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Smuggling boats carrying drugs or illegal immigrants from Mexico have been ranging farther and farther north along the California coast.

A Coast Guard maritime patrol aircraft spotted a low-sided fishing boat favored by Mexican smugglers, and the cutter was sent to intercept it.

Ms. Napolitano said the tragedy was a reminder of the dangers men and women in uniform face daily while protecting the nation.

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Police: Man shoots, kills ex at church

COUDERSPORT — An elementary school music teacher has been jailed on charges that he walked into a north-central Pennsylvania church service and shot and killed his ex-wife.

The defense attorney for 52-year-old Gregory Eldred, of Coudersport, did not immediately return a call for comment Monday.

Mr. Eldred is charged with first-degree murder for Sunday’s shooting of 53-year-old Darlene Sitler, also of Coudersport.

Troopers from the Coudersport barracks did not immediately offer a description or explanation of the shooting at the First United Presbyterian Church where, the Bradford Era reported, Ms. Sitler served as organist and choir director.

Police said Mr. Eldred shot Ms. Sitler Sunday about 11:20 a.m. during a church service, but that nobody else was injured.

Others in the congregation grabbed Mr. Eldred and held him until police arrived.

 

From wire dispatches and staff reports