Judge: Pavelich

is mentally ill

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. • A Minnesota judge Wednesday ordered that a former member of the “Miracle on Ice” U.S. Olympic hockey team should be committed to a secure treatment facility, saying the hockey star is mentally ill and dangerous.

Mark Pavelich, 61, of Lutsen was charged with felony assault in August for allegedly beating a friend with a metal pole, breaking several bones.

Charging documents say Pavelich accused the friend of spiking his beer.

Judge Michael Cuzzo found Pavelich incompetent to stand trial, and the criminal case was put on hold while the state sought to have Pavelich committed.

The Star Tribune reported that a hearing in February will determine whether Pavelich should stay committed for an undetermined amount of time.

According to Cuzzo’s order, one psychologist found Pavelich had delusions and paranoia, including a delusion that those closest to him were trying to poison him.

Pavelich’s family members have said they believe he suffers from CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, after repeated concussions from his time in the NHL.

Poland: A house explosion traps eight

WARSAW, Poland • Officials in southern Poland say a house collapsed in a gas explosion, trapping as many as eight people.

Local firefighters spokeswoman Patrycja Pokrzywa says the detached house in the mountain resort of Szczyrk was destroyed in Wednesday morning’s explosion and that children were believed to be among those trapped. Pokrzywa says rescuers with dogs are searching for survivors and victims.

She says she received her information from a person who lives in the house but was outside at the time of the explosion.

‘Star Trek’ writer Fontana dies at 80

NEW YORK • D.C. Fontana, a writer and story editor for the original “Star Trek” television series and later a contributor to “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and other related projects, has died at age 80.

Fran Evans, a family friend, said that she died Tuesday after a brief illness.

A native of Sussex, N.J., Fontana worked on a wide range of other TV shows, from “Bonanza” and “Ben Casey,” along with “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Star Trek: New Voyages.”

She also wrote the “Star Trek” novel “Vulcan’s Glory,” about Spock’s first mission on the U.S.S. Enterprise.

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