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Nation in brief: Suspect arrested in therapist slaying

Sun., Feb. 17, 2008

A 39-year-old man with a history of mental problems was arrested Saturday in the vicious slaying of a psychologist attacked in her office with a meat cleaver, police said.

David Tarloff, of Queens, was taken into custody in the morning after investigators matched him with three palm prints found at the bloody crime scene. Tarloff made statements incriminating himself during a 25-minute interrogation.

Therapist Kathryn Faughey was slashed 15 times with the cleaver and a 9-inch knife in her Manhattan office Tuesday evening. During questioning, Tarloff said he had gone to the office because a psychiatrist there had him institutionalized in 1991.

Johnson, Ark.

Police say student stole $140,000

A college student was arrested in the theft of a briefcase containing more than $140,000 from the home of the chairman of meat processing giant Tyson Foods, police said.

Ryan Silvey, 19, was arrested in Olathe, Kan., by the FBI Fugitive Task Force. He was taken back to Arkansas to answer a theft charge and was being held in lieu of $50,000 bond Saturday at the Washington County jail.

The briefcase was stolen during a party thrown by John Tyson’s daughter at the family’s home in Johnson around Dec. 27 without his knowledge or consent. Silvey and another friend were uninvited guests who acted suspiciously while looking around the house.

Tyson reported the theft Jan. 2, saying he had collected the money over time and had it hidden in the house.

Reno, Nev.

DNA links rapes to student’s killing

A 19-year-old college student missing since she was abducted nearly a month ago was strangled by a serial rapist who has attacked at least two other women and may strike again, Reno police said Saturday.

An autopsy confirmed that a dead woman found Friday in a brush-covered field near a business park was Brianna Denison and that she died of strangulation, Reno Deputy Police Chief Jim Johns said.

She last was seen early Jan. 20 at the edge of the University of Nevada, Reno.

“I would say this is a serial rapist,” Johns said. “We have two, probably three (cases) linked through DNA.”


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