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Nation in brief

Woman's body found; ex-boyfriend charged

By wire services
Published August 21, 2005


PHILADELPHIA - Police discovered the remains of a missing pregnant woman and quickly arrested the father of her unborn child Saturday, ending an exhaustive, monthlong search.

District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham said Stephen Poaches would be charged with two counts of murder and related offenses for the deaths of 24-year-old LaToyia Figueroa and her fetus.

Authorities did not say what led them to suspect Poaches, 25, who police said was wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying a pistol when he was arrested.

The remains were recovered in a grassy, partially wooded lot in Chester, 13 miles from Philadelphia. A few dozen members of the Figueroa family and supporters arrived at the scene shortly after daybreak.

Service caps eight days of funerals for Ohio Marines

WEST CHESTER, Ohio - Hundreds of mourners, many of them veterans and military parents, filled Tri-County Baptist Church Saturday for the funeral of Marine Sgt. David Kreuter, capping eight days of vigils and memorials for five southwest Ohio Marines killed in an Aug. 3 roadside explosion in Iraq. They were among 16 Ohio-based Marines killed within days of one another.

Kreuter, 26, is survived by his wife, Chrystina, and a 2-month-old son, Christian. Kreuter was posthumously promoted from corporal Saturday.

"He will live on through Christian and he will live on through Chrystina, and through all of his family and all of his friends and through his fellow Marines," said Sen. Mike DeWine, R-Ohio.

Jury finds parents share blame for son's crime

CINCINNATI - The parents of a teenager who stabbed a 13-year-old girl must bear most of the responsibility, jurors decided as they awarded $10-million to the injured victim and her family.

Lance and Diane White share 70 percent of the blame for the 2003 attack on Casey Hilmer, the Hamilton County jury found Friday. Their son Benjamin, who was 17 at the time, bears the rest.

"It sends a message to parents that even if the child is 11 days shy of 18 years old, a parent is liable for the supervision and control of their children and what they entrust them with," said attorney Stanley Chesley, who represented the Hilmer family.

Benjamin White had grabbed Casey as she was jogging in suburban Indian Hills, dragged her to a wooded area and stabbed her in the face and neck.

[Last modified August 21, 2005, 00:51:14]


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