Thursday, October 2, 2014

Forest areas reopen after huge fire

POLLOCK PINES, Calif. (AP) — The U.S Forest Service has reopened some wilderness areas that were closed because of a massive wildfire in Sierra Nevada foothills. Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree says the Rubicon Trail, Wrights Lake and Desolation Wilderness are among the recreation areas that opened Tuesday. She plans to open more of the Eldorado […]

Evaluation set for man who allegedly threatened councilwoman

FAIRFIELD — Suisun City resident William Joseph Parker will undergo a mental competency evaluation, Solano County Superior Court Judge Peter Foor said after ruling enough evidence was presented Monday to warrant holding Parker to answer to a charge that he threatened a Fairfield city councilwoman. Catherine Moy testified during the preliminary hearing that she was […]

Bodies of 2 parents, 3 children found in Utah home

SPRINGVILLE, Utah — Two parents and three of their children were found dead in a home near Provo, and authorities said early Sunday they were trying to determine the cause of the deaths. The bodies were reported to officers in Springville about 8 p.m. MDT Saturday, police spokesman Lt. Dave Caron said. “Police secured the […]

Police: 15 hurt in Miami nightclub shooting

MIAMI — A shooting sent terrified patrons scrambling from a Miami nightclub early Sunday and left 15 people wounded, including an 11-year-old child, authorities said. When Miami police and rescue crews arrived at a club called The Spot around 1 a.m., they said they found chaos among the large throng of adults and teenagers gathered […]

Ferguson officer shot; police say no protest link

FERGUSON, Missouri — Authorities searched Sunday for two men suspected of shooting and wounding a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, the St. Louis suburb where there have been angry protests since a white officer fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old black man last month. Although there were two separate protests about the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael […]

No sign truck driver tried to avoid crash with bus

DAVIS, Okla. — The tractor-trailer that collided with a bus and killed four members of a Texas community college women’s softball team drove straight through an interstate median without any signs of braking or trying to avoid the collision, federal investigators said Sunday. The truck was northbound on Interstate 35 near Davis, Oklahoma, Friday night. […]

Search for trooper killing suspect shifts slightly

CANADENSIS, Pa. — The delicate search for a survivalist charged with killing a trooper more than two weeks ago shifted slightly over the weekend in the dense woods that authorities fear may be booby-trapped, state police said Sunday. Trooper Adam Reed said the search area in the Pocono Mountains largely remains the same as the […]

No charges in toxic tea incident at Utah eatery

SALT LAKE CITY — No charges will be filed in the case of a customer who nearly died after unknowingly drinking iced tea mixed with chemicals at a suburban Salt Lake City restaurant, prosecutors said Friday. But Dickey’s Barbecue isn’t off the hook just yet: Jan Harding and her family will enter into mediation with […]

Police: Trooper ambush suspect researched manhunts

Trooper ambush suspect Eric Frein performed extensive Internet research on how to avoid police manhunts, experimented with explosives and might have booby-trapped the woods where authorities are looking for him, Pennsylvania State Police said Friday, two weeks after the deadly attack outside a rural barracks. Police looked through the hard drive of a computer used […]

Vanishing Marine will be tried on desertion charge

RALEIGH, N.C. — A U.S. Marine who vanished from his unit in Iraq and later wound up in Lebanon for eight years will face trial on desertion and other charges, the military said Friday. Maj. Gen. William D. Beydler has referred 34-year-old Cpl. Wassef Hassoun for a general court-martial on charges of desertion, larceny and […]

3 from FDNY who worked at ground zero die in 1 day

NEW YORK — Three retired firefighters who worked at ground zero have died on the same day from cancer, an illness that many fear might be connected to toxic World Trade Center dust released on Sept. 11, fire officials said Thursday. Lt. Howard Bischoff, 58, and firefighters Robert Leaver, 56, and Daniel Heglund, 58, died […]

Jailed, some mentally ill inmates land in lockdown

Day or night, the lights inside cell 135C of central New Mexico’s Valencia County Detention Center were always on. Locked inside, alone, for months, Jan Green – a 52-year-old computer technician with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder – rocked on a bench for hours, confiding in an imaginary companion. “I would talk and hold conversations just […]

Sheriff: Fla. man kills 6 grandchildren, daughter

BELL, Fla.  — A once-convicted felon killed six of his grandchildren, including an infant, his adult daughter and himself in a shooting at the man’s home in a small North Florida town Thursday, a sheriff said. Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz at a news conference identified the shooter as 51-year-old Don Spirit. He would not […]

Couple in Craigslist slaying sentenced to life

SUNBURY, Pa. — A newlywed couple whose Craigslist ad lured a stranger to his death were sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole by a judge who said their “permanent removal” from society is appropriate. Neither 19-year-old Miranda Barbour nor her 22-year-old husband, Elytte, displayed emotion as they sat with their lawyers in the […]