- - Tuesday, August 31, 2010

ALABAMA

Woman with gun ready for intruder

DECATUR | A pistol-packing woman in northern Alabama says intruders will think twice before messing with her again.

Ethel Jones, 69, shot an 18-year-old man in the stomach when she found him inside her bedroom at her home in Decatur, police said.

Mrs. Jones said she sleeps with her gun under a pillow next to her. She said she grabbed it after hearing a door rattle shortly before 3 a.m. Monday.

Police said the suspect removed a window air conditioner to get inside the home. He has been hospitalized and faces a charge of second-degree burglary.

ARKANSAS

3 die in medical helicopter crash

LITTLE ROCK | A helicopter ambulance crashed early Tuesday amid the hills of central Arkansas, killing three crew members who were trying to reach a person injured in a traffic accident.

The Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter went down near the Scotland community in Van Buren County at about 4 a.m., according to the company and the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Bell 206 helicopter, built in 1978, was registered to Air Evac EMS Inc., based in West Plains, Mo., according to the FAA.

Air Evac spokeswoman Julie Heavrin said pilot Kenneth Robertson, flight nurse Kenneth Meyer Jr. and flight paramedic Gayla Gregory were killed in the crash.

CALIFORNIA

Golf swing sparks 12-acre fire

IRVINE | “Fire” was the cry of the day for a golfer whose off-target swing sparked a 12-acre blaze in Southern California.

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