- The Washington Times - Friday, April 7, 2006

Episcopalians caution against gay bishops

NEW YORK — An Episcopal Church panel studying the furor over the denomination’s first openly homosexual bishop proposed yesterday that dioceses use “very considerable caution” from now on in electing bishops with same-sex partners,.

It stopped short of the moratorium critics demanded, but did say dioceses should stop creating blessing ceremonies for same-gender couples, at least temporarily.

The commission also recommended that the American church offer “apology and repentance” for the turmoil its actions caused within the global Anglican Communion.

The suggestions are among several that will go before a June meeting of the top Episcopal legislative body, called the General Convention, which can revise or reject the proposals.

Mother insane in baby killing

McKINNEY, Texas — A woman accused of cutting off her 10-month-old daughter’s arms and leaving the baby in her crib to die was found not guilty by reason of insanity at a retrial yesterday.

Dena Schlosser, 38, will be sent to a state mental hospital for 30 days. She could then be released if she’s deemed not to be a threat to herself or others.

Police arrested Mrs. Schlosser in 2004 after she told a 911 operator she had severed her baby’s arms. Officers found the baby, Margaret, near death and Mrs. Schlosser covered in blood, holding a knife and listening to a hymn.

In February, at her first trial, the jury deadlocked on the murder charge, with 10 of the 12 jurors saying Mrs. Schlosser was insane. The deadlock forced a mistrial, and the two sides agreed last week to have Judge Chris Oldner decide the case.

Indoor smoking snuffed out

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Gov. Mike Huckabee, a champion of healthy living, yesterday signed into law a ban on smoking in most indoor public places.

“There’s probably some crying towels being passed out in the tobacco industry today,” joked the Republican, who has lost 100 pounds and exercises regularly.

The law exempts hotels and motels with fewer than 25 rooms, tobacco shops, nursing homes and home-based businesses with fewer than three employees. Also, it would not affect some bars. Violators can be fined $100 to $500.

Mexico extradites drug suspect

Suspected drug smuggler Santiago Goicochea-Diaz has been extradited from Mexico to Portland, Ore., to answer a 25-count indictment accusing him in a methamphetamine and cocaine trafficking organization.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman Garrison K. Courtney yesterday said Mr. Goicochea-Diaz was arraigned on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Portland and detained as a flight risk. Arraignment is scheduled for next week.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oregon requested Mr. Goicochea-Diaz’ extradition to face eight counts of drug trafficking and money laundering. He was accused in the indictment of conspiring with five others to traffic large quantities of methamphetamine and cocaine from Mexico into the United States.

DEA raid nets $1 million in pot

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Los Angeles Police Department yesterday announced the arrest of eight men thought to be connected to the seizure of more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana worth about $1 million.

DEA spokesman Rusty Payne said LAPD narcotics detectives, acting on a tip from the DEA, arrested the Jamaican men — seven who had prior felony convictions, been deported and illegally re-entered the U.S. — during a raid of an apartment complex in the Westlake area of Los Angeles.

They were all booked on felony charges of possession of marijuana for sale. They were identified as Martin Torvor 39, Ion Osbourne, 29, Silvester Allen, 37, Carlos Brady, 40, Trevor Dalhouse, 52, Hugh Lynwood, 44, Dennis Barnes, 47, and Larick Matheson, 55.

From staff reports and wire dispatches.

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