- The Washington Times - Monday, November 14, 2005

FLORIDA

Shark bites surfer’s foot

NEW SMYRNA BEACH — A surfer dangling his feet in the Atlantic Ocean on Florida’s east coast was bitten by a shark, authorities said.

The 18-year-old man was surfing in water up to 8 feet deep near the New Smyrna Beach jetty Saturday when the shark swam up and bit him, said Scott Petersohn, spokesman for the Volusia County Beach Patrol.

The man, who was not identified, suffered puncture wounds on his right foot, Mr. Petersohn said. He was taken to a hospital by ambulance in stable condition, officials said.

GEORGIA

Marchers protest use of stun guns

LAWRENCEVILLE — About 200 protesters marched through this Atlanta suburb Saturday, urging police to stop using stun guns like the one that shocked an inmate who later died.

Inmate Frederick Williams, 31, died in May 2004, days after Gwinnett County deputies shocked him with a Taser, a weapon that delivers a 50,000-volt shock to immobilize people temporarily.

The march was organized by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which has documented more than 150 deaths nationwide that it attributes to Tasers.

The company that makes the stun guns insists they are safe.

A medical examiner ruled the cause of Williams’ death inconclusive but multiple shocks from the Taser may have been a factor.

HAWAII

Orangutan to get new home, mate

HONOLULU — Rusti the orangutan is getting a bigger pad and putting his bachelor days behind him.

The 25-year-old primate will be moving into a new enclosure at the Honolulu Zoo that is about 20 times longer than the tiny cage that has been the 350-pound orangutan’s home since 1997.

He will be joined by Violet, a 28-year-old orangutan. She is expected to arrive later this month from the San Diego Zoo and could move in with Rusti by the end of the year.

MINNESOTA

Teens rush stage at B5 concert

BROOKLYN CENTER — Police shut down a suburban shopping mall Saturday after screaming fans of the boy band B5 rushed the stage during a free concert, grabbing at the band members’ clothing and overwhelming the small team of security guards.

“Things were falling off the stage, girls were falling off the stage, girls started fighting,” said Theresa Curtis, who was working at a store near the stage.

Four persons were treated at a hospital for minor injuries, and five others were treated at the mall, police said. No arrests were made.

More than 2,000 fans, mostly teenage girls, had converged on Brookdale Center mall for the show, sponsored by the local Radio Disney station, KDIZ-AM.

MISSISSIPPI

Venomous snake bought for restaurant

SHELBY — A restaurant owner is under investigation after he apparently tried to sell the meat of a cottonmouth moccasin to customers, police said.

Eddie Boone, a city worker, said he sold the owner of James Quality Market the venomous snake, which he had killed with a pipe while he was cleaning streets.

Mr. Boone said that while he was showing off the snake Thursday, the owner of the grocery store-restaurant combo “came out and asked me if he could buy the snake for a dollar.”

Police Chief Bobby Joe Williams went to the market after Mr. Boone mentioned the odd business transaction to police. The owner gave him the snake, which already had been skinned and filleted, Chief Williams said.

Investigators have declined to identify the businessman. The store has remained open.

NEW YORK

Fulton Fish Market moves to the Bronx

NEW YORK — The Fulton Fish market shut down in Lower Manhattan, leaving its waterfront site after more than 180 years for a new facility in the Bronx.

The market, the center of the city’s seafood industry, closed Friday. Workers were scheduled to move to the $85 million New Fulton Fish Market over the weekend.

The original market opened Feb. 5, 1822, as a meat and vegetable market, and eventually grew to a wholesale emporium handling about $1 billion worth of seafood a year.

However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration now requires that all fish be refrigerated indoors. At the Fulton market, workers loaded and unloaded the fish outdoors, no matter what the weather.

TEXAS

Officer fatally shot during foot chase

DALLAS — A newlywed police officer was killed early yesterday by a suspect he was chasing on foot, authorities said.

Officer Brian Jackson and another officer went to investigate a disturbance complaint and chased a male suspect through alleys and between houses, Police Chief David Kunkle said.

During the chase, the man fired at the officers, fatally wounding Officer Jackson, 28, Chief Kunkle said. The suspect, Juan Lizcano, 28, was charged with one count of capital murder and was in police custody.

VERMONT

Suspect killed inside police station

BARRE — A man was fatally shot inside the town police station after pulling a knife on an officer who was photographing and fingerprinting him, authorities say.

Officer David Riddle shot Randy Wiggin, 37, in a tiny room on Thursday, said Vermont State Police Capt. Tim Bombardier. The officer was not seriously hurt.

Mr. Wiggin had been arraigned in court earlier in the day on a charge of violating a girlfriend’s temporary restraining order against him. The judge told him to report to the police station to be photographed and fingerprinted, Capt. Bombardier said.

WASHINGTON

School rescinds ban on rosary beads

CHELAN — A high school has rescinded a rule that prohibited students from wearing rosary beads.

Officials at Chelan High School said they acted too hastily a week earlier when they imposed the ban after a training session with a police officer, who warned that rosary beads worn around the neck can be a sign of gang activity, particularly among Hispanics.

Several students challenged the new dress code, sparking debate among school officials, parents and members of the clergy.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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