Boy charged with shooting, killing pregnant woman
WAMPUM, Pa. - An 11-year-old boy has been charged in the shotgun death of his father's pregnant girlfriend, who was found slain in a bedroom of her western Pennsylvania farmhouse, authorities said Saturday.
Jordan Brown was charged as an adult in the shooting death of Kenzie Marie Houk, who was 8 months pregnant, Lawrence County District Attorney John Bongivengo said at a news conference.
Brown, the son of Houk's live-in boyfriend, was charged with criminal homicide and criminal homicide of an unborn child, Bongivengo said.
Police said Houk's 4-year-old daughter found her mother's body Friday morning in a bedroom of their home in a wooded area in the community of Wampum. Houk's other daughter, who is 7 years old, later told police that Brown killed her mother, Bongivengo said.
NY man linked to child abduction dies in prison
RIVERHEAD, N.Y. - A convicted sex offender linked to the notorious case of a girl who was kidnapped and hidden in a dungeon more than a decade ago collapsed and died Saturday at a jail after refusing medical treatment, officials said.
Sal Inghilleri, 55, collapsed at a jail in Riverhead but refused treatment, the Suffolk County sheriff's office told Newsday. Emergency workers revived Inghilleri, who was later pronounced dead at Peconic Bay Medical Center.
The medical examiner will determine a cause of death.
Inghilleri was convicted of two counts of sexual abuse and served 12 years for molesting Katie Beers, who at the age of 9 was kidnapped and stashed in a dungeon for 16 days in 1991 at a Long Island home by John Esposito. During the investigation into the kidnapping, authorities discovered that Inghilleri had sexually abused the girl before she was abducted.
City doesn't have enough cash to pay its workers
VENICE, Ill. - City workers in the small southern Illinois community of Venice got an unpleasant surprise instead of their paychecks this week.
Comptroller Roseann Koelker said in a release Friday that the city of Venice didn't have the $22,000 it needed to make payroll.
Koelker said the money would be deposited as soon as it became available. The number of workers affected by the pay delay was not immediately known.
Police Chief Shawn Tyler says city officials knew about the situation earlier in the week but didn't warn workers.
Memorials held for two Buffalo crash victims
CLARENCE, N.Y. - Hundreds of mourners gathered Saturday to remember a Sept. 11 widow killed in a commuter plane crash and the owner of the suburban Buffalo home that was destroyed by the crash.
The two were among the 50 people who died when Flight 3407 from Newark, N.J., fell from the sky as it approached the Buffalo airport on Feb. 12, killing all 49 people aboard and a man who was in the house.
Suspect in Ariz. Wal-Mart deaths won't face trial
PHOENIX - A man accused of gunning down two employees outside a Wal-Mart store in a Phoenix suburb nearly four years ago has been ordered committed to a mental hospital instead of facing trial.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Warren Granville dismissed two first-degree murder charges against Ed Liu on Feb. 13 and ordered the county attorney's office to file papers to have Liu committed.
Granville said the state ran out of time to restore Liu's competency for trial. Court records show the 57-year-old Liu has suffered from paranoid schizophrenia for more than 20 years, and he has been declared incompetent.
Coast Guard tries to free tanker aground off Texas
GALVESTON, Texas - The U.S. Coast Guard said it is working to free a tanker that ran aground in shallow water in the Gulf of Mexico 22 miles off the coast of Galveston, Texas.
Coast Guard spokeswoman Renee Aiello said the 800-foot tanker is carrying 620,000 barrels of an unknown fuel.
She said the crew of a Coast Guard helicopter has flown over the ship and seen no evidence of a fuel spill.