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Two dead, four hurt in shooting rampage

By wire services
Published April 8, 2005

LAUREL, Del. - A man wearing a bulletproof vest killed two people and wounded four others Thursday during a shooting rampage in Maryland and Delaware before police arrested him, authorities said.

Police said the man also carjacked a vehicle, shot and killed a dog and rammed an SUV into a chain link fence and over a utility meter. Delaware State Police Cpl. Jeff Oldham said authorities had determined a motive for the attacks, but were not releasing details. Police said the suspect, Allison L. Norman, 22, did not know any of the victims.

Norman faces charges of first-degree murder and handgun violations, officials said.

Woman who vanished reunited with children

FORT SUPPLY, Okla. - The prison warden's wife who vanished along with a convicted killer a decade ago returned to Oklahoma with her husband and was reunited with her daughters Thursday, a spokesman said.

Randy Parker, now warden at the William S. Key Correctional Center at Fort Supply, and his wife, Bobbi Parker, returned home about 1 a.m., said Corrections Department spokesman Jerry Massie.

Bobbi Parker disappeared with killer Randolph Dial during his escape from the Oklahoma State Reformatory.

Dial, 60, was arrested Monday and authorities found Bobbi Parker, 42, shortly afterward. Investigators say they think Dial kept Parker from escaping by threatening to hurt her family.

New vehicles to have tire pressure monitors

WASHINGTON - A light on motorists' instrument panels will soon warn them when a tire is underinflated.

The safety regulation, issued by the government Thursday, has its roots in the Firestone tire recall of 2000. It requires new passenger cars to have tire pressure monitoring systems in place by the 2008 model year.

Automakers likely will attach tiny sensors to each wheel that will set off a warning light if a tire falls 25 percent below the recommended inflation pressure.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates the upgrade will cost manufacturers between $48.44 and $69.89 per vehicle.

Boys accused of plot to blow up W.Va. school

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Two 13-year-old boys are accused of conspiring to blow up a middle school with materials already on the property.

The boys, both students at Tyler Consolidated Middle School in Middlebourne, face charges of conspiracy of a criminal use of an explosive material. One boy also faces a charge of possession of a deadly weapon on school premises, Tyler County Prosecutor Dean Rohrig said Thursday.

The boys, who were not identified because of their age, allegedly planned to use chemicals such as those stored in the school's chemistry lab and other materials on campus.

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