Man Arrested in Deaths

Of at Least Five Women

PHOENIX -- Hours after a woman's decomposing body was discovered in a backyard camper, police arrested a man who sometimes lived there in connection with the deaths of at least five prostitutes found dumped in the neighborhood over the past nine months.

Police said Corey Morris, 24, admitted involvement in five deaths, including that of the woman his uncle found in the RV. He was held on suspicion of murder.

Since July, the bodies of six women have been found in the Garfield neighborhood north of the Arizona Diamondbacks' stadium. Autopsies showed that four died of cocaine overdoses. The victims were identified as Janice Irvin, 43; Barbara Codman, 46; Shanteria Davis, 32; Jade Velasquez; and Sherry Noah, 37.

Suspicious Fire Kills 5,

Injures 3 at College Party

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A suspicious fire broke out in a three-story house early yesterday as a college student's 21st birthday party was breaking up, killing five people and injuring three, authorities said. One of the injured, a 20-year-old man, was in critical condition, officials said.

Police were investigating reports that a fight had started before the fire began about 4 a.m. at the student-rented house near Ohio State University, police Sgt. Dana Norman said. Firefighters found two men and three women dead inside, he said.

* NEW YORK -- Cellular telephones cannot legally ring in Broadway theaters, movie houses or concert halls as of yesterday as the city restricted their use. Passed by the City Council over a veto by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who said the ban was unenforceable, the law carries a fine of $50 for offenders. Council members ruled their own chambers exempt.

* PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The Navy commissioned its newest and most advanced guided missile destroyer, the $1 billion USS Mason. The ship is named after a World War II warship that had the Navy's first all-black enlisted crew.

* NEW YORK -- The City Council has asked the Legislature to consider eliminating the 10-year statute of limitations on unsolved rape cases. Medical experts reviewing the city's backlog of DNA kits, which extends from 1987 to 1999, have reportedly found nearly 1,000 matches among more than 13,000 cases.

* POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- A former music teacher was sentenced to a year in jail and 10 years' probation for having sex with two students at the Roy C. Ketcham High School in Wappinger. Michael McNaughton, 52, had pleaded guilty to third-degree rape and third-degree sodomy.

* PALESTINE, Tex. -- A petroleum tank exploded as five teenagers were standing on top of it Friday, killing four of them, authorities said. Killed instantly in the explosion were Justin Rober, 15; Pless Kropp, 14; and Jessica Ross, 15. Amanda Ross, 14, was pronounced dead Saturday. All were from Mount Enterprise.

-- From News Services