- The Washington Times - Friday, November 28, 2008


Former employee shoots supervisors

ANCHORAGE | A worker returned to an Alaska hospital a day after being fired and unleashed a shooting spree that left one of his ex-supervisors dead and another critically wounded before he was fatally shot by state police.

Joseph Marchetti, armed with a rifle and handgun, fired multiple shots just before 10 a.m. Wednesday inside Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, a small community southwest of Anchorage, authorities said.

The gunfire sent people scattering, hospital spokeswoman Bonnie Nichols said.

The two hospital employees shot by Mr. Marchetti had been his former supervisors.

Mike Webb, 55, died two hours after the shooting, Miss Nichols said. Margaret Stroup, 57, shot multiple times in the chest, was listed in critical condition and was to be flown to a hospital in Anchorage, she said.

Mr. Webb was the hospital’s information services director and Mrs. Stroup is the imaging services director.

Mr. Marchetti, 48, worked in the hospital’s imaging department until he was fired Tuesday, Miss Nichols said. She had no information on why he was fired.


Police nab suspect in anchor’s death

LITTLE ROCK | Police for weeks had neither a suspect nor a motive in the beating death of a popular television anchorwoman. A suspect is now in custody, but many questions remain unanswered.

Officers arrested Curtis Lavelle Vance, 28, at a home in Little Rock on Wednesday night - tipped to his location after police held a late-evening news conference to reveal him as their suspect.

“We went there, and he’s in custody,” said Lt. Terry Hastings, a police spokesman.

Mr. Vance was charged with capital murder in the death of Anne Pressly, 26. The anchorwoman, who had a small part in the President George W. Bush biopic “W.,” died Oct. 25, five days after being severely beaten in what police described as a random attack at her home.


SUV plunges off overpass; 7 killed

JOHNSTOWN | A sport utility vehicle plunged off an overpass in northern Colorado and hit a concrete embankment in a fiery crash early Thursday morning, killing all seven people inside it, including two young children, authorities said.

Investigators haven’t determined the identities or ages of the victims, Colorado State Trooper Gilbert Mares said. The Chevrolet Suburban was registered in Alberta, Canada, he said.

Among the dead were an infant, a toddler, three other males and two females, Trooper Mares said. He said one of the males was driving.

Larimer County coroner’s investigator Maury Miller said a driver’s license was found in the wreckage, but it was impossible to match the photo to any of the victims.

Autopsies were planned for Friday.


Oldest person dies at age 115

SHELBYVILLE | Edna Parker, who became the world’s oldest person more than a year ago, has died at age 115.

UCLA gerontologist Dr. Stephen Coles said Mrs. Parker’s great-nephew notified him that she died Wednesday at a nursing home in Shelbyville. She was 115 years, 220 days old, said Robert Young, a senior consultant for gerontology for Guinness World Records.

Mrs. Parker was born April 20, 1893, in central Indiana’s Morgan County and had been recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest person since the 2007 death in Japan of Yone Minagawa, who was four months her senior.

Dr. Coles maintains a list of the world’s oldest people and said Mrs. Parker was the 14th oldest validated supercentenarian in history. Maria de Jesus of Portugal, who was born Sept. 10, 1893, is now the world’s oldest living person, according to the Gerontology Research Group.


Astronauts share freeze-dried feast

HOUSTON | Astronauts raised plastic cups of iced tea and toasted the Thanksgiving holiday from the International Space Station on Thursday.

“To Thanksgiving. Wishing everyone on Earth, and off Earth, a good Thanksgiving,” said Space Shuttle Endeavour astronaut Don Pettit, holding a makeshift plastic cup he had devised during his visit to the space station.

Astronauts normally drink liquids from pouches using straws, to prevent the drinks from spilling out, but Mr. Pettit wanted to show that they could drink from cups.

The seven Endeavour astronauts and three space station crew members ate their Thanksgiving meal at the joined shuttle-space station complex, 220 miles above Earth. They spent an off-duty morning in which they talked to friends and relatives on the ground or just looked out the window.

The shuttle astronauts had to do last-minute packing before saying goodbye and closing the hatch between Endeavour and the space station Thursday.

The shuttle was set to undock early Friday and return to Florida on Sunday, completing a 16-day mission.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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