Suspect in Ariz. Wal-Mart shooting kills self
Authorities say a suspect in the shooting of an elderly couple outside an Arizona Wal-Mart has killed himself after being stopped by police in New Mexico.
Donald Belanger died Tuesday after being pulled over near Albuquerque for driving slowly, New Mexico state police spokesman Peter Olson says.
The 55-year-old Belanger was suspected in a shooting Monday outside a Wal-Mart in Show Low, Ariz., that killed a woman and critical wounded her husband. The motive was unclear.
New Mexico police say the officer who stopped Belanger saw a flash as he approached the car and realized Belanger had shot himself.
Two handguns and what Olson described as “some sort of suicide note” were in the car. Authorities discovered later that Belanger was wanted in Arizona, he said.
10 co-workers say they win $216 million lottery
TRENTON, N.J. – Ten co-workers at an insurance company in New Jersey say they’re the winners of a $216 million Mega Millions jackpot.
The group showed off the winning ticket Wednesday afternoon outside the Chubb Insurance office where they work in Whitehouse Station.
According to New Jersey Lottery officials, the single winning ticket was purchased at a gas station in the central New Jersey town of Toms River. However, lottery officials say no one has officially come forward to claim the prize yet.
The winning ticket was sold at Singin Oil in the town about 55 miles east of Trenton. Store owner Taner Cetintas, of Jackson, will collect $10,000 for selling it. It is the second-largest jackpot in New Jersey history. The winning numbers were: 26, 32, 35, 43, 52 and the Mega Ball was 10.
Military jet in fatal crash had chance to land
SAN DIEGO – A pilot struggling to control a crippled Marine Corps jet bypassed a chance to land at a coastal Navy base and instead flew toward an inland base, where minutes later the fighter crashed into a San Diego neighborhood and killed four people, recordings released Tuesday revealed.
Military officials announced they had disciplined 13 Marines for a series of avoidable mechanical and human errors that led to the crash, which killed four members of the same family, including two children.
“It was collectively bad decision-making,” said Col. John Rupp, operations officer for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.
Recordings of conversations between federal air controllers and the pilot of the F/A-18D Hornet show the pilot repeatedly was offered a chance to land the plane at the Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado. The base sits at the tip of a peninsula with a flight path over water.