hochul said Dawn Nguyen of Rochester faces federal charges of knowingly making a false statement.
   
She was hit earlier Friday with a state charge of filing a falsified business record.
   
State Police Senior Investigator James Sewell said the charges are connected to the purchase of an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and a 12-gauge shotgun that William Spengler had with him Monday when firefighters Michael Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka were gunned down.

As a convicted felon, Spengler could not legally possess weapons.
   
Three other people were wounded before the 62-year-old Spengler killed himself.

Meanwhile, hundreds of firefighters from the U.S. and Canada are heading to the Rochester area for the wakes and funeral services of the two volunteer firefighters killed in the Christmas Eve ambush.
   
Calling hours for Chiapperini and Kaczowka will be held at Webster Schroeder High School. Calling hours Friday night were initially for Webster firefighters and police officers only, but have been opened to the public because of overwhelming response from the community.
   
Calling hours are also being held Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m.
   
 Chiapperini's funeral is Sunday and Kaczowka's is Monday.
 

- reported by The Associated Press

Friday, October 24, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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