4 die, infant hurt when trains hits SUV in Indiana
WATERLOO, Ind. — Authorities say four people were killed and an infant was injured when their SUV crashed into a highway median, veered down an embankment and landed upside down in the path of an oncoming freight train in northeastern Indiana.
The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department says the train pushed the car for about 2,000 feet before coming to a halt Sunday evening near the town of Waterloo, about 25 miles north of Fort Wayne.
The department said in a Monday statement that the four were pronounced dead at the scene and that the infant has been taken to a hospital with a broken leg and other injuries. Authorities have not released their identities.
Model held on murder charge in castration death
NEW YORK — A Portuguese model was being held on charges of second-degree murder in the slaying of a celebrity Portuguese television journalist found castrated and bludgeoned to death in a New York City hotel, police said Monday.
Renato Seabra, 21, of Cantanhede, Portugal, has been hospitalized since hours after the slaying Friday and was arrested in the death of 65-year-old Carlos Castro, said New York Police Department spokesman Sgt. Carlos Nieves.
Castro was found dead on Friday in room 3416 of the InterContinental New York Times Square hotel that the two men had shared. His nude body was covered in blood on the floor and he had been castrated. The medical examiner’s office ruled Castro died from a combination of blunt impact head injuries and strangulation, according to spokeswoman Grace Burgess.
Prosecution cut short at DeLay sentencing
AUSTIN, Texas — Prosecutors abruptly concluded presenting their case in the sentencing hearing of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, convicted last year on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
The prosecution’s presentation of evidence against DeLay was cut short on Monday by Senior Judge Pat Priest, who declined to hear the testimony of the state’s only witness, a Southeast Texas businessman who claimed DeLay had urged him in 1996 to evade campaign finance laws in a separate case.
Priest, who is sentencing DeLay, said prosecutors couldn’t prove the businessman’s claims beyond a reasonable doubt.
Charge against Virginia airport protester dropped
RICHMOND, Va. — A man who stripped to his underwear at a Richmond International Airport checkpoint to protest security procedures won’t face a criminal charge.
Media outlets report that a disorderly conduct charge against 21-year-old Aaron Tobey of Charlottesville was dropped Monday following a hearing in Henrico General District Court.
Airport police had said Tobey took off his shirt and pants at the airport on Dec. 30. He had scrawled across his chest a reference to the Constitution’s 4th Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Wade Kizer says Tobey’s actions didn’t rise to a level that would violate the disorderly conduct law.
Lizzie Borden museum shuts doors in Mass.
SALEM, Mass. — A museum in Massachusetts devoted to the macabre legacy of Lizzie Borden has closed after about 21⁄2 years in business. In that time the museum sparked a lawsuit and questions over its location.
Owner Leonard Pickel tells The Salem News that his 40 Whacks Museum faced steep rent and high utility costs at a time of year when tourist traffic slows.
Suspect in Texas serial rapes is prison worker
EDNA, Texas — Texas authorities say a state prison employee suspected of being a serial rapist who targeted elderly women may have eluded police partly because he had no prior criminal history.
Billy Joe Harris has been held on a burglary charge in Jackson County, about 100 miles southeast of Houston since Saturday. The Texas Department of Public Safety says DNA samples link the 53-year-old to at least five assaults or attempted assaults over the past two years. DPS spokesman Tom Vinger said the state previously had none of Harris’ DNA in its database.