Northwestern University professor, Oxford college staffer jailed in killing


Professor, college staffer jailed in killing

Far from their prestigious campuses, a Northwestern University professor and a University of Oxford finance officer were jailed in the San Francisco area Saturday after eight days as fugitives, sought in the killing of a hairdresser in Chicago who was stabbed repeatedly until the knife broke, police said.

Wyndham Lathem, a microbiologist at Northwestern in Illinois, had a relationship with the victim, although the nature of it wasn’t clear, and Lathem had made a video apologizing for what he called “the worst mistake of my life,” police said.

Lathem, 42, was being held without bail in Alameda County and faced a court appearance in Pleasanton. The other suspect, Andrew Warren, a treasury assistant at one of Oxford’s residential colleges in England, was being held at the county jail in San Francisco.

Both men surrendered separately and peacefully in the Bay Area on Friday evening.

They had been fugitives since the body of Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau, 26, was found in Lathem’s Chicago apartment July 27.

Police said Lathem had a relationship with Cornell-Duranleau, who moved to Chicago from the Grand Rapids, Mich., area after receiving his cosmetology license. They have not elaborated on how Cornell-Duranleau or Lathem knew Warren, or whether Warren knew them before he arrived in the United States.

Police said Lathem had sent a video to friends and relatives apologizing for his involvement in the crime, which he called the “biggest mistake of my life.”

— Associated Press


3 dead, curfew in place on Indian reservation

Three people were killed and two others were wounded in a shooting at a residence on the Crow Indian Reservation in southeastern Montana.

The FBI said Saturday that three people were fatally shot Friday afternoon in Lodge Grass. Big Horn County Coroner Terry Bullis said autopsies were planned Saturday.

Officials have not released the names and ages of the victims or the conditions of the wounded. No arrests have been made.

A curfew was enacted from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. until further notice. The FBI, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Montana Highway Patrol and Big Horn County sheriff’s office are investigating.

— Associated Press


Naked gunman shot by Las Vegas police

Authorities said a naked gunman was shot by police Saturday morning in southeast Las Vegas.

The suspect was reported to be running in the area armed and naked before he was shot.

The man was taken to a hospital. His condition had not been released Saturday.

— Associated Press

Prisoner overpowers deputy, steals his gun: A nationwide manhunt was underway for an Ohio rape suspect who overpowered a sheriff’s deputy in a transport van and stole his gun. Paulding County Sheriff Jason Landers said Saturday that FBI agents and U.S. Marshals have joined the search for Branden Powell, 32, after his escape at about noon Friday on a trip from a psychiatric hospital in Toledo to the Paulding County Jail in northwest Ohio. Landers said Powell was in restraints when he jumped over the seat and put the deputy in a headlock, causing the van to crash. Powell got the deputy’s gun during a struggle and ordered the deputy to remove his restraints.

Turbulence hurts 10 on flight: American Airlines said 10 people on a flight from Greece to Philadelphia were injured during severe turbulence Saturday. The airline said Flight 759 was heading to the city from Athens with 287 passengers and a dozen crew members when it encountered turbulence shortly before landing. Three passengers and seven crew members were taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Gunfire caused blaze near Yosemite: Fire investigators said gunfire caused a wildfire near Yosemite National Park that destroyed 131 structures, including 63 homes, last month. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Friday that a gun fired on public lands caused the wildfire that burned 127 square miles July 16.

— From news services