September 1, 2007 in Nation/World

Man suspected in six killings

The Spokesman-Review

LANSING, Mich. – A prison parolee and sex offender was identified as the man suspected of killing five women in the city in a little more than a month, and he could face charges in a sixth death from 2004, authorities said Friday.

Murder and assault charges were being pursued against Matthew Emmanuel Macon, 27, of Lansing, who was paroled from state prison June 26, said Police Chief Mark Alley.

Macon had been in prison off and on since 2001, returning twice for parole violations after serving more than a year and a half for larceny from a person, said state Corrections Department spokesman Russ Marlan.

Macon also had an extensive juvenile criminal history, including two criminal sexual conduct offenses, breaking and entering, larceny, and unlawfully driving away an automobile, Marlan said.

Macon was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of not reporting to his parole officer and not registering as a sex offender, and on a breaking and entering warrant. He could face charges in the deaths this summer of five women. Some of the victims were beaten. Police also want Macon to be charged with the 2004 death of Barbara Jean Tuttle, 45. Both Tuttle and Renfors were found dead in the same house.


Court says Navy can use sonar

The Navy can use high-powered sonar during exercises off the Southern California coast, despite the technology’s threat to whales and other marine mammals, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

National security interests outweigh possible harm to marine life, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals determined in overturning a judge’s order banning the practice.

“The public does indeed have a very considerable interest in preserving our natural environment and especially relatively scarce whales,” Judge Andrew Kleinfeld wrote for the majority. “But it also has an interest in national defense. We are currently engaged in war, in two countries.”

Judge Milan Smith Jr. disagreed, writing that he would have kept the ban in place in part because the Natural Resources Defense Council is likely to win its lawsuit to stop the use of sonar.

The ruling allows the Navy to use high-powered sonar in 11 planned training exercises.


Backpacker gored by bison on island

A backpacker fell prey to one of Southern California’s lesser-known hazards: being gored by an American bison on Santa Catalina Island.

Jardrec Anangos was recovering from a fractured pelvic bone, a sore back and an open wound after he was attacked Wednesday by one of the descendants of a bison herd brought over to film a silent movie in the 1920s.

“All I can say is, I’m happy to be alive,” he said.

Anangos, 24, of Cerritos, said he and two friends had backpacked into the island’s Little Harbor to go snorkeling but saw a herd of about 15 bison blocking the path to the beach.

Anangos said he was about 20 feet away when he caught the eye of one animal.

The bison “didn’t like me standing that close and charged me,” he said.

He was gored from behind in the upper thigh and lifted. “I was pretty much on top of his head,” he said.

The herd then moved away. Some nearby campers administered first aid until paramedics airlifted Anangos to a hospital.

From wire reports

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