Share this article

print logo


Remote-control digger added for mine rescue

MULLAN, Idaho (AP) -- Mining company officials brought in a remote-control digging machine Sunday to help reach a worker missing since a tunnel collapsed deep inside an Idaho mine.

The special digger must be disassembled before being taken more than a mile below the surface, where it will be put back together, according to Hecla Mining Co. officials.

Officials said the machine was expected to be underground by Sunday night, but it was unclear how soon the process of reassembling the device would be finished or when rescuers would be able to put it to work.

The roof of a tunnel at the Lucky Friday Mine collapsed Friday as two brothers were working, trapping one of the men, but the other was able to escape, according to officials and family members.

Officials have not had contact with Larry Marek, 53, who has been a miner for 30 years, since the collapse, and his condition was unknown. The brother who escaped, whose name was not immediately available, was not injured.


1 of 4 on the crew dies as fishing boat capsizes

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a Florida man died after the fishing boat on which he was riding capsized in the Gulf of Mexico.

He was identified as Richard Green, 55, of New Port Richey.

A Florida Fish and Wildlife spokesman says the 22-foot boat was swamped by 4- to 6-foot waves, which swept Green and three other crew members into the water Saturday. They had earlier tried to return to shore as conditions became choppier, but their motor failed.

None of the crew members was wearing a life jacket. The crew was found about an hour later by another fishing vessel, but Green had already died. The cause of his death has not yet been determined.


Imprisoned killer of 3 tells of 'evil thoughts'

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio man sentenced to life in prison for murdering his girlfriend's adult daughter and an elderly couple says in his videotaped confession that he continually has "evil thoughts" and thinks about killing.

Samuel K. Littleton II pleaded guilty to three counts each of aggravated murder and gross abuse of a corpse in a deal with prosecutors to avoid the death penalty.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that the video shows the 37-year-old man sobbing as investigators showed him pictures of the Logan County couple and asked him to reveal where the bodies were located. The bodies later were found in Georgia and Tennessee.

When investigators ask about his girlfriend's daughter, Littleton says he doesn't know why he "snapped." Her body was found in his basement.

There are no comments - be the first to comment