November 23, 2012 in Nation/World

In brief: Garment salesman accused of killings

From Wire Reports

NEW YORK – A garment salesman accused of systematically shooting three shopkeepers to death as they worked alone in their clothing stores was held without bail Thursday.

Salvatore Perrone, who was held after his initial Brooklyn court appearance on murder charges, denies killing anyone, his lawyer said.

Perrone was taken into custody Wednesday in the suspected serial killings, which scores of detectives were investigating. A pharmacy worker recognized Perrone, 63, as the balding man shown in surveillance footage leaving the scene of the most recent shooting, on Nov. 16, with a duffel bag, police said.

Detectives said they found the duffel bag at Perrone’s girlfriend’s home. Inside, they said, was a sawed-off rifle used in the killings, along with .22-caliber ammunition, black gloves, women’s clothing, a bloody knife and a bottle of bleach.

Woman dies after boat capsizes

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – One woman has died and another person has been hospitalized after a dive boat carrying 23 people was hit by a massive wave and capsized off Florida’s Atlantic coast.

The Sun-Sentinel newspaper of Fort Lauderdale reports that the boat capsized early Thursday afternoon just outside Hillsboro Inlet.

Pompano Beach Fire Rescue spokeswoman Sandra King said the boat’s 21 divers and 2 crew members were heading back to the dock after a day of diving. She said rescue crews found the 45-foot-long catamaran “in pieces, upside down in the water.”

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