CALIFORNIA


Missin woman found


in makeshift coffin


LOS ANGELES (TNS) — A missing woman was found dead Sunday morning near what appeared to be a makeshift coffin in a San Bernardino, Calif., parking lot, authorities said.


Witnesses called the police about 8 a.m. when they found the body near the plywood box, which was leaning against a chain-link fence in the 2500 block of North Del Rosa Avenue, said Sadie Albers, a spokeswoman with the San Bernardino Police Department. Police believe she may have been dumped in the box, which then fell open.


Authorities identified the woman as San Bernardino resident Marlene Santellan, 34, who had been reported missing by her mother a couple of days earlier.


It’s unclear when the woman died and authorities did not say if she had any visible wounds. But police said homicide investigators responded because of the “suspicious circumstances” at the scene. Coroner’s officials will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.


— Los Angeles Times


TRUMP LAWYER


Giulani denies


any ‘hanky-panky’


NEW YORK (TNS) — Donald Trump lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is vehemently denying reports that his separation from Judith Nathan was caused by an alleged affair with Dr. Maria Rosa Ryan, whom he insists is just a “friend.”


The pair has been linked on several occasions in recent months, including an alleged meet-up at a resort in New Hampshire the weekend before Giuliani’s separation from his wife of 15 years.


Giuliani said he knew the split was coming — but insisted it wasn’t because of any hanky-panky with the married Ryan.


“I think this occurred on March 29 and I was separated on April 2, so I had a pretty good inkling of it (the divorce),” he told the New York Daily News Tuesday.


According to Giuliani, that two-day visit was strictly business, despite reports that he and Ryan, who is married to a former Marine, retreated to the hotel’s presidential suite.


“They might have it confused with the private room we went into to have dinner at the restaurant,” he said.


“There was no pleasure at all,” he said. “One of the nights I watched ‘The Godfather.’ “


Giuliani insists he and Ryan are “good friends” and that her husband is a good friend as well.


— New York Daily News