Police Believe Body Is That of Killer

DENVER--Navajo hunters found a decomposing body in the Utah desert that authorities believe was one of two survivalists being sought in the killing of a police officer last year, officials said yesterday.

The killing of the officer in Cortez had prompted a major manhunt across the Four Corners area in 1998.

The body was dressed in military clothing and had a bulletproof vest, a Kevlar helmet and two pipe bombs, said Russell Johnson, assistant chief of the Cortez police.

Johnson said a group of hunters found the well-hidden body Sunday night in southeast Utah near Cross Canyon. Johnson said it had been there long time, "say since this thing probably started."

Two survivalists, Alan Lamont Pilon and Jason Wayne McVean, were wanted in the May 29, 1998, killing of Cortez officer Dale Claxton. A third fugitive, Robert Mason, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot days later about 55 miles away near Bluff, Utah, after he wounded a deputy.

The three men were suspected of shooting Claxton during a routine traffic stop on a bridge southeast of Cortez.

Classes Canceled After Internet Threat

SAMMAMISH, Wash.--Classes were canceled at a high school after threats were made in an Internet chat room to kill everyone in the school. The threats were violent and specific enough to be taken seriously, Lake Washington School District spokesman Richard Duval said.

School officials in this Seattle suburb learned of the threats over the weekend, but the identity of the person or persons making them was not known, Duval said.

Officials planned to search the school again before deciding whether to reopen it.

Teachers had known about the chat room on the Internet and had monitored it for several days, Duval said. Then on Friday night, he said, someone logged on as "Phantom" and said he or she would kill everyone in the school yesterday.

In Cleveland, students passed through metal detectors at a school where four boys were arrested last week on charges of planning a racially motivated rampage of bombs and gunfire.

The white suspects pleaded not guilty and remained in juvenile detention.

No Indictment In Police Shooting

NEW YORK--A grand jury has decided not to indict any police officers involved in the shooting death of an emotionally disturbed Orthodox Jew wielding a hammer.

The Brooklyn District Attorney's Office said that the grand jury concluded that the shooting of Gary Busch, 31, was justified.

The former medical student was killed Aug. 30 in the predominantly Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Borough Park. The slaying touched off protests by hundreds of Jews.