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Homemade cannon blast kills suspect’s girlfriend

SAN DIEGO | A man arrested after a homemade cannon blasted through his mobile home, killing his girlfriend, “liked to live life on the edge,” his brother told a San Diego newspaper.

Richard Fox, 39, was arrested for investigation of exploding a device resulting in death after the Tuesday blast in a mountain community near San Diego, sheriff’s Sgt. David Martinez said.

Mr. Fox’s 38-year-old girlfriend was found dead from shrapnel wounds when authorities arrived at the home. The San Diego County medical examiner’s office identified her Wednesday as Jeanette Ogara.

Mr. Fox’s brother, Jerry Fox, told U-T San Diego that he spoke with his anguished brother by phone moments after the blast.

“I’m sorry. I’m sorry. It should have been me,” Jerry Fox said, recounting his brother’s words.

Mr. Fox shot the cannon after loading it with fireworks powder, Sgt. Martinez said. He was treated at a hospital for shrapnel wounds to his right leg. Three other adults and a 4-year-old girl who were inside the home escaped injury.

Preliminary evidence suggested that Mr. Fox was under the influence of alcohol, Sgt. Martinez said. Investigators had not established a motive or determined whether the blast was accidental.

“He gave us his version of the story. We want to corroborate that based on the evidence we find at the scene,” Sgt. Martinez said.

NEW YORK

Accused madam’s attorney: Black book not relevant

NEW YORK | The attorney for a mother of four who is accused of operating a high-class Manhattan brothel says he never asked her about a so-called black book.

Peter J. Gleason told “Good Day New York” on Wednesday that “as far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t exist.”

If Anna Gristina is found guilty of the charges, he said, “it’s irrelevant to me if there’s a black book or not.”

He said the prosecution has not shared with the defense team information about its allegations that the Monroe woman peddled underage girls and had police protection.

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