4 Men Arrested in Florida Slayings
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- An ex-convict who blamed a woman for taking his video game system and clothes recruited three teenagers to stab and beat her and five others to death, investigators said Sunday.
The woman is believed to be Erin Belanger, 22, whose grandparents own the vacant home where the bodies were found Friday. Squatters were using the home as a party house.
Suspected ringleader Troy Victorino, 27, of Deltona and 18-year-olds Robert Cannon of Orange City and Jerone Hunter and Michael Salas, both of Deltona, were charged with first-degree murder and armed burglary, the Volusia County sheriff's office said. All four were jailed in Daytona Beach while awaiting bail hearings on Monday.
The sheriff's office identified the other victims as Michelle Ann Nathan, 19; Anthony Vega, 34; Roberto "Tito" Gonzalez, 28, who recently moved from New York; Belanger's boyfriend, Francisco Ayo Roman, 30; and Jonathan Gleason, 18. Some of them were attacked in their sleep, authorities said.
* BOCA RATON, Fla. -- A church bus filled with teenagers was hit by an SUV and ran off a highway, plunging into a canal and killing three people, police said Sunday. The bus, carrying about 25 people from First Baptist Church at Hillsboro in Coconut Creek, was submerged in about 16 feet of water, Highway Patrol Lt. Roger Reyes said. He said the bus was returning from the Orlando area late Saturday when the accident occurred. The victims were identified as Andrew Cook, Brandon Miller and Daniel Lynn. They ranged in age from 12 to 14.
* FAWNSKIN, Calif. -- Authorities called off their search Sunday for a 9-year-old boy missing for more than a week in the San Bernardino Mountains after hundreds of deputies and volunteer searchers failed to turn up any trace of him. David Gonzales was on a camping trip July 31 when his mother said she gave him the keys to the family truck so he could get some cookies. The truck was locked with the cookies still inside when his parents discovered he was missing.
* GILA BEND, Ariz. -- Five illegal immigrants were found dead Sunday and authorities were searching for another who was among a group of 10 that became stranded in the desert after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
Three people were hospitalized and were expected to survive, said Andy Adame, a spokesman for the U.S. Border Patrol's Tucson sector, which covers most of the Arizona-Mexico border. The 10th immigrant survived and called for help.
Adame said authorities were following the footprints of the remaining missing person.
* ATLANTA -- BellSouth and the Communications Workers of America reached a tentative agreement on a five-year contract Saturday night, averting a possible strike. The new contract for 45,000 workers in nine states includes a 10.5 percent increase in base wages over the contract term and improved pension and health care benefits.
* HEMET, Calif. -- Firefighters battled to contain several wildfires that blackened thousands of acres and forced scores of people to evacuate their homes. A new fire moved rapidly through thick brush in Riverside County, charring 400 acres and threatening houses in the tiny desert community of Anza, about 110 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Nearly 700 firefighters converged on another blaze in the Angeles National Forest that had burned 1,200 acres near the Los Angeles suburb of Castaic. That fire was reported fully contained late Sunday. Causes of the blazes had not been determined.
-- From News Services