October 10, 2010 in Nation/World

In brief: Wind-driven fire prompts evacuation of Eggo factory

 

San Jose, Calif. – A wind-driven brush fire briefly threatened San Jose’s landmark Eggo plant Saturday evening, and consumed a nearby a building that includes the tower for KSJX, a local Asian-language radio station.

About 40 workers were evacuated by San Jose firefighters from the Eggo Way factory, operated by Kellogg’s, which makes the popular frozen waffles there. The building was enveloped in smoke, but there were no injuries to the workers.

The blaze started shortly before 5 p.m. on a grassy patch of mostly vacant land between the Kellogg’s plant and U.S. Interstate 101.

Strong winds sent flames into vegetation surrounding the Kellogg’s plant, said San Jose Fire spokesman Robert Culbertson.

The tower building was consumed in flames and was still burning several hours later.

Man who killed family freed on his 21st birthday

Albuquerque, N.M. – A man who was 14 when he killed his father, stepmother and stepsister at newsman Sam Donaldson’s southern New Mexico ranch has been freed from detention.

Cody Posey recently was released from a state juvenile detention facility and was freed from court jurisdiction on Friday, the day before his 21st birthday, according to a report from KOB-TV in Albuquerque.

Posey was convicted in 2006 of first-degree murder in the death of his 13-year-old stepsister Marilea Schmid, second-degree murder in the death of his stepmother Tryrone Posey, and voluntary manslaughter in the death of his father Delbert Posey, who was the ranch foreman. Posey testified that he snapped on July 5, 2004, after years of verbal and physical abuse, but prosecutors described him as a ruthless killer.


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