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Trucker accused of holding woman captive



Published: Wed, April 24, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Trucker accused ofholding woman captive

DUBLIN, Ga. -- A plea for help scrawled on a bathroom wall in Tennessee led to the arrest of a truck driver at a rest stop in Georgia, where police found a woman who said she had been beaten and held against her will for six months.

Katina L. Shaddix, 24, told police she hid a marker in her sock and left more than 30 messages in restrooms from New York to Tennessee.

Maintenance worker Binford Aycock found one, saying, "Won't let me out. Beating me, this is no joke!" while cleaning the restroom at an Interstate 75 rest stop Friday night in McMinn County, Tenn. He called 911.

The message, written in ink marker, named "Cannon truck 383." Officials used a global positioning system to trace the truck to a rest area on Interstate 16 in Georgia. Deputies converged on the truck early Saturday.

Shaddix, who said she had no family, remained hospitalized Tuesday; spokeswoman Alexis Hughes declined to disclose her condition.

Shaddix told police she met the driver at a truck stop in Washington state about a year ago and began traveling with him willingly, but wanted to leave about six months ago. She said the man beat her and held her against her will, following her to the bathroom and waiting outside so she wouldn't escape, authorities said.

The truck driver, Shannon E. Jones, 26, of Delhi, N.Y., was jailed without bond on a charge of aggravated assault. Investigators said the case may be turned over to the FBI, and he could face additional charges.

Authorities arrest3 suspects in bombings

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines -- Police arrested three more suspects today in deadly bombings in the southern Philippines and were looking into possible links among three rebel groups.

The arrests came in a pre-dawn raid outside General Santos city, which was rocked by a trio of blasts Sunday that killed 15 people and injured 71.

Police said they confiscated two bombs that were complete except for timers, four 60mm mortars, two grenades, bits of iron and lead to be used as shrapnel and other bomb-making materials.

"There was no difference between Sunday's explosives and those we got today," said Bartoleme Baluyot, police chief for the part of Mindanao region that includes General Santos.

Two suspects who were arrested earlier disclosed an alleged plan to destabilize the country by hitting targets in Manila and elsewhere, police said Tuesday. The men said they received training at Muslim terrorist camps overseas.

Space tourist: Trip isworth the trouble, cost

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan -- Mark Shuttleworth's ticket into space aboard a Russian rocket cost him more than the $20 million price tag. He also had to put in eight months of grueling work, negotiate mountains of red tape and learn Russian.

In addition to his Russian cosmonaut training, he joined his full-time astronaut colleagues for a week of training at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston and received instruction from a South African scientist who needs Shuttleworth's help to conduct tests on stem cells in zero-gravity.

On the eve of his voyage, the South African Internet tycoon poised to become the world's second paying space tourist said the trip has already been worth the trouble.

"I had always hoped and believed that I could fly into space but I thought it would only be as passenger," Shuttleworth said today, sitting next to Russian flight commander Yuri Gidzenko and Italian cosmonaut Roberto Vittori.

The three-man crew blasts off Thursday at 10:26 a.m. Moscow time, aboard a Soyuz TM-34 spacecraft.

Associated Press




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