Nation/World Briefly: One escaped inmate captured after shootout

  • Sun Aug 1st, 2010 10:10pm
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PHOENIX — The search continued Sunday for two convicted murderers who escaped from a private prison in northwest Arizona, while a third escaped convict was back behind bars after an early morning shootout with police in western Colorado.

Police believe the two who remain at large are still in Arizona.

Early Sunday, a police officer spotted Daniel Renwick, 36, in a brown sport utility vehicle in Rifle, Colo., about 670 miles from the medium-security Arizona State Prison in Golden Valley, said Charles Ryan, director of the Arizona Department of Corrections.

The officer pursued Renwick, gunshots were exchanged and the convict was eventually taken into custody without anyone being injured, Ryan said.

Renwick had been serving a 22-year sentence for second-degree murder when he and the other two inmates escaped Friday evening by cutting a hole in the prison’s fence. The men then kidnapped two semi-truck drivers at gunpoint and used the rig to flee, authorities said.

The two men who remain at large are Tracy Province, 42, and John McCluskey, 45. Province was serving a life sentence for murder and robbery, and McCluskey was serving 15 years for second-degree murder, aggravated assault and discharge of a firearm.

D.C.: Deal reached in Rangel ethics case, sources say

People familiar with the talks say representatives of New York Democrat Charles Rangel and lawyers for the House ethics committee have reached a plea deal in his ethics case. However, committee members have not agreed to the settlement. It was not immediately clear how many of the 13 charges of ethical violations Rangel agreed to accept. The charges include failure to report rental income from vacation property in the Dominican Republic and failing to report more than $600,000 income on his congressional financial disclosure statements.

California: 87 percent of Crown fire is contained

Firefighters said Sunday that the Crown fire, which has burned 14,000 acres in northern Los Angeles County, was 87 percent contained and was expected to be fully surrounded by this evening. At its height, the blaze, which broke out Thursday, threatened more than 2,000 homes in western Palmdale and the Leona Valley. About 1,700 firefighters used several water-dropping helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, including a DC-10 air tanker, to help battle flames.

Texas: Balcony falls, hurting 23

The second-floor balcony of a condominium in Austin collapsed during a party, sending 23 people to the hospital. The collapse happened about 4:15 a.m. Sunday at the Garden Court Condominiums. Fire Lt. Randy Elmore said about 30 people were on the balcony when it fell. He said 23 people were taken to an Austin hospital with injuries ranging from minor scratches to bone fractures.

UAE: BlackBerry restrictions

Citing concerns that terrorists and criminals could exploit telecommunications traffic in the Arab world’s financial hub, the United Arab Emirates said Sunday that it would suspend e-mail and Web browsing on BlackBerry services beginning in October. Shortly after the UAE’s announcement, media reports quoted officials in Saudi Arabia as saying the kingdom would take similar steps to restrict features on the popular BlackBerry smartphones.

China: 11 killed by drunken man on rampage with tractor

A drunken man went on a rampage while driving a tractor in northern China, smashing into shops and vehicles and killing 11 people, a government spokesman said today. The incident began when 38-year-old Li Xianliang killed a customer Sunday at the Hongyuan coal depot in Hebei province’s Yuanshi county where he worked driving a shovel loader, said a statement from the county government. Li, who had been drinking, then drove his loader down an adjacent road, smashing into cars, buses, motorcycles, trucks and roadside shops, the statement said. The tractor eventually came to a stop in a field where police subdued the man after the hour-long rampage.

Israel: Migrant workers’ kids in danger of deportation

Israel on Sunday approved new residency criteria that could result in the deportations of hundreds of children of migrant workers. Under the decision, those children may remain only if they are enrolled in school, speak Hebrew and have been here longer than five years. The new policy is aimed at children of foreign workers who arrived legally and then started families. Under Israeli law, the children were not automatically granted residency status.

Russia: Hundreds of wildfires

About 320 wildfires broke out Sunday in Russian forests and fields that have been dried to a crisp by drought and record heat, but firefighters claimed success in bringing some of the wildfires raging around cities under control. The firefighters got much-needed help from residents desperate to save their homes, who shoveled sand onto the flames and carted water in large plastic bottles. The wildfires that began threatening much of western Russia last week have killed 28 people and destroyed or damaged 77 towns or villages, the Emergencies Ministry said. Thousands of people have been evacuated from areas in the path of flames, but no deaths have been recorded since late Wednesday.

From Herald news services