2008-07-31 00:45:29 UTC
Police: Body found in Ala. freezer was mother of 8 By GARRY MITCHELL,
Associated Press Writer
1 hour, 19 minutes ago
MOBILE, Ala. - Police believe a body found in a small-time
evangelist's home freezer is his wife and a mother of eight, and
arrested him on a murder charge as he preached at a south Alabama
church. Anthony Hopkins, 37, was being held in the Mobile County jail
Wednesday awaiting a bond hearing and appointment of an attorney.
Police said no one reported 36-year-old Arletha Hopkins missing, even
though she hadn't been heard from in three years. The body was
discovered covered in a freezer in a utility room during a police
search of the home in Mobile after a relative of the preacher
Mobile Police Chief Phillip Garrett said Hopkins was arrested Monday
night at at a revival in Jackson, a town in rural Clarke County where
he has roots. The pastor of Inspirational Tabernacle Church of God in
Christ, Beverly Jackson, told reporters that Hopkins told her he was a
single parent because his wife had died in childbirth.
Police awaited results of forensic tests to determine the cause of
death, but Garrett said authorities believe it is Hopkins' wife. The
freezer was moved to a forensics lab.
Garrett said Anthony Hopkins, the father of six of the eight children,
has been charged with rape and sodomy in a separate case involving the
female relative and could face more charges related to another
Mobile County District Attorney John Tyson Jr. said the children who
lived with Hopkins — who ranged in age from 3 to 19 — have been taken
into protective custody by the Department of Human Resources.
Garrett said the Hopkins children were home-schooled. He said Hopkins
"kept to himself," and apparently moved from place to place. Neighbors
called him "Rev." because he attended church so often, loading the
children into a van.
Police said he preached at various churches and did not appear to be
affiliated with a particular denomination.
At the church in Jackson, Hopkins was delivering a message about
forgiveness that drew encouraging "amens" from the congregation.
Clarke County Sheriff's Chief Investigator Sgt. Ron Baggett said he
listened through the church door before assisting in the arrest about
10 p.m. Monday. About 25 people were in the congregation at the time.
Delta: Body of woman, 61, found in plane bathroom By DORIE TURNER,
Associated Press Writer
1 hour, 24 minutes ago
ATLANTA - Flight attendants discovered the body of a 61-year-old woman
in the restroom of a plane shortly before the flight landed in Atlanta
Wednesday morning, a spokeswoman for the airline said.
It was unclear how Michaele O'Neil Carnahan died, and how long she was
in the restroom.
The crew on the Los Angeles-to-Atlanta flight noticed the restroom was
occupied on final approach, just before Flight 950 touched down at
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport at 5:51 a.m.,
spokeswoman Keyra Johnson said. Atlanta police were notified and met
the plane at the gate, Johnson said.
"Delta extends its condolences to the family and commends our flight
crew and medical professionals onboard who handled this incident with
the utmost professionalism and respect for which they are known,"
spokeswoman Betsy Talton wrote in an e-mail.
The body was taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in
suburban Atlanta for an autopsy scheduled for Thursday, said GBI
spokesman John Bankhead. Authorities were awaiting the results to
determine the cause of death, Bankhead said.
Bankhead said Carnahan was on her way from her home in Ventura,
Calif., to Florida for a wedding.
Atlanta police stationed at the airport respond to calls about dead
bodies on airplanes a couple of times a year, said Officer Eric
Schwartz, a police spokesman. Talton said the situation was rare, but
flight crews are trained to handle "a number of situations on board."
Airlines are not required to track or report the medical incidents
they handle, so an exact tally of in-flight deaths is hard to
determine. MedAire, an Arizona-based company that staffs doctors on
the ground to advise flight crews in a medical emergency, counted 89
deaths for the flights they handled in 2006, which represents about
one-third of the world's commercial flights.
If the death rate is similar for the rest of the flights, annual
deaths on airplanes could exceed 260.