Nevada youth football coaches charged in bloody post-game brawl

Two Nevada youth football coaches are facing criminal charges in connection with a bloody fist fight in front of dozens of players and parents after a game in northeastern Nevada. The coaches are accused of “chest-bumping,” punching and yelling obscenities at each other during the Oct. 16 midfield fight in the casino town of West Wendover along the Utah line. Prosecutors filed misdemeanor battery and disturbing the peace charges last week against Luis Perez, 53, and Frank Sanchez, 38, in West Wendover Justice Court. The fight stemmed from the final play of a game that involved 10- to 13-year-old boys and was won by Perez’s team, police said. Continue Reading

3 killed in 95-car pileup on Virginia highway

Nearly 100 vehicles crashed Sunday along a mountainous, foggy stretch of interstate near the Virginia-North Carolina border, killing three people and injuring 25 others. Police said traffic along Interstate 77 in southwest Virginia backed up for about 8 miles in the southbound lanes after the accidents. Authorities closed the northbound lanes so that fire trucks, ambulances and police could get to the series of chain-reaction wrecks. Virginia State Police determined there were 17 separate crashes involving 95 vehicles within a mile span near the base of Fancy Gap Mountain, spokeswoman Corinne Geller said. The crashes began around 1:15 p.m. Sunday when there was heavy fog in the area. Continue Reading

Families mark anniversary of Oakland massacre

Families of the people killed in a shooting rampage at a small Oakland university last year are remembering their lost loved ones as the one-year anniversary of the massacre approaches. Seven people were killed in the shooting at Oikos University on April 2, 2012 when authorities say One Goh opened fire. Investigators say Goh — a former Oikos student — had planned the shooting after becoming angry with school officials over a tuition dispute. He previously had decided to drop out of the school’s nursing program. Wangchen Nyima told the Oakland Tribune a bad dream has awakened him almost every night since his sister, Sonam Choedon, was killed in the attack. Continue Reading

Authorities say 4 hurt when driver crashes into Calif. Wal-Mart, assaults people in store

Four people were hurt Sunday when a driver crashed his vehicle into a Wal-Mart in California and assaulted people in the store, police said. After the crash, the driver got out his vehicle and used a blunt object to attack people, said San Jose police Officer Albert Morales, a department spokesman. One person suffered what Morales described as serious injuries. He did not know the extent of the injuries to the three other people but said they were not life-threatening. Investigators have not determined how fast the driver — described as a male in his 30s — was going at the time of the crash, but the car went about 10 to 20 feet into the store. Continue Reading

Hearing set for man in Nev. crash that killed 5

An 18-year-old man is scheduled to make an initial court appearance Monday on suspicion of driving under the influence after authorities say he rear-ended a van in southern Nevada, causing a crash that killed five Southern California family members and injured two others. Jean Soriano of California was being held without bail Sunday in the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas pending the hearing. He also was booked Saturday on charges of failure to decrease speed or use due care, and driving without a driver’s license. The Clark County coroner’s office identified the five victims Sunday as Genaro Fernandez, 41, of Norwalk, Calif.; Raudel Fernandez-Avila, 49, and Belen Fernandez, 53, both of Lynwood, Calif.; and Angela Sandoval, 13, and Leonardo Fernandez-Avila, 45, both of Los Angeles. The victims were among seven family members who were in the van, authorities said. Continue Reading

Group wants to give guns to the poor

As cities around the country experiment with gun-buybacks to get weapons off the street, one man has started a group to do just the opposite. It’s called the “Armed Citizen Project,” and it aims to provide guns to poor Americans in high crime neighborhoods. “As criminals have more reason to fear the citizenry, crime begins to drop as a result,” Kyle Coplen, the founder, told This week, the group gave out its first weapons. “We just trained and armed a class of 10 women. Continue Reading

Last part of doomed US Navy ship removed from Philippine reef

Workers in the southwestern Philippines have removed the last major part of a U.S. Navy minesweeper from a protected coral reef where it ran aground in January, and the damage will be assessed to determine the fine Washington will pay, officials said Sunday. A crane lifted the 250-ton stern of the dismantled USS Guardian on Saturday from the reef, where it accidentally got stuck Jan. 17, officials said. The reef, designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO, the United Nations’ cultural arm, is located in the Tubbataha National Marine Park in the Sulu Sea, about 400 miles southwest of Manila. The doomed ship’s parts will be transported to a Navy facility in Sasebo, Japan, to determine which ones can be reused and which will be junked, Philippine coast guard Commodore Enrico Efren Evangelista said. Continue Reading

Video may show missing Ivy League student Sunil Tripathi

Authorities are releasing video believed to be missing Ivy League student Sunil Tripathi, WPRI reports. Tripathi, a student at Brown University in Providence, R.I., had requested time off from Brown and was granted approved leave, but remained a student at the university. Police are hoping the video will provide new clues to help find Tripathi, who was last seen by his housemate two weeks ago. According to WPRI, the video image shows a tall, skinny man wearing a black cap, dark jacket and jeans walking south on Brook Street — not far from from Tripathi’s home. The video was recorded at 1:33 a.m. on March 16, about 20 minutes after his last recorded computer activity. Continue Reading

Jury awards $41.7M to student disabled on field trip to China

A jury awarded $41.7 million to a woman who sued her prestigious boarding school after contracting a tick-borne illness on a school trip to China that left her unable to speak and brain damaged. The federal jury in Bridgeport ruled Wednesday in favor of Cara Munn, 20, in her lawsuit against The Hotchkiss School, a private school in Lakeville. The school said it would appeal. Munn, of New York City, was a ninth-grader at Hotchkiss when she joined a school-supervised trip to China during the summer of 2007, according to her lawsuit. The then-15-year-old suffered insect bites that led to tick-borne encephalitis, her attorneys said. Continue Reading

Police ID two suspects in $1M California gold heist

Police have named two suspects in a gold heist in California that netted more than $1 million a year ago. The two men, both from the San Francisco Bay area, allegedly made off with more than $1.25 million in gold, jewelry and artifacts from a display case in the lobby of the Siskiyou County Courthouse during a February 2012 robbery. Now, police say they’ve issued felony warrants for David Dean Johnson, 49, of El Cerrito and Scott Wayne Bailey, 51, of El Sobrante. The men are the primary suspects, the LA Times reported. “This has been a long and arduous investigation involving … Continue Reading