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2 inmates still at large after N.M. jail break

Law enforcement officials are investigating why an escape from a privately run county jail went unreported until one of the four fugitives, injured jumping from the jail roof, showed up at a hospital a few hours later.

Two of the inmates, including one charged with murder, were still on the run Saturday.

"We in law enforcement are totally disgusted, and it's disheartening," said McKinley County Sheriff's Deputy Ron Williams.

The four escaped by leaping three floors from the jail's rooftop exercise enclosure during an exercise period that began about 9 a.m. Friday, authorities said.

Law enforcement officials found out about the escape more than three hours later when one of the inmates, Manuel Vasquez, 32, hitched a ride to a hospital, where doctors became suspicious of his explanation for his fractured heel and cut arm and called police, Williams said.

Another inmate was captured late Friday. Robert Kiro, 34, who was scheduled to face trial Aug. 11 in connection with the killing of a Gallup police officer, was arrested at a motel in Chambers, Ariz., Gallup police Capt. Bobby Silva said.

"There obviously was human error," said jail warden Cody Graham, who runs the facility for Management Training Corp., a private jail operator under contract with McKinley County.

Graham said inmates Eric Leyba, 18, and Alejandro Balderama, 23, were still missing Saturday. Leyba is charged with beating a Gallup man to death in 2002. Balderama was being held on charges of shooting at a dwelling.

Gallup is about 120 miles northwest of Albuquerque.

Choppy water drowns Lake Michigan visitors

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. _ Three people drowned and four others were missing and presumed drowned in choppy water along popular Lake Michigan beaches, officials said Saturday.

The accidents happened along a three-mile stretch of beaches just north of the Indiana state line Friday, after storms kicked up waves and created a strong undertow in the area, Berrien County Sheriff's Lt. Ed Sherrick said.

The search for the missing swimmers resumed Saturday.

None of the beaches has lifeguards, the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune reported. Instead, flags are used to signal degrees of danger, and on Friday, red flags were posted warning people to stay out of the lake because of hazardous conditions.

Bruce C. Chapman, 57, and his wife Judith, 66, drowned off a beach bordering Warren Dunes State Park, about 15 miles south of St. Joseph, and Mark Weiss, 59, of Chicago, drowned off a neighboring beach.

Three swimmers from Illinois were missing off Warren Dunes, and a swimmer from Oregon was missing from nearby Bethany Beach, Sherrick said. Their names were not released.

California diocese drops suit over moved priest

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. _ A Roman Catholic diocese in California is withdrawing a lawsuit that demanded the Boston Archdiocese pay any damages resulting from the transfer of a priest accused of sexual abuse.

The Rev. Paul Shanley had arrived in California in 1990 with a sworn affidavit that he was in good standing in Boston, despite having a history of sexual-abuse allegations against him. He was later accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy in California.

The San Bernardino Diocese, included in a lawsuit by the alleged victim, filed a cross-complaint in April seeking to hold the Archdiocese of Boston and its former archbishop, Cardinal Bernard Law, responsible for allowing the transfer.

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