Driver charged in killing of Orthodox Jewish couple says 'accidents happen'

The hit-and-run ex-con charged with mowing down a young Orthodox Jewish couple in New York last month, killing them and their unborn child, said “accidents happen,” in his first remarks about that death-filled day. Julio Acevedo, 44, told WABC in a jailhouse interview he was deeply sorry, but insisted he was not speeding down a Brooklyn street, as alleged — and that the cabbie ferrying Nachman Glauber and his pregnant wife Raizy Glauber on March 3 ran a stop sign and thus deserves an equal measure of fault in the tragedy. “I can’t bring ’em back; it was an accident,” Julio Acevedo reportedly said, “I apologize deeply.” “I’m made out to be the monster in all this . . Continue Reading

Russia caught bomb suspect on wiretap

Russian authorities secretly recorded a telephone conversation in 2011 in which one of the Boston bombing suspects vaguely discussed jihad with his mother, officials said Saturday, days after the U.S. government finally received details about the call. In another conversation, the mother of now-dead bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was recorded talking to someone in southern Russia who is under FBI investigation in an unrelated case, officials said. The conversations are significant because, had they been revealed earlier, they might have been enough evidence for the FBI to initiate a more thorough investigation of the Tsarnaev family. As it was, Russian authorities told the FBI only that they had concerns that Tamerlan and his mother were religious extremists. With no additional information, the FBI conducted a limited inquiry and closed the case in June 2011. Continue Reading

Fatal stabbing of girl, 9, prompts Northern California manhunt

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s office says early Sunday that authorities are still searching for an intruder who killed a 9-year-old girl at her house. The Sheriff’s office says that the man was considered armed and dangerous, and authorities are warning residents in the Northern California town of Valley Springs to lock their doors. The office on Saturday declined to release details on the slaying. KCRA-TV says the victim’s 12-year-old brother encountered an intruder in his home and saw the man run away. The boy went to check on his sister and found she had been stabbed. Continue Reading

Mississippi man charged in suspicious letters case

The arrest of a 41-year-old Mississippi martial arts instructor in a probe of poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama and others capped a week in which investigators initially zeroed in on a different man. Federal authorities arrested James Everett Dutschke (DUHS’-kee) early Saturday at his home in Tupelo. He is charged with making and possessing the poisonous ricin for use as a weapon. Dutschke is expected to appear Monday in U.S. District Court in Oxford. He faces up to life in prison, if convicted. Continue Reading

Pennsylvania music store owner fatally shoots intruder, police say

Police in western Pennsylvania say a man was shot to death after reportedly brandishing a wooden club in an attack on the owners of a Pittsburgh-area music store. Police Chief John Mackey told reporters that the 32-year-old man entered Armen’s House of Music in Bethel Park shortly before noon Saturday but left after two or three minutes. Mackey said he went outside to his car and then returned carrying the club, which the chief said he used to strike the wife of the store owner. Mackey said the owner came to his wife’s defense and was also attacked, and the two struggled briefly before the owner pulled a revolver and shot and killed the attacker. The store owner and his wife were taken to UPMC Mercy for treatment of unspecified injuries. Continue Reading

Boston bombing suspect confined to small cell with steel door

The Boston Marathon bombing suspect is being held in a small cell with a steel door at a federal medical detention center about 40 miles outside the city, a federal official said Saturday. Federal Medical Center Devens spokesman John Collauti described the conditions under which 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was being held in the Ayer facility after being moved there from a hospital Friday. Tsarnaev was injured during a police chase Thursday in which his brother, also a suspect in the bombing, was fatally wounded. Collauti said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press that Tsarnaev is in secure housing where authorities can monitor him. His cell has a solid steel door with an observation window and a slot for passing food and medication. Continue Reading

Part found near World Trade Center from Boeing jet

A rusted piece of airplane landing gear discovered wedged between a mosque and an apartment building and believed to be from one of the hijacked planes that destroyed the nearby World Trade Center on Sept. 11 has been confirmed as coming from the type of Boeing jet used in the attacks. Police said Saturday that detectives had been in contact with officials at Chicago-based Boeing Co. who confirmed the wreckage was from a Boeing 767. Police have said the landing gear had a clearly visible Boeing identification number. Continue Reading

Attorneys in Trayvon Martin case address media

The attorneys in the Trayvon Martin shooting say social media gives people a way to stay engaged in high profile cases that was not possible years ago. Speaking were Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Trayvon Martin’s parents, and George Zimmerman’s defense attorney, Mark O’Mara. They were talking Saturday at the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Banquet in Orlando. O’Mara says he would prefer to “do away with all media” in a criminal case, but “that’s a fantasy that is 40 years ago.” Crump says social media has given people who normally would not have a voice a way to be engaged in the case. Continue Reading

Russia had wiretap on Boston Marathon bombing suspect, US officials say

Russian authorities secretly recorded a telephone conversation in 2011 in which one of the Boston bombing suspects vaguely discussed jihad with his mother, officials said Saturday, days after the U.S. government finally received details about the call. In another conversation, the mother of now-dead bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was recorded talking to someone in southern Russia who is under FBI investigation in an unrelated case, officials said. The conversations are significant because, had they been revealed earlier, they might have been enough evidence for the FBI to initiate a more thorough investigation of the Tsarnaev family. As it was, Russian authorities told the FBI only that they had concerns that Tamerlan and his mother were religious extremists. With no additional information, the FBI conducted a limited inquiry and closed the case in June 2011. Continue Reading