6 Killed in Crash Caused

By Fleeing SUV's Rollover

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. -- A stolen sport-utility vehicle that had been chased by deputies rolled over at a busy intersection near an Army post Saturday, causing an 11-car crash that killed six people and injured 15, sheriff's officials said.

Deputies believed the SUV, reported stolen in Phoenix, was carrying illegal immigrants in Cochise County, in southeastern Arizona. They first saw the vehicle driving out of a brushy area along a highway and trailed it for a short time, sheriff's spokeswoman Carol Capas said.

Deputies called for backup and stopped chasing the vehicle after the suspect sped away recklessly, Capas said.

After the vehicle was spotted on another road, Sierra Vista police used tire deflation devices to slow the vehicle, an official said.

At a busy intersection near the east entrance to Fort Huachuca, the driver lost control, and the SUV rolled several times.

* BOSTON -- Two Roman Catholic parishes slated for closure in the Boston Archdiocese were granted reprieves, Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley said. St. Bernard in Newton will remain open until further notice to allow additional meetings with parishioners, O'Malley said. St. Mary of the Angels in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood will stay open two more years to assist in reducing neighborhood violence.

* LOS ANGELES -- A woman who killed her husband with a steak knife at a U.S. Air Force base in Turkey was convicted Friday of voluntary manslaughter. Latasha Lorraine Arnt, who testified that she fatally stabbed Air Force Staff Sgt. Mathias Arnt III when he seemed about to strike her in a drunken rage, was convicted in a retrial by a federal jury. Prosecutors had sought a conviction for second-degree murder, which carries a potential life sentence. Arnt, 24, is the first person prosecuted under a law that allows civilians accompanying military personnel to be tried in U.S. federal courts for crimes on foreign soil. She faces as much as 10 years in prison.

* VALLEY STREAM, N.Y. -- A man who crashed his car into a utility pole left behind 69 kilograms of cocaine -- probably worth millions of dollars -- when he fled on foot after police chased the vehicle early Saturday, authorities said.

* PHILADELPHIA -- A man charged with shooting at a group of children after a snowball fight was convicted Friday of attempted murder and other offenses. Police said Joseph Best, 34, fired the shots into a crowd in West Philadelphia in February 2003 because he got angry that his daughter had been struck in the head by a snowball. Ebony Smith, 10, was wounded in the shooting and was hospitalized for two months.

* WHITTIER, Calif. -- A freight train that was carrying hazardous materials derailed early Saturday, injuring a person, damaging at least four houses and forcing the evacuation of about 30 other houses, officials said. Investigators were trying to identify the materials on board and to determine whether any leaked when the 40 freight cars and trailers left the tracks, police said.

-- From News Services