- - Thursday, October 6, 2011


Sheriff: Man thought to be quarry shooter dead

SUNNYVALE | Authorities say three Northern California sheriff’s deputies fatally shot a man believed to be the suspect in a deadly quarry shooting.

Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith says investigators believe the man is Shareef Allman, 47, but the coroner will have to confirm the identity.

Sheriff Smith says three deputies were on routine patrol in a Sunnyvale neighborhood Thursday morning when they encountered a man crouched behind a vehicle in the driveway of a home. He matched Allman’s description.

Sheriff Smith says the deputies opened fire after the man displayed a handgun.

The fatal confrontation happened in the same neighborhood that authorities had scoured a day earlier in search of Allman. He’s accused of opening fire during an early-morning meeting at Permanente Quarry in Cupertino, killing three co-workers and wounding six.


CDC: Kids’ ER concussion visits up 60% over decade

ATLANTA | The number of athletic children going to hospitals with concussions is up 60 percent in the past decade, a finding that is likely due to parents and coaches being more careful about getting head injuries treated, according to a new federal study.

Bicycling and football were the leading reasons for the kids’ brain injuries, but health officials said that could be at least partly related to the popularity of those activities. For example, it’s possible many more kids bike, so a larger number of bike-related injuries would be expected.


Officials: Bus crash injures more than 30

GIBBON | A Denver-bound bus rammed into an overturned semitrailer in central Nebraska early Thursday, injuring dozens of people including five who were hospitalized.

The Nebraska State Patrol said 41 people, including the bus and semi drivers, were taken to a hospital in Kearney, about 180 miles west of Omaha, after the accident on Interstate 80 around 2 a.m.

The majority of the passengers were able to board a new bus and continue their trip a few hours later, American Red Cross officials said.

Nebraska State Patrol spokeswoman Deb Collins said the semitrailer overturned after the driver drifted into the median and overcorrected.


Bodies investigation turns to computers

ALBUQUERQUE | Police are hoping computers will lead them to the person who killed 11 women and buried their bodies in the desert west of Albuquerque.

Authorities have said nearly all the dead women worked as prostitutes before they disappeared between 2003 and early 2005. Hikers discovered the first set of remains in early 2009, and the final victim was identified last year.

KOB-TV reported that police continue to receive federal grant money to update their technology systems. Detectives are using computers to cross reference information they get from tips.


Sheriff: Castoffs are attacking fellow Amish

STEUBENVILLE | A group of religious castoffs has been attacking fellow Amish, cutting off their hair and beards in an apparent feud over spiritual differences, a sheriff said Thursday.

No charges have been filed, but several victims suffered minor injuries, Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said. The investigation has been hampered by the traditional reluctance of Amish to turn to law enforcement.

Men and sometimes women from a group of Jefferson County families disavowed by mainstream Amish have terrorized a half-dozen or more fellow Amish, cutting the beards off men and the hair off men and women, the sheriff said. The attacks occurred over the past three weeks in Carroll, Holmes, Jefferson and Trumbull counties, which form the heart of Ohio’s Amish population, one of the nation’s largest.

Sheriff Abdalla said the motive may be related to unspecified religious differences involving 18 Amish families, 17 of them related, who have drawn previous attention from law enforcement, including a threat against the sheriff and a relative convicted of sexual contact with a minor.


Airport wants to sell ad space on tower

The Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport in Medford is talking to an unnamed corporate sponsor about branding the control tower, whose main competitor for tallest building in the region is a silo at a railroad yard.

Airport director Bern Case said Wednesday they hope to make a 10-year deal to bring about $300,000 a year to the airport from a corporation that would put its logo on all four sides of the 100-foot control tower, visible to passengers taking off and landing, as well as people driving by.

“It’s not really advertising,” he said. “It’s more showing a corporate presence for somebody who would like to be involved with the community.”

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