BORDER PATROL AGENT HELD IN DEATHS OF SEX WORKERS
HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities in Texas say a U.S. Border Patrol agent fatally shot four female sex workers in the head.
Juan David Ortiz of Laredo is being held on four murder counts, plus aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful restraint. Bond is $2.5 million.
Affidavits acquired by the Laredo Morning Times say the first body was located Sept. 4 and a second victim was found alive Thursday morning, but died at a hospital.
Affidavits say one woman escaped from Ortiz Friday night after he pulled a gun on her.
Investigators believe Ortiz picked up and fatally shot two more victims after the surviving victim fled. One body was located later Friday. The last body was found Saturday after Ortiz told officers where to look.
FIRST RESPONDERS - STAMPS
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — A new commemorative stamp from the U.S. Postal Service honors first responders across the country, including firefighters, law enforcement officers and emergency medical personnel who assisted during a wildfire and a deadly mudslide in the Montecito, California, area.
KSBY-TV reports media giant and Montecito resident Oprah Winfrey gave local first responders a personal thanks during the Friday stamp ceremony.
The stamp depicts a firefighter, paramedic and police officer in red, white and blue.
Winfrey described the first responders who worked during the Thomas Fire and the Jan. 9 mudslide as brave and undaunted.
Teen Lauren Cantin, who was rescued from mud by first responders, sang “God Bless America” at the ceremony. Her father and brother were killed in the mudslide.
SUSPECTED KILLER BEARS TRAPPED AND KILLED IN WYOMING
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming officials have trapped and killed two grizzly bears they believe killed a hunting outfitter and injured his client.
Wyoming Game and Fish Department regional supervisor Brad Hovinga said Sunday the grizzlies that were killed matched the description of those that killed 37-year-old outfitter Mark Uptain.
Uptain’s body was found Saturday in the Teton Wilderness east of Grand Teton National Park. Corey Chubon of Florida had leg, chest and arm injuries but was released from a hospital.
Hovinga suspects the bears were a sow and its grown cub. He tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide the bears weren’t behaving normally.
The men planned to retrieve an elk Chubon had killed. The bears apparently weren’t feeding on the elk or guarding the meat.
The attack is still under investigation.
CHICKS RESCUED FROM EMPTY PHILADELPHIA LOT
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Animal welfare officials say they rescued hundreds of baby chicks from an empty lot in Philadelphia.
The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says investigators responded to calls Saturday and found the chicks in a lot across from a shopping center in the Olney section of the city.
Officials say the owner had hoped to take over the lot, which is owned by an adjoining business, and start raising the chicks for resale, but hadn’t contacted the property owner and failed to provide the animals with proper housing or feeding/watering stations.
They say he estimated “he had lost over a thousand chicks prior to the discovery of the birds.”
Officials say the hundreds of chicks will be cared for and placed with adopters or approved rescues.
HO-HUM TO THE REDSKINS?
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — The half-century home sellout streak is over for the Washington Redskins.
The announced attendance of 57,013 for Washington’s 21-9 loss to the Indianapolis Colts yesterday was about 25,000 short of the 82,000 capacity listed in the team’s 2018 media guide.
The team boasts in the guide that it has “sold out every home game for the past 50 seasons.”
Team spokesman Tony Wyllie confirmed that the sellout streak ended.
Even if the crowd was smaller than usual, it made itself heard: Boos rang out a few times during a sloppy performance in which the defense couldn’t get Andrew Luck off the field when it mattered most and the offense couldn’t get in the end zone.
SEATTLE FANS CELEBRATE STORM CHAMPIONSHIP
SEATTLE (AP) — Fans were whooping and cheering as they celebrated the Seattle Storm’s third WNBA championship during a parade and rally yesterday.
The mood was electric as trolleys carried players and coaches on a route that began at the Space Needle and arrived at KeyArena — just as the rain fell.
Aboard one trolley, Storm forward Breanna Stewart pumped the championship trophy into the air and smiled. It was one of three trophies that the players displayed along the parade, one for each of the team’s three titles.
Fans in yellow and green jerseys lined the streets and later packed into KeyArena.
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan told KING-TV that the team is an inspiration to everyone in Seattle.
The Storm beat the Washington Mystics in a three-game sweep in the WNBA finals.