5 die as small plane breaks up on landing
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A small plane trying to land broke apart and tore through a snowy field next to a runway Monday afternoon, killing all five people aboard, including a teenager and a child, and scattering debris over 200 feet.
The crash was reported at 3:45 p.m. at Monmouth Executive Airport, about 35 miles east of Trenton, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters. The weather was overcast, but no precipitation was falling.
Capt. Tim Clayton of the Wall Township police said debris from the crash was scattered over a 200-foot stretch of snowy ground.
Clayton said the victims were three men, a teenager and a young child. The names of the victims were not immediately released, but Clayton said at least three were related. Two were from New Jersey, the other three from elsewhere, he said.
Copter victim ID'd as big businessman
PHOENIX (AP) — The owner and founder of one of the nation's largest food-service distributors was among five people killed in a weekend helicopter crash just north of Phoenix, the company announced Monday.
Services Group of America said in a statement that 64-year-old Thomas J. Stewart died in the crash Sunday. The other four killed weren't immediately identified, but Arizona state Sen. Jonathan Paton on Monday eulogized Thomas, his wife, Madena, and the couple's 5-year-old daughter on the Senate floor.
A company pilot was flying the helicopter, but the identity of the fifth person aboard was unclear. The company said authorities were certain there were no survivors.
The National Transportation Safety Board was investigating.
The company-owned Eurocopter EC135 was headed to Scottsdale, Ariz., from the Flagstaff area when it crashed in a rural desert wash.
Kidnapped woman assaulted for 3 days
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Sheriff's deputies rescued a woman who had been kidnapped, then beaten and raped for three days in a mobile home, authorities said.
John Gomez, 58, was arrested Friday on suspicion of various kidnapping, sexual assault and drug charges. He was being held on $2.1 million bail.
Deputies went to the Western Mobile Home Park in south Santa Rosa after hearing from someone who received an urgent call for help from the victim. Inside Gomez's rented trailer they found the 40-year-old woman with her ankle tethered to a bolt on his bedroom floor and suffering various injuries, Sgt. Cecile Focha said.
"The female was injured and pleaded with deputies to rescue her. She had been tied up for three days, beaten with instruments and sexually assaulted," Focha said.
11 sickened by CO leak at N.H. hotel
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Eleven people were taken to the hospital Monday after being sickened by a carbon monoxide leak at a New Hampshire hotel.
The problem was traced to a leaking vent in the basement boiler room, said Scott Tranchemontagne, a spokesman for the Hilton Garden Inn in Portsmouth.
Two hotel workers were in a nearby laundry room and nine guests were in the pool area on the same level. They all were brought to the hospital, and all but one had been treated and released by Monday afternoon, Tranchemontagne said.
Teen dies after he's hit by car, beaten
THORNTON, Colo. (AP) — Police in Colorado say a 16-year-old boy died after he was hit by a car then beaten by its occupants.
Thornton police spokesman Matt Barnes says a house party spilled into a street about 1:26 a.m. Monday, when the teenager was struck by the car. Barnes says people in the car began beating the boy and others around him.
The teenager later died from injuries to his head and upper body.
Barnes says police are trying to determine whether a dispute at the party triggered the beating.
Rearranging under way at space station
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronauts are doing some rearranging at the International Space Station for the second night in a row.
They used the space station's robot arm Monday evening to remove a 10-year-old adapter from the space station. Then they began transferring it to the freshly vacated port at the station's new room, Tranquility. Until Sunday night, that port held a new observation deck. The $27 million lookout was moved to its permanent location early Monday.
The shuttle-station crews also are connecting power and data lines in the domed, seven-windowed lookout, and equipping it with all the necessary gear. Pilot Terry Virts says it's beautiful.