Car plows into crowd in L.A., killing one

August 4, 2013
California
Car plows into crowd, killing one

A California man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after allegedly plowing his car into pedestrians on the popular Venice Beach boardwalk in Los Angeles, killing an Italian woman on her honeymoon and injuring 11 other people, police said Sunday.

Nathan Campbell, 38, was taken into custody late Saturday after the car involved was found in nearby Santa Monica, where police say he lives and where he later turned himself in. He is being held on $1 million bail.

Witnesses said it appeared the car’s driver had been aiming for pedestrians Saturday while driving along the popular oceanside walkway at speeds up to 20 miles per hour while people screamed and scrambled to get out of the way.

Ten of the 12 people injured were taken to hospitals — two in critical condition, one of whom died — and two in serious condition. The Italian woman was identified as Alice Gruppioni, 32.

— From news services

Ohio
Man on death row found hanged in cell

A man condemned to death for fatally stabbing a neighbor during a Cleveland burglary was found hanged in his cell Sunday, just days before his execution, set for Wednesday.

Billy Slagle, 44, was found about 5 a.m. at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution, south of Columbus, and was declared dead within the hour, prison spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said. Under regular prison policy, he was scheduled to be placed under pre-execution watch Sunday morning but “was not yet placed under constant watch,” Smith said.

Slagle was sentenced in 1988 to die for the stabbing of Mari Anne Pope, who was killed while two young children she was watching were in the house.

— Associated Press

Police kill 14-year-old: A rookie police officer shot and killed a 14-year-old boy on a street early Sunday after he refused to drop his gun and pointed it at officers, authorities said. Shaaliver Douse died of a single gunshot to his jaw after the confrontation in the Melrose section of the Bronx.

Snowboarder’s body recovered: A dozen rescuers armed with chain saws and other tools chipped away at tons of ice and snow Sunday to recover the body of a snowboarder killed when an ice tunnel collapsed on Oregon’s Mount Hood. Collin Backowski, 25, of Colorado, was traveling with five companions when the collapse occurred Saturday.

Skydiving instructor killed: A skydiving instructor from Pensacola, Fla., died in a remote swamp in Mississippi after a tandem jump that hospitalized his student, Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel said Sunday. James “Jimmie” Horak Jr., 56, an instructor for the Emerald Coast Skydiving Center in Elberta, Ala., died Saturday in a swamp about a mile from the airport in Lumberton. He was safety-
conscious and had made more than 8,000 jumps, said his wife, Debbie Horak. Rigel said he could not identify the student but believes the man was not from Mississippi. Three other skydivers who jumped with them told investigators that equipment appeared to malfunction, Rigel said.

Write bold lede-in here:Robert “Bobby” Tufts hasn’t made it to preschool yet, but he has been elected twice as mayor of a tiny tourist town in northern Minnesota. His name was picked Sunday during annual Taste of Dorset festival to be mayor of Dorset for a second term. The town has no formal city government and has a population of 22 to 28, depending on whether the minister and his family are there.

— From news services

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