- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 10, 2001

Publicist in 'shock' after her car injures 16

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — A celebrity publicist accused of backing her sport utility vehicle into a crowd waiting outside a nightclub, then fleeing, was in a state of shock afterward, her spokesman said yesterday.

"This was a tragic and horrible accident," said Howard Rubenstein, adding that Lizzie Grubman had no intent to hurt anyone. Two of her friends saw that she was distressed and escorted her away in another car, said Mr. Rubenstein, himself a high-powered PR agent.

Sixteen persons were injured in the accident early Saturday, police said.

Miss Grubman, 30, was charged with multiple counts of assault, reckless endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident involving serious injury.


Patriot missile test brings mixed results

An advanced version of the Patriot missile defense system scored mixed results yesterday in a test against two targets simultaneously, a low-flying drone and a ballistic missile, the army said.

The Patriot Advanced Capability-3, or PAC-3, hit the remotely piloted, radar-jamming jet aircraft but missed the ballistic missile at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, the army said.

"Preliminary test data indicate a successful intercept of the more difficult jet aircraft, which was emitting radar jamming signals, and a miss of the ballistic missile target," it said in a statement.


Honor student faces expulsion over knife

HOLT, Mich. — Jeremy Hix, an honor student and bagpipe player, could be expelled from school for wearing a ceremonial knife to prom as part of his Scottish regalia.

Tomorrow, the school board in Holt, just south of Lansing, will decide if the bagpiper will be expelled for violating the state's zero-tolerance law against bringing weapons to school.

Mr. Hix said he didn't think about the knife as a weapon when he attended the school dance May 19. The knife, called a sgian dubh, had a three-and-a-half-inch blade. "It's part of the formal wear for a Scottish man," he said yesterday. "It's literally an item, like a piece of clothing."

Under Michigan's law, students must be expelled for 180 days if they bring a weapon to school. Students are exempt if they can prove no intention to cause harm, and Mr. Hix says he is confident he will succeed at the school board meeting.


Roger Clinton gets date on DUI charge trial

TORRANCE, Calif. — Roger Clinton, half brother of former President Bill Clinton, was given an Aug. 7 trial date yesterday on charges of drunken driving and disturbing the peace in a Los Angeles beach community in February.

Mr. Clinton, who earlier had entered a not-guilty plea to the misdemeanor charges, was not in court for yesterday's hearing. His lawyer maintained that Mr. Clinton had been targeted by police because of his notoriety.

He was arrested on Feb. 17 in Hermosa Beach on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. He is also accused of disturbing the peace in a reputed nightclub incident about 30 minutes earlier on the same day.


Five family members die in murder-suicide

LAS PALOMAS, N.M. — A man who suffered from bouts of depression reportedly shot and killed his wife and three children in their southern New Mexico home before killing himself, police said yesterday.

The five bodies were discovered in the mobile home by the children's grandmother Sunday morning when she came to see why the children were not playing outside, police said.

Investigators were still trying to determine the exact motive but had determined it was a murder-suicide, said Capt. Carlos Maldonado of the state police criminal investigations unit.

Investigators said that Wesley Snyder, 42, killed his wife Ruth, 39, and three daughters, ages 8 to 12, before turning the gun on himself Saturday night.

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