- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 15, 2003

Fishing boat capsizes, killing at least nine

GARIBALDI, Ore. — A large wave flipped over a charter fishing boat carrying 19 persons off the central Oregon coast yesterday, killing at least nine, the Coast Guard said.

Two persons were missing more than four hours after the capsizing. Rescuers searched near a long, rocky jetty at the mouth of Tillamook Bay, an area known for high waves and swirling currents.

Eight survivors, a female and seven males ages 13 to 48, were brought to Tillamook County General Hospital with hypothermia and needing oxygen because of near drowning; all but one were released, hospital officials said.

“They hit a wave wrong and the boat capsized. That’s what I was told,” nursing supervisor Heather Scovell said. “They’re cold, in shock.”

The 32-foot Taki Tooo capsized in 15-foot breaking surf as it sailed out of the bay past a 1,000-yard jetty shortly after 7 a.m., said Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Paul Painter.

Prairie dog linked to monkeypox cases

MADISON, Wis. — A single prairie dog infected with monkeypox before health officials identified the disease might have been responsible for spreading monkeypox to half of the human cases in Wisconsin, a state health official said yesterday.

“A lot of people got exposed over time,” said Robert Ehlenfeldt, acting state veterinarian. “That exposure would have happened before we knew what we were dealing with.”

State epidemiologist Jeff Davis said Friday that the prairie dog had been linked to three confirmed human cases, six probable cases, nine suspected cases and a case of monkeypox in a rabbit, which infected one of the humans.

By Friday, state health officials had confirmed 12 human cases of the disease in this country: four each in Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois. Also, 71 possible cases had been reported — 22 in Indiana, 30 in Wisconsin, 15 in Illinois, two in Ohio, and one each in Arizona and Kentucky. A suspected case in New Jersey had been ruled out.

CIA reassigns experts amid controversy

The CIA has reassigned two senior officials who oversaw its analysis of Iraq and its suspected weapons of mass destruction, the Los Angeles Times reported yesterday.

The newspaper said the officials, whose names have not been revealed, had served in senior positions, in which they were deeply involved in assembling and assessing the intelligence on Iraq’s reputed stocks of chemical and biological arms.

More than two months after the fall of Baghdad, the Pentagon and CIA have failed to discover the suspected Iraqi arsenal that President Bush used as his primary rationale for invading Iraq.

Teen given life for crimes at 14

SANTA ANA, Calif. — A teenager who was 14 when he kidnapped a businessman and shot at police has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole, becoming one of the youngest defendants in California history to receive the penalty.

Antonio Nunez, now 16, was sentenced Friday by Orange County Superior Court Judge William Froeberg, who rejected arguments that the sentence was cruel and unusual punishment.

In addition to life without parole, Nunez received four additional life terms and 121 years for being found guilty of six counts of attempted murder of a police officer, assault, evading, street terrorism and committing crimes for the benefit of a street gang.

Ranch hand kills one, then shoots deputy

ENNIS, Mont. — A ranch hand shot seven persons, killing one, outside a bar early yesterday, then wounded a sheriff’s deputy more than 200 miles away before being captured, police said.

The suspect, who authorities said was shot at least once in the abdomen, was arrested after a chase near the Montana-Idaho border that ended when two other officers crashed their patrol car into his vehicle.

It was not immediately clear when the suspect was shot, Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman said. The suspect was being treated at a Missoula hospital.

Madison County Attorney Robert Zenker identified the suspect as George H. Davis, 45. Mr. Zenker said Mr. Davis worked at an area ranch and had moved to Ennis, in southwestern Montana, a week ago.

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