- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 5, 2004

GEORGIA

Suspect had ‘kill’ on to-do list

FAYETTEVILLE — Police said yesterday that they found a chilling “to-do” list scrawled on the arm of a 15-year-old girl arrested Tuesday in the stabbing deaths of her grandparents: kill, keys, money, jewelry.

Holly Harvey reportedly recruited her 16-year-old girlfriend to help kill Carl and Sarah Collier in their suburban Atlanta home on Monday, said Lt. Col. Bruce Jordan of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department. He said the elderly couple, with whom Holly lived, had ordered her to stop seeing the girl, Sandy Ketchum, and to stop using drugs.

The girls are being held at separate youth detention centers. They made their first court appearances yesterday.

NEW YORK

Doctor says twins strong and stable’

NEW YORK — Two-year-old twins from the Philippines born with the tops of their heads fused together were “strong and stable” after being separated in a marathon operation that stretched into early yesterday.

Carl and Clarence Aguirre remained under heavy sedation in side-by-side beds but were expected to awaken later in the day — the first time in their short lives that they would see each other, their jubilant doctors said.

The boys were surgically separated at the Montefiore Children’s Hospital late Wednesday night, and the 17-hour operation was completed at about 3:15 a.m.

ARIZONA

Man arrested in baby food case

TUCSON — A man was arrested in California and charged with filing a false report after police said he claimed to have put rat poison in baby food at a Tucson supermarket.

The claim was determined to be a hoax, but not before supermarket chain Bashas removed all jars of baby food from its six Tucson-area stores and shoppers were urged to return jars that had been recently bought.

Michael P. McLaughlin, 48, was arrested Wednesday in San Diego after his sister told police that her brother claimed to have poisoned baby food at a Bashas store. Police said Mr. McLaughlin later recanted.

Bashas spokeswoman Diana Bejarano-Medina said no signs of tampering have been found, but an inspection of all the removed baby food jars was continuing.

ARKANSAS

Family finds ‘foot’ in chicken pieces

BATESVILLE — A North Carolina family was not amused when what appeared to be a battered and fried baby foot turned up in a package of chicken pieces.

The package of Banquet brand chicken pieces, which are produced at ConAgra’s Batesville plant, was purchased at a Lowes Foods supermarket in Durham, N.C., said Tania Graves, ConAgra spokeswoman.

But the foot wasn’t real — it was made of dough that had been sculpted to include toes and toenails, then breaded and fried.

Police sent the foot-shaped object to the state medical examiner’s office, which determined that it was dough, not human tissue. The investigation was turned over to the Durham County Health Department and U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the faux foot was given to ConAgra.

Miss Graves said the company had acted to ensure that nothing like this would happen again, including the discharge of some employees.

CALIFORNIA

Peterson trial delayed amid new evidence

REDWOOD CITY — Scott Peterson’s murder trial will be delayed until early next week so the defense can investigate recently discovered evidence, Judge Alfred A. Delucchi announced yesterday after a closed-door session with the attorneys.

Defense attorney Mark Geragos said outside court that the evidence is “potentially exculpatory” and was “reluctantly” turned over by the prosecution. No details about the evidence were announced.

Trial testimony is expected to resume Tuesday.

Prosecutors say Mr. Peterson killed his pregnant wife, Laci, in their Modesto home on or around Dec. 24, 2002, then drove to the bay and dumped her weighted body from a small boat he had purchased just weeks earlier.

FLORIDA

Suits filed to defend marriage

ORLANDO — A county clerk, business owners and churches filed seven lawsuits yesterday to defend traditional marriage, said Mat Staver, president of Liberty Counsel, a pro-family legal defense organization.

The seven lawsuits, which seek a declaration that Florida’s marriage laws are constitutional, are designed to counteract seven lawsuits filed by homosexual couples that challenge state and federal marriage laws.

Mr. Staver said filing separate declaratory suits will improve the legal standing of his clients, who say they would be adversely affected by a court ruling in favor of same-sex “marriage.”

INDIANA

City plans RV hall of fame

ELKHART — A $3 million Recreational Vehicle Hall of Fame is being planned by the city of Elkhart, with construction on the 65,000-square-foot building to begin early next year.

The first phase of the project will include a photo gallery, the RV museum hall and a theater. A second phase will include outside exhibit space as well as a conference and convention facility.

MAINE

Weather, gas prices slowing tourism

OLD ORCHARD BEACH — Weather, terrorism fears and high gas prices have been keeping visitors away, said Vaughn Stinson, executive director of the Maine Tourism Association.

Members of the state’s hospitality industry are hoping that recent hot and sunny weather will spur a turnaround. Travel experts have predicted an overall 4 percent increase in Maine tourism this year.

NEBRASKA

Town using land to attract residents

KENESAW — Kenesaw officials are giving lots away in hopes of attracting new residents to their town of about 860. Adams County Bank fronted a $135,000 investment in 15 lots in hopes of attracting young couples and families to the town.

To obtain a lot, interested persons must put down $500 and have a signed construction contract within six months. The $500 will be refunded once construction begins.

NEVADA

Businessman gets medical pot license

LAS VEGAS — Medical Marijuana Consultants of Nevada has become the first in the state to get a medical marijuana license, but will not sell the drug.

Instead, the company will advise qualified medical patients on how to obtain it. Owner Bill Kosinski said it took him more than a year to get a registration card to use the drug to help relieve pain from a back injury he received in a car accident.

SOUTH DAKOTA

Baby is born at full-service bank

MOUNT VERNON — Call it a drive-thru delivery.

The birth of Elaine and Rodney Schabot’s new baby gives the term full-service bank a whole new meaning.

CorTrust Bank’s Mount Vernon branch became a maternity ward Tuesday when the couple couldn’t make it to the hospital.

The couple was headed for a hospital about 25 miles from home, after Elaine Schabot went into labor Tuesday morning. But as they traveled east along Interstate 90, a blinding rainstorm cut visibility to near zero and Mrs. Schabot told her husband she needed to stop.

They stopped at the bank, where they are regular customers. Fifteen minutes later, their 6-pound, 15-ounce daughter arrived with the help of Paul Morris, a firefighter and paramedic who was called to the scene.

“This should show that we’re a full-service bank,” Diana Descombaz, the bank’s assistant manager, said. “I’m just glad it turned out well.”

NEW JERSEY

Town honoring terror victims

GLEN ROCK — A memorial to honor the 11 borough residents who died in the World Trade Center attacks will be unveiled September 11 at Veterans Park.

The $100,000 memorial is designed as a circle of remembrance surrounded by trees and includes a piece of a steel beam from Tower One. Names of the victims will be inscribed on a bench. Funds came from public donations and a Forest Service grant.

OKLAHOMA

Police chase boy driving mother’s car

OKLAHOMA CITY — A driver who led sheriff’s deputies on a 25-minute chase, reaching speeds of 100 mph, turned out to be a 12-year-old boy behind the wheel of his mother’s car, authorities said.

The chase, which went through several counties, ended after stop sticks punctured the car’s tires. The boy was taken to the Oklahoma County Juvenile Center.

UTAH

Family says Hacking confessed to brothers

SALT LAKE CITY — Mark Hacking confessed to two older brothers that he killed his wife as she slept and put the body in a trash bin, their father said yesterday.

Mark Hacking, confronted with evidence that he had something to do with his wife’s disappearance and overwhelmed by the volunteer effort to find her, made the confession when his brothers Scott and Lance visited him at a psychiatric ward July 24, the father, Douglas Hacking, said.

The details of the confession were disclosed yesterday in an interview of Scott Hacking in the Salt Lake Tribune.

The information was relayed to police through an intermediary July 25.

Douglas Hacking said he believed Mark Hacking had a psychological breakdown because his wife apparently learned of his lie about having been accepted to medical school. Both Scott and Douglas are physicians, and the father has said Mark probably felt pressure by the achievements of his relatives.

From wire dispatches and staff reports.

LOAD COMMENTS ()

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide