107-year-old killed in standoff with police

A 107-year-old man was killed after SWAT officers shot back at him during a standoff at a home, police in the southeastern Arkansas city of Pine Bluff said Sunday.

Police were called to the home Saturday afternoon about a disturbance and say officers arrived to find that Monroe Isadore apparently had threatened two people by pointing a weapon at them.

Officers had the pair leave the home for their safety and approached a bedroom looking for Isadore. When the officers announced who they were, Isadore shot through the door at them but missed hitting them, Pine Bluff Lt. David Price said in a news release.

The officers retreated to a safer area, and supervisors and additional help were called, Price said. Supervisors started negotiating with Isadore and continued after SWAT officers arrived at the home, about 45 miles southeast of Little Rock.

When it was clear that the negotiations weren’t working, SWAT officers released gas into the room from outside a bedroom window, Price said.

SWAT officers entered the home, made their way to the bedroom and threw a “distraction device” into the room, Price said.

Price said Isadore eventually began to fire at the officers and they fired back, killing him.

— Associated Press

Cape Canaveral
Glitch with NASA’s lunar probe is fixed

Engineers have resolved a minor glitch with a new NASA robotic lunar probe, which blasted off Friday night for the first leg of a 30-day trip to the moon.

Shortly after the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft separated from its Minotaur 5 launch vehicle, its positioning system shut down because of what appeared to be a strong electrical current.

Engineers quickly determined that there was no problem with the reaction wheels, which are needed to steer and stabilize the spacecraft. Rather, the glitch involved a fault protection system designed to safeguard the wheels.

“The limits that caused the powering off of the wheels soon after activation were disabled, and reaction wheel fault protection has been selectively re-
enabled,” NASA wrote in a statement posted on its Web site.

Engineers will assess how to manage the fault protection system, said project manager Butler Hine, with NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif.

LADEE’s main mission is to analyze the thin shell of gases enveloping the lunar surface, a tenuous atmosphere known as an exosphere.

It also will look for signs that the lunar dust is rising off the surface. Scientists believe the dust may be the cause of a strange glow on the lunar horizon spotted by the Apollo astronauts and NASA’s 1960s-era Ranger robotic probes.

LADEE was the first deep-space probe to fly from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va.

— Reuters

12 children hurt
on fair swing ride

Authorities say 12 children were injured when a ride at a Connecticut fair suddenly stopped, sending its riders crashing into one another.

Norwalk police said a dozen children and one adult were taken to hospitals after the rotating swing ride at the city’s Oyster Festival came to a sudden stop Sunday afternoon. All but one were treated and released. The hospitalized person has non-life-threatening injuries.

State police said a mechanical failure caused the ride to stop. They said no riders were ejected from the ride or fell to the ground.

The festival’s organizer, the nonprofit Norwalk Seaport Association, said it directed the ride’s operator, Stewart Amusement, to shut down the ride area until a state inspection was completed. The other rides later reopened and the rest of the festival remained open on its third and final day.

Stewart Amusement didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment. Its rides are inspected by its staff daily, by state and local inspectors weekly, and by engineers and insurance inspectors annually, the company’s Web site said.

— Associated Press

Conn. home-invasion killer says he ‘just snapped’: One of two men sentenced to death for a 2007 triple murder home invasion in Connecticut says that no one was supposed to get hurt and that he “just snapped.” Steven Hayes recently gave an hour-long interview to the New Haven Register. The newspaper published his comments in Sunday’s editions. Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky were sentenced to lethal injection for the killings of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, Hayley and Michaela, at their home in suburban Cheshire. Hayes told the Register that he started to “lose it” when Komisarjevsky told him he sexually assaulted Michaela, 11. Prosecutors say Hayes strangled and sexually assaulted Hawke-Petit.

— Associated Press