- - Monday, September 19, 2011

DELAWARE

Convicted killer found dead in prison

DOVER | A once wealthy and politically connected Delaware attorney serving life in prison for killing his mistress who worked in the governor’s office has been found dead in his prison cell.

State officials said Tom Capano, 61, was found unresponsive Monday morning in his cell at the state prison in Smyrna. He was pronounced dead shortly after noon.

Capano was convicted of shooting his mistress, Ann Marie Fahey, after she decided to end an affair with him in 1996. He had spent time on death row before his death sentence was overturned.

Miss Fahey was the scheduling secretary to then-Gov. Tom Carper, now Delaware’s senior U.S. senator.

FLORIDA

Records: Shooting suspect killed previous wife

LAKELAND | The man accused of killing his wife and then shooting two church pastors had been sentenced to probation for killing a previous wife years earlier, according to court records.

Jeremiah Fogle, 57, was charged with murder and attempted murder after Sunday’s shootings. During a hearing Monday, he was ordered held without bond and assigned a public defender. He appeared stoic and did not speak at the hearing, where he appeared via video conference.

Authorities said Mr. Fogle killed his wife, Theresa, and then wounded a pastor and associate pastor. The congregation had been bowing their heads in prayer when he burst inside. Church members were able to tackle him, take away the gun and hold him until deputies arrived.

Years before that, Mr. Fogle had pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of his wife, Diane. He was sentenced in 1987 to 10 years’ probation.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said Mr. Fogle has been married at least seven times and expressed outrage that he was a free man despite the earlier killing.

LOUISIANA

Crane topples onto retirement home

NEW ORLEANS | A construction crane toppled into the lobby of a Louisiana retirement home on Monday, but missed patients’ rooms and no residents were injured, officials said.

One employee was taken to a hospital to be checked for possible injuries as a precaution, a spokesman said.

“It was really fortunate. It didn’t hit any patient areas or rooms,” said Charlie Cavell, spokesman for Willis-Knighton Health System, which operates the Oaks in Shreveport.

The crane was brought to the site Monday to replace air conditioning units in the home of 112 residents but had not yet been hooked up, Mr. Cavell said.

“One of the outrigger supports fell and that toppled the crane. It was almost like someone taking a knife and cutting it. It went right down the middle of the common area,” he said.

Some patients in one wing were moved to other areas as a precaution but others were allowed to stay in their rooms.

Another crane was to be brought in to remove the toppled one.

NEW YORK

Group, university to study rape kit backlog

WEST SAYVILLE | A recently formed organization that contends there is a nationwide backlog of untested rape kits told the Associated Press on Monday that it was teaming with a New York university to try to figure out how many are sitting on police department shelves as a first step in clearing the logjam.

Natasha’s Justice Project, based on New York’s Long Island, believes there could be as many as 180,000 untested rape kits in the U.S., said founder Natasha Alexenko. Her group, Stony Brook University researchers and a consulting firm named Strategic Planning will try to determine what the number really is, Miss Alexenko told the AP.

A May report by the National Institute of Justice, the research arm of the U.S. Justice Department, said the exact number of unanalyzed sex assault kits nationally is not known, in part because of an “antiquated process” of reporting in many jurisdictions.

The institute’s survey found that 43 percent of law enforcement agencies lack a computerized system for tracking forensic evidence. It also found that in 18 percent of unsolved sexual assault cases between 2002 and 2007, forensic evidence was collected but never submitted for analysis.