- The Washington Times - Friday, August 17, 2001

Montana legislator dies in crash
HELENA, Mont. — House Majority Leader Paul Sliter, a rising star in Montana Republican politics, was killed in a car crash that also injured a top aide to the governor.
Lewis and Clark County Coroner Mickey Nelson said Mr. Sliter, 32, was killed shortly after 11 p.m. Wednesday when the vehicle he was in went out of control on a winding dirt road west of Helena. His passenger, Shane Hedges, policy director for Gov. Judy Martz, was treated at a hospital and released.

Ringleader apologizes for killing officer
DALLAS — The convict who is accused of killing a policeman during a Christmas Eve robbery pleaded for forgiveness and said he deserved to die in a 21-page written confession shown to the jury yesterday.
George Rivas, who led a group of fugitives in an escape from a Texas prison, also told police he hoped Officer Aubrey Hawkins' wife would gain "some sort of peace of mind" when he was executed for killing her husband.
Jurors were shown copies of Mr. Rivas' statement to police on the fourth day of the capital murder trial. Irving Police Sgt. Jeff Spivey testified he took the statement Jan. 22 after Mr. Rivas voluntarily waived his rights to have a lawyer present.

Girl fakes own kidnapping
LOS ANGELES — A 12-year-old girl who claimed she had been kidnapped has admitted staging the scene herself because she was mad at her mother, police said yesterday.
The girl, whose name was not released, was found on a Los Angeles sidewalk on Wednesday tied hand and foot, with tape over her eyes, a scarf covering her mouth and a plastic bag over her head, police said.
She told authorities that two men had abducted her from her apartment complex, forced her to consume drugs and abandoned her on the street.

Man convicted in attack is deported
NEW YORK — A man convicted of a racial attack that left a man dead in 1986 has been released from prison and deported to Britain, the Daily News reported yesterday.
Jon Lester, 32, served 15 years for leading the Dec. 20, 1986, attack on Michael Griffith, 23, in a neighborhood in Queens.

CDC recommends delay in immunizations
DALLAS — A national shortage of the tetanus-diphtheria vaccine has prompted a federal recommendation that physicians delay the fourth shot of the five-dose regimen until children are 4 years old. Ordinarily, the fourth shot would be given between 15 and 18 months.

Farrakhan's son shot in Chicago
CHICAGO — A son of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan was shot and wounded yesterday after assailants broke into a home he was visiting on the city's South Side, police said.
Joshua Farrakhan, 42, suffered wounds in one leg and the opposite thigh but "in no way are the wounds life-threatening," said a spokesman at a nearby hospital.

Inmate crushed in garbage truck
HOMINY, Okla. — A state prison inmate apparently trying to escape by hiding in outgoing trash was found crushed to death in a garbage truck, about two hours after authorities noticed him missing, the Oklahoma City Daily Oklahoman reports.
The body of Mariano Absun, 27, was found Wednesday inside the truck that had broken down near a cemetery. He was serving a three-year sentence for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

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