Cops: Curious worker set off dry-ice bombs
A baggage handler arrested after dry-ice bombs exploded at Los Angeles International Airport planted the three devices out of personal curiosity, police said Wednesday.
The motive was disclosed a day after the arrest of Dicarlo Bennett, a 28-year-old employee for the aviation ground services company Servisair.
“I think we can safely say he is not a terrorist or an organized-crime boss. He did this for his own amusement,” said Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Michael Downing, who heads the department’s counter-terrorism and special-operations bureau.
No one was hurt Sunday when a plastic bottle packed with dry ice exploded in an employee bathroom and another blew up on the airport’s tarmac.
4 dead after boat capsizes off coast
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Ten people were found clinging to the hull of a small boat that capsized early Wednesday off South Florida, trapping the bodies of four dead women and one survivor in a tiny pocket of air beneath it.
The fifteen people appeared to be making a perilous journey that thousands try each year. Migrants from Haiti, Cuba and other Caribbean countries routinely attempt to illegally enter the U.S. by reaching Florida’s coast in overloaded or unseaworthy vessels.
Early Wednesday, one of the survivors called 911 on a cellphone, alerting authorities to their location seven miles east of Miami.
Posted photos lead to rape investigation
Onlookers may have thought they were seeing consensual public sex when they took photos of a couple and posted them on social media sites, but investigators are examining the images in connection with a rape report, a police chief said.
Sharing such images may seem despicable, but the photos are helping police in their investigation, the chief said.
On Sunday evening, the female Ohio University student reported “unconsenting sexual conduct” with a man between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. that day on a street near the university’s campus, about 70 miles southeast of Columbus, according to an Athens police report.
Athens Police Chief Tom Pyle told the Athens News for a story Wednesday that the witnesses may not have understood what they were seeing.
“It may have looked consensual to them,” he said.
Pyle told WBNS-TV in Columbus that the images and a video posted that night are essential to the investigation. Pyle told the newspaper that the woman who made the report and the man seen in the postings are cooperating with police.
Legionnaire’s found at Pitt VA hospital
The bacteria that causes Legionnaire’s disease has been found again at a Pittsburgh Veterans Affairs hospital where a two-year outbreak of the disease previously sickened 21 patients and killed five.
VA spokesman David Cowgill told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review the bacteria was found in a “limited number” of plumbing fixtures at the hospital in the city’s Oakland section Oct. 7.
Cowgill says stricter testing standards implemented after the previous outbreak detected the bacteria.
Water restrictions are in place at the hospital, where hot and cold water systems have been treated with shock chlorination to kill the bacteria. The water restrictions will remain until the bacteria is gone, possibly another two weeks.