FLORIDA / Medical flight crash kills 3
A surgeon and technician from a Mayo Clinic in Florida flying across the northern corner of the state to retrieve a heart for transplant died Monday in a helicopter crash that also killed the pilot, officials said. The helicopter left the clinic in Jacksonville around 5:45 a.m. but never arrived at the Gainesville hospital, about 60 miles to the southwest, said Kathy Barbour, a spokeswoman for Mayo, which is based in Rochester, Minn. Killed were heart surgeon Dr. Luis Bonilla, procurement technician David Hines and the pilot, whose name wasn't released. The helicopter went down about 12 miles northeast of Palatka, said Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen. The town is about 40 miles east of Gainesville and about 45 miles south of Jacksonville. The National Weather Service in Jacksonville reported that there had been light fog.
CALIFORNIA / Man held in shooting of GI
Police on Monday arrested the suspect in a shooting that critically wounded a soldier at his Southern California homecoming party after he survived a suicide bombing attack in Afghanistan. Police said Ruben Ray Jurado, 19 -- sought in the attempted murder of Army Spc. Christopher Sullivan, 22 -- turned himself in to authorities in Chino Hills on Monday. Jurado was transferred to the custody of the San Bernardino police department where he was to be booked, officials said. Authorities said Jurado shot Sullivan Friday after getting into an argument with Sullivan's brother over football teams. Jurado punched Sullivan's brother and Sullivan intervened, police said. Jurado then pulled a gun and fired multiple shots, hitting Sullivan in the neck, said San Bernardino police Sgt. Gary Robertson. Relatives said Sullivan, who was on leave, was hit twice Friday, leaving him paralyzed.
MICHIGAN / 3 of 4 slain tied to website
Detroit police say three of four women recently found dead in car trunks had promoted themselves as escorts through the same website. Chief Ralph Godbee said Monday the deaths could be connected but that police were "stopping short" of calling it the work of a serial killer. Police discovered the badly burned bodies of two women in a car trunk early Sunday, nearly a week after two other bodies were found nearby in another car trunk. All four women were in their 20s. Godbee said three of the four had profiles on a commerce website that also carried personal ads. Citing police, Reuters reported that three women were linked with "prearranged adult dating services" advertised on a website called Packages.