Craigslist suspect, 19, says she’s a serial killer

February 16
PENNSYLVANIA
Woman, 19, says she is a serial killer

A Pennsylvania woman, charged along with her newlywed husband with killing a man they met through Craigslist, admitted to the death in a jailhouse interview with a newspaper and said she has killed more than 20 other people nationwide — a claim that police said they are investigating.

In an interview with the Daily Item in Sunbury, Pa., Miranda Barbour, 19, said she wants to plead guilty to killing Troy LaFerrara in November. She also said she has killed at least 22 other people from Alaska to North Carolina in the past six years as part of her involvement in a satanic cult.

“I feel it is time to get all of this out. I don’t care if people believe me. I just want to get it out,” Barbour said.

Attorneys for Barbour and her husband, Elytte Barbour, 22, have sought psychiatric evaluations for their clients.

— Associated Press

COLORADO
Latest avalanche kills 2 skiers, hurts 3

Two skiers were killed and three others were injured in a large avalanche in Colorado, marking the third deadly slide in the state in less than a week, authorities said Sunday.

Susan Matthews, a spokeswoman for the Lake County Office of Emergency Management, said seven skiers on Star Mountain near Leadville triggered the slide about 5 p.m. Saturday. Search and rescue crews found the bodies of two skiers Sunday.

Three skiers were hospitalized with injuries that included a broken leg, a broken ankle, and a possible broken rib and collapsed lung. One has since been discharged from the hospital. Authorities have not released the names of anyone involved.

— Associated Press

KENTUCKY
Snake handler dead after bite at church

A snake-handling Kentucky pastor who appeared on the National Geographic television reality show “Snake Salvation” has died after being bitten by a snake.

According to a news release from the Middlesboro Police Department, someone called for rescue workers about 8:30 p.m. Saturday regarding a snake-bite victim at a church.

When the ambulance arrived, they were told that Jamie Coots had gone home. Contacted at his house, Coots declined treatment. Emergency workers left around 9 p.m. When they returned about an hour later, Coots was dead.

Coots was caught in January 2013 transporting three rattlesnakes and two copperheads through Knoxville, Tenn., for his church. Wildlife officials confiscated the snakes, and Coots pleaded guilty to illegal wildlife possession. He was given one year of unsupervised probation.

— Associated Press

The latest blast of snow to hit New England dumped more than a foot in part of Massachusetts and packed heavy winds that left thousands without power Sunday on Cape Cod. Coastal areas in Maine and south of Boston appeared to get the worst of the storm overnight. In Massachusetts, 15 inches of snow was reported in Sandwich and 10 inches was reported in New Bedford and Plymouth. In Maine, 17 inches was reported in Hancock, and 16.7 in Eastport, in the easternmost city in the U.S. The Department of Transportation said it deployed 375 trucks statewide at the height of the storm Saturday night.

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