In brief: Pennsylvania school stabbing suspect’s locker had incriminating note, police say
PITTSBURGH – The Pennsylvania boy accused of stabbing more than 20 people at his high school wrote a note saying he couldn’t wait to see the “helpless looks” on his victims’ faces, according to a new criminal complaint filed Friday in the case.
Alex Hribal, 16, is now charged with 21 counts of attempted homicide, up from four. One victim was a security guard. Police said the signed note found in Hribal’s locker was dated April 6, three days before the rampage at Franklin Regional High School near Pittsburgh.
Guard, Reserve suicides increase
WASHINGTON – Suicides among Army National Guard and Reserve members increased last year, even as the number of active-duty troops across the military who took their own lives dropped by more than 15 percent, according to new data.
Not only did suicides among Army National Guard and Reserve members increase from 140 in 2012 to 152 last year, but the 2013 total exceeded the number of active-duty soldiers who took their own lives, according to the Army. There were 151 active-duty soldier suicides last year, compared with 185 in 2012, Army officials said.
High school junior killed by classmate
MILFORD, Conn. – A 16-year-old Connecticut high school student was stabbed to death Friday morning, and police are investigating whether the 16-year-old male who is suspected of killing her had wanted to take her to the prom, which was scheduled for Friday night.
Jonathan Law High School junior Maren Sanchez was killed in a hallway at the school. The suspect, also a junior at the school, was charged as a juvenile offender with murder.
Police said Sanchez suffered multiple lacerations to her neck, chest and face. Investigators recovered a knife at the scene.
Rancher backs off slavery comments
LAS VEGAS – Militant Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy on Friday apologized for his comments published this week on African-Americans and slavery but refused to back off from his intended point that the federal government was too powerful, saying that his remarks came “from the heart.”
In a news conference, the 67-year-old rancher, who is in a prolonged battle with federal officials over grazing rights on public lands in Nevada, said he was not a racist.
“I’m probably one of the most non-racist people in America,” he said.
Same-sex couple to wed, contest ban
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A lesbian couple plan to exchange vows today in Minnesota, then be the first South Dakota residents to legally challenge the state’s ban on same-sex marriage and its refusal to recognize such nuptials.
Nancy Robrahn, 68, and Jennie Rosenkranz, 72, of Rapid City, have been together 27 years.
South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Alaska are the only states with a ban on same-sex marriage but no pending court cases challenging its constitutionality, according to Human Rights Campaign, a group advocating for gay rights.