- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 15, 2000

Tropical storm Beryl threatens Texas

MIAMI Tropical Storm Beryl formed in the western Gulf of Mexico yesterday and strengthened quickly, prompting hurricane warnings for the Texas and Mexico coasts.

Beryl's center was expected to come ashore today on the northeast Mexican coast about 60 miles south of Brownsville, Texas, said hurricane specialist Stacy Stewart at the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Beryl was expected to hit the shoreline with a 2- to 5-foot storm surge and dump 5 to 10 inches of rain on the area north of where the eye crosses the coastline, the forecasters said.

Beryl grew from a tropical depression to a tropical storm with 50 mph winds yesterday. Tropical weather systems become tropical storms when their circulating winds reach 39 mph and become hurricanes at 74 mph.

Suspect recovering from border shooting

SAN DIEGO An alien-smuggling suspect was in serious condition in hospital yesterday after he was shot at the U.S.-Mexico border. Authorities say he ran down two border-patrol agents with his car in an effort to escape.

Both agents were injured in the attack, which occurred late Friday in an uninhabited area on the U.S. side of the border, said Border Patrol spokesman Roy Villareal.

Seven illegal aliens were taken into custody, including three hiding in the trunk of the car, Mr. Villareal said.

Mr. Villareal said the driver whose name was not released faces charges of alien-smuggling and assault on a federal officer.

Elderly man dies after golf-cart accident

MARLBORO, Mass. A 74-year-old man died after he was accidentally struck and run over by a golf cart.

Anthony Hunt was talking to another golfer near the first tee at the Marlborough Country Club on Saturday when he was struck by a cart driven by 85-year-old David MacKay, according to witnesses and police.

"I think he panicked," club pro Mark Klotz said. "Instead of hitting the brake, he hit the gas and just kept going."

Police said Mr. MacKay was so distraught he had to be treated for chest pain at UMass Memorial Healthcare-Malboro Hospital.

Contractor fined in ValuJet crash

MIAMI A federal judge sentenced former ValuJet maintenance contractor SabreTech Inc. yesterday to pay more than $11 million for failing to package properly oxygen canisters that caused a ValuJet DC-9 to crash, killing all 110 persons on board.

U.S. District Judge James Lawrence King ordered SabreTech to pay a $2 million fine and $9,060,400 in restitution and put the company on three years' probation for its part in the May 11, 1996, crash.

ValuJet Flight 592 caught fire and plunged into Florida's Everglades shortly after taking off for Atlanta from Miami International Airport.

The fire was blamed on improperly packed oxygen canisters, which supply oxygen for passengers in emergency situations.

lgerian enters plea in bomb-plot case

NEW YORK An Algerian man believed to be a key figure in a plot to detonate bombs at millennium-celebration sites in the United States pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges he provided support to terrorists.

Mokhtar Haouari, 31, appeared in Manhattan federal court after arriving from Canada, where he been held since his arrest on Jan. 10. He waived extradition last month.

Mr. Haouari and co-defendant Abdelghani Meskini are charged in the attempt by another Algerian man, Ahmed Ressam, to cross into Washington state from Canada on Dec. 14, 1999 with a car full of explosives.

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