Survivor too frail to leave
The Salvadorean man who says he spent more than a year drifting across the Pacific Ocean before making landfall on Jan. 30 is too weak to travel and will remain in Majuro for a while, an official said. Jose Salvador Alvarenga’s health was “very frail” and he will not return home until he is able to make the journey, Diego Dalton, an official with El Salvador’s embassy in Tokyo, said on Saturday. Alvarenga’s spritely appearance on Monday last week while greeting hundreds of well-wishers in Majuro had many questioning his story, but the 37-year-old looked much weaker on Thursday during a brief public appearance. He was taken back to a hospital for more medical checks.
Trial told of bullet holes
Nine bullet holes were found in an SUV after an argument over loud music at a Florida convenience store that left a teen dead, an investigator testified on Saturday in Jacksonville at the trial of the man charged with opening fire. A bullet fired into the rear door killed Jordan Davis, 17, of Georgia, in November 2012. Michael Dunn, 47, has been charged with first-degree murder, three counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of shooting or throwing a deadly missile. Sheriff’s Office Detective Andrew Kipple’s testimony about the location of the bullet holes also showed that the Durango’s driver and his front-seat passenger barely escaped being shot.
Arson suspect caught
A man accused in Las Vegas of helping a pet shop owner in the city torch her store with 27 puppies inside is expected to face transport in custody from Indiana to Nevada to face multiple felony charges. Kirk Bills, 27, of Henderson, was arrested Friday in Crown Point, Indiana, FBI agent Joan Hyde said in Chicago. Bills had been sought by Las Vegas authorities after prosecutors identified him as a man seen on security video allegedly pouring a liquid from gasoline cans and setting it afire early on Jan. 27 at the Prince and Princess pet store. Firefighters rescued the puppies alive and credited fire sprinklers with dousing flames. Store owner Gloria Eun Hye Lee also faces charges of arson, conspiracy, burglary and attempted animal cruelty.
Capone’s mansion for sale
One of Miami Beach’s most notorious pieces of real estate is back on the block with an asking price of almost US$8.5 million. The sprawling waterfront compound on Palm Island is where Chicago gangster Al Capone died after being released from Alcatraz prison. Capone bought the house in 1928. The current owner, a Florida company managed by New York accountant Anthony Panebianco, purchased the home barely six months ago for US$7.4 million, according to Miami-Dade property records.
Cuba frees businessman
Businessman Sarkis Yacoubian, who served two-and-a-half years of a nine-year prison sentence in Cuba for corruption, has been sent home. Yacoubian, president of Tri-Star Caribbean import company, on Saturday said that he is extremely happy and excited to be back in Toronto, but he is still adjusting. He was arrested in 2011, but was not formally indicted until April last year on charges of bribery, tax evasion and “activities damaging to the economy.” “I’m still confused. They released me, 24-48 hours’ notice, I still don’t know exactly how this whole thing happened,” he said.