News roundup: Pennsylvania family feud ends in four shooting deaths

Pennsylvania

Family feud ends in four shooting deaths

A two-decade family feud came to a violent end when a man shot dead the two home invaders who killed his wife and son, not knowing that one of them was his long-estranged daughter, authorities said Sunday.

Although the investigation of Friday’s shootings continues, authorities said it appears that Josephine and Jeffrey Ruckinger planned to kill her family at their rural central Pennsylvania home — but it remains unclear what exactly led to the confrontation.

“They parked at the bottom of a long driveway and walked up, heavily armed,” Cambria County District Attorney Kelly Callihan said.

Josephine Ruckinger was armed with a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun and her husband had a Derringer pistol and a .22-caliber semi-automatic handgun as they approached the Frew family home in Ashville, about 40 miles southwest of State College, investigators said.

John Frew, 67, his wife, Roberta, 64, and their son John Jr., 47, had just returned from dinner out and were watching TV in the living room of the white mobile home when there was a knock at the door, authorities said.

A relative, Virginia Cruse, said that Josephine Ruckinger had “a hatred toward the family,” she said.

— Associated Press

Wisconsin

Chicken and ham products recalled

Garden Fresh Foods of Milwaukee has recalled 19,000 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken and ham products because of possible Listeria bacteria contamination.

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service said the food was distributed to retailers and food services nationwide. They include several kinds of chicken and ham salads sold under the Market Pantry, Archer Farms, D’Amico and Sons, Finest Traditions, Garden Fresh and Weis brands.

The agency said the problem was discovered through testing by the Food and Drug Administration.

There have been no reports of illnesses resulting from consumption of the products.

Listeria can lead to miscarriages in pregnant women and serious illnesses in people with weakened immune systems.

— Associated Press

Massachusetts

Hotel cancels mayoral drink promotion

There was only one problem with a Boston hotel’s plan to offer alcoholic drinks named after two city mayoral candidates: one of them is a recovering alcoholic.

Officials at the Loews Boston Hotel canceled the promotion after being questioned recently by a Boston Herald reporter.

The hotel had planned to sell $8 drinks named after Democratic mayoral candidates John R. Connolly and Martin J. Walsh, and offer $4 nonalcoholic alternatives to them, at its bar, Cuffs. Walsh, a state representative, has openly discussed his past troubles with alcohol during his campaign.

Loews Boston had planned to keep a tab on sales of the drinks — dubbed the J.R. Connelly and M.J. Walsh — as an unofficial, preelection indicator of who was winning the race, the Herald reported Sunday.

“Loews Boston Hotel acknowledges the insensitivity of this recent promotion and have canceled it effective immediately,” the hotel said in a statement after being questioned by the reporter.

Walsh and Connolly, a city councilor and former teacher, were the top vote-getters in a recent preliminary election before the Nov. 5 general election.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino (D) is stepping down in January after 20 years in office.

— Associated Press

 
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