- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 29, 2000

Dutch airliner makes emergency landing

LOS ANGELES An engine on a Boeing 747 carrying 449 persons broke apart shortly after takeoff, and pieces as big as a dishwasher fell onto a beach.

The KLM Royal Dutch airliner bound for Amsterdam safely returned to Los Angeles in an emergency landing Sunday after circling for about 90 minutes while it dumped 83 tons of fuel over the ocean.

Authorities initially said a large bird probably was sucked into one of the jet's four engines. But National Transportation Safety Board investigator Richard Parker said "there could be a number of things, such as maybe a panel coming loose, or metal fatigue, or something else."

Ex-mayor gets 5 years in murder-for-hire plot

MIAMI The former mayor of a small town near Miami was sentenced to nearly five years in prison yesterday for vote and insurance fraud and trying to hire someone to kill her ex-husband.

Gilda Oliveros, 51, who was mayor of Hialeah Gardens when she was charged in December, was sentenced to 4.8 years for solicitation to commit murder, 4.8 years for insurance fraud and 3.8 years for vote fraud, with the terms to run concurrently.

Police said they began a vote-fraud investigation of Oliveros, who was elected mayor of Hialeah Gardens in 1989, following a tip related to her 1997 election and uncovered a plot to kill her ex-husband.

Abuse charge dropped for 'Survivor' winner

PROVIDENCE, R.I. Prosecutors dropped a second-degree child abuse charge yesterday against "Survivor" winner Richard Hatch, who had been accused of wrapping his hands around the neck of his 9-year-old son in April.

No explanation for the dismissal was given in the document filed by prosecutors in state court. Jim Martin, spokesman for the Attorney General's Office, said he could not comment because Mr. Hatch is suing the state.

Mr. Hatch has insisted since his arrest that he is not guilty and that police mishandled the case. He filed suit against the state's child welfare agency, claiming it wrongly removed his son from his home. Shortly after the arrest, a judge ordered the state child welfare agency to return the child to Mr. Hatch.

Jews reconsecrate toppled gravestones

TULSA, Okla. Leaders of several Christian and Islamic congregations lent their support as a rabbi reconsecrated 93 gravestones desecrated by vandals at a Jewish cemetery.

"The faith community is fully represented, and that is a sense of assurance for myself and everybody," Rabbi Marc Fitzerman of B'nai Emunah Synagogue said at Sunday's ceremony. "We've come through this with our togetherness and cohesiveness as a community still intact."

Only Jewish headstones with Star of David or Hebrew inscriptions were damaged early Friday at Rose Hill Memorial Park, and police are investigating the case as a hate crime. Two persons have been arrested.

Rock musician found dead in motel

NEW YORK Douglas Allen Woody, a former bassist of the Southern rock group Allman Brothers Band, was found dead Saturday by a chambermaid in a Queens motel, a New York City police spokeswoman said yesterday. Mr. Woody was 44.

Allen Woody, as he was known, joined the Allman Brothers Band in 1989 when the group re-formed after a break of seven years.

Dirt from killer's grave becomes EBay gem

Perhaps showing that there's a market for just about anything, someone is selling on the Internet tiny boxes of dirt from the grave of Wisconsin serial murderer Ed Gein.

Someone paid $27.48 on EBay for dirt supposedly scooped from Gein's grave, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

The seller included a certificate of authenticity that the dirt is from the spot where the man who inspired the Alfred Hitchcock movie "Psycho" was laid to rest 16 years ago.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports.

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