- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 25, 2005

ALABAMA

ID will be needed to buy decongestants

MONTGOMERY — Starting July 1, customers buying the decongestants ephedrine and pseudoephedrine will have to show identification and sign a register.

Gov. Bob Riley, a Republican, signed legislation designed to stem the flow of methamphetamine by restricting sale of the tablets that are key ingredients.

Tablets in which ephedrine or pseudoephedrine is the sole active ingredient must be placed in locked cabinets or behind the counter.

ARIZONA

State fails to use tutoring money

PHOENIX — Only $680,000 of the $10 million set aside in December to tutor high school juniors trying to pass Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards has been used, state officials said.

They had expected to spend about $6 million before students took the AIMS test last month. About 61 percent of the class of 2006 has passed the test needed for graduation.

CALIFORNIA

Oily woman slips by attacker

FOUNTAIN VALLEY — A woman who had slathered herself with suntan oil escaped an attacker in a park restroom in part because she was too slippery for him to grab, authorities said.

The woman, whose identity was not released, told authorities she had been jogging in Mile Square Regional Park on Sunday morning when another jogger began following her.

She ducked into a park restroom but when she emerged from a stall, he lunged from another stall and grabbed her arm, Orange County sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino said Tuesday. The woman struggled with the man and ran away. Authorities were looking for the attacker, who fled.

IDAHO

Jailed drug users increase medical bills

LEWISTON — Methamphetamine-related health care costs are breaking the budgets of local governments. Officials say meth users who wind up in jail often need expensive dental and medical care.

In Nez Perce County, 40 percent of the jail’s medical expenses are meth-related.

INDIANA

Inmate executed; wanted to donate liver

MICHIGAN CITY — Indiana yesterday executed a convicted murderer who had sought a reprieve so he could donate part of his liver to an ailing sister.

Gregory Johnson, 40, was pronounced dead at 12:28 a.m. CDT after an injection of lethal chemicals, officials at the Indiana State Prison said.

His final words were, “Everyone has been professional,” prison spokeswoman Java Ahmed said.

Gov. Mitch Daniels, a Republican, said he agreed with the Indiana Parole Board, which voted unanimously last week to deny Johnson’s clemency petition. He said there were no grounds to second-guess years of court rulings.

The governor released a letter from two specialists at Indiana University Hospital’s transplant center that said Johnson’s liver was not a good match for his sister, Deborah Otis, 48, whose organ is afflicted with nonalcoholic cirrhosis. The letter said Johnson has hepatitis B and large body weight, making his liver less desirable, and his sister needs a full rather than partial transplant.

MISSISSIPPI

Burn center to close this year

GREENVILLE — The Mississippi Memorial Firefighters Burn Center, the only facility of its type in the state, said it will accept no new patients after Tuesday and will close later this year.

The private facility has undergone financial problems and recently reduced its beds from 16 to six. It is supported primarily through donations.

MISSOURI

7 teachers resign after colleague fired

EAST LYNNE — Seven of 10 teachers in a tiny school district resigned after a colleague was fired for helping an 11-year-old girl who was left alone in a playground to pick up rocks as punishment.

The fourth-grader in the East Lynne School District in Cass County was assigned the task in September for refusing to do her schoolwork, but she was unsupervised except for a security camera.

The fired teacher, Christa Price, went to the principal — who is also the district superintendent — and asked him to reconsider the punishment, but he wouldn’t. So in her free period, Miss Price helped the girl pick up rocks. Other teachers watched the girl the next day.

At contract time in March, Superintendent Dan Doerhoff recommended firing Miss Price, a popular teacher who had good performance evaluations, for insubordination. Seven other teachers then chose not to return their contracts.

NEW YORK

‘Wanted’ man found in police station

NEW YORK — A suspect in two taxicab robberies walked into a New York police station and failed to notice his picture in a “wanted” photo on the wall, giving police an opportunity to make one of their easiest arrests.

“You look at the photo, and it’s not that glaring that it is him,” said Sgt. Norman Horowitz of the New York Police Department. But an detective noticed the resemblance and police arrested Awiey “Chucky” Hernandez, 20.

NORTH CAROLINA

911 pizza calls get woman arrested

CHARLOTTE — An 86-year-old woman was jailed after police said she called 911 dispatchers 20 times in a little more than a half-hour — all to complain that a pizza parlor wouldn’t deliver.

Dorothy Densmore was charged with misusing the 911 system, a jail spokeswoman said.

She told dispatchers Sunday that a local pizza shop refused to deliver a pie to her apartment, said Officer Mandy Giannini. She also complained that someone at the shop called her a “crazy old coot,” Officer Giannini said.

She wanted the person arrested. Instead, police came to arrest her, Officer Giannini said.

NORTH DAKOTA

Tax to decrease on wireless service

BISMARCK — A state tax that helps pay for telephone services for the deaf will decline July 1 because of the increased number of wireless telephone users, state officials said.

Users will see the tax drop from 6 cents per month for each telephone number to 5 cents a month.

TEXAS

14-year-old drives car into day care

DALLAS — A car driven by a 14-year-old crashed into a day-care center in a shopping center Tuesday, injuring eight children, police said.

Investigators say the teenager hit a curb as she tried to turn into the shopping center, lost control and careened into the building.

The teenage girl, who did not have a driver’s license, will face eight counts of injury to a child, said police spokeswoman Lt. Jan Easterling. A 24-year-old woman who was in the car was cited for allowing the girl to drive, Lt. Easterling said.

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