- - Monday, September 20, 2010

ARIZONA

TV dad charged with domestic violence

CAMP VERDE | The father of sextuplets who stars on the cable television show “Raising Sextuplets” has been charged with domestic violence.

Authorities say Bryan Masche, 32, yelled at and threatened his wife and another family member earlier this month at a Camp Verde home.

Mr. Mache’s wife, Jenny, told authorities that the argument stemmed from marital issues and her husband’s desire to take the children to a town where they once lived.

Mr. Masche was arrested on Sept. 11 and posted a $3,500 bond the next day. A court official said he pleaded not guilty to three counts of domestic violence involving disorderly conduct and threats, and a single count of resisting arrest. The show is on WE TV.

NEW YORK

Muslim coalition appeals for dialogue

NEW YORK | A coalition of Muslim groups called Monday for interfaith dialogue to combat religious intolerance and said they support the right to build an Islamic center near ground zero.

“We stand for the constitutional right of Muslims, and Americans of all faiths, to build houses of worship anywhere in our nation as allowed by local laws and regulations,” the Muslim leaders said in a statement delivered at the site of the proposed Islamic center in Manhattan, to be called Park51.

They called for a “week of dialogue” the weekend of Oct. 22-24, during which Muslims would conduct open houses at their places of worship to help ease tensions.

The Muslim leaders spoke after a summit Sunday at a hotel near John F. Kennedy International Airport.

ILLINOIS

FBI says man tried to bomb stadium

CHICAGO | A man arrested for allegedly placing a backpack he thought contained an explosive near Chicago’s Wrigley Field also talked about poisoning Lake Michigan, bombing a landmark skyscraper and assassinating Mayor Richard M. Daley, according to a federal complaint filed Monday.

Sami Samir Hassoun, 22, a Lebanese citizen living in Chicago for about three years, was charged with one count each of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempted use of an explosive device.

An FBI informant tipped investigators about Mr. Hassoun nearly a year ago, the agency said.

NORTH CAROLINA

Chief gets arrest in daughter’s slaying

RALEIGH | Authorities in New York arrested a convicted sex offender on Monday in the slaying of a North Carolina police chief’s daughter, hours after the lawman made an emotional plea for help tracking down the suspect.

FBI agents and U.S. marshals arrested Michael Neal Harvey, 34, without incident in Niagara Falls, N.Y. He was wanted on a murder warrant in the killing of Valerie Hamilton, a 23-year-old preschool teacher and swim instructor whose body was found in a Charlotte self-storage unit on Saturday.

Merl Hamilton, police chief in the Charlotte-area city of Concord, used an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” to ask for help from law enforcement across the country, his voice breaking several times as he spoke. He later described Ms. Hamilton as a “perfect daughter” in an interview with the Associated Press and said he felt kinship with the officers tracking Harvey.

Ms. Hamilton was last seen alive at a Charlotte tavern. Police have said they think Harvey is the man spotted on surveillance video leaving the tavern with her early Wednesday.

VIRGINIA

‘Horrorcore’ rapper admits to killing 4

FARMVILLE | An aspiring rapper who embraced a style of music known as “horrorcore” pleaded guilty Monday to killing his 16-year-old girlfriend, her parents and her friend.

Richard McCroskey was sentenced to life in prison Monday as part of his agreement to plead guilty to two counts of capital murder and two counts of first-degree murder.

His attorney, Cary Bowen, said after the hearing that the prospect of the death penalty was a major factor.

McCroskey, from Castro Valley, Calif., arrived at the Prince Edward County Circuit Court shackled and heavily guarded. He showed little emotion during the hearing and offered simple “yes” and “no” answers to questions from the judge.

McCroskey, 21, pleaded guilty to killing his girlfriend, 16-year-old Emma Niederbrock; her parents, Presbyterian minister Mark Niederbrock and Longwood University professor Debra Kelley; and Emma’s 18-year-old friend, Melanie Wells of Inwood, W.Va.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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