Marine wife’s body found in mine shaft

The body of the missing, pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine has been found deep in an abandoned mine shaft in Southern California, where her husband had been stationed, and Alaskan authorities have arrested her alleged lover on suspicion of homicide.

The remains of Erin Corwin were found Saturday 140 feet down a mine shaft on federal land near Twentynine Palms after authorities spent nearly two months searching 300 square miles in the remote area east of Los Angeles, San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said. Corwin was 19 when she disappeared, the sheriff said.

Her alleged lover and former neighbor, Christopher Brandon Lee, was arrested at about 9 p.m. Sunday in Anchorage on suspicion of homicide under an extradition warrant from California, said Jennifer Castro, a spokesman for the Anchorage Police Department.

— Associated Press

National parks ban unmanned aircrafts

Drones are now officially banned in Arches and Canyonlands national parks in southeastern Utah.

Kevin Moore, acting chief ranger for the two parks, says the unmanned aircrafts disrupt wildlife and are an intrusion on visitors looking for tranquility. The ban also extends to Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments.

In June, Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis directed all parks to take steps to prohibit the use of the increasingly popular aircraft that are often used to take photos and videos.

The Grand Canyon in Arizona and Zion in Utah have already changed their rules to ban drones.

— Associated Press

Okla. police officer charged: A Tulsa police officer was charged Monday with first-degree murder in the off-duty shooting death of his daughter’s boyfriend earlier this month. Shannon Kepler was charged in the Aug. 5 death of
19-year-old Jeremey Lake. Kepler, a 24-year veteran of the force, also was charged with one count of shooting with intent to kill because prosecutors say he shot at his daughter during the alleged confrontation in which Lake was killed.

Calif. girl dies in Yellowstone: An 8-year-old girl has died after falling about 550 feet while hiking in Yellowstone National Park. The National Park Service says the accident occurred Sunday morning in the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. It identified the victim as Zahra Allahyari of Poway, Calif. According to the Park Service, the girl and members of her family were hiking down a trail on the north side of the canyon to the Brink of the Lower Falls overlook. The agency says the child apparently stepped off the trail and lost her footing.

— From news services