Friday, February 23, 2018
News Roundup

Pilot's fate unknown after fighter jet crash in Va. mountains

Deerfield, Va.

Pilot missing after fighter jet crash

An experienced pilot was missing Wednesday after the flier's F-15 fighter jet crashed in the mountains of western Virginia, shaking residents but causing no injuries on the ground, military and law enforcement officials said. The pilot of the single-seat jet was headed to New Orleans for radar installation as part of routine maintenance and reported an in-flight emergency, then lost radio contact, authorities said. The pilot and jet are with the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, officials there said. It was unclear if the pilot had ejected. The plane had no munitions on board, they said.

Angleton, Texas

Dad is acquitted in death of sons' killer

A jury acquitted a southeast Texas man of murder Wednesday in the fatal shooting of a drunken driver who had just caused an accident that killed the man's two sons. Prosecutors alleged that David Barajas killed Jose Banda, 20, in a fit of rage after Banda plowed into Barajas and his sons as they pushed a truck on a rural road near their Alvin home when it ran out of gas. David Jr., 12, and Caleb, 11, were killed. Authorities said Barajas, 32, went to his home about 100 yards from the crash site, got a gun and returned to shoot Banda. The gun used to kill Banda wasn't found and there was little physical evidence linking Barajas to the killing.

Cincinnati

Amish hair attack convictions voided

Personal conflict, not religion, was the motive behind beard- and hair-cutting attacks targeting Amish, an appeals court panel ruled Wednesday in overturning the hate-crime convictions of 16 men and women. A 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel sided with arguments brought by attorneys for the Amish defendants, who were convicted two years ago in five attacks in 2011. The attacks were in apparent retaliation against Amish who had defied or denounced the authoritarian style of Sam Mullet Sr., leader of the Bergholz community in eastern Ohio.

Richmond, Va.

Defense rests in corruption trial

Attorneys for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife wrapped up their case Wednesday in the couple's corruption trial, their defense featuring McDonnell's testimony and the idea that the marriage was so chilly they could not have conspired together. While Maureen McDonnell didn't testify, defense witnesses talked about her "mild obsession" with former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams. The McDonnells are accused of accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from Williams in exchange for helping promote his company's dietary supplements. Closing arguments were likely Friday.

New York City

Tsarnaevs' sister accused of threat

The sister of the men suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of threatening to bomb her boyfriend's ex, a police spokesman said. Ailina Tsarnaeva, 24, sister of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, turned herself in to the New York City Police Department, a spokesman told the Los Angeles Times. Tsarnaeva, of North Bergen, N.J., was arrested on suspicion of aggravated harassment and making a phone threat, a misdemeanor. The unidentified victim shares a child with Tsarnaeva's boyfriend, officials said.

Times wires

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