Former justice of peace eyed as suspect in murder of Texas DA, wife

A former justice of the peace who is now a top suspect in the deaths of a Texas district attorney and his wife is expected to be charged with capital murder this week, law enforcement authorities said. Eric Lyle Williams, 46, was arrested Saturday on a charge of making a terroristic threat and is being held in the Kaufman County Jail on $3 million bond. His arrest came after federal and local agents investigating the March 28 deaths of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, searched Williams’ home on Friday. Williams was prosecuted by McLelland last year for theft. On Saturday, during a search of a Seagoville storage unit linked to Williams, authorities found several weapons and a Ford Crown Victoria car similar to one seen leaving the McLellands’ neighborhood on the morning of the killings, the Dallas Morning Post reports. Continue Reading

Wash. searchers wait to recover avalanche victim

Searchers in Washington are waiting for safer snow condition to recover the body of a man buried in an avalanche about 50 miles east of Seattle. The snow fall happened Saturday at Granite Mountain near Snoqualmie Pass in the Cascades. The 60-year-old Kent man and two friends were swept more than 1,200 feet down the mountain. The friends were not seriously injured. The search for the missing man was suspended Sunday because of the danger. Continue Reading

Vatican declares Colorado boy's recovery a miracle

A Colorado mom whose son became gravely ill as a little boy has always figured his prayer-aided recovery was miraculous, but now the Vatican has made it official. Luke Burgie was just four in 1998, when he developed a severe gastrointestinal condition his doctors couldn’t diagnose, much less cure, according to The Denver Post. For six months, he suffered stomach pain and unrelenting diarrhea and even stopped growing. But the illness went away on Feb. 22, 1999, just as two members of the Sisters of St. Continue Reading

Fifth Time the Charm for American Crystal Sugar Workers

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — Union members who have been locked out of American Crystal Sugar plants in Minnesota, Iowa and North Dakota for 20 months are heading back to work. Just enough members changed their vote over the weekend to ratify the same contract they had rejected four times before. The union last voted in December when 55 percent of members voted to reject the company’s offer. This time, 55 percent agreed to the offer. Continue Reading

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Train Engine Derails in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a locomotive has derailed in southwest Cedar Rapids.  

No injuries have been reported following Monday morning’s accident. Joshua Sabin is director of administration for Iowa Northern Railway Co., and he says the accident occurred about 4:30 a.m.

Sabin says a company team is still at the accident site, but he’s learned so far that only the locomotive derailed. He says some diesel fuel spilled after the locomotive’s fuel tank was damaged. He didn’t know how many cars the locomotive was pulling. Continue Reading

2 young siblings die after being pulled from Long Island pool

Two young siblings reported missing on New York’s Long Island died Sunday after they were pulled from a neighbor’s pool, police said. Police received a 911 call at about 3:30 p.m. from a mother reporting that her 5-year-old son and a 7-year-old daughter disappeared from their home in Central Islip, according to Detective Sgt. Edward Fandrey of the Suffolk County police homicide squad. While searching the neighborhood in 50-degree temperatures, a police officer spotted a shoe floating in a next-door neighbor’s aboveground pool, which was uncovered and contained blackish water, Fandrey said. Officers jumped into the 4-foot-deep pool and discovered the unconscious bodies of Ralph Knowles and Sharon Knowles. Continue Reading

Man jailed as slain DA investigation continues

Authorities investigating the deaths of a North Texas district attorney and his wife appear to have narrowed their focus on a former justice of the peace prosecuted last year by the official for theft. One day after 46-year-old Eric Lyle Williams was arrested on a charge of making a terroristic threat, authorities would not publicly name a suspect or confirm the results of a search of his home in Kaufman County, east of Dallas. No suspects have been named in the deaths of Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, who were found slain in their home March 30. That came two months after one of McLelland’s prosecutors, Mark Hasse, was gunned down near the Kaufman courthouse. Williams was convicted of stealing three computer monitors. Continue Reading

3 charged in sexual abuse case previously cited

Authorities say the three boys arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing a 15-year-old Northern California girl who later took her own life were initially cited on misdemeanor allegations in the case. Santa Clara County sheriff’s Lt. Jose Cardoza told the San Jose Mercury News (http://bit.ly/17ahlHh) that the investigation in September turned up only enough evidence to support citations for misdemeanor sexual battery. Deputies arrested three 16-year-old boys last week on suspicion of sexual battery against Audrie Pott, a Saratoga High School sophomore who hanged herself last fall after an explicit photo was circulated of the alleged assault. Cardoza says the boys weren’t taken into custody when they were first cited, and he didn’t know if they had appeared at any juvenile court hearings. Via: Fox News Continue Reading

LA priest ministered despite abuse conviction

The Rev. John Anthony Salazar served 11 years as a Roman Catholic priest in Texas despite a conviction for child molestation in Los Angeles. Salazar has been accused of molesting four more teens and young men during his years in the Diocese of Amarillo. Details of his past are contained in a personnel file made public this year after a legal battle with abuse victims that led to the release of 120 similar files. But those records tell only part of the story. On Tuesday, attorneys will argue over the release of records for about 80 priests, like Salazar, who belonged to religious orders that kept their own personnel files on accused clergymen. Continue Reading