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Published: Monday, August 13, 2007

Man opens fire at church, killing 3, wounding more



Man opens fire at church,
killing 3, wounding more

NEOSHO, Mo. — A gunman opened fire in the sanctuary of a southwest Missouri church Sunday, killing three people and wounding several others, authorities said.

About 25 to 50 people were briefly held hostage at the First Congregational Church until the gunman surrendered, Neosho spokeswoman Desiree Bridges said.

About four or five people were wounded, Police Chief Dave McCracken said, but several others who were injured fled the scene.

The shooter was being held at the Newton County Jail, but police were not releasing any information about him. Bridges said he was related to someone in the church, but declined to elaborate. No charges had been filed Sunday, McCracken said.

Divers find more remains
at site of bridge collapse

MINNEAPOLIS — Divers found more human remains in the Mississippi River on Sunday, 11 days after a highway bridge collapsed into the fast-flowing water, and a crane working at one end of the ruined span removed a school bus and other vehicles.

Navy divers searched for five people missing and presumed dead. Stormy weather made their task more dangerous over the weekend, strengthening river currents Saturday.

But conditions had cleared Sunday and the remains were recovered about eight hours into the search, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office said.

The official death toll stood at eight while the county's medical examiner identified the remains.

Nursing-home owners
to go on trial over deaths

ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. — The owners of a nursing home where 35 patients died amid flash flooding during Hurricane Katrina are set to stand trial today on negligent homicide charges.

A torrent of water poured through ruptured levees, filling the one-story St. Rita's Nursing Home almost to the ceiling in about 20 minutes after the storm roared ashore Aug. 29, 2005.

Salvador and Mabel Mangano are the only individuals charged with the responsibility of deaths from the storm. Katrina was blamed for more than 1,400 deaths.

Prosecutors charge the Manganos' decision not to evacuate St. Rita's residents before the storm was a criminal act. The Manganos face 35 counts of negligent homicide and 24 counts of cruelty to the elderly or infirm.

The combined maximum sentence for each defendant would be 415 years in prison. The trial is expected to last at least three weeks.

Authorities rescue 46 kids
at agency in Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY — Authorities searched an adoption home run by an American man and his Guatemalan wife and rescued 46 children they believe may have been stolen or coerced from their parents, police said Sunday.

Guatemalan National Police spokesman Carlos Calju said the children, ranging in age from a few days to 3 years old, were found Saturday at the Casa Quivira children's home in Antigua, a colonial city popular among foreign tourists near Guatemala City.

Calju said Casa Quivira is run by Clifford Phillips of Deland, Florida, and his Guatemalan wife and attorney, Sandra Gonzalez. The couple could not be reached to comment Sunday, and calls to the Casa Quivira Children's Fund in Deland went unanswered. No one responded to an e-mail sent to the children's home in Antigua seeking comment.

Authorities said they also arrested two lawyers who apparently processed the adoptions. Officials from the attorney general's office were taking care of the children at the home while police investigate, Calju said.

Man shoots on freeway

DALLAS — A man with a shotgun opened fire on motorists and police who stopped to help with what appeared to be a wreck on a downtown freeway early Sunday, killing two people and wounding two others before taking his own life, authorities said.

Authorities say they may never know why 20-year-old Nick A. Salinas of Cedar Hill started shooting. He killed himself with the shotgun used in the slayings.

Dallas police identified the victims as Robert Daniel Langston, 22, of Duncanville, and Jesus Reyes Terrazas, Jr., 24, of Dallas. Both apparently had stopped to offer help.

"It appeared that each of these victims thought that they were providing roadside assistance to an accident victim when they were brutally shot without any motive that we know of," said Lt. Vernon Hale, a Dallas police spokesman.

Witnesses told investigators they stopped to help a motorist on the side of Interstate 35 when someone inside the car shot at them. One witness left in his car after the shooter pointed a gun at him, police said.

Associated Press

Monday, August 13, 2007

Man opens fire at church,
killing 3, wounding more

NEOSHO, Mo. — A gunman opened fire in the sanctuary of a southwest Missouri church Sunday, killing three people and wounding several others, authorities said.

About 25 to 50 people were briefly held hostage at the First Congregational Church until the gunman surrendered, Neosho spokeswoman Desiree Bridges said.

About four or five people were wounded, Police Chief Dave McCracken said, but several others who were injured fled the scene.

The shooter was being held at the Newton County Jail, but police were not releasing any information about him. Bridges said he was related to someone in the church, but declined to elaborate. No charges had been filed Sunday, McCracken said.

Divers find more remains
at site of bridge collapse

MINNEAPOLIS — Divers found more human remains in the Mississippi River on Sunday, 11 days after a highway bridge collapsed into the fast-flowing water, and a crane working at one end of the ruined span removed a school bus and other vehicles.

Navy divers searched for five people missing and presumed dead. Stormy weather made their task more dangerous over the weekend, strengthening river currents Saturday.

But conditions had cleared Sunday and the remains were recovered about eight hours into the search, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office said.

The official death toll stood at eight while the county's medical examiner identified the remains.

Nursing-home owners
to go on trial over deaths

ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. — The owners of a nursing home where 35 patients died amid flash flooding during Hurricane Katrina are set to stand trial today on negligent homicide charges.

A torrent of water poured through ruptured levees, filling the one-story St. Rita's Nursing Home almost to the ceiling in about 20 minutes after the storm roared ashore Aug. 29, 2005.

Salvador and Mabel Mangano are the only individuals charged with the responsibility of deaths from the storm. Katrina was blamed for more than 1,400 deaths.

Prosecutors charge the Manganos' decision not to evacuate St. Rita's residents before the storm was a criminal act. The Manganos face 35 counts of negligent homicide and 24 counts of cruelty to the elderly or infirm.

The combined maximum sentence for each defendant would be 415 years in prison. The trial is expected to last at least three weeks.

Authorities rescue 46 kids
at agency in Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY — Authorities searched an adoption home run by an American man and his Guatemalan wife and rescued 46 children they believe may have been stolen or coerced from their parents, police said Sunday.

Guatemalan National Police spokesman Carlos Calju said the children, ranging in age from a few days to 3 years old, were found Saturday at the Casa Quivira children's home in Antigua, a colonial city popular among foreign tourists near Guatemala City.

Calju said Casa Quivira is run by Clifford Phillips of Deland, Florida, and his Guatemalan wife and attorney, Sandra Gonzalez. The couple could not be reached to comment Sunday, and calls to the Casa Quivira Children's Fund in Deland went unanswered. No one responded to an e-mail sent to the children's home in Antigua seeking comment.

Authorities said they also arrested two lawyers who apparently processed the adoptions. Officials from the attorney general's office were taking care of the children at the home while police investigate, Calju said.

Man shoots on freeway

DALLAS — A man with a shotgun opened fire on motorists and police who stopped to help with what appeared to be a wreck on a downtown freeway early Sunday, killing two people and wounding two others before taking his own life, authorities said.

Authorities say they may never know why 20-year-old Nick A. Salinas of Cedar Hill started shooting. He killed himself with the shotgun used in the slayings.

Dallas police identified the victims as Robert Daniel Langston, 22, of Duncanville, and Jesus Reyes Terrazas, Jr., 24, of Dallas. Both apparently had stopped to offer help.

"It appeared that each of these victims thought that they were providing roadside assistance to an accident victim when they were brutally shot without any motive that we know of," said Lt. Vernon Hale, a Dallas police spokesman.

Witnesses told investigators they stopped to help a motorist on the side of Interstate 35 when someone inside the car shot at them. One witness left in his car after the shooter pointed a gun at him, police said.

Associated Press

Monday, August 13, 2007
A gunman opened fire in the sanctuary of a southwest Missouri church Sunday, killing three people and wounding several...