Court papers say man killed 2 women
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Court papers filed Tuesday indicate a 29-year-old Anchorage man has acknowledged that he killed his neighbor and another woman for whose murder he was acquitted.
The plea agreement is between federal prosecutors and Joshua Alan Wade, who is charged with the 2007 torture killing of his neighbor Mindy Schloss.
In the filing, Wade also said he killed another Anchorage woman, Della Brown, in 2000. A jury acquitted Wade of that crime.
Prosecutors were seeking the death penalty in the Schloss killing, which would make it the first capital punishment case in Alaska since before statehood. But the plea agreement calls for a 99-year sentence without parole.
Polish family among 5 plane crash victims in N.J.
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Three of the five people who died when a small plane broke apart and tore through a snowy field next to a runway were members of a family visiting from Poland, police said Tuesday.
The victims included 38-year-old Andrzej Zajaczkowski of Warsaw, his 14-year-old son, Patryk, and his 6-year-old nephew, Filip Zajaczkowski, Wall Township police said.
The three were family friends of the plane's owner, 45-year-old Jacek Mazurek, of Kearny. He was killed in the crash along with the pilot, 46-year-old Wojciech G. Nykaza, of Lodi.
Florida executes man for 1984 slaying
STARKE, Fla. (AP) — Florida has executed 45-year-old Martin Edward Grossman, who was convicted of killing a state wildlife officer during the 1980s.
Governor Charlie Crist's office said Grossman died at 6:17 p.m. on Tuesday at Florida State Prison.
He was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Margaret "Peggy" Park, a Florida wildlife officer who was shot with her own gun in 1984.
Man pleads not guilty to torturing daughter
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state Army sergeant pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a charge he used water torture on his 4-year-old daughter to force her to learn the alphabet.
KOMO-TV reports that 27-year-old Joshua Tabor was released from custody on $10,000 bail after his arraignment for assault in Tacoma.
He is confined to the Joint Base Lewis-McChord military base. The veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan wars is a helicopter mechanic.
Tabor is accused of pulling his daughter's head backward into the kitchen sink at their home in Yelm on Jan. 31 because she would not recite her ABCs.
Florida man slapped by bear is fined
SANFORD, Fla. (MCT) — A man who says he opened his door and was slapped by a bear pleaded no contest Tuesday to feeding wildlife and was fined $200 and placed on six months' probation.
Ernest Stamm, 49, had been ticketed for feeding bears.
He lives in a heavily wooded community north of Orlando near Wekiva Springs State Park. He called for help Dec. 10 and told authorities he opened his door and something swiped him across the face.
When emergency crews arrived, they found a black bear in his yard. Once the animal left, Stamm was taken to the hospital, where he was treated for cuts to his face and released.
Former L.A. police chief hospitalized
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Los Angeles police Chief Daryl Gates, a controversial figure who once said drug users should be shot and whose career ended after the Rodney King beating, is hospitalized and seriously ill, current police Chief Charlie Beck said Tuesday.
Beck told the city Police Commission that Gates, 83, has a "very serious malady."
Woman drowned daughter, police say
BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a Georgia woman drowned her daughter, tried to drown her son and then fatally shot herself in the chest.
Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering says Julia Murray called 911 Tuesday morning to say she had drowned her two children and asked for an ambulance. Police say the woman shot herself while on the phone with the dispatcher.
A police officer found Murray alive but unresponsive in the house with a gunshot wound to the upper chest. The 21-year-old mother was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Body recovered in Mount St. Helens
SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities say the body of a climber who fell into the crater atop Mount St. Helens has been recovered.
The Skamania County Sheriff's Office says the body of Joseph Bohlig was found Tuesday, more than a day after the 52-year-old man tumbled 1,500 feet.
Bohlig, of Kelso, Wash., reached the summit with a climbing partner after a four-hour hike Monday.
Bohlig took off his backpack and a layer of clothing then decided to pose for pictures near the rim of the crater. He was backing up when the snow gave way and he fell.