National digest: Man kills 2 former co-workers; memorial for Anderson family

August 24, 2013
FLORIDA
Man kills 2 former co-workers, himself

A longtime employee of a Florida trucking company drove around Saturday shooting former co-workers and his onetime boss, killing two and wounding two, authorities said, and then killing himself.

Hubert Allen Jr., 72, shot the men at several locations in and near the North Florida community of Lake Butler, according to a Union County sheriff’s office news release.

Authorities said Allen fatally shot former co-worker Rolando Gonzalez-Delgado, 28, about 9 a.m., then went a short distance and shot his former employer, 80-year-old Marvin Pritchett.

A few minutes later, he pulled over where another former co-worker was driving a tractor, exchanged words with him and then fired one shot from a shotgun, authorities said. That man, 66-year-old Lewis Mabrey Jr., was in good condition and had a a broken arm and other injuries.

Not long after that, Allen went to the firm’s headquarters and shot 44-year-old David Griffis in the stomach, the release said. Griffis was in critical condition.

Authorities say Allen then returned to his Lake Butler home and killed himself. He was described as a longtime employee of the trucking company.

Investigators were working at the five shooting scenes late Saturday and interviewing witnesses and company employees. The news release said they were working to determine a motive.

— Associated Press

CALIFORNIA
Service held for Anderson family

Calling their deaths “an abomination,” a priest memorialized a California mother and young son killed by a family friend who also abducted the woman’s 16-year-old daughter.

Saturday’s service for Christina Anderson and 8-year-old Ethan Anderson at the Guardian Angels Roman Catholic Church in Santee was open to the public.

The pair was found at the home of James Lee DiMaggio, who set it ablaze this month and then took off with Hannah Anderson.

DiMaggio was killed by FBI agents Aug. 10 in the Idaho wilderness, ending a six-day search that spanned much of the western United States and parts of Canada and Mexico.

Authorities have declined to discuss a possible motive in the deaths and haven’t addressed other details of the case, including how Hannah was treated by DiMaggio during the ordeal.

DiMaggio’s family has requested paternity tests to determine if the suspect fathered the children.

— Associated Press

LOUISIANA
Justice Dept. sues state over vouchers

The U.S. Justice Department is suing Louisiana to stop the state from distributing school vouchers in districts that remain under desegregation court orders.

Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal called the department’s action Saturday “shameful” and said President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder “are trying to keep kids trapped in failing public schools.”

In papers filed in U.S. District Court in New Orleans, the Justice Department says Louisiana distributed vouchers in 2012-13 to nearly 600 public school students in districts that are still under such orders, and “many of those vouchers impeded the desegregation process.”

The department said Louisiana has given vouchers this school year to students in at least 22 districts remaining under desegregation orders.

— Associated Press

68 dogs found after N.Y. fire: ­Sixty-eight dogs were rescued Friday from a blaze in a New York City home. Fire officials say the fire in the two-story house in Staten Island was reported Friday evening. It was extinguished in about a half-hour. No injuries were reported. Officials say the owner of the single-family home was a hoarder who collected small-breed dogs as well as trash. Some of the animals were kept in a yard next to the house. Richard Gentles of Animal Care & Control of NYC says the dogs were removed to a shelter. He says a medical team is evaluating them and caring for them.

Couple holds hospital wedding for mom: An ailing Pennsylvania cancer patient was able to witness her son’s wedding after medical staff helped to hastily arrange a wedding in the hospital chapel. Anna Mae Kern was escorted to the chapel by groom Adam Kern and bride Ashley Leighty for the wedding Friday at Excela Latrobe Area Hospital. She was hospitalized last week after a long struggle with breast cancer. “Life is so short. I wanted her to see it,” Adam Kern told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The couple was engaged last year but didn’t have a firm wedding date in mind. After Kern’s mother was hospitalized — not long after attending her daughter’s wedding — they asked the hospital staff for help arranging a ceremony for their own nuptials.

— Associated Press

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