Man Suspected in 4 Yosemite Killings
SACRAMENTO -- A hotel maintenance man was arrested in the beheading of a naturalist at Yosemite National Park and named as a suspect in the killings of three tourists earlier this year, the FBI said yesterday.
Cary Stayner was accused of killing Joie Ruth Armstrong, 26, whose body was found Thursday near her Yosemite housing. Stayner was arrested late Saturday.
Stayner, who was questioned but ruled out as a suspect in connection with the murders of Carole Sund, her daughter Juli and family friend Silvina Pelosso, is now believed to have played a role in that crime, said Special Agent in Charge James M. Maddock. The women's bodies were discovered March 19.
The Stayner name already is indelibly etched in the annals of bizarre California crime. The suspect's brother, Steven Stayner, was abducted in 1972 and sexually abused for seven years until he escaped and returned home. A television miniseries portrayed the saga. He died in a hit-and-run accident in 1989 at age 24.
Shuttle May Have Leaked Fuel
CAPE CANAVERAL -- Photos suggest that the space shuttle Columbia may have been leaking hydrogen fuel all the way to orbit last week from one of its main engines, NASA said.
If that is the case, the engine could have shut down abruptly had more fuel seeped out, resulting in a never-before-attempted emergency landing within minutes of launch, either in Florida or West Africa.
Columbia made it safely to orbit Friday under control of NASA's first female commander, Col. Eileen Collins.
The shuttle, carrying the world's biggest and most powerful X-ray telescope, fell seven miles short of its intended orbit. A fuel leak could explain why the engines shut down a second or so early.
The engine will be examined when the shuttle returns to Earth on Tuesday night.
Woman Crashes Car Into Restaurant
WINSLOW, Maine -- An elderly woman who was having problems pulling out of a handicapped parking space accidentally crashed her car into a restaurant, injuring 27 people, police said.
Twelve people were taken to area hospitals, some with serious injuries. Fifteen people were treated at the scene for cuts and bruises.
The Buick sedan, driven by Marie Wyman, 87, lurched forward into the Lobster Trap and Steakhouse's foyer and dining room, throwing tables, chairs and people aside. The car struck the opposite wall, broke a plate-glass window, then backed up about 25 feet and hit another wall before coming to a stop.
Tear Gas Thrown at Gay Parade
SAN DIEGO -- A tear gas canister was thrown into the crowd watching a Lesbian and Gay Pride parade Saturday, injuring more than a dozen people, a city fire spokesman said. No arrests were made.