- - Tuesday, April 3, 2012

TALLAHASSEE — The police chief at Florida A&M University is retiring less than a week after reports surfaced that Tallahassee authorities didn’t receive timely information about an off-campus hazing incident from 2010.

The university announced Tuesday that Calvin Ross will retire May 1 after 11 years with the university and 40 years in law enforcement. The school said the chief asked to be put on leave immediately.

Assistant Police Chief John Earst will replace the chief on an interim basis.

Tallahassee police said last week that they were unable to file charges from an off-campus hazing incident in early 2010 because they didn’t receive a report from university authorities who investigated that incident.

The historically black college has been in turmoil since the Nov. 20 death of drum major Robert Champion after a separate hazing ritual.


Pilot says she didn’t see other plane in collision

DENVER — A pilot who survived a collision aloft in Colorado said she never saw the other aircraft but heard a loud bang and felt her plane roll to the right, an aviation investigator said Tuesday.

Two people in the other plane died when it plummeted to the ground after the March 23 collision in clear skies near Longmont, about 30 miles north of Denver.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Timothy Sorensen said the surviving pilot said she didn’t see the other plane before or after the crash.

That pilot, Beverly Cameron, 72, suffered minor injuries when she crash-landed minutes later near Vance Brand Airport in Longmont. She was the only person aboard.

Authorities said Ms. Cameron was about 1,000 yards from the airport runway when her single-engine Cessna 180 clipped four overhead power lines and crashed into a fence. The engine separated from the rest of the plane on impact, and the fuselage was crushed and mangled.

The two killed in the other plane were 30-year-old Ryan Brungardt, an instructor pilot, and 64-year-old Edward “Lee” Omohundro, a student pilot. Their single-engine Cessna 172S crashed close to two homes in southeast Longmont.


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