- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 27, 2005

6 die in plane crash in Pennsylvania

BELLEFONTE, Pa. — A small plane carrying two families to a college lacrosse game crashed yesterday, killing all six persons aboard, authorities said.

The two families had been on vacation in Florida and were going to Penn State University to watch pilot Jeffrey Jacober’s son play in a lacrosse game, according to a family friend.

Witnesses said the single-engine plane sputtered and hit the ground nose first near a construction site less than 10 miles from the airport in State College.

The dead were identified as Mr. Jacober, 51, of Providence, R.I.; his wife, Karen, 49; their son Eric, 15; Gregg Weingeroff, 49; his wife, Dawn; and their 10-year-old son Leland, said Carl Freedman, an attorney for both men.

Mr. Weingeroff operated a Cranston, R.I.-based jewelry business. Mr. Jacober was president of Ocean Group Inc., a medical supply wholesaler, and operated a manufacturer of health care products.

NASA spacecraft set for comet encounter

PASADENA, Calif. — NASA’s Deep Impact spacecraft is on course for a July 4 encounter with comet Tempel 1, but mission officials are trying to determine why one of the probe’s telescopes has not focused properly.

The problem was discovered after a process called a “bake-out” in which heat is used to remove residual moisture from the telescope, which absorbed moisture as the spacecraft waited on the launchpad and flew through the atmosphere into space.

Testing showed the telescope has not focused perfectly, and scientists are searching for ways to fix it.

Deep Impact, launched Jan. 12, carries an “impactor” that will be released to collide with the comet, possibly creating a stadium-size gouge while the spacecraft’s instruments collect data on the material that is hurled off.

Iowa girl’s body found; man arrested

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — State officials on Friday found a child’s body near a mobile home where they arrested a registered sex offender in the disappearance of a 10-year-old girl.

It was not immediately determined whether the body found in Johnson County was that of Jetseta Marrie Gage, who disappeared from her Cedar Rapids home Thursday. Officials, however, said the body was “possibly of a young female.”

Roger Paul Bentley, 37, was in the Linn County Jail yesterday, charged with one count of child stealing, the Des Moines Register reported.

Jetseta’s 7-year-old brother told police she left with Mr. Bentley, a friend of the family.

Police apprehended Mr. Bentley at a mobile home southwest of Iowa City, and the girl’s body was apparently found at the same location.

Crawford mayor plans to retire

CRAWFORD, Texas — Months after he endorsed Democrat Sen. John Kerry for president, the mayor of the tiny town made famous by President Bush’s ranch has decided not to seek re-election.

Mayor Robert Campbell said his decision had nothing to do with fallout from his decision to join the National Conference of Black Mayors in endorsing Mr. Kerry. Instead, Mr. Campbell, 61, who has been mayor for seven years, cited differences with the city council.

Worker locked in cargo hold, takes flight

MILWAUKEE — An airport worker loading baggage in Milwaukee got locked inside the cargo hold of an airplane that flew to Philadelphia. The worker was “a little stressed” but uninjured after the unscheduled flight, a spokeswoman for Midwest Airlines said Friday.

The man was stowing a wheelchair aboard the plane when other employees closed the cargo door because they did not see him, the spokeswoman said. When the plane landed, “he jumped out of the airplane and asked for a cigarette.”

He later flew back to Milwaukee — in the passenger compartment. “He wanted to finish his shift,” she said.

$7 million in diamonds stolen from NYC store

NEW YORK — Two men posing as FedEx deliverymen stole $7 million worth of diamonds from a diamond district wholesaler here Friday, officials said.

The theft occurred when security in the diamond district may have been relaxed because many jewelers were closed, sources told the New York Post. Diamart manager Raj Goinka said the two men, who said they were from FedEx, were dressed in black from head to toe and once inside, they wore masks.

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