Small plane crashes in Everglades
MIAMI — Authorities say a plane with four people aboard has crashed in the Florida Everglades, with rescue teams finding no survivors.
A news release from the Broward County Sheriff’s office says the small, twin-engine plane crashed near the Broward/Palm Beach County line northwest of Miami about 6 p.m. Sunday. The release says rescue teams used airboats to search the marshy waters.
Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Arlene Salac says the plane left Gainesville and was headed to an executive airport in Fort Lauderdale. She says the pilot did radio that he was have problems with the Piper PA-32. It is registered to Bull Gator Air Inc., in Sea Ranch Lakes.
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Rapper suspected of killing Va. pastor, 3 others
RICHMOND, Va. — A California man who rapped about the thrill of killing has been charged in the slaying of a rural Virginia pastor found dead with three others inside the home of his estranged wife, a college professor, authorities said Sunday.
Police on Saturday charged Richard Alden Samuel McCroskey III, 20, of Castro Valley, Calif., with murder, robbery and stealing the automobile of Mark Niederbrock, a pastor at Walker’s Presbyterian Church in Appomattox County.
Insane killer caught after 3 days on loose in Wash
SEATTLE — An insane killer who slipped away from the staff of a mental institution on a field trip Thursday to the Spokane County Interstate Fair was recaptured Sunday without injury more than 180 miles away in south-central Washington state.
With a helicopter overhead and dozens of federal, state and local law enforcement officers swarming around Goldendale, Phillip Arnold Paul, 47, seemed ready to surrender when he walked out to the Goldendale-Bickleton road about 22 miles east of town shortly after 4 p.m., just as search personnel arrived at the scene, Klickitat County Sheriff Rick McComas told The Associated Press.
Housekeeping chief arrested in NYC hotel killing
NEW YORK — A housekeeping manager at a luxury hotel next to Central Park has been arrested in the death of a woman who was found in a room strangled with a knife sticking from her neck, police said on Sunday.
Longtime hotel employee Derrick Praileu was arrested in the hours after the body of Dubai businesswoman Andree Bejjani was found in a condo at the Jumeriah Essex House, a 44-story art deco tower featuring hundreds of posh rooms, police said.
Army ROTC ranks grow, filling college classrooms
NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Burgeoning ranks of Army ROTC students are filling college classrooms around the nation this fall as the Army seeks to beef up its officer corps with its generous scholarship program that pays the college tuition of students who are commissioned as 2nd lieutenants when they graduate.
At the hillside campus of Norwich University, the nation’s oldest private military college, more than three times as many Army ROTC students are enrolled this year over last. Most of the nation’s 273 colleges and universities with ROTC programs report similar increases as the Army grows its officer corps.
“The Army is a growth industry,” said Col. Stephen Carney, head of the ROTC detachment at Norwich.
Water drops continue against L.A.-area wildfire
LOS ANGELES — Air crews continued to drop water on the massive wildfire still burning in the forest north of Los Angeles Sunday, in anticipation of hot, dry winds moving into the area this week. The arson-caused fire, which erupted Aug. 26, was 93 percent contained as four helicopters dropped 80,000 gallons of water on smoldering areas in canyons in the steep San Gabriel Mountains, fire officials said.
Infant girl dies, a week after pregnant mom’s killing
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tiffany Wright’s infant girl — delivered by doctors as her 15-year-old mother died Sept. 14 from a gunshot wound — has also died, according to a spokesperson for Carolinas Heath Care System.
Tiffany was eight-months pregnant when she was shot in the head while waiting for her school bus. But the baby died early Sunday morning, after nearly a week in critical condition. No other details were available.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are investigating Tiffany’s death, and call her adoptive brother Royce Mitchell “a person of interest” in the homicide. Police charged Mitchell, 36, with statutory rape and indecent liberties with a child, and have said that Tiffany was the victim of those crimes.
Mitchell is in jail and has a bond hearing set for Sept. 25.
Governor ignores pressure to end election quest
ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. David Paterson isn’t scrapping his plans to run for the office he inherited 18 months ago, despite growing pressure from Washington and intervention by the Rev. Al Sharpton, who has contacted the governor and the White House over his concern.
“My plans for 2010 are to run for governor of the state of New York,” Paterson said Sunday after serving as grand marshal to the African-American Day Parade in Manhattan.
“I am running for office.”
— Herald news services