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Gunman in Rampage Had Warned Girlfriend

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Gunman in Rampage Had Warned Girlfriend

HENDERSON, Ky. -- Police say the man who opened fire at a plastics plant warned his girlfriend two hours before his rampage that he would kill his boss.

Wesley Higdon of Henderson fatally shot five co-workers at Atlantis Plastics before turning the gun on himself early Wednesday.

Authorities say Higdon, 25, had an argument with his supervisor about wearing safety goggles Tuesday night, then called his girlfriend and said he was going to kill him.

Officials say he killed the supervisor outside the building, then went back inside and kept shooting in a break room and on the plant floor. Then, he killed himself.

The killings stunned the sleepy Ohio River town of about 28,000 people, where a local leader said many residents know or are related to a worker at the plant.

Police said Trisha Mirelez, 25, and the gunman were pronounced dead at the scene. Kevin G. Taylor, 30, and Rachael Vasquez, 26, died at Methodist Hospital in Henderson. Joshua Hinojosa, 28, and Israel Monroy, 29, died at hospitals in Evansville, Ind.

Noelia Monroy, 22, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was in stable condition at an Evansville hospital, the statement said.

11 Missing Hikers Found

SAN FRANCISCO -- A wilderness adventure company says nine teenagers and two adults who were missing in the central Sierra Nevada have been found safe. Brad Mushovic, executive director of Outward Bound's wilderness programs, says the missing group called the organization after hiking to a nearby store. Authorities say the group failed to meet up with a third guide as planned Saturday.

Mining Near Grand Canyon Halted

One million acres of public land near the Grand Canyon would be off-limits to new uranium mining under an emergency declaration adopted by a House committee. Tapping a rare provision not used in more than 20 years, the House Natural Resources Committee voted 20 to 2 to stop any new claims to uranium on lands adjacent to the national park for up to three years.

Abramoff Partner's Term Halved

MIAMI -- Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff's former partner in an ill-fated Florida casino boat venture saw his prison sentence for fraud cut in half for cooperating with investigators. U.S. District Judge Paul Huck agreed to reduce Adam Kidan's prison term from just under six years to almost three after prosecutors praised his cooperation in several investigations. With time served, Kidan, 43, now has about 15 more months to serve in prison or a halfway house, according to his attorney, Jon Rosenthal. His original sentence was to have run until 2011.

Suspect in Border Killing Freed

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said he was "shocked and appalled" to learn that a suspect in the Jan. 19 slaying of a Border Patrol agent near Yuma, Ariz., was released by a Mexican judge. Jesus Navarro Montes is suspected of running over and killing agent Luis Aguilar while he was trying to stop two vehicles from escaping into Mexico.

-- From Staff Reports and News Services

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