VALLEY SPRINGS, Calif. – Authorities on Saturday arrested the 12-year-old brother of an 8-year-old girl who was mysteriously stabbed at her home in a rural Northern California community last month.
The boy, who was not identified, will be charged with homicide, Calaveras County Sheriff Gary Kuntz told reporters.
The April 27 attack on Leila Fowler shook the community and set off a massive manhunt.
The boy had told police he found his sister’s body and encountered an intruder in the home while their parents were at a Little League game. He described the man as being tall with long gray hair.
Police have said there was no sign of a burglary or robbery at the house.
Nuclear protesters jailed till sentencing
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A judge has ruled that a nun and two other protesters must remain in jail until they are sentenced in September for breaking into a nuclear weapons plant in Tennessee.
Sister Megan Rice and protesters Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed were convicted Wednesday of sabotaging the plant and damaging federal property last year at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge.
The sabotage charge carries a maximum prison term of up to 20 years. The damaged property charge has a penalty of up to 10 years.
U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar said in an order issued Friday that releasing them would be too lenient. “The defendants’ offenses fall within the category of more serious offenses that triggers the stronger presumption in favor of detention,” he wrote.
Husband, father sought in slayings
PETROLIA, Calif. – SWAT teams from three counties and a team from the California Department of Corrections, as well as federal law enforcement officials and local police have joined the hunt for a Northern California man wanted in the killing of his wife and two young daughters.
Law enforcement officials continued Saturday to search through the rugged terrain of California’s remote North Coast for Shane Franklin Miller, said Humboldt County sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Wayne Hanson.
Miller, 45, is suspected of slaying his family Tuesday night in the rural community of Shingletown, then fleeing to Humboldt County.
Authorities were searching for Miller through a rugged wilderness area, much of it federal land, with poor roads and limited access.
“This guy is very unpredictable, he’s a very violent person. We need to get him in custody,” Hanson said.
Investigators have recovered Miller’s pickup truck after it was found abandoned Wednesday night near Petrolia, about 200 miles west of the home that Miller shared with his wife, Sandy, 34, and daughters, Shelby, 8, and Shasta, 5.
Arab-Americans join service day
DETROIT – Roughly 2,000 Arab-Americans and others in about a dozen communities nationwide were volunteering their time Saturday as part of the National Arab American Service Day, tackling a punch list that included boarding up and tearing down abandoned homes in Detroit and cleaning up areas hard hit by Superstorm Sandy in New York. More than 400 people worked in Detroit’s Old Redford area planting gardens, boarding up and demolishing abandoned homes, painting murals and doing other projects.
Volunteers in New York headed to the Rockaway seashore to help deal with the damaging aftermath of the Oct. 29 storm.