- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 2, 2004

TEXAS

Eggs scramble highway traffic

BELLAIRE — A truck carrying 30,000 pounds of eggs spilled its contents off a Houston-area overpass early Monday, shutting down a highway.

The accident happened about 2:30 a.m. when an 18-wheeler ran into some plastic barrels along the Interstate 610 loop. Police say the truck’s driver, who suffered minor injuries, might have fallen asleep.

WASHINGTON

Monorail fire halts service

SEATTLE — An electrical short Monday apparently sparked a monorail fire outside a Seattle museum that trapped as many as 100 people, officials said.

Perry Cooper, spokesman for the city’s monorail system, said both of the system’s trains will remain out of service indefinitely.

No one was seriously injured when the monorail caught fire outside the Seattle Center’s Experience Music Project, a rock ‘n’ roll museum, during a festival. Nine persons were treated at a hospital and released.

COLORADO

Reporter accused of stalking attacker

BROOMFIELD — A reporter who recently published an account of being raped as a child and said he pondered killing his accused attacker was arrested on charges of stalking the man.

David Holthouse, 33, whose account was published last month in the alternative weekly Westword, was arrested at his home Saturday in Broomfield, reportedly because he had asked a friend to watch the man’s home.

Mr. Holthouse said Monday that his friend was arrested on suspicion of stalking, and Mr. Holthouse was arrested on the felony stalking charge when he went to bail the friend out of jail.

FLORIDA

1977 ‘TV killer’ facing deportation

MIAMI — A man who spent 27 years behind bars after failing to convince jurors that violent TV shows drove him to kill an elderly neighbor was released from prison yesterday and was to be deported to his native Costa Rica.

Ronny Zamora, 42, had been sentenced to life for fatally shooting 83-year-old Elinor Haggart at her Miami Beach home on June 3, 1977. He was eligible for release after 25 years, but the Florida Parole Commission decided to keep him locked up for two more years.

Under federal law, convicted felons who are not U.S. citizens face deportation.

LOUISIANA

Lawsuit filed in HIV patient case

NEW ORLEANS — A lawsuit was filed yesterday against a southeastern Louisiana nursing home that rejected a stroke victim infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

The family of Cecil Little Jr., 50, filed a discrimination complaint in July 2003 with the federal government against six nursing homes, claiming all accepted him, then changed their minds after finding out he had AIDS.

MINNESOTA

Man confesses in decades-old case

DULUTH — A man was arrested Monday after police say he confessed to shooting a 22-year-old woman who has been missing for nearly 24 years.

Donald L. Bloomer of Duluth told police he shot Julie Hill at a Duluth home in July 1980, Police Chief Roger Waller said.

Mr. Bloomer, 57, had been dating Miss Hill at the time her mother reported her missing. Police reopened the investigation into her disappearance a week ago, focusing on a house Mr. Bloomer owned.

Mr. Bloomer was being held in the St. Louis County jail and will be charged with second-degree murder.

MISSOURI

Court says Nazi can be deported

ST. LOUIS — The government can deport a former Nazi concentration camp guard who settled in suburban St. Louis nearly 50 years ago, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday.

During World War II, Michael Negele was a guard at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp in Germany and at the internment camp at Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia, where Jews and other prisoners awaited transport to the death camps, the Justice Department said.

Mr. Negele’s attorney, Warren Hoff, argued in court briefs that Mr. Negele, 82, did not participate in any atrocities and should not be eligible for deportation, but a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed.

NEW JERSEY

Parents oppose home-school proposal

TRENTON — Thousands of families who home-school their children are opposing a proposal they call an unnecessary and unfair intrusion by state regulators. A bill in the Legislature would require home-schooled children to get state-mandated annual physical exams and take standardized tests required of public school children.

It is supposed to protect children like four home-schooled boys whose adoptive parents last year were accused of starving and neglecting them.

OKLAHOMA

Penalty phase begins for Nichols

McALESTER — Prosecutors began making the case yesterday that Terry Nichols deserves to die for his part in the Oklahoma City bombing, putting on the stand a father whose 6-month-old son was so horribly mutilated in the attack that he had to be identified by his fingerprints.

Kevin Gottshall said his son, Kevin Lee Gottshall II, had been in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building’s second-floor day care center when the bomb went off April 19, 1995. A total of 168 persons were killed in the bombing, including 19 children.

Mr. Gottshall was the first prosecution witness to testify in the penalty phase of Nichols’ trial. Nichols was convicted May 26 of 161 counts of murder.

Nichols and Timothy McVeigh were convicted of federal charges in the bombing. McVeigh was put to death and Nichols was sentenced to life in prison. Oklahoma prosecutors brought the state murder charges against Nichols in hopes of winning a death sentence.

OHIO

Noisemaker explodes, killing man

GYPSUM — A 34-year-old man was killed when a friend, who is thought to have been intoxicated, lit a noisemaker that exploded.

Jeffrey D. Bodi was sitting on some tires 20 feet from where Mark P. Gulau, 35, ignited gunpowder that had been packed into a pipe with paper towels, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Randy Riedmaier said.

The pipe was welded onto a steel plate, but when it exploded, a piece of pipe hit Mr. Bodi in the face.

Five or six adults were at the address where the explosion occurred, but Mr. Bodi, who was sitting alone at a corner of a garage, was the only one injured, Sgt. Riedmaier told the Toledo Blade.

Mr. Bodi died instantly of head injuries. Mr. Gulau was charged with involuntary manslaughter, a third-degree felony, and using a dangerous ordnance while intoxicated, a first-degree misdemeanor.

PENNSYLVANIA

Woman uses toe to dial 911

WILKINSBURG — The manager of a check-cashing store was bound and gagged by an armed robber but managed to free one of her legs and dial 911 — using a toe.

The woman, whom police did not identify, was unlocking the doors to an ACE America’s Cash Express office in suburban Pittsburgh on Monday morning when a man put a gun in her armpit and forced her into the store, Wilkinsburg police Lt. Todd Ruggiero said.

The man ordered her to open the safe and then led her to a back office, where he tied her up with phone cords and other items and gagged her with a scarf, Mr. Ruggiero said.

About an hour after the robbery, the woman managed to free one leg, somehow grabbed a telephone with her feet and used her toe to dial 911, police said. She was freed after firefighters and paramedics got through a locked security door.

UTAH

Mother faces arrest after missing rehab

SALT LAKE CITY — A mother who pleaded guilty to child endangerment for delaying a Caesarean section that could have saved one of her twins failed to report for drug rehab as promised, and an arrest warrant was issued yesterday, authorities said.

Third District Judge Dennis Fuchs ordered the $10,000 bench warrant for Melissa Ann Rowland, said Deputy Court Clerk Geoff Huntsman.

The rehabilitation was part of a plea deal Rowland made with prosecutors, who dropped a murder charge in April in exchange for two felony counts of child endangerment.

Rowland admitted using cocaine in the weeks before she underwent the C-section in January that produced a stillborn boy and a girl with drugs and alcohol in her system.

She was sentenced to 18 months of probation and ordered into a drug-treatment program, which she was going to attend in Indiana. The agreement required her to prove she had entered treatment by May 30, Mr. Huntsman said.

WISCONSIN

High-speed ferry begins service

MILWAUKEE — The first high-speed ferry on the Great Lakes left yesterday on its maiden voyage.

The Lake Express ferry, moving as fast as 40 mph, can make it from Milwaukee to Muskegon, Mich., in about 2 hours. The 280-mile road trip between the two cities takes about five hours because cars must go through Chicago to make it around the lake.

The $18 million Lake Express can carry up to 250 passengers and 46 cars. A one-way ticket is $50 for adults and $24 for children ages 5 to 15; vehicles cost $59 to transport.

The Great Lakes’ second high-speed ferry is expected to start service between Rochester, N.Y., and Toronto in mid-June.

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