In brief: Suspect charged in prostitutes’ deaths
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City-area man has been charged with killing two prostitutes whose bodies were found posed on the side of rural Missouri roads nearly a year apart.
Authorities announced Saturday that 27-year-old Derek Richardson faces two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of abandonment of a corpse. Bail was set at $2 million.
Kansas City police said earlier this month that the deaths of 40-year-old Tamara Sparks and 24-year-old Nicoleone Reed were linked and asked the public for help.
Acting on a tip, police took Richardson into custody Saturday.
Sparks was found dead in October 2011 on the far northeast side of Kansas City. Reed was found Aug. 21 in rural Kearney, northeast of Kansas City.
Yacht beats record for NYC-SF trip
SAN FRANCISCO – A racing yacht named after one of the world’s fastest cars has docked in San Francisco after what organizers said was the fastest passage of a single-hulled sailing vessel from New York to San Francisco.
The 70-foot Maserati sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge late Saturday morning and tied up at Pier 39 Marina around 11:30 a.m. Saturday, 47 days after pulling out of New York City, said Judy Laws, a spokeswoman for the event.
The 13,225-mile journey around Cape Horn at the tip of South America is what sailors have said for centuries is one of the most challenging sailing journeys in the world.
The Maserati finished the trip in 47 days, two hours and 33 minutes, easily beating the most recent record of 57 days, three hours and two minutes set in 1998, Laws said.
The eight-member crew of the Maserati – led by its Italian skipper, 47-year-old Giovanni Soldini – left New York City on New Year’s Eve.
‘Cadillac’ artist settles with teens
AMARILLO, Texas – Stanley Marsh 3, an eccentric millionaire artist best known for his “Cadillac Ranch” art display along an interstate in the Texas Panhandle, has settled lawsuits from 10 teenagers who allege he paid them for sex acts, attorneys announced Saturday.
In a prepared statement, plaintiffs’ attorney Anthony Buzbee and Marsh’s attorney Kelly Utsinger said the teenagers and Marsh have resolved their differences and that no side will have further comments.
Marsh 3 suffered a massive stroke in 2011 and his wife, Gwendolyn Marsh, was later appointed as his guardian. Marsh 3, his wife, his son, Stanley Marsh IV and associate David Weir settled the 10 civil suits.
Marsh also faces six counts of sexual assault and five counts of sexual performance of a child. The charges accuse the 75-year-old millionaire and artist of molesting a 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy in 2010. Marsh surrendered to authorities in November and is free on $300,000 bond. If convicted, Marsh 3 faces up to 20 years in prison per count and fines of up to $10,000. His lawyers have denied the allegations.