- - Thursday, December 27, 2012

NEVADA

NORTH LAS VEGAS — Police investigating the week-old disappearance of a 10-year-old Las Vegas girl said Thursday they think they found the child’s body in an undeveloped housing tract in North Las Vegas.

Authorities couldn’t immediately confirm the body was Jade Morris pending positive identification and notification of family members by the Clark County coroner, Las Vegas police Capt. Chris Jones said.

But, “I can tell you that the likelihood is that this is our victim,” Capt. Jones said, though positive identification was not expected until Friday.

Jade was last seen by her family at about 5 p.m. Dec. 21, when Brenda Stokes, a trusted friend of the girl’s father, picked her up for a shopping outing, police said. Ms. Stokes, 50, was later arrested after she was accused of slashing a co-worker with razor blades at a resort casino. Capt. Jones said she has not aided the probe into the girl’s whereabouts.

TEXAS

Officer who shot UT sniper,
 ending fatal rampage, dies

AUSTIN — The Austin police officer who helped stop Charles Whitman’s 1966 sniper rampage from atop the University of Texas tower has died.

Houston McCoy fired two blasts from his shotgun to bring down Whitman, who killed 16 people during nearly two hours of terror on the UT campus. Wayne Vincent, president of the Austin Police Association, said Mr. McCoy died Thursday in the rural West Texas town of Menard.

Mr. McCoy, 72, had been battling a terminal illness for the past year.

Whitman wounded dozens of others before Mr. McCoy and fellow officer Ramiro Martinez made their way to the observation deck. Mr. Martinez also fired on Whitman.

FLORIDA

Man pleads guilty 
in dinosaur fossils dispute

NEW YORK — A Florida man has pleaded guilty in New York to smuggling dinosaur fossils into the United States, admitting that he lied to U.S. customs authorities.

Eric Prokopi entered his plea Thursday in federal court in Manhattan. The plea deal requires the 38-year-old fossils dealer to give up claims to a 70-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus bataar skeleton the government seized earlier this year.

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