A 39-year-old man with a history of mental health problems was arrested Saturday in the slaying of a psychologist attacked in her office with a meat cleaver, police said. Investigators matched David Tarloff of Queens with three palm prints found at the bloody crime scene, said police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. Murder and attempted murder charges are pending, Kelly said. Kathryn Faughey was slashed 15 times Tuesday, and Dr. Kent Shinbach was badly injured. During questioning, Tarloff said he had gone to the office because Shinbach had him institutionalized in 1991. He said he planned to rob him and leave the country with his mother. Kelly couldn't confirm whether Tarloff was ever Shinbach's patient. It remained unclear why he would have attacked Faughey, police said.
Police blame serial rapist for death
A 19-year-old college student missing for nearly a month was strangled by a serial rapist who attacked at least two other women late last year and may strike again, Reno police said Saturday. An autopsy confirmed that a body found Friday in a field was that of Brianna Denison, Reno Deputy Chief Jim Johns said. "I would say this is a serial rapist," Johns said. "We have two, probably three (cases) linked through DNA."
Minister admits to 1994 stabbing
A newly ordained youth minister decided he could no longer keep his secret, confessing to authorities he fatally stabbed a convenience store clerk as a 16-year-old in 1994. For his forthrightness, Calvin Wayne Inman, 29, found himself jailed Saturday, charged with capital murder. Ron Nissen, pastor of the 800-member Pentecostal Elim Church, said he persuaded Inman to surrender to police after learning about the case several weeks ago.
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Pennies sell for $10.7M at auction
A collection of rare American pennies has turned into a $10.7-million auction windfall, according to Heritage Auction Galleries, which held the sale Friday night. The collection of 301 cents featured some of the rarest and earliest examples of the American penny, including a cent that was minted for two weeks in 1793 but was abandoned because Congress thought Lady Liberty looked frightened. Presale estimates valued the collection at $7-million.
Small plane misses runway; one killed
A small plane crashed just short of the runway at Portland International Airport on Saturday, killing at least one person, federal officials said. The Lancair Columbia 400 crashed and burned while trying to land, said Mike Fergus, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. He did not know how many people were on board. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.