- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 14, 2005

ARIZONA

Woman, 83, recovering from bee attack

TUCSON — An 83-year-old woman is recovering after being stung 400 times by bees, authorities said.

The woman, whose name was not released, was attacked Friday by bees coming from the wall of a storage building outside her home, said Fire Department Capt. Paul McDonough.

A handyman sprayed her with water from a hose until the bees turned on him. He ran and called 911.

CALIFORNIA

Court: Gay with AIDS eligible for asylum

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court ruled that an AIDS-afflicted homosexual man who fled Mexico because he feared persecution is eligible for political asylum in the United States.

The decision Friday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed rulings by immigration courts that had ordered the deportation of Jose Boer-Sedano, a Mexican national accused of overstaying the six-month visa he had used to enter the country in 1990.

Mr. Boer-Sedano, now 45 and a waiter at a San Francisco hotel, argued for asylum, claiming he would face persecution in Mexico. He said a police officer there had forced him to perform sex acts under threat of being outed or killed and he feared returning.

HAWAII

Job seekers test positive for meth

HONOLULU — Diagnostic Laboratory, the largest drug tester in Hawaii, says nearly two out of every 100 persons who underwent pre-employment and workplace drug screening in Hawaii tested positive for crystal methamphetamine.

Of the 9,419 prospective and current employees screened by the company in the first three months of the year, 179, or 1.9 percent, tested positive for the drug.

INDIANA

Station selling more ethanol-based fuel

WAKARUSA — With gasoline prices at an all-time high, a station in northern Indiana offering fuel made mostly of corn has seen sales increase. Sales of E85, a fuel blend using 85 percent ethanol, have gone from 40 gallons a week to more than 300 gallons recently at the Wakarusa Bell Mart BP.

As of Wednesday, a gallon of E85 was selling for $2.09, compared with an average of $2.40 per gallon for gasoline statewide.

LOUISIANA

Mail carrier bitten by ‘barking’ man

HOUMA — A mail carrier was bitten — by a “barking” man, police said.

Mark D. Plumb, 20, of Butler, Mo., was arrested and charged with simple battery Wednesday after he ran barking from a house and bit the letter carrier on the shoulder, police spokesman Lt. Todd Duplantis said.

Mr. Plumb said he bit the carrier as a joke, and has no history of criminal activity or mental illness, police said.

Mr. Plumb was released from the Terrebonne Parish jail after posting $165 bond.

MAINE

Ex-governor working to extend Web access

AUGUSTA — Former Gov. Angus King, who helped put computers in the laps of middle-school students, announced a new program aimed at eliminating the so-called “digital divide”: free home Internet for youngsters who receive free or reduced-cost school lunches.

Mr. King raised $850,000 through the Maine Learning Technology Foundation and worked with Great Works Internet to create the program.

MISSISSIPPI

Suspect leaves wallet at site of robbery

COLUMBUS — It wasn’t hard for police to track down the man they say robbed a Trustmark Bank last week — the suspect apparently left his wallet and identification at the scene of the crime.

Terrell Green, 26, of Jackson, was charged with Wednesday’s robbery.

Police Lt. Tom Thompson said a man walked into the bank wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and sunglasses, and handed the teller a note from his wallet demanding money. When the teller asked what she should do with the money, the man handed her a white pillowcase. The man took the pillowcase and left, authorities said.

Following information from the wallet, Lt. Thompson said investigators went to the suspect’s mother’s home and arrested Mr. Green as he was walking out the front door.

NEW MEXICO

Police: Retired judge, wife found dead

ALBUQUERQUE — A retired state district judge and his wife were found dead in their home Saturday in what police said appeared to be a murder-suicide.

Homicide detectives said it appeared Gerald Cole, 72, shot his wife, Nancy, 65, and then turned the gun on himself. They said a handgun was found near the bodies and that there was no sign of a struggle or forced entry.

Police spokesman John Walsh said the bodies would be sent for autopsies.

Authorities were called to the home early Saturday after a pest exterminator on a routine visit spotted two bodies in the living room. Police were not sure how long the Coles had been dead.

The Albuquerque Journal reported that Nancy Cole filed a petition for divorce in June. The couple were married nearly 40 years.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Cops: Suspect leads officers to remains

SPARTANBURG — A convicted bank robber led police to a set of skeletal remains believed to be those of Tamika Huston, a woman he once dated who had been missing for more than a year.

Authorities hope to have the remains identified this week.

Christopher Lamont Hampton, 25, was charged with murder in Miss Huston’s June 2004 disappearance. New forensic evidence linked Hampton to Miss Huston’s disappearance, Spartanburg Public Safety Director Tony Fisher said. He would not release details.

Miss Huston recently was featured in a “Dateline NBC” report about the disappearances of attractive white women getting more press coverage than the disappearances of men or minorities.

Miss Huston was black, and her aunt, a public relations representative, told NBC she tried for months without success to get the national networks to publicize her niece’s story.

UTAH

Skydiver killed in first jump

OGDEN — A woman died making her first skydive — a tandem jump with her instructor, who was seriously injured in the fall, authorities said.

Julia Bond of Evanston, Wyo., died in a hospital after the jump Saturday and Jon Vancleave, of Roy, was in stable but serious condition, police said.

There were conflicting accounts from witnesses of what happened.

Some said a gust of wind caught the pair as they came down and pushed them into a building at the north end of Ogden Airport, Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Splinter said.

WASHINGTON

Zoo to relocate ill-tempered elephant

SEATTLE — Elephant experts are getting ready to send an ill-tempered 38-year-old pachyderm to Tacoma, where she will join two other females not known for their social graces.

The move is expected to ease tensions at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo, where Bamboo’s intolerance for younger elephants and their calves has forced handlers to separate the herd at times.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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