- - Sunday, January 22, 2012


Freezing rain starting to affect Midwest roads

MINNEAPOLIS — Freezing drizzle and rain, which is expected to change over into snow that could continue Monday, made roads slick across portions of the Upper Midwest.

The National Weather Service has updated its winter weather advisories to cover most of Minnesota and South Dakota, nearly all of Wisconsin and large parts of North Dakota and Iowa.

In southeastern Minnesota, Rochester police responded to more than 70 crashes. In northwestern Minnesota, four people were injured in a crash on Interstate 94 while a woman was injured when a car slid into a parked fire truck. But nobody was hurt when an SUV slid into a snowplow on U.S. Route 2.

Authorities closed Interstate 43 in both directions near Green Bay, Wis., for more than two hours because of multiple crashes.


Russian tanker departs after refueling Nome

ANCHORAGE — A Russian tanker that brought fuel to an iced-in Alaska town is heading back to open water - once it gets through miles of sea ice.

Coast Guard spokesman Adam De Rocher said its icebreaker, Healy, and tanker Renda were about 100 miles south of Nome on Sunday. He said they left the town on Alaska’s western coast on Friday.

The icebreaker led the Renda to Nome by cutting a path through Bering Sea ice, allowing the delivery of 1.3 million gallons of fuel. Nome would have run out by spring after a November storm prevented its last prewinter fuel delivery.

Once the Renda reaches open water, it will head for Russia. The Healy will go to Dutch Harbor, Alaska, to drop off supplies before heading home to Seattle.


Bonnie and Clyde guns fetch $210,000 at auction

KANSAS CITY — Two guns thought to have been used by bank-robbing fugitives Bonnie and Clyde have snatched $210,000 at an auction in Kansas City.

The Joplin (Mo.) Globe reported an online bidder from the East Coast on Saturday bought the weapons believed to have been seized in 1933 from the Joplin hideout of Bonnie Parker, Clyde Barrow and the rest of the infamous Barrow gang.

Sold were a .45-caliber, fully automatic Thompson submachine gun - better known as a Tommy gun - and an 1897 Winchester 12-gauge shotgun. Mayo Auction, of Kansas City, was not given permission to release the name of the buyer.

Two law enforcement officers died during a shootout at the Joplin apartment where the couple and members of their gang were holed up, but all the members of the Barrow gang escaped.


Three hurt by turbulence on AA flight from Brazil

MIAMI — An American Airlines spokeswoman says three crew members aboard a Brazil-to-Miami flight have been injured because of turbulence during the trip.

The Miami Herald reported Sunday that airline spokeswoman Mary Frances Fagan said the crew members were injured when Flight 980 from Recife Airport in Brazil encountered turbulence en route to Miami International Airport.

Fagan said three flight attendants were injured “to some degree” during the Sunday flight, which landed just after 6:30 p.m. EST. The passenger jet was carrying 136 passengers and nine crew members.

Miami airport spokeswoman Maria Levrant said the injured crew members were taken to local hospitals for treatment. No other information was released about the severity of their injuries.


HUD says 101-year-old woman can’t return to foreclosed home

DETROIT — The federal government now says a 101-year-old Detroit woman it promised could move back into her foreclosed home four months ago can’t return because the building is unsanitary and unsafe.

Texana Hollis was evicted Sept. 12 and her belongings placed outside after her 65-year-old son failed to pay property taxes linked to a reverse mortgage, the Detroit News reported Sunday. Two days later, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said she could return to her home of about 60 years. But now, HUD said it won’t let Mrs. Hollis move back in because of the house’s condition.

“Here I am, 100 years old, and don’t have a home,” Mrs. Hollis said, rounding off her age. “Oh Lord, help me.”

Department spokesman Brian Sullivan told the Detroit News that an inspection determined the house “was completely unsuitable for a person to live in.”

“We can’t allow someone to live in that [atmosphere] now that we are essentially the owners of the property,” Mr. Sullivan said. “The home isn’t safe; it’s not sanitary. It’s certainly not suitable for anyone to live in, especially not a 101-year-old mother.”

HUD doesn’t want to pay to fix up the house, but Mr. Sullivan said the department is seeking other agencies that might help with the work and get Mrs. Hollis back into her home.

After hearing about her longtime friend’s eviction, Pollian Cheeks, 68, offered Mrs. Hollis a room at her home about a mile away.


Detective in Simpson trial, Polanski case dies at 70

LOS ANGELES — Philip Vannatter, the Los Angeles police detective who served as a lead investigator in the 1994 slayings of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, has died.

His brother, Joe, said Vannatter died Friday in Southern California of complications from cancer. He was 70.

Vannatter spent 28 years with the Los Angeles Police Department, mostly as a homicide detective. He later consulted on cold-case murders.

He was among the first detectives on the scene at former football star O.J. Simpson’s mansion in June 1994 after the stabbing deaths of Simpson’s former wife, Nicole, and her friend, Ron Goldman. Vannatter testified at the murder trial, at which Simpson was acquitted.

In 1977, Vannatter conducted the investigation that led to the arrest of film director Roman Polanski on charges of having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl.

From wire dispatches and staff reports



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