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Bodies found in ditch; suspect in custody

By TIMES WIRES
Published November 3, 2006


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Three people were found slain Thursday in a drainage pipe near an apartment complex, and police said a former boyfriend of one of the victims is expected to face murder charges. The bodies of a woman who had been stabbed to death and two men who had been fatally shot were found near the woman's apartment, officials said. Prosecutors told police to draw up three murder warrants against Charles Gamble, 24, who was the father of her son, police Chief Dean Crisp said. Gamble, who turned himself in for questioning, also will face charges of burglary and possession of a firearm in commission of a felony, Crisp said. "We are confident we have the individual responsible for these tragic murders," Crisp said.

Logansport, Ind.

Missing girl's body found; man charged

A convicted child murderer who was paroled in March faces a murder charge in the death of a 16-year-old girl whose body was found the day after the two left a restaurant where they worked, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Investigators found the body of Stephanie Wagner in a northwestern Indiana field Wednesday night. The suspect, Danny R. Rouse, 51, told them where to look and confessed to killing her, police said.

Rouse, a dishwasher at the restaurant where Wagner worked, was arrested and held without bail. Officials said Rouse admitted strangling Wagner and then stabbing her.

Rouse was released from prison in March after serving more than 26 years for murdering a 5-year-old Kansas boy in 1979. Rouse also was convicted of stabbing of the boy's mother.

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Church leader resigns after sex allegations

The leader of the 30 million-member National Association of Evangelicals, a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage, resigned Thursday after being accused of paying for sex with a man over the past three years.

The Rev. Ted Haggard, a married father of five who has been called one of the most influential evangelical Christians in the nation, denied the allegations. Haggard also stepped aside as head of his 14,000-member New Life Church while a church panel investigates, saying he could "not continue to minister under the cloud created by the accusations."

The accuser, Mike Jones, 49, of Denver said he made his claims public because he was upset that Haggard publicly opposed same-sex marriage.

Phoenix

Two hurt in shooting outside office building

A gunman wounded two workers outside an office Thursday, and a man who recently worked in the building as a security guard was charged in the attack.

Michael Blas Rivera surrendered at his apartment complex, 6 miles from the Pitney Bowes office where the shooting occurred, police said.

Rivera, 31, had worked at the office as a security guard but quit Oct. 19.

The victims, a 29-year-old security guard who replaced Rivera and a 37-year-old assistant manager for Pitney Bowes, were taken to a hospital, where they were in critical condition.

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