He's been called abusive by his ex-wife and crazy by his neighbors, and he's even served time for a Delaware bank robbery. But the latest crime Richard Plotts, 49, of Upper Darby, is accused of committing left his case worker dead, a doctor wounded and himself fighting for his life. "It doesn't surprise me at all," said former Crum Lynne neighbor Diane Clements. "He was a creep."
Wreckage from a commercial jetliner that disappeared over west Africa carrying 116 people, nearly half from France, has been found in Mali, in what is the third major international aviation disaster in a week, NBC News and the Associated Press reported. Algeria-bound Air Algerie Flight AH5017 vanished from radar about 50 minutes after it took off
from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, according to the Algerian Press Service. Burnt human remains and wreckage from the plane were found by rescuers and locals about 31 miles from Mali's border with Burkina Faso. Separatist violence in the area may hamper an eventual investigation.
Convicted murderer Joseph Wood died while his attorney and an Arizona judge were in the middle of an emergency phone hearing trying to decide whether or not stopping his execution would cause him more pain. The emergency hearing was prompted by the fact that Wood was still "gasping, snorting, and unable to breathe and not dying" well into his execution, his lawyer said. Wednesday's execution took nearly two hours to complete, with a member of the medical team checking eight times to see if the double-murderer was still alive, state officials said.
Three plane crashes over the past week in Ukraine, Taiwan and Mali have likely killed over 450 people. So is this one of the deadliest years in aviation history? While this year's death toll — 703 fatalities — is far ahead of last year, when 256 people died in plane crashes worldwide, there have been far deadlier years, according to the Aviation Safety Network database.
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A female case worker was killed and a doctor shot when a psychiatric patient opened fire on them in a wellness center on the campus of a Delaware County, Pennsylvania, hospital. Officials say that patient was then shot by the doctor, who returned fire from his own gun. The DA said the gunman, identified as Richard Plotts, of Upper Darby, had come to the unit with his 53-year-old case worker. They then went behind closed doors in the doctor's third floor office when a confrontation occurred.
The United Nations said Thursday that the Islamist militants who control parts of Iraq have ordered all women and girls in and around the city of Mosul to undergo genital mutilation — but doubts have emerged as to the basis for the report. Those questioning the claims suspect the "fatwa," or Islamic ruling, may be from over a year ago and that it doesn't fit the cultural traditions of the region, Reuters reported. And some media analysts pointed out that the decree circulated on social media uses ISIS's old name.
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A 71-year-old man has been in arrested in the 1992 death of 15-year-old David Chereck, an Illinois teen found strangled in a forest preserve with his own scarf, the boy’s mother told the Chicago Sun-Times
Thursday. A murder warrant was issued July 21 for Robert Serritella, according to Cook County court records, which lists his home address in Los Angeles.
A Southern California man mistakenly shot at by police officers during the manhunt for a murderous ex-LAPD officer on a rampage last year will receive $1.8 million in a settlement with the city of Torrance. None of the bullets struck the 39-year-old David Perdue during the Christopher Dorner manhunt, but he said he suffered a concussion when his truck's airbag opened and has lingering physical and emotional problems as a result of what happened to him that day.
Somebody is leaving china dolls on the doorsteps of Southern California homes — dolls, the families say, that each bear a striking and creepy resemblance to their young daughters. At least eight families in San Clemente have found the dolls on their doorsteps. The dolls began appearing on July 16, and multiple dolls were found this week.
One suburban Chicago police department had a new top cop on Wednesday.
Adam Broderson -- a 7-year-old boy with a heart defect -- was named sergeant by the Buffalo Grove Police Department for a day, and got to hang out with the other members of the force. Adam dreams of one day growing up to be a police officer, but has already had to tough out several surgeries during his short life due to a rare heart condition that left him with only one working ventricle.
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Police on Thursday identified a suspected burglar who told a homeowner she was pregnant before he fatally shot her outside his home in Long Beach.
Tom Greer appeared to have no regret when he told NBC4 Wednesday night that he shot a woman, twice in the back with his .22-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver as she was fleeing with a male accomplice.
The woman was identified as Andrea Miller, in her 20s, from Long Beach. The male suspect was identified as Gus Adams, 26, of Long Beach.
Although experts have long recommended eight hours of sleep a night for adults, several new studies show that seven hours may be the best amount. Those who sleep seven hours, not more or less, tend to do better on memory tests and live longer. But shaving just 20 minutes off of that can impair brain function. Teenagers, however, need about as much sleep as a toddler, while older adults require the least amount of sleep.
At least 15 people seeking shelter from heavy fighting in Gaza were killed on Thursday when an Israeli missile struck a compound housing a United Nations-operated school, officials said. At least 150 people were injured at the school in Beit Hanoun. The latest strike is the fourth time a U.N. refugee agency has been hit in fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon condemned the shelling
and said both sides must stop fighting and enter into dialogue.
Two people are dead and dozens of others were injured after a tornado touched down at a campground on the Eastern Shore of Virginia Thursday morning. A couple from New Jersey died when a tree fell on their tent. Their 13-year-old son has been hospitalized with serious injuries, State Police said. Troopers identified the couple as Lord Balatbat, 38, and Lolabeth Ortega, 38.