Arrests in fatal beating

Three men were arrested and charged with murder in the fatal beating of a man who had been trying to hail a cab after leaving a bar just a few blocks from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia’s historic district, police said. Investigators said that the three suspects — Steven Ferguson, 20; Kenneth Santiago, 19; and Felix Carrillo, 23, all of Philadelphia — are charged in the killing of 23-year-old Kevin Kless last weekend. Police said Kless had been yelling at a cab when three men got out of a car nearby and started kicking and punching him. Authorities said the men may have thought Kless was yelling at them, sparking the confrontation in which Kless fell to the sidewalk severely injured. He later died at a hospital.


Barn fire kills 22 horses

Authorities said a fast-moving fire destroyed a barn, killing 22 show horses. State Police Sgt. Brian Polite said the barn was engulfed in flames when troopers arrived around 2 a.m. Saturday. The blaze was soon extinguished, but all the horses inside were killed. Polite said the animals were valued at $10,000 to $60,000 apiece.


3 die in off-campus fire

A fire tore through a private home being rented by college students, killing three people early Saturday, authorities said. The victims were identified as two female Marist College students and one male, who was not a student at the school. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Four people who escaped the fire were taken to a hospital, treated and released.


Evacuation orders lifted

Rain and snow have helped firefighters surround a brush fire near Reno that destroyed 29 homes and forced the evacuation of thousands. Fire officials declared the Washoe Fire contained early Saturday. All evacuations were lifted and U.S. 395, a main highway between Reno and Carson City, reopened. Flames reaching up to 40 feet were whipped by hurricane-force winds through a region that hadn’t seen precipitation in months.

Compiled from wire reports.