- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 6, 2009

Garrido told mom girl was grandchild

ANTIOCH, Calif. | The elderly mother of Phillip Garrido, who is accused of abducting Jaycee Lee Dugard in 1991 and holding her prisoner for 18 years, said on Sunday she was told the girl was her granddaughter.

Patricia Garrido, 88, told Britain’s Sunday Mirror newspaper that her son introduced Ms. Dugard as “Allissa,” his daughter by a former lover — and had no idea of her plight until police raided their California home last month.

“I didn’t know she was being kept there against her will,” Mrs. Garrido said. “She always seemed happy to be there. I thought she was my granddaughter. I don’t know what’s happened to her now, but I love her. I hope she’s OK.”

Garrido told his mother that the two daughters he fathered with Ms. Dugard, who are now aged 15 and 11, were also from a previous relationship.

Police say Ms. Dugard, now 29, was snatched from outside her home when she was 11 years old and held in a prison of sheds and tents by Garrido, a convicted rapist, until her release last month.

Five killed in plane crash

TULSA, Okla. | Five people were killed when a small plane crashed amid heavy fog in northeast Oklahoma.

The Piper aircraft was on its way to Dallas on Saturday when it crashed into a park near a baseball field in Tulsa. Investigators said the six-passenger plane may have hit a guide wire from a communications tower that wasn’t visible because of fog.

Authorities said two adult males, an adult female and two juvenile females were killed. Their names haven’t been released. No one on the ground was injured.

Teen: Brother innocent in killings

TOWNSEND, Ga. | The 16-year-old brother of a coastal Georgia man charged with killing his father and seven others inside the mobile home they shared said he’s innocent and never would have harmed his own family.

Tyler Heinze spoke with reporters Saturday after the funeral for his father, Guy Heinze Sr., and six relatives slain last weekend. His older brother, Guy Heinze Jr., 22, was charged with eight counts of murder Friday night.

Tyler Heinze said he thinks drugs may have motivated the slayings, but he wouldn’t elaborate. He said his brother, who remains jailed in Glynn County, loved their father and has a conscience that wouldn’t permit him to commit murder.

Debt closing in on Annie Leibovitz

NEW YORK | Annie Leibovitz’s artsy, provocative portraits of celebrities regularly grace the covers of Vanity Fair and Vogue, images that have made her as famous as her subjects and earned her millions.

Now Miss Leibovitz risks losing the copyright to the images, and her entire life’s work if she doesn’t pay back a $24 million loan by Tuesday. Art Capital Group, a New York company that issues short-term loans against fine and decorative arts and real estate, sued her in late July for breach of contract.

Some experts say filing for bankruptcy reorganization could be the best option for Miss Leibovitz, 59, who has put up as collateral her three historic Greenwich Village town houses, an upstate property and work. She bought two of the town houses in 2002, embarking on extensive renovations to combine them into one property. That spurred protests from historic preservationists and a $15 million lawsuit by a neighbor.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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