- - Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Killer father’s papers found at recycling site

GRAHAM — A search at a recycling center recovered some papers, books and a map of Utah that Josh Powell dropped off the day before he killed his two young sons and himself in an explosive fire, the Pierce County sheriff's office said.

Volunteers who combed through more than 10 tons of paper over the weekend found what the sheriff's office called a “testament” with Powell’s name on it, some paperback books with his wife’s name on them and the Utah map. The office did not elaborate on what the testament contains.

Investigators also are testing a bloodstained comforter that was found last week in a storage unit Powell had rented.

Authorities are still looking for the body of Susan Powell, who disappeared in December 2009 in Utah. Josh Powell was a person of interest, and the Pierce County prosecutor considers Powell’s killing of his children and himself an admission of guilt in her death.

Powell slammed his door in the face of a social worker Feb. 5, seized his sons, Charlie and Braden, hit them with a hatchet and set fire to his gasoline-soaked home in Graham in a blast that rocked the neighborhood.


Doctor gets 4 terms of life in pill mill case

COLUMBUS — A Chicago doctor who prosecutors say dispensed more of the powerful painkiller oxycodone from 2003 to 2005 than any other physician in the country was sentenced Tuesday to four life terms in the overdose deaths of four patients.

Dr. Paul Volkman, 64, made weekly trips from Chicago to three locations in Portsmouth in southern Ohio and one in Chillicothe in central Ohio before federal investigators shut down the operations in 2006, prosecutors said. He was sentenced in federal court in Cincinnati.

Volkman fired his attorneys earlier this month and said he acted at all times as a doctor, not a drug dealer.


Mormons apologize for posthumous baptisms

SALT LAKE CITY — Mormon church leaders have apologized to the family of Holocaust survivor and Jewish rights advocate Simon Wiesenthal after his parents were posthumously baptized in a Mormon temple ritual last month.

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