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Small-plane crash leaves one dead

WINFIELD, W.Va. — A private plane crashed near a rural home in West Virginia after straying hundreds of miles off course as National Guard fighter crews tried unsuccessfully to contact the pilot.

The body of the pilot, the only person on board, was found in the wreckage after the plane crashed Friday night, Todd Gunther, an investigating officer with the National Transportation Safety Board, said yesterday .

There was no indication whether he died during or before the crash. No one on the ground was injured.

Mr. Gunther identified the pilot as William R. Cammack, 56, of St. Paul, Minn.

The twin-engine Beech Baron 56TC took off Friday evening from Glendive, Mont., for a 600-mile flight to St. Paul, Minn., Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Holly Baker said yesterday .

Judge says convict can donate kidney

NEWARK, N.J. — A judge has agreed to allow New Jersey’s worst serial killer to donate a kidney, but the donor and his doctors have to meet conditions.

Superior Court Judge Paul W. Armstrong did not say when Charles Cullen might undergo the operation to remove one of his kidneys to be transplanted into the relative of a friend.

Cullen has admitted killing 29 patients with drug overdoses at nursing homes and hospitals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He has been sentenced to 18 life terms.

The judge’s order, signed Thursday, stipulates that all operation costs must be paid by the recipient’s insurer. Also, the surgery to remove Cullen’s kidney must happen in New Jersey at a hospital certified by the state Department of Corrections, and the doctors who perform the operation must be certified by the state Board of Medical Examiners.

Ex-Treasury secretary, G. William Miller, dies

Former Federal Reserve Chairman G. William Miller, who as President Carter’s Treasury secretary oversaw the government bailout that brought Chrysler back from the brink, has died. He was 81.

Mr. Miller, who died Friday night, had suffered from a lung ailment, said Michael H. Cardozo, managing director of Mr. Miller’s Washington-based merchant banking firm.

Mr. Miller was appointed by Mr. Carter to lead the central bank on March 8, 1978. A year later, the president turned to Mr. Miller to replace W. Michael Blumenthal as Treasury secretary. He served as Treasury secretary from Aug. 6, 1979, to the end of the Carter administration in January 1981.

Mr. Miller is survived by his wife, Ariadna; three sisters; and two brothers.

Bond denied for abduction suspect

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A local magistrate denied bail yesterday for a convicted rapist charged with abducting two teenage girls and assaulting them in an underground room behind his home.

Kenneth G. Hinson was captured Friday evening after a four-day manhunt in the woods around his Darlington County neighborhood, about 20 miles northwest of Florence.

Magistrate Deatrice Curtis denied bond on charges of criminal sexual assault, kidnapping, and assault and battery with intent to kill. Hinson faces a second bond hearing in circuit court on a charge of first-degree burglary.

The two 17-year-old girls had been sleeping in a nearby home late Monday when Hinson, 47, reportedly kidnapped each girl and assaulted her in a room under a shed on his property, police said. The two girls were left bound inside the room but managed to wriggle free and walk to safety.

In 1991, Hinson had been convicted of raping a 12-year-old girl.

Pakistani convicted of illegal exporting

SAN DIEGO — A Pakistani who spent five years in prison for selling missile parts to Iran in the 1980s has been convicted of illegally exporting military aircraft parts to Belgium, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates.

Arif Ali Durrani was convicted Friday in U.S. District Court on four counts of exporting engine parts and other components for the F-5 fighter jet and the Chinook helicopter, said Jennifer Silliman, assistant special agent in charge for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in San Diego.

Durrani also was convicted on one count of conspiracy to export parts, she said. The ultimate destination for the parts was Iran, she said.

Durrani faces up to 45 years in prison when he is sentenced June 5. Calls to Durrani’s lawyer, Moe Nadim, were not returned.

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