Body found amid search
Authorities looking for a missing 10-year-old Colorado girl are asking the public for help finding a suspect, a day after finding a body in a park. Police have yet to link the body found 7 miles from Jessica Ridgeway’s home to her Oct. 5 disappearance, or even say if it belongs to a child. Jessica disappeared after leaving home to meet friends at a park for her walk to school.
3rd collapse victim dies
Workers inched closer Thursday afternoon to pulling a fourth likely casualty from the site of a parking garage collapse as a search for answers continued over what reduced a routine construction project to piles of twisted steel and crumbled concrete. Family members of a still-missing worker huddled near the site, a day after the collapse at Miami Dade College, waiting for a crane to remove large debris and potentially remove a body from an area search dogs had identified. Earlier Thursday, a third worker succumbed to injuries from the collapse. Samuel Perez, 53, had been pulled from the piles of wreckage just hours earlier, after being trapped for about 13 hours.
Mayor, 91, pleads guilty
A 91-year-old woman who pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing $201,000 from the south Alabama town where she was mayor for three decades paid hush money in a bid to keep her crimes secret, documents showed. Prosecutors said River Falls Mayor Mary Ella Hixon pleaded guilty to theft and resigned. In exchange, authorities dropped another felony ethics charge. Circuit Judge Ashley McKathan sentenced Hixon to 10 years in prison but suspended the term because of Hixon’s advanced age. She must spend five years on probation.
Fire kills adult, 4 children
An intense fire that ripped through a row house early Thursday claimed the lives of an adult and four children, a fire official said. Firefighters were called around 2 a.m. and arrived to find heavy fire and smoke coming from the first and second floors of the home.
Compiled from wire reports.