- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 17, 2005

ARIZONA

Border agents seize pot, cocaine, heroin

WELLTON — U.S. Border Patrol agents seized more than 23,460 pounds of marijuana, nearly 141 pounds of cocaine and 16 ounces of heroin valued at over $23 million over the Veterans Day weekend, including a 3,672-pound seizure of marijuana by agents here.

“Customs and Border Protection’s Border Patrol has a priority mission to keep terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the country; however, these seizures are proof that we are still working vigorously to prevent illegal drugs from entering the United States,” said Border Patrol chief David Aguilar.

In the Wellton seizure, agents arrested three Mexican nationals illegally in the United States and recovered two Ford F-250 pickup trucks stolen from Phoenix. The seizure was valued at over $2.9 million.

During the past 45 days, Border Patrol spokesman Mario Villarreal said Border Patrol agents intercepted 149,486 pounds of marijuana along the nation’s border.

CALIFORNIA

‘This Is Your Life’ host dies at 92

LOS ANGELES — Broadcasting pioneer Ralph Edwards, who spotlighted stars and ordinary people as host of the popular 1950s show “This Is Your Life,” died yesterday of heart failure. He was 92.

Mr. Edwards, whose career as producer and host included “Truth or Consequences” and “People’s Court,” died in his sleep in his West Hollywood home, publicist Justin Seremet said.

Mr. Edwards first hit it big in radio in 1940 with “Truth or Consequences,” a novelty show in which contestants who failed to answer trick questions — the “truth” — had to suffer “the consequences” by performing some elaborate stunt.

“This Is Your Life” also was born on radio and then migrated to television, running on NBC-TV from 1952 to 1961. It featured guests, many of them celebrities, who were lured in on a ruse, then surprised by Mr. Edwards announcing, “This is your life.” Relatives and old friends then would be brought on to reminisce about the guest.

Just last week, it was announced that a new version of “This Is Your Life,” with Regis Philbin (“Live with Regis and Kelly”) as host, is planned by ABC.

LOUISIANA

Homicide is city’s first since Katrina

NEW ORLEANS — Police said a woman was fatally stabbed, prompting the first homicide investigation in the city since Hurricane Katrina.

Police said they found the unidentified woman dead inside the home of New Orleans poet Jon Newlin, 56. Mr. Newlin had been beaten, they said, and was in critical condition at a hospital.

Friends told authorities they discovered the two Tuesday when they went to Mr. Newlin’s home. Mr. Newlin hadn’t shown up for a breakfast date with a friend that day, or for work at a French Quarter bookstore.

MINNESOTA

Burglar hides in restaurant’s oven

FERGUS FALLS — A former employee who attempted to burglarize a restaurant apparently didn’t know any good hiding places.

Police responded to a burglar alarm at the Speedway Restaurant early Monday and surrounded the building.

When officers entered, they discovered that the burglar had tried to hide in the ceiling. He fell through and tried hiding in an oven instead.

“The guy was only half-baked when he was picked up,” joked Police Capt. Hugo McPhee.

The 43-year-old man was taken to the Otter Tail County Jail.

OKLAHOMA

Mom makes daughter stand with sign

EDMOND — Tasha Henderson got tired of her 14-year-old daughter’s poor grades, her chronic lateness to class and her talking back to her teachers, so she decided to teach the girl a lesson.

She made Coretha stand at a busy Oklahoma City intersection Nov. 4 with a cardboard sign that read: “I don’t do my homework and I act up in school, so my parents are preparing me for my future. Will work for food.”

Mrs. Henderson has seen a turnaround in her daughter’s behavior in the past week and a half. But the punishment prompted letters and calls to talk radio from people either praising the woman or blasting her for publicly humiliating her daughter.

While Mrs. Henderson stood next to her daughter at the intersection, a passing motorist called police with a report of psychological abuse, and an Oklahoma City police officer took a report. Mother and daughter were asked to leave after about an hour, and no citation was issued.

But the report was forwarded to the state Department of Human Services. DHS spokesman Doug Doe would not comment on whether an investigation was opened.

PENNSYLVANIA

Church plans service for slain couple

LITITZ — A church official said it may be impossible to understand why a couple were slain in their home Sunday, saying “only God knows the purpose of this.”

Michael and Cathryn Borden were killed, reportedly by their daughter’s 18-year-old boyfriend.

Police say David Ludwig shot the Bordens in the head and fled to Indiana with their 14-year-old daughter, Kara Beth.

He was captured there Tuesday after a high-speed chase and was flown back to Lancaster County to face murder and kidnapping charges. Mr. Ludwig was jailed without bail and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for Nov. 23.

The congregation at the Bordens’ church planned a Wednesday evening prayer service.

WASHINGTON

Rescued cat may get new home

WENATCHEE — Bridget the cat, who leaped 70 feet off a bridge into the Columbia River and swam to shore, may be getting a new home in Maine.

Witnesses say the longhaired calico cat, who wore no collar or identification, jumped from a pickup truck onto the Odabashian Bridge, then ran from swerving vehicles before jumping into the river. Rescuers captured the cat after she swam 600 feet to shore.

The cat, named Bridget after her Nov. 6 plunge, was put up for adoption by the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society.

April Newman, who lives in Thorndike, Maine, a small town 38 miles northeast of Augusta, said she hasn’t seen the cat but heard its story last week on a public radio show and became convinced the cat belongs in her home.

No one has claimed the cat, said Karen Headlee, director of operations for the humane society. She said Miss Newman, a certified public accountant for the office of the state controller in Augusta, was selected to adopt Bridget because of her history of rescuing cats.

WISCONSIN

Christians assigned devilish license plates

EAU CLAIRE — Ken Hasenmueller and his wife have been feeling a little uncomfortable while in the family car.

The car itself — a 1996 cherry-red Oldsmobile Cutlass — is fine. It’s the license plate that’s the problem. They were randomly assigned 666-KEN.

“Initially, I thought it was interesting,” Ken Hasenmueller said of the pairing of his first name with the numeric symbol for the Antichrist.

But Mr. Hasenmueller said he was worried others would assume he requested the devilish plates. He plans to trade them in for new ones.

“We are a very strong Christian family,” said his wife, Jean.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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