- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 1, 2005

Airport officer killed in patrol car crash

LOS ANGELES — An airport police officer was killed Friday as he struggled with a suspect who stole his patrol car and slammed into a fire hydrant, officials said.

Officer Tommy Edward Scott, 35, had been hanging partly outside the car when it crashed near Los Angeles International Airport, said Deputy Chief Michel Moore of the Los Angeles Police Department.

It was the first death in the 59-year history of the airport police department, which is a separate agency from the Los Angeles Police Department.

The suspect, William Sadowski, 46, underwent surgery at a hospital and was expected to be booked for investigation of murder, Deputy Chief Moore said.

Teen charged in assisted suicide

BOULDER, Colo. — A 14-year-old girl who claimed she fatally shot her father to help him commit suicide has been charged with second-degree murder.

Margaret Rich was charged as a juvenile Friday, but prosecutor Colette Cribari asked a judge to designate the girl an aggravated juvenile offender, which would limit sentencing options if she is convicted. A preliminary hearing was set for May 25.

The teen was arrested March 13, shortly after deputies responded to what they thought was a prank 911 call giving her address. Investigators found the girl’s father, Garrett Rich, dead in an upstairs bedroom.

Investigators said the girl acknowledged shooting her father, but only after finding him in pain after he had tried to shoot himself.

Judge blocks abortion for girl, 13

MIAMI — A Florida judge has temporarily blocked a 13-year-old girl from getting an abortion, ordering her to undergo psychological testing before the procedure and prompting an immediate appeal from privacy advocates, the Miami Herald reported yesterday .

The American Civil Liberties Union filed an immediate appeal of the order.

State authorities, who have custody of the foster child, argued that she was too immature to understand the consequences of terminating her 13-week pregnancy, the paper reported.

Special-ed students charged with rape

CLEVELAND — Three special education students have been charged with rape and assault after a classmate said he was attacked three times on school property.

Police said East Tech High School officials became aware of the purported attacks after a custodian saw one incident April 22.

The purported victim said two other attacks occurred days earlier. Two 14-year-olds and a 15-year-old are accused of attacking him.

School district spokesman Dan Minnich would only say officials are cooperating with police. If found responsible on the rape charges, the boys could be jailed until they’re 21.

Governor vetoes voter ID bill

MADISON, Wis. — Gov. James E. Doyle vetoed a bill Friday that would have required voters to show government-issued picture identification at the polls, saying it would disenfranchise elderly voters.

Republicans had argued that the bill would help eliminate the potential for fraud during elections. But Mr. Doyle, a Democrat, said the bill would have made voting more difficult for about 100,000 senior citizens who don’t have driver’s licenses.

Assembly Speaker John Gard said he would schedule a vote Tuesday to try to override the veto, but the bill passed each chamber with fewer than the two-thirds votes needed to override.

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