State justice injured in assault at home

Sunday, March 31, 2002

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- A justice on the New Hampshire Supreme Court was attacked in his home early Saturday and his face was beaten beyond recognition, authorities said. A suspect was in custody but had not been charged.

Justice John Broderick, 54, who played a role in the investigation of ethics violations charges against the state's highest judge, underwent six hours of surgery to repair multiple fractures to his face. His prognosis for recovery was good, said his lawyer, Stephen Tober.

Broderick was sleeping when he was attacked. McLaughlin said his face was beaten so severely that he could not recognize him.

Police said Broderick's wife, Patricia, was asleep in another room.

Candidate killed two nights before vote

KIEV, Ukraine -- A candidate from a leading party in Ukraine's parliamentary elections was shot to death in his apartment building less than two days before Sunday's vote, which comes after a campaign season plagued by violence and concern over potential fraud.

Mykola Shkriblyak, vice-governor of the Ivano-Frankivsk region, died of gunshot wounds early Saturday after the Friday night attack by unidentified gunmen, his Social Democratic Party said.

The campaign was marred by attacks on candidates and their supporters, limited media access for opposition parties and widespread predictions of vote-tampering. Another candidate was killed last month.

Fishermen protest lockup after killings

HONOLULU -- Sixteen Chinese fishermen expressed anger in court at being locked up as material witnesses to the slayings of their captain and first mate at sea.

The cook on their ship, Lei Shi, 21, is accused of stabbing captain Chen Sung-she of Taiwan and first mate Li Da Feng of China during an argument March 14, then hijacking the ship.

Other crew members later regained control of the ship and sailed it to Hawaii.

U.S. Magistrate Leslie Kobayashi told them in court Friday that they would be questioned by prosecutors and defense attorneys and that they would not be held for trial.

However, since they have no legal permission to stay in the United States, they cannot be released, she said.

Train crash in Spain traps passengers

MADRID, Spain -- Two passenger trains collided at a station in eastern Spain on Saturday, killing at least three people and injuring as many as 90 others, authorities said.

Emergency crews were trying to rescue passengers trapped in the wreckage after a Euromed train and a regional express crashed in the coastal town of Torredembarra, about 50 miles southwest of Barcelona, said Carlos Ortiz, a spokesman for the Catalonian Emergency Center.

Ortiz said the Euromed was hit from behind in the station and the last five cars were severely damaged. According to Spanish radio, the two trains collided head-on.

--From wire reports

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