New York

Police officer kills victim of intrusion

MINEOLA - A police officer's bullet killed a New York college student during the response to a home invasion at an off-campus home, officials said Saturday.

Nassau County homicide squad Lt. John Azzata said Andrea Rebello was killed by a police officer as she was being held in a headlock by a masked intruder.

Azzata said the police officer opened fire as the intruder, Dalton Smith, made a motion to fire at the officers early Saturday.

Azzata said the officer fired eight shots, hitting Smith seven times and Rebello once in the head, killing her.

Earlier Saturday, police said Smith had an extensive criminal history and was wanted on a parole violation related to a first-degree-robbery conviction.

Suspect in killing of gay man had record

NEW YORK - The man accused of killing a gay man on a Manhattan street in an apparent hate crime has a previous arrest for attempted murder, police said Saturday.

New York City police said 33-year-old Elliot Morales used anti-gay slurs before fatally shooting 32-year-old Marc Carson early Saturday in Greenwich Village.

Investigators said Morales was carrying forged identification but was identified after it was submitted to the department's Facial Recognition Unit. Details on his previous arrest weren't immediately available.


Plastic coyotes stand watch at golf course

COLUMBUS - The eastern Nebraska city of Columbus has a wily plan to keep raccoons, skunks and other critters off its Quail Run Golf Course.

The Columbus Telegram reported that city workers will put two plastic coyote decoys on the course in an attempt to scare away pests that tear up the 18-hole course at night looking for grubs and insects to eat.

Public Property Director Doug Moore said the plastic coyotes have shiny eyes and fluttering tails to give the appearance of movement.

New Jersey

Commuter airliner belly-lands; all safe

NEWARK - a US Airways Express flight with 34 people aboard was forced to make a belly landing at Newark International Airport after experiencing landing gear trouble. No injuries were reported.

US Airways spokesman Davien Anderson said a turboprop plane that left Philadelphia shortly before 11 p.m. Friday landed safely at Newark with its landing gear retracted about 1 a.m. Saturday.

Anderson said the flight, being operated by Piedmont Airlines, was carrying 31 passengers and three crew members. He said the plane circled Newark in a holding pattern while working to get the gear down. After several failed attempts, the plane landed on its belly.

US Airways is cooperating with the National Transportation Safety Board.

The Associated Press