December 29, 2008 in Nation/World

Nation in brief: Teen arrested after officer fatally shot

 

A teenager was arrested Sunday in connection with the fatal shooting of a suburban Detroit police officer who had stopped him for driving without a license, police said.

The Detroit teenager surrendered to police a few hours after shooting Oak Park Officer Mason Samborski, police said.

Samborski, 28, stopped the 16-year-old driver of a Jeep Grand Cherokee during the early morning. The officer put the teen in his squad car and drove him to a nearby apartment complex, apparently seeking an adult to take custody of him or someone who could establish his identity, Chief John McNeilance said.

A struggle occurred at the apartment and Samborski was shot once, the chief said. The teen apparently fled in the Jeep but surrendered about 2:25 p.m. at a police station in nearby Detroit.

Samborski was married with one child.

Jackson, Wyo.

Avalanche kills skier at resort

An avalanche has killed a skier at a Wyoming ski resort.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort spokeswoman Anna Olson said David Nodine, of Wilson, Wyo., was skiing down an expert trail with a companion Saturday when the avalanche buried him under 8 feet of snow. The companion was not injured.

Olson said ski patrollers found Nodine within six minutes but could not revive him. The 31-year-old was pronounced dead at a clinic at the resort base.

At least six people have died in U.S. avalanches this ski season, including 38-year-old firefighter Brian Kopp and 19-year-old Mark Goetz. They died Saturday in Colorado while snowmobiling.

Crown Point, Ind.

Exonerated man charged in killing

A man exonerated by DNA evidence in a rape case after serving several years in an Illinois prison now faces a murder charge in Indiana.

Jail records show 51-year-old Marlon Pendleton is in custody at Lake County Jail, where he’s been since Dec. 19. Pendleton was arrested earlier this month for allegedly killing his 45-year-old girlfriend. Her body was found at a Hammond, Ind., home where Pendleton was living.

Pendleton made headlines in 2006 when DNA evidence cleared him of a 1992 rape conviction. He had served eight years of a 10-year prison sentence.

Since then, he’s been pardoned by Gov. Rod Blagojevich and filed a lawsuit against the city of Chicago for suffering he endured during his jail time.

Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Intruder spent days in family’s attic

A family didn’t realize it had an unexpected Christmas guest until a man who had been in their attic for days emerged wearing their clothes, police said.

Stanley Carter surrendered Friday after police took a dog to search the home in Plains Township, a suburb of Wilkes-Barre about 100 miles north of Philadelphia. He was charged with several counts of burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal trespass.

“When he came down from the attic, he was wearing my daughter’s pants and my sweat shirt and sneakers,” homeowner Stacy Ferrance said. “From what I gather, he was helping himself to my home, eating my food and stealing my clothes.”

Police said the 21-year-old Carter had been staying with friends who are Ferrance’s neighbors in a duplex. He apparently accessed the shared attic through a trap door in a bedroom ceiling.

Carter disappeared Dec. 19, and the friends filed a missing person report a few days before Christmas.

Ferrance said she had heard noises but thought they were caused by her three children. She notified police on Christmas Day when cash, a laptop computer and an iPod disappeared, then called police again the next day when she found footprints in her bedroom closet, where the attic trap door is.

From wire reports

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