Idaho Girl Says Captor
Told Her About Killings
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- Convicted sex offender Joseph Edward Duncan IIIbragged to his 8-year-old captive about killing her family, telling her how he used a shotgun and hammer in the slayings after staking out their home for days, court documents show.
Shasta Groene remembered it all and has been providing authorities with details that are building a case against Duncan, according to the minutes and a recording of a closed-door probable-cause hearing.
Duncan was charged Tuesday with three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of first-degree kidnapping in the deaths of Shasta's mother, Brenda Groene, 40, her brother Slade, 13, and Groene's boyfriend, Mark McKenzie, 37. If convicted, Duncan could get the death penalty.
"He told her he was out driving around looking for children to kidnap," Detective Brad Maskell of the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department testified during the probable-cause hearing Tuesday. "He . . . saw her playing in the yard with her brother and wearing a bathing suit. At that point he chose them as possible kidnap victims."
Man Arrested in Ill. Allegedly
Boasted of Bomb for D.C.
CHICAGO -- Illinois police arrested a driver near Interstate 80 on Wednesday who carried white supremacist literature and allegedly boasted over a citizens band radio that he intended to take a bomb to Washington, D.C.
The suspect from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, told a trucker in a CB conversation that he intended to target the president and members of the Supreme Court, said Princeton, Ill., Police Chief Tom Root. The trucker alerted police, who found no explosives amid a collection of belongings and supremacist material in the suspect's van.
The suspect, who gave his name as Terry L. Diamond, allegedly told the trucker that he had a bomb or planned to pick one up on his way to Washington.
Police are not certain whom they have, said Root, who reported that the man uses at least seven aliases.
* ALBANY, N.Y. -- A prosecutor dropped all charges Tuesday against New Paltz Mayor Jason West, who could have faced a year in jail for marrying same-sex couples last year. West had been charged with 24 misdemeanor counts of violating the state's domestic relations law.
* LOS ANGELES -- A toddler whose father held her as a shield during a gun battle with police died of a single gunshot fired from a police officer's rifle, authorities said. Los Angeles County coroner's spokesman Craig Harvey released the autopsy reports of 19-month-old Suzie Pena and her father, Jose Pena, 34, who were killed Sunday.
* BOSTON -- A map of Cuba used by President John F. Kennedy during the Cuban missile crisis of 1962 with handwritten notes on the locations of Russian missile sites will be displayed at his presidential library this summer, library officials said.
-- From Staff Reports and News Services