In brief: Chemical blast kills 1, hurts 5 at GM plant
MARION, Ind. – A chemical explosion Tuesday at a General Motors metal-stamping plant in Indiana killed a contractor and injured several others, authorities said.
The blast killed James L. Gibson, 48, Grant County Coroner Stephen Dorsey said.
Marion General Hospital was treating five other people with non-life-threatening injuries, hospital spokeswoman Ann Vermilion told the Marion Chronicle-Tribune. The explosion involved a chlorine dioxide tank, and the chemical continued spilling out after the explosion, Marion Fire Chief Paul David said. A hazardous materials crew contained the spill.
Food truck blast injures at least 11
PHILADELPHIA – A propane tank on a food truck exploded in Philadelphia Tuesday, sending a huge fireball into the sky and injuring at least 11 people, including two who suffered serious burns, police said.
The explosion outside an auto body shop in the city’s Feltonville neighborhood caused serious burns to a 27-year-old woman and teenage girl, said Philadelphia police Chief Inspector Scott Small. He said four others were listed in stable condition at area hospitals and at least five others were treated and released.
Cannibalism plot conviction tossed
NEW YORK – A former New York Police Department officer left jail on Tuesday after a judge stunned prosecutors and overturned his conviction in a sensational case accusing him of plotting on the Internet to kidnap, kill and eat young women, including his wife.
Judge Paul Gardephe ruled late Monday that there was insufficient evidence to support a jury’s guilty verdict in the kidnapping conspiracy conviction of Gilberto Valle. He agreed with defense arguments that the defendant’s bizarre exchanges in fetish chat rooms about cannibalizing women never put anyone in danger.
Valle’s “depraved, misogynistic sexual fantasies about his wife, former college classmates and acquaintances undoubtedly reflected a mind diseased,” the judge wrote. But, he added, prosecutors failed to prove he had entered into genuine agreements to kidnap the women and taken concrete steps to carry them out.
The judge set bail at $100,000 and ordered home detention in Queens for the defendant after prosecutors told him they intended to appeal his ruling.