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9 are feared dead in helicopter crash

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August 7, 2008

CALIFORNIA
SAN FRANCISCO - Nine people are missing and feared dead in the crash of a helicopter carrying firefighters over a Northern California forest, officials said yesterday. The helicopter was carrying 11 firefighters and two crew members when it went down Tuesday night in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, said a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. The Sikorsky S-61 chopper was destroyed by fire after crashing "under unknown circumstances" in a remote mountain location, the spokesman said. (AP)

KENTUCKY
Officials confirm 2d mustard gas leak
LEXINGTON - Officials at a Kentucky Army depot have confirmed the second mustard gas leak at the site in two weeks. The Blue Grass Army Depot said yesterday the latest leak was a low concentration of the chemical agent and posed no harm. Officials say the leak occurred in a storage igloo similar to one where a leak was found last week. Investigators think hot weather might have caused the first mustard gas leaks at the depot in three years. Mustard gas produces blisters but usually isn't fatal. (AP)

WISCONSIN
Mich. man charged in slaying of 3 teens
MARINETTE - Wisconsin prosecutors have charged a Michigan man with homicide in the deaths of three teens shot and killed at a river that divides the two states. Marinette County prosecutors yesterday charged Scott J. Johnson with three counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the fatal shooting of the Michigan teens at the Menominee River last Thursday. Another teen was wounded. Johnson was arrested Friday after an all-night manhunt. The 38-year-old Kingsford, Mich., man faces life in prison with no possibility of parole if convicted. (AP)

WASHINGTON, D.C.
Two arrested in marijuana case
Prince George's, Md., police said yesterday they have arrested a deliveryman and another man they believe are involved with a scheme to smuggle 417 pounds of pounds of marijuana by shipping packages addressed to unsuspecting recipients - including one sent last week to the wife of the mayor of Berwyn Heights. The Prince George's Sheriff's Office SWAT team and county narcotics officers raided the home of Mayor Cheye Calvo and his wife, Trinity Tomsic, after intercepting a package shipped through Fed-Ex addressed to Tomsic and filled with 32 pounds of marijuana. During the raid, officers broke down Calvo's door and shot and killed the family's two black Labrador retrievers. (Washington Post)

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