Deadly crab boat capsizing — The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the capsizing of a Dungeness crab fishing boat in the stormy waters off the Oregon Coast near Newport. The Coast Guard said Wednesday evening the three men, who were killed, had requested a Coast Guard escort across the Yaquina Bay Bar before the vessel capsized Tuesday night. The agency sent a crew and a 52-foot boat to meet the crabbers for the escort and that it was nearby when the fishing boat capsized. The Coast Guard crew began searching for the men and called for support. Another boat and helicopter were sent while the Newport Fire Department searched a nearby beach. Authorities found the bodies of James Lacey, Joshua Porter and Stephen Biernacki late Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
DNA connects remains to Hart family — California authorities said Wednesday that human remains found in May are those of Hannah Hart, one of six children presumed dead after their adopted mother drove them off a coastal highway. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office got word Tuesday that DNA tests showed the skeletal remains of a foot, still in its shoe, found entangled in a pair of girl’s jeans on a beach near the crash site were those of the 16-year-old. Her brother Devonte Hart, 15, remains missing. The positive DNA identification came from a woman who identified herself as the birth mother of Hannah and siblings Markis and Abigail, according to the sheriff’s office. The agency said the woman contacted them in October after a state laboratory requested family members come forward. Investigators believe a drunken Jennifer Hart intentionally drove her GMC Yukon off of the highway near Westport, California, in March, shortly after Child Protective Services visited the family’s home in Woodland, Washington. Evidence also showed Jennifer Hart’s wife, Sarah Hart, and some of the children who died in the crash were apparently drugged. The six Hart children were adopted from Texas. A history of child welfare investigations followed the family from Minnesota, where Jennifer and Sarah Hart first met, to Oregon to the rural Clark County, Washington, homestead they bought in 2017.