Arsonist killer captured
A man suspected of killing three people and setting fire to a home in southern Colorado has been captured in Oklahoma after a nationwide manhunt, authorities said on Sunday. Harry Carl Mapps, 59, was captured at a motel in Roland, Oklahoma, on Saturday night, police said. Mapps was found using information developed by the US Marshals Service in Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas. Mapps is wanted on charges of fatally shooting Kim Tuttle, 55; her husband, Reggie Tuttle, 51; and their daughter, Dawn Roderick, 33. Their bodies were found in the Tuttles’ home in Rye after the house burned down on Nov. 27. The fire was ruled arson. Three days after the fire, deputies said Mapps was their primary suspect. Authorities said Mapps had been living with the Tuttles and was working for Reggie Tuttle’s trucking company. Taylor said money appeared to be the motive for the shootings.
Ambassador’s home attacked
Gunshots were fired at the German ambassador’s residence in Athens early yesterday, but caused no injuries or damage, police said.
At least four shots hit the outside metal gate of the residence, which lies behind a security wall on a busy street in a northern suburb of the capital, police said. Investigators have collected 15 spent bullet cases so far. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras spoke to the German ambassador to Athens, Wolfgang Dold, after the incident, a police statement said. Anti-German rhetoric has become common among opposition politicians and anti-bailout groups since the country’s international financial bailout in 2010, due to the harsh austerity policies that accompanied it.
Lightning kills 8 in church
A lightning bolt struck a church in the capital, killing eight worshipers and injuring several others, media reported. Several members of the Seventh Day Adventist church in Lilongwe, were admitted to hospital after Saturday’s strike, the Nyasa Times said, citing witnesses, police and health officials. It was not immediately clear whether they were injured by the lightning or in the panic to escape. “People were inside the church attending the service when the lightening stuck. I first heard a loud burst which frightened almost everybody and few minutes later I just saw a stampede,” the paper quoted a witness as saying.
About 70 journalists killed
At least 70 journalists were killed on the job around the world this year, including 29 who died covering the civil war in Syria and 10 slain in Iraq, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Six journalists died in Egypt. Half of those reporters were killed while reporting an Aug. 14 crackdown by Egyptian security forces on demonstrators protesting the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi. “The Middle East has become a killing field for journalists. While the number of journalists killed for their work has declined in some places, the civil war in Syria and a renewal of sectarian attacks in Iraq have taken an agonizing toll,” the committee’s deputy director, Robert Mahoney, said in a statement. Reporters and commentators who covered police misconduct, political corruption or drug trafficking and other sensitive topics were slain in separate incidents in Brazil, Colombia, the Philippines, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Russia. For the first time in a decade, no journalists were known to have been killed for their work in Mexico.