Explosive stash found
Prosecutors say large amounts of chemicals commonly used for making bombs and explosive devices have been found at the home of an unemployed northern New Jersey doctor. Roberto Rivera, 60, faces several charges, including possession of a destructive device and recklessly creating a risk of widespread injury. His bail was set at $1 million cash. It wasn’t known Saturday if he had retained a lawyer.
Boutique owner killed
A New York City boutique owner was fatally shot in the head with the same gun that killed two other shopkeepers over the summer. The shop owner was behind the counter of She She in Brooklyn’s Flatbush section when he was shot Friday night. The gunman dragged his body toward the back of the store and covered it with clothing, the New York Post reported. Police identified the victim as Rahmatollah Vahidipour, 78. No one has been arrested in the three shootings, which happened in a 5-mile radius. Police say they don’t know the motive behind any of the killings.
OWLS HEAD, MAINE
Three die in plane crash
A small plane that spiraled downward and burst into flames after striking a pickup truck shortly before takeoff was carrying two University of Maine students and one alumnus, all of whom died in the crash, the school said Saturday. The school and Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity said the victims of Friday night’s crash were David Cheney, 22, of Beverly, Mass.; Marcelo Rugini, 24, an exchange student from Brazil; and William Hannigan III, 24, of South Portland. All three were members of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. Cheney was the fraternity’s president. The Cessna 172 was heading north on the Knox County Regional Airport runway early Friday night when it struck the truck, which was authorized to be on airport grounds, Knox County Chief Deputy Sheriff Tim Carroll said. The plane continued to climb and as it turned to the east, it dived about 200 to 300 yards into the thick woods and immediately burst into flames, the sheriff’s office said. The truck driver wasn’t hurt.
Compiled from wire reports.