DEPUTIES: WOMAN BIT VICTIM, CALLS IT ‘ZOMBIE GAME’ : COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — Authorities in Oregon say a woman has been arrested after breaking in to a house, pushing a woman down the stairs, pulling her hair, biting her on the face and telling her victim she was playing “the zombie game.”
Coos County sheriff’s Sgt. Pat Downing says Jessica Rocha broke into the home in coastal city of Lakeside early Monday. He says she was drunk and likely high.
Downing says there is no definite explanation for the zombie reference. He says Rocha had property with a sticker that referenced a video game featuring zombies. Deputies also speculate she may have been influenced by a scarecrow contest in the area.
MAN NAMED HUMAN MOUNTS BID FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE HOUSE: ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s House of Representatives may be getting a little more human next year.
A candidate who legally changed his name to human is running against incumbent Democratic state Rep. Rose Marie Rogers in Tuesday’s primary.
David Montenegro changed his name to human in 2012. He made headlines this year when the state’s highest court ruled he could have a vanity license plate that reads COPSLIE. He had sued after the Division of Motor Vehicles said he couldn’t have the plate because it denigrated police officers.
PILOT KILLED AT AIR SHOW WHERE 11 DIED IN 2011: RENO, Nev. (AP) — A pilot died in a plane crash Monday while attempting to qualify for the Reno National Championship Air Races, the same event where a wreck in 2011 killed a pilot and 10 spectators on the ground.
No one else was injured in the crash that occurred about 3:30 p.m. on the north end of the race course at Stead Airport north of Reno, far away from the grandstand where the 10 people were killed three years ago, race spokesman Mike Draper said.
Qualifying was canceled for the rest of the day and scheduled to resume Tuesday, though that could change, Draper said.
Draper said he had no details on the crash that involved a plane in the sport class and that authorities were investigating.
4 CHILDREN KILLED IN FIRE ON CHICAGO’S SOUTH SIDE: CHICAGO (AP) — Four children died when fire raced up a stairwell early Monday in an apartment building on Chicago’s far South Side, trapping them in their bedrooms and forcing their mother and her boyfriend to leap from a third-story window, fire officials said.
The oldest girl, 15-year-old Carlisa Coleman, was found on top of one of the younger children in a closet, and “it appears she was trying to protect the younger child,” Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said. The other two were found in a bedroom.
The other children were Carlvon Cark, 13, Shamaron Coleman, 11, and Erena Smith, 7, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said.
The fire began a little after 3 a.m. in a second-floor apartment in the 18-unit building in the Roseland neighborhood, sending dozens of residents fleeing into an alley with their children and pets. As they ran to the front of the building, some neighbors saw the woman and man leap from the window
MAN THOUGHT DEAD FOUND GUILTY IN CHILD’S SLAYING: ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A jury has convicted a Mississippi man who was declared dead two decades ago only to resurface as a murder suspect.
The Town Talk reports (http://townta.lk/1rwRB1D ) that jurors took just over an hour Monday before finding Thomas Sanders guilty in the kidnapping and slaying of 12-year-old Lexis Roberts.
The penalty phase begins next week. Jurors will decide whether the 57-year-old Sanders will be put to death or spend the rest of his life in prison.
Prosecutors concluded their case against Sanders on Friday. Defense lawyers called no witnesses after failing to get the case thrown out of federal court.
Roberts’ skeletal remains were found off a gravel trail in rural Louisiana in October 2010. The body of her mother, Suellen Roberts, was found later in Arizona. Sanders confessed to killing both.
ADMINISTRATION: ‘WORST IS OVER FOR NOW’ ON BORDER: WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration renewed its plea Monday for Congress to provide additional money to deal with the unaccompanied migrant children at the border, even as Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson declared that “the worst is over for now.”
The request seemed likely to fall on deaf ears as neither party showed an appetite to revive an issue that’s faded from the spotlight as arrivals at the border have dropped dramatically.
Johnson said in a statement that without $1.2 billion in additional funding for 2015, he will be forced to take money from other accounts, such as $405 million moved earlier this summer from the disaster relief fund.
LAWYER: OHIO ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE PRANKSTERS ID’D: CLEVELAND (AP) — An attorney for the family of an autistic teenager who had feces and bodily fluids dumped on him when he thought he was participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge said Monday that police know who the perpetrators are even as celebrities continue to offer reward money to find those involved.
Attorney Dean Valore, who represents the boy and his family, said that he has spoken with Bay Village police.
“I know police have a very good handle on the investigation,” Valore said. “Everyone’s pretty much been identified.”
Bay Village police Chief Mark Spaetzel did not return telephone calls Monday. But Bay Village schools Superintendent Clint Keener said that police have known from “the get-go” who the perpetrators are.
“The investigation is to sort out everyone’s involvement and how it came to be,” Keener said.
Police have said the pranksters could face delinquency charges. But the school district likely won’t be able to do anything beyond supporting the teenager, Kenner said, because the prank occurred before the start of the school year and off school property.