January 26, 2009 in Nation/World

In brief: Eight hospitalized after prison fight

 

A fight broke out at a federal prison northwest of Orlando on Sunday afternoon, and eight inmates have been hospitalized, including one with a gunshot wound, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons said.

A “large-scale fight” broke out in the recreation yard serving a high-security building at the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex, spokeswoman Traci Billingsley said.

No workers were seriously injured; the condition of the inmates, all of them male, was not immediately available, Billingsley said.

The prison has four units that house low-, medium- and high-security inmates. Billingsley said the fight erupted in a yard at one of the two high-security units at the federal complex.

WICHITA, Kan.

Shooting at wake leaves two dead

Police say two people were killed and seven wounded in a shooting during a wake at a house in Wichita, Kan.

Police say they were looking for a green pickup seen leaving the scene Saturday evening, but they have no suspects.

Sgt. Ronald Hunt said all the victims were adults. One of the wounded is in critical condition.

Police say the shooting occurred on the ninth day of a wake for an elderly woman buried earlier Saturday.

Neighbor John Kemp said the woman whom the wake was for and her husband had run a restaurant in the neighborhood. That restaurant was closed Sunday.

Kilgore, Texas

Firefighters killed in training fall

Two firefighters have died after falling from the roof of an eight-story building during training in east Texas.

Kilgore police say 45-year-old Kyle Perkins and 28-year-old Cory Galloway fell from a dormitory building at Kilgore College. Two other firefighters were hurt.

Kilgore College has a fire academy that offers certification for firefighters.

Perkins had been with Kilgore city fire department since July 2004. Galloway joined in January 2008.

Cincinnati

Police: Man killed adoptive family

A man has been charged with killing his adoptive father, stepmother and 13-year-old stepsister, who managed to call 911 during the shootings in a home near Cincinnati, authorities said.

Timothy Sturgel, 26, was arrested Saturday in the shooting deaths of Jerry Sturgel, 51; Mary Sturgel, 40; and 13-year-old Emily Hurst. He is being held in the Hamilton County Justice Center and is scheduled to be arraigned today on three charges of murder.

Authorities were called to the house in Colerain Township by Hurst, who told a 911 dispatcher that her stepbrother had shot her stepfather.

In the taped call Saturday morning, Hurst screamed, “He’s coming. My mom!,” before the line went dead.

Police found the man outside the house, which had been set on fire. Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Barnett said Sturgel was suspected of setting the blaze.

Jerry and Mary Sturgel were found dead, and Hurst later died at a hospital, authorities said.

Timothy Sturgel did not make a formal statement to investigators and did not indicate any motive for the shootings, according to the sheriff’s office.

Jerry Sturgel’s cousin, Cindy Smith, said Timothy was one of Jerry’s three adopted children and that he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

From wire reports


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