Man caught after 21 years on run
RICHMOND, Va. - A Michigan man wanted for fraud has been arraigned in federal court in Richmond after 21 years on the run.
Prosecutors said Tuesday that 65-year-old John C. Curtiss of Warren, Mich., was found in the Bahamas last month and returned to the U.S.
Authorities say Curtiss fled in May 1988 after being convicted of 21 counts of defrauding the Defense Department. Prosecutors say Curtiss had used intermediaries to sell inferior electrical parts for submarines, radars and other military uses.
At the time, he faced up to 105 years in prison and more than $5 million in fines.
Student held in Craigslist death
BOSTON - A Boston medical student accused of targeting women who advertised exotic services on Craigslist was ordered held without bail Tuesday on charges that he sought to rob a masseuse, but bashed her in the head and shot her through the heart when she fought back.
Philip Markoff, 23, a second-year medical student at Boston University, said nothing during a brief appearance Tuesday in Boston Municipal Court where he was ordered held on charges including murder, armed robbery and kidnapping.
Prosecutors say they traced an e-mail address used to set up an appointment with masseuse Julissa Brisman of New York City to Markoff, who was on his way to Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut with his fiancee when he was arrested Monday afternoon.
Family of four found dead in murder-suicide
TOWSON, Md. - It seemed like a typical spring weekend: A Baltimore college sophomore ate breakfast with her parents and sister, who'd made the trip from their home in New York to see her.
By the next day they were dead, victims of what police described Tuesday as an apparent murder-suicide. An employee found their bodies in a locked guest room at a hotel near Baltimore after they failed to check out on time Monday.
Police haven't said exactly what happened in between or why, and stunned neighbors and friends said Tuesday they saw no signs anything was amiss.
Baltimore County police identified the dead as William Parente, 59, his wife, Betty Parente, 58, and their daughters, Stephanie, 19, and Catherine, 11, of Garden City, N.Y., on Long Island.
Helmsley estate: $136M to charity, $1M to the dogs
NEW YORK - Trustees of real estate baroness Leona Helmsley's estate say they're giving $136 million to charity - with just $1 million going to the dogs.
Helmsley's estate announced 53 charitable grants Tuesday, the bulk of which went to New York City hospitals and medical research. The largest grant, $40 million, went to a digestive diseases center at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, while $35 million went to start two research facilities in Helmsley's name at Mount Sinai Medical Center.
The estate for Helmsley - who died in 2007 at age 87 - divided $1 million equally to 10 animal rights charities, including the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and several groups that train guide dogs for the blind.
Judge nixes trip for Blagojevich
CHICAGO - A federal judge dashed indicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's reality TV dream Tuesday, refusing to give the ousted Democrat permission to travel to Costa Rica to tape a show in the jungle.
U.S. District Judge James Zagel refused to modify terms of Blagojevich's bail to allow him to leave the United States, saying he needs to remain in the country to help his attorneys formulate a strategy for his defense.
The judge said that would give Blagojevich a better sense of the gravity of the legal problems he faces - including allegations he tried to auction off President Barack Obama's former U.S. Senate seat.
Missing monkey captured in Fla.
FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. - He spent six weeks on the lam from the circus, but Reggie the spider monkey has been captured with the help of junk food.
Reggie had performed for the Liebel Family Circus for years, but he escaped on March 13 when the troupe did a show at a central Florida flea market. A search for the monkey came up empty-handed.
He was spotted a few weeks ago in a nearby neighborhood, looking lonely and scared but otherwise healthy. But a dog frightened him away before residents there could attract him with some food.