- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 3, 2005

ALASKA

Protections proposed for imperiled whales

ANCHORAGE — Some of the world’s last Pacific right whales will get special protections in the Bering Sea to boost the animals’ chances of avoiding extinction, the National Marine Fisheries Service said Tuesday.

A 36,750-square-mile area, just outside of southwestern Alaska’s salmon-rich Bristol Bay, would be designated as critical habitat for Pacific right whales under the fisheries service proposal. If the designation becomes official, federal agencies would be required to work with the fisheries service to ensure that no activities in the area destroy or threaten the whales’ habitat.

ARKANSAS

Man kills deer with bare hands

BENTONVILLE — For 40 exhausting minutes, Wayne Goldsberry battled a buck with his bare hands in his daughter’s bedroom.

Mr. Goldsberry finally subdued the five-point white-tailed deer that crashed through a bedroom window at his daughter’s home Friday. When it was over, blood splattered the walls and the deer lay dead on the bedroom floor, its neck broken.

Mr. Goldsberry entered the bedroom to confront the deer and, after a brief struggle, emerged to tell his wife to call police. After returning to the bedroom, the fight continued. Mr. Goldsberry finally was able to grip the animal and twist its neck, killing it.

CONNECTICUT

Donors pay tuition for Yale musicians

NEW HAVEN — Yale University’s School of Music is eliminating tuition after receiving a $100 million donation.

Acting Dean Thomas C. Duffy said yesterday that the university will stop charging students next year. Mr. Duffy said the donors want to remain anonymous.

Mr. Duffy said the donation also will allow the school to buy technology to host clinics and workshops with people around the world.

Tuition this year at the Yale School of Music is $23,750.

FLORIDA

Cubans plead guilty in smuggling trip

MIAMI — Two men pleaded guilty yesterday to organizing a Cuban smuggling trip that ended when their speedboat capsized and a 6-year-old boy drowned.

Alexander Gil Rodriguez and Luis Manuel Taboada Cabrera could get up to 10 years in federal prison at sentencing Jan. 24 on conspiracy charges.

The men, both Cubans who had immigrated to Miami, loaded 29 Cubans onto a Florida-registered speedboat on Oct. 12, including young Julian Villasuso and his parents. The boat tried to speed away after the U.S. Coast Guard intercepted it 45 miles south of Key West, but it capsized when the passengers moved to one side of the boat.

All were rescued except Julian, who was trapped under the boat.

GEORGIA

Woman gets life for killing child

ATLANTA — A woman accused of helping her husband kill their 8-year-old daughter because they thought she was demonic pleaded guilty to murder Tuesday.

Valerie Carey, 29, was sentenced to life in prison for the Jan. 19, 2004, stabbing and strangling of Quimani Carey at a downtown Atlanta motel.

As part of a plea agreement, Carey agreed to testify against her 31-year-old husband, Christopher. He remains jailed without bond.

HAWAII

Development sought of sugar-cane village

WAILUKU — Two developers want to turn a former sugar-cane village on Maui into a mixed-use town.

The developers are planning public meetings this month on their proposal to build a sustainable community on the slopes of the West Maui Mountains. Sugar cane production at the 600-acre area stopped in the mid-1990s.

NEW JERSEY

Mother, son jailed in death of boy

NEWARK — A woman who admitted hiding the body of a 7-year-old relative in a basement storage bin was sentenced yesterday to 25 years in prison, and her son, who said he killed the child in a wrestling move, was sentenced to three.

Faheem Williams’ decomposed body was found stuffed in a basement storage bin three years ago, and his twin and half brother were discovered living in squalor and filth. The case generated national outrage and led to an overhaul of New Jersey’s child welfare agency.

The mother of the three boys had entrusted them to Sherry Murphy, 43, her cousin, before going to serve an unrelated jail term.

Wesley Murphy, 19, could be freed on parole in several weeks.

NEW YORK

‘Firefighter’ set blaze in sexual assault ploy

NEW YORK — A man in a firefighter costume set a small blaze in a stairwell to dupe a woman into letting him into her apartment, then sexually assaulted her, police said.

Police said the 34-year-old woman was bound and molested for more than 12 hours on Halloween night.

No arrests have been made.

As smoke from the fire filled the hall, the man knocked on the woman’s door and yelled “FDNY,” police said. The woman told detectives that when she opened the door, the man said he needed to check her apartment.

When she let him inside, he pulled a gun and covered her face in a chemical-soaked rag, she told police. He put on a ski mask, tied her up, gagged her with duct tape and videotaped the sexual assault, police said. She freed herself and called police after the man left.

OKLAHOMA

Former police chief stole granddaughter

EUFAULA — The former Eufaula police chief and his wife received a two-year deferred sentence after entering a plea on felony child stealing and perjury charges, prosecutors announced.

Larry Osmond, 56, and Carol Osmond, 52, were accused of stealing their 4-year-old granddaughter from the child’s paternal grandparents. A Texas court had given custody of the child to her paternal grandparents.

RHODE ISLAND

Governor creates flu pandemic group

PROVIDENCE — Gov. Donald L. Carcieri created a working group to draft plans for dealing with any flu pandemics, including bird flu.

The governor warned that a severe flu outbreak could strain Rhode Island’s health care system. He authorized the state to purchase as much anti-flu medicine as possible.

VERMONT

Maple syrup thief faces life sentence

BRATTLEBORO — Talk about being in a jam: A man convicted of selling stolen maple syrup faces a life sentence as a habitual offender.

A jury agreed with prosecutors that Stephen Bain, 52, sold more than 75 gallons of syrup to a New Hampshire wholesaler just hours after it was discovered missing from the Dwight Miller Orchards in 2003.

WASHINGTON

Wrong-way collision kills five children

SPOKANE — A vehicle crossed a median into oncoming traffic and collided with a pickup truck, killing five children in the pickup and seriously injuring their father, State Patrol officers said yesterday.

The cause of the Tuesday afternoon wreck hadn’t been determined, but there were no indications that alcohol, drugs or excessive speed were involved, Trooper Jeff Sevigney said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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