- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 7, 2004

Small planes collide over New Jersey

KINNELON, N.J. — Two small planes collided yesterday morning over New Jersey, killing both pilots and sending one aircraft plunging into the back yard of a home, authorities said.

An FAA spokeswoman had said a few hours after the morning crash that five persons had been killed, but Luke Schiada of the National Transportation Safety Board said yesterday afternoon that the pilots were the only people in the planes. No one on the ground was injured, he said.

The pilots were identified by county authorities as Eric Myerwold, 40, of Bogota, N.J. and William P. Schott, 60, of Riverdale, N.Y., which is in the Bronx.

Bioterrorism expert’s car searched by FBI

PITTSBURGH — FBI agents searched a car yesterday belonging to the bioterrorism expert whose homes were raided earlier this week by federal agents investigating the 2001 anthrax attacks.

Agents examined the car at the Connellsville Airport, about 30 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, said Frank Cero, a lineman at the airport.

Mr. Cero said Dr. Kenneth M. Berry left the car at the airport when he was not visiting family members who live in the area. He was not sure what the agents were looking for or what they took from the airport.

On Thursday, agents descended on Dr. Berry’s home in Wellsville, N.Y., and his former apartment, as well as his parents’ summer home on the New Jersey shore. An FBI spokesman said the searches were part of the FBI’s investigation of the unsolved 2001 anthrax attacks that killed five persons.

DNA fails to prove inmate’s innocence

SAN DIEGO — New DNA tests sought by a death-row inmate who won a stay of execution just eight hours before he was due to die failed to exonerate him of the 1983 murders of four persons, a prosecutor said.

DNA tests indicated that hairs found on three of Kevin Cooper’s victims were likely their own, Deputy Attorney General Holly Wilkens said. The DNA report, which could have shown another person was at the crime scene, was submitted Friday to U.S. District Judge Marilyn Huff, who ordered the tests.

A defense attorney left the courtroom without talking to reporters.

Cooper was sentenced to die in 1985 for killing Douglas and Peggy Ryen, their 10-year-old daughter, Jessica, and her 11-year-old friend Christopher Hughes, who was sleeping over at the Ryens’ home.

Donald Duck gets star on Walk of Fame

LOS ANGELES — Animated character Donald Duck will receive his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the award organization said.

The irascible cartoon duck, 70, will be honored in a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow, when his star is unveiled outside a Disney Store at 6840 Hollywood Blvd., according to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which bestows the awards.

Donald Duck made his debut in 1934, in a Disney Silly Symphony cartoon, “The Wise Little Hen.” He was drawn by animator Dick Lundy and was voiced by Clarence Nash for 51 years. The duck’s often unintelligible dialogue is now provided by Tony Anselmo.

Florida officials seek suspects in slayings

MIAMI — Authorities in central Florida yesterday were searching for suspects in the brutal slaying of four men and two women, in what the local sheriff’s office described as the worst crime it had ever seen.

The six victims, whose ages range from 18 to the mid-30s, were found early Friday in a house in the town of Deltona, located 28 miles north of Orlando, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said.

Five of the victims worked at a nearby Burger King and were found by a coworker checking up on an employee who had been late for work.

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