Second body found in Hudson River after boat crash

July 28, 2013
New York
Second body in boat crash found in river

A day after a bride-to-be was pulled dead from the Hudson River, the body of her fiance’s best man was found a mile downstream Sunday, the second victim of a nighttime crash involving a speedboat and a barge north of New York City.

“I don’t think you can put words to what we have to tell these families,” Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco said as he announced that a body thought to be that of Mark Lennon, 30, was found Sunday morning.

At the church where Lindsey Stewart and Brian Bond, both 30, were to be married Aug. 10, the pastor said their lives “were filled with hopes and dreams, and that has been snuffed away.”

Stewart, Bond, Lennon and three others were on a speedboat that crashed Friday night into a barge.

Police said it was being piloted by Jojo John, 35, of Nyack, whom they suspect was intoxicated and who has been charged with vehicular manslaughter and vehicular assault.

— Associated Press

Indiana
3 in church group killed in bus crash

An Indianapolis congregation on Sunday mourned the deaths of their youth pastor, his pregnant wife and another member who were killed when a church bus overturned with just a mile to go in a return trip from a Michigan summer camp.

Saturday’s accident devastated members of Colonial Hills Baptist Church. Youth pastor Chad Phelps and his pregnant piano-teacher wife, Courtney Phelps, both in their 20s, and chaperone Tonya Weindorf, 51, a mother of five, were killed, said deacon Jeff Leffew. Dozens of people were injured in the crash, which happened near Interstate 465. On Sunday, six teenagers remained hospitalized, including one in critical condition.

Dennis Maurer, 68, a congregation member who was driving the church-owned bus, told authorities that its brakes failed before it struck a raised concrete median and flipped on its side, Indianapolis police said.

The Phelpses’ nearly 2-year-old son, Chase, was treated and released from a hospital.

— Associated Press

North Carolina
Flash flood claims girl, 10, and man

Heavy rains that caused power failures and flash floods in western North Carolina were blamed for the deaths of a 10-year-old girl and 48-year-old man who were swept away while swimming in a rural creek.

The victims were from two Charlotte area families who were swimming in a usually calm pool section of Wilson Creek nearly 100 miles north of Charlotte, Caldwell County spokeswoman LouAnn Kincaid said Sunday.

They were identified as Juan Alberdi of Huntersville and Delilah Lovett of Charlotte.

The girl’s body was recovered Saturday evening after being spotted by kayakers about three-quarters of a mile from where she had been swimming, Kincaid said. Alberdi’s body was recovered Sunday.

— Associated Press

Ohio kidnapping victim appears at concert: One of three Ohio women who was starved, beaten and sexually assaulted for years after being kidnapped made a surprise public appearance Saturday at a concert in Cleveland. Amanda Berry, 27 — smiling and wearing a black T-shirt, jeans and sunglasses —received raucous applause as she walked on the stage at the RoverFest 2013 event after being announced by local radio host Rover. Berry pointed a finger skyward and waved and shook the hands of some of the cheering concert-goers. Her appearance came two days after Ariel Castro pleaded guilty to hundreds of charges of kidnapping and rape in a deal to avoid the death penalty.

Fruit fly poses threat to Maine blueberries: Maine’s wild-blueberry growers are monitoring their fields for a harmful new fruit fly that arrived in the United States five years ago and poses a threat to the state’s crop. With the blueberry harvest kicking into gear later this week, growers have been watching out for the tiny spotted wing drosophila, a native of Asia that caught some growers off-guard when it first appeared in Maine’s blueberry fields last summer. Growers will learn how pervasive and widespread it is as the berries ripen in the coming weeks. The flies pose a threat because they lay eggs in soft fruit as it ripens, damaging the fruit and making it unfit for market.

— From news services

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