National Digest


September 06, 2004

Body found in July in Kansas City linked to new discoveries

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A body found in July behind a vacant apartment building in Kansas City has been linked to five others discovered since Thursday in the same part of the city, police said yesterday.

At a news conference, police Capt. Rich Lockhart said three of the victims had been identified, while the other three bodies were so decomposed that police have not been able to determine their race or sex.

Two bodies were found Thursday in a detached garage after someone notified police of a foul odor. Another body was found Friday behind a vacant house in the same area after someone called 911 and told police where to find it. Police believe the same caller told a 911 operator Saturday where to find two more badly decomposed bodies.

Wildfire threatens California's wine country

SACRAMENTO - Firefighters battled a 9,200-acre wildfire yesterday that was bearing down on California's prized wine country and threatened to knock out power to parts of Northern California.

A second blaze in the Sierra Nevada foothills destroyed 13 homes and 45 other buildings.

The fire threatening Sonoma County's wine country began Friday and was fueled by wind gusts of up to 20 mph, said Janet Marshall, spokeswoman for the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Crash of vintage plane kills two men in Texas

CORSICANA, Texas - A vintage World War II plane crashed in a pasture shortly after it took off, killing two men, authorities said.

Witnesses Jeff Horn and his wife, Dora, told the Corsicana Daily Sun that the 1943 Fairchild PT-26 had just taken off from the Corsicana Municipal Airport on Saturday when the engine stalled, sending the plane crashing to the ground.

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