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Published: Saturday, November 10, 2007

Two men arrested in death of 9-year-old girl



Two men arrested in
death of 9-year-old girl

NEOSHO, Mo. — Two men have been arrested in the death of a 9-year-old girl whose body was found Friday in a hillside cave in southwest Missouri, authorities said.

Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland identified one as a 24-year-old male and the other as a man of about the same age. Their identities were not released because charges have not yet been filed, Copeland said.

The body of Rowan Ford was found on private land about 10 miles south of the girl's hometown of Stella, a village of about 200 people, Copeland said.

He said authorities were still determining how the girl died.

"We know we have a homicide," Copeland said, declining to elaborate.

Simpson witnesses offer
contradictory testimony

LAS VEGAS — One key prosecution witness contradicted the account of another Friday, saying he used a key to admit O.J. Simpson and a group of men to a hotel room to claim Simpson's property, denying there was a "military style invasion."

"I had a key and I let them in," said Thomas Riccio. "Nobody was busting the door down."

Riccio, a memorabilia dealer who set up the Sept. 13 hotel room meeting that led to Simpson's arrest on robbery and other charges, also said the former football star told him he never saw a gun during the confrontation.

But Riccio said he saw a man wave a gun near his face as hundreds of items were being taken from two other memorabilia dealers. He said Simpson's plan to retrieve items he said were stolen from him began to "go south" when the weapon was pulled.

"O.J. made it clear to me he didn't see a gun," Riccio said. "I made it clear to him I did."

Kerik pleads innocent
to corruption charges

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Bernard Kerik, a protégé of Rudy Giuliani who once led the nation's largest police department, pleaded innocent Friday to a wide-ranging indictment charging him with "selling his office" and lying to cover up the scheme.

The 16-count federal indictment sets up a legal battle that will rage throughout next year as Giuliani, his former boss, tries to win the presidency. It comes three years after Kerik's career peaked with his doomed, Giuliani-backed nomination to be director of Homeland Security in President Bush's Cabinet.

"It's an extremely difficult time for me and my family," Kerik, 52, said outside court. Citing the World Trade Center attack, which happened while he was police commissioner, he said, "My life has been marked by challenges. ... This is a battle. I'm going to fight."

U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia said Kerik, as both corrections commissioner and later, police commissioner, plotted "to deprive the city of New York of his honest services."

Couple rescues driver
from railroad tracks

MINEOLA, N.Y. — An off-duty police officer and her husband, a volunteer fire chief, rescued a woman from her stalled car seconds before a train smashed into it, police said.

The 63-year-old driver apparently mistook the Long Island Rail Road tracks for a road Thursday evening, authorities said.

Her car became stuck on the rails with a train fast approaching. She screamed that she couldn't get out of the car and needed help, said witness Jennifer Freiermuth, 28.

Randi LoCicero, off duty from her job at the New York Police Department, and Anthony LoCicero ran to the car as the crossing gates came down, Randi LoCicero said. As the train's horn blared, the couple yanked open the door and pulled out the driver, who needed crutches to walk, Randi LoCicero said.

Moments later, a train plowed into the car, overturning it and dragging it a short distance. Neither the woman nor anyone on the train was hurt, authorities said.

Indian girl conscious after
surgery to remove limbs

BANGALORE, India — A 2-year-old Indian girl born with four arms and four legs regained consciousness Friday, wiggled her toes and smiled at her parents, 48 hours after massive surgery removed the extra limbs, doctors said.

Lakshmi, who has been revered by some in her village as a reincarnation of the four-armed Hindu goddess she was named for, was still in intensive care.

Doctors took her off a respirator later Friday but were still monitoring her closely.

Associated Press

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Two men arrested in
death of 9-year-old girl

NEOSHO, Mo. — Two men have been arrested in the death of a 9-year-old girl whose body was found Friday in a hillside cave in southwest Missouri, authorities said.

Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland identified one as a 24-year-old male and the other as a man of about the same age. Their identities were not released because charges have not yet been filed, Copeland said.

The body of Rowan Ford was found on private land about 10 miles south of the girl's hometown of Stella, a village of about 200 people, Copeland said.

He said authorities were still determining how the girl died.

"We know we have a homicide," Copeland said, declining to elaborate.

Simpson witnesses offer
contradictory testimony

LAS VEGAS — One key prosecution witness contradicted the account of another Friday, saying he used a key to admit O.J. Simpson and a group of men to a hotel room to claim Simpson's property, denying there was a "military style invasion."

"I had a key and I let them in," said Thomas Riccio. "Nobody was busting the door down."

Riccio, a memorabilia dealer who set up the Sept. 13 hotel room meeting that led to Simpson's arrest on robbery and other charges, also said the former football star told him he never saw a gun during the confrontation.

But Riccio said he saw a man wave a gun near his face as hundreds of items were being taken from two other memorabilia dealers. He said Simpson's plan to retrieve items he said were stolen from him began to "go south" when the weapon was pulled.

"O.J. made it clear to me he didn't see a gun," Riccio said. "I made it clear to him I did."

Kerik pleads innocent
to corruption charges

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Bernard Kerik, a protégé of Rudy Giuliani who once led the nation's largest police department, pleaded innocent Friday to a wide-ranging indictment charging him with "selling his office" and lying to cover up the scheme.

The 16-count federal indictment sets up a legal battle that will rage throughout next year as Giuliani, his former boss, tries to win the presidency. It comes three years after Kerik's career peaked with his doomed, Giuliani-backed nomination to be director of Homeland Security in President Bush's Cabinet.

"It's an extremely difficult time for me and my family," Kerik, 52, said outside court. Citing the World Trade Center attack, which happened while he was police commissioner, he said, "My life has been marked by challenges. ... This is a battle. I'm going to fight."

U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia said Kerik, as both corrections commissioner and later, police commissioner, plotted "to deprive the city of New York of his honest services."

Couple rescues driver
from railroad tracks

MINEOLA, N.Y. — An off-duty police officer and her husband, a volunteer fire chief, rescued a woman from her stalled car seconds before a train smashed into it, police said.

The 63-year-old driver apparently mistook the Long Island Rail Road tracks for a road Thursday evening, authorities said.

Her car became stuck on the rails with a train fast approaching. She screamed that she couldn't get out of the car and needed help, said witness Jennifer Freiermuth, 28.

Randi LoCicero, off duty from her job at the New York Police Department, and Anthony LoCicero ran to the car as the crossing gates came down, Randi LoCicero said. As the train's horn blared, the couple yanked open the door and pulled out the driver, who needed crutches to walk, Randi LoCicero said.

Moments later, a train plowed into the car, overturning it and dragging it a short distance. Neither the woman nor anyone on the train was hurt, authorities said.

Indian girl conscious after
surgery to remove limbs

BANGALORE, India — A 2-year-old Indian girl born with four arms and four legs regained consciousness Friday, wiggled her toes and smiled at her parents, 48 hours after massive surgery removed the extra limbs, doctors said.

Lakshmi, who has been revered by some in her village as a reincarnation of the four-armed Hindu goddess she was named for, was still in intensive care.

Doctors took her off a respirator later Friday but were still monitoring her closely.

Associated Press

Saturday, November 10, 2007
Two men have been arrested in the death of a 9-year-old girl whose body was found Friday in a hillside cave in southwest...