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Published: Monday, February 15, 2010, 12:01 a.m.

Nation/World Briefly: No one hurt as roof collapses on ice rink

  • Emergency crews attend to the scene of the partially collapsed roof of the Rostraver Ice Garden on Sunday in Rostraver, Pa. No injuries were reported.

    Associated Press

    Emergency crews attend to the scene of the partially collapsed roof of the Rostraver Ice Garden on Sunday in Rostraver, Pa. No injuries were reported.

ROSTRAVER, Pa. — The roof of the Rostraver Ice Garden skating rink partially collapsed while the ice was being resurfaced during a youth hockey tournament Sunday afternoon, but no one was injured.
Emergency crews searched the building using cadaver dogs and infrared cameras. Rostraver Central Assistant Chief Justin Shawley said no one was found in the damaged building, which was being turned back over to its owner.
The hockey teams were in the locker room when a 100-by-200-foot section of the roof fell in, and the only person on the ice was the worker who was resurfacing it with a Zamboni, a small vehicle used to clean and smooth the rink’s surface, he said.
A birthday party also was taking place in the building, which also has banquet and meeting room.
Georgia: More snow coming
The National Weather Service says 2 to 4 inches of snow could fall by early today across southern Tennessee and northeastern Alabama, while 1 inch to 2 inches could fall in parts of northern and central Georgia. Mountainous portions of Georgia and the Carolinas could get up to 3 inches. Several cities that are ill-equipped to deal with icy roads and piled snow were paralyzed by a snowstorm that dropped several inches of snow on the region Friday and Saturday.
California: Gunman opens fire at church, wounds two teens
A man wearing a hooded sweatshirt walked into a Richmond church and opened fire during a Sunday service, wounding two teenagers — one in the shoulder and one in the leg — police said. Two other men, also wearing hooded sweatshirts, were with the gunman when the shooting took place about 12:30 p.m. in front of about 100 people at New Gethsemane Church in Christ, Richmond police Sgt. Bisa French said. The men walked up and down the aisles with the hoods over their heads before the gunman fired at the teens sitting in the pews, witnesses said. Investigators believe the men were targeting someone in the church but don’t know if the two who were hit were the intended targets, French said. The three men fled and no suspects have been arrested, French said.
Valentine thieves die in car crash
Authorities say two men suspected of robbing a street-corner Valentine’s Day gift stand in Los Angeles were killed early Sunday in a car crash after leading police on a chase. Police Lt. Samuel Rhone says the men stole gift baskets and cash from a street vendor near downtown. The victim called police and officers located their car nearby, which sped away. The suspects crashed into a parked vehicle and were thrown from the car.
D.C.: Military trial possible for 9/11 suspect, Biden says
Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday said the administration has not ruled out a military trial for the professed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks even if a civilian trial would be preferable. Biden, in televised interviews, said it is not yet clear where Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other Sept. 11 suspects held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will be tried. President Barack Obama will make the final decision, Biden said.
Arizona: Helicopter crash in north Phoenix kills three
A helicopter crash just north of Phoenix killed at least three people Sunday afternoon, including a child, and officials couldn’t rule out the possibility of more victims because the helicopter seats six people. Residents in the area known as Cave Creek heard noises and saw parts flying off the Eurocopter EC135 helicopter before it crashed and burst into flames. The chopper came down in a dry desert wash between two homes, a sheriff’s deputy said. No injuries on the ground were immediately reported.
Israel: Harem leader charged with rape and incest
A Tel Aviv man who kept a cult-like harem of women and fathered dozens of children with them was charged Sunday with enslavement, rape, incest and other sexual offenses. Goel Ratzon, 60, who remains behind bars, has denied any wrongdoing and said the women joined him voluntarily. According to the indictment, Ratzon kept at least 21 women who bore him a total of 49 children. It said he kept the women in a state of near-total obedience in crowded apartments in the Tel Aviv area, taking their welfare checks and making them take bank loans which he then confiscated.
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