- The Washington Times - Monday, August 1, 2005

ARKANSAS

22 injured as pickup collides with tour bus

DODDRIDGE — A tour bus and a pickup truck collided Saturday on a highway in southwest Arkansas, injuring 22 persons.

Authorities were unable to give details of the injuries. There were either 44 or 45 persons on the bus, state police said.

The northbound pickup swerved across the center line and hit the bus head-on, police said. The crash occurred on U.S. Highway 71, about 150 miles southwest of Little Rock and three miles north of the Louisiana state line.

The bus was carrying members of a church youth group who were returning to Baton Rouge, La., from a trip to Tulsa, Okla.

Both drivers were flown to hospitals.

The collision occurred less than two miles from the site where another tour bus collided with an oncoming car July 15, killing two persons.

COLORADO

Park resident lobbies Congress to stay put

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK — An 83-year-old Colorado widow is lobbying Congress and the National Park Service to let her stay in her home.

Betty Dick appeared before a Senate committee on Thursday to try to keep her home in the Rocky Mountain National Park, the Los Angeles Times reports. Mrs. Dick has lived there since the 1970s.

Her lease expired July 16.

The park system was built by buying up land such as Mrs. Dick’s property and giving original owners a set time for living on the land before it becomes public.

The Park Service says nearly 500 families have left after their leases were up and that making special arrangements for Mrs. Dick would not be fair.

GEORGIA

Track damage put at $40 million

HAMPTON — Damage to Atlanta Motor Speedway from a July 7 tornado is the worst disaster to hit a NASCAR track, officials said.

The twister, remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy, caused an estimated $40 million in damage, destroying fences, knocking over scoring towers and ripping up roofs and condominiums.

INDIANA

Police to intensifyteen-curfew efforts

INDIANAPOLIS — City police said they will begin enforcing the city’s curfew aggressively to curtail a wave of late-night violence that has left five teenagers dead.

The teens, all younger than 16, died in shootings since June 10. Most recently, two teens were shot, one fatally, by a motorist angered when eggs struck his pickup truck, police said.

KANSAS

Lottery promotion irks two towns

TOPEKA — Residents in two Kansas communities are angry over a radio spot for the Kansas Lottery that suggests their towns are boring.

The Kansas Lottery is partnering with several Kansas radio stations to promote its Great Escape Hybrid Doubler tickets. The promotion gives listeners a chance to call in or register online for chances to win the tickets, trips or prizes such as concert tickets or spa treatments.

But WIBW is changing its ad promoting the game after it angered tourism officials in Garden City and Cawker City.

Written by staff at the Topeka radio station and approved by the Kansas Lottery, the ad promised a lucky winner two tickets to a Kansas City Royals game and free admission to Worlds of Fun theme park, both in Missouri.

“94.5 Country and the Kansas Lottery considered giving away an intimate rendezvous to Cawker City,” the ad said. “But a giant ball of twine just isn’t too romantic. So, we decided on a great escape to Kansas City.”

MINNESOTA

Walker injured in bear attack

CARLTON — A woman was severely injured when she was attacked by a black bear while walking in woods in northeast Minnesota, officials said.

Mary Lou Munn, 50, managed to call authorities after the attack but was found lying in her front yard with several severe cuts to her leg, back, stomach and shoulders, authorities said.

She was reported in good condition Saturday after surgery at the St. Mary’s hospital in Duluth.

Mrs. Munn told sheriff’s deputies that she was walking in the woods by a nearby beaver pond when the attack occurred.

She said she fought the bear with a small stick and her fists and that her dog tried to help, but the bear chased the dog off and continued attacking her, authorities said.

After the bear left her alone, she walked a quarter-mile back to her home and called police, sheriff’s officials said.

NEW YORK

Teen missing from stadium found

NEW YORK — A 13-year-old boy who disappeared from a men’s room in Yankee Stadium had run away and was found in Queens early yesterday, police said.

Detective John Sweeney, a police spokesman, declined to elaborate on how or why Majelique Lewis ended up in another borough.

Hundreds of police and security guards searched for Majelique, of Stamford, Conn., after he disappeared during a trip to the bathroom during the seventh-inning stretch of a Yankees-Angels game in the Bronx on Friday night.

Police said the boy was found in front of a building in Queens early yesterday in good health. He was returned to his parents, Detective Sweeney said.

NEVADA

Sex offender took girl to Mexico, officials say

RENO — An 8-year-old girl was abducted by a convicted sex offender, who took her to Mexico, where the two were found staying in a shelter, authorities said.

Officials in Mexico and the United States said the girl was sexually assaulted by Fernando Aguerro, who is accused of kidnapping her from her home near Reno on July 22.

The girl’s mother, who was reunited with her daughter on Saturday, said she had a romantic relationship with Mr. Aguerro.

Mr. Aguerro, 47, and the girl were found in a low-income shelter in Ensenada after people there recognized them from fliers distributed in the state of Baja, Mexico.

OHIO

Suspect dies after setting self on fire

DELAWARE — A woman accused of tricking people into giving her money by pretending she had cancer died after setting herself on fire, authorities said.

Kara W. Hurt, 30, of Columbus died Saturday at Ohio State University Medical Center after setting herself on fire in her pickup truck, said Sheriff Al Myers.

Sheriff Myers said some people nearby tried to extinguish the flames after Mrs. Hurt got out of the truck.

WASHINGTON

Web site started for cougar sightings

OLYMPIA — The Washington Fish and Wildlife Department has created a Web site to track cougar sightings, so people can find out whether cougars have been seen near their homes.

The Legislature ordered the department to make the information available to the public. There have been 161 cougar sightings statewide this year. There were 383 last year.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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