- - Thursday, July 29, 2010

ALASKA

Cargo plane crash kills 4 servicemen

ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE — A military cargo plane on a training mission crashed just about a minute after it took off from a base runway, officials said Thursday.

Three of the men killed in the Wednesday evening accident were in the Alaska Air National Guard, and the fourth was on active duty at Elmendorf, Air Force Col. Jack McMullen said Thursday.

The servicemen’s names were not released pending notification of relatives.

The C-17 was part of the 3rd Wing, based at Elmendorf in Anchorage. A fireball erupted hundreds of feet into the air when the plane crashed about 6:14 p.m. during a training demonstration for a weekend air show, Lt. Gen. Dana Atkins said.

“About a minute after takeoff is when I got the call that we had a mishap,” Col. McMullen said.

LOUISIANA

2 officers charged in beating death

NEW ORLEANS — Two New Orleans police officers were indicted Thursday on federal charges in the beating death of a 48-year-old man, part of a sprawling Justice Department probe that has led to charges against 18 of the city’s officers.

Melvin Williams, one of the two officers charged, is accused of kicking Raymond Robair and beating him with a police baton, causing his fatal injuries. Officer Williams and Officer Matthew Dean Moore encountered Robair while patrolling a New Orleans street on July 30, 2005.

Both officers dropped off Robair at a hospital, where the man later died of a ruptured spleen. The officers didn’t tell anyone at the hospital that Officer Williams struck Robair, the indictment said. Both men are still on the force.

A police report submitted by Officer Williams and Officer Moore described the encounter as a “medical incident” and included a false description of how Robair was injured, according to the indictment.

Officer Williams is charged with deprivation of rights under color of law in Robair’s death. Both officers are charged with obstructing a federal investigation. Officer Moore is charged with lying to the FBI when he said Officer Williams never struck Robair.

MICHIGAN

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