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> GREECE

Murder charges filed in triple-slaying case

GREECE (AP) -- One of three men suspected in a triple slaying was charged Friday with first-degree murder, a day after pleading not guilty to helping distribute at least 2,200 pounds of marijuana.

The three, all natives of the island of Jamaica, had been tracked to a house in Arizona on March 18, nine days after three other Jamaicans were found shot to death in an apartment in this Rochester suburb.

Friday, Richard Anderson, 45, an illegal immigrant who had twice been deported to his home country, pleaded not guilty to first- and second-

degree murder and first-degree kidnapping in the death of Christopher Green.

Killed along with Green, 40, were Robert Moncriffe, 29, and Mark Wisdom, 38.

The other two men investigated in the slayings, Aston Johnson, 41, and Andrew Wright, 40, were accused in a federal indictment along with Anderson and four other people of taking part in a marijuana-trafficking conspiracy between January 2008 and last March.

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> WARRENSBURG

Camp workers' deaths tied to drunken driving

WARRENSBURG (AP) -- A man has been charged with drunken driving and vehicular homicide after his SUV veered into a group of people standing near a rural road, killing two British employees of a summer camp, state police said Friday.

The two -- a counselor and a camp office worker -- were standing with other employees by a road near Camp Echo Lake just before 11:30 p.m. Thursday.

Troopers identified the victims as Dominic Hartley and Emily Lewis, both 21. Tony Stein, the owner and director of the camp, said Hartley was a counselor from England and Lewis, who worked in the camp office, was from Aberdeen, Scotland.

The driver, Peter Goldblatt, 39, of Indian Lake, was arraigned Friday on charges of driving while intoxicated and aggravated vehicular homicide.

Stein said Hartley and Lewis were in their first summer at the camp in the southern Adirondacks, about 60 miles north of Albany. Campers weren't scheduled to arrive until today, and Stein said the camp was in touch with parents to help prepare their children.

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> MANHATTAN

Wife accused of trying to hire cabbie as killer

NEW YORK (AP) -- A jealous wife hired a cab driver to trail her estranged husband, confiding in the cabbie she wanted him dead because she was convinced he was having an affair, police and prosecutors said Friday.

Veronica Escalano, 54, was being held without bail after pleading not guilty to charges of attempted murder and conspiracy after the cabbie alerted Port Authority Police, who set up a sting operation.

Escalano hailed cab driver Rachid Rakhis in Manhattan about a month ago, asking him to follow her estranged husband, Ramillo. At the end of the fare, they exchanged numbers in case she needed another ride.

She called him several times, asking him to travel to New Jersey to her husband's new home, trailing him for hours, according to police with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Escalano eventually confided in Rakhis that she wanted her husband dead and would pay $2,000.

The shaken cabbie alerted the first police he saw -- Port Authority officers -- who started an investigation and set up a sting operation using Rakhis.

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