- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 8, 2006

Boys charged in school plot

WINSLOW TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Two girls provided high school officials with a tip that led police to charge four boys with planning a lunch-period massacre, the school’s interim principal said.

Authorities have said the boys — ages 14 to 16 — planned to attack students, teachers and others at Winslow Township High. Their names were not released because of their ages.

Interim Principal Michele Ferner said she first learned of the purported plot on March 30, when the girls visited her in her office and mentioned a 2003 movie that depicts a school shooting.

The boys were arrested Wednesday and face charges of murder conspiracy, terrorism, terroristic threats and conspiracy to make terroristic threats.

Souvenir pulled from public auction

LOS ANGELES — A body marker from a Nazi concentration camp was removed from a public auction here after complaints from leaders at the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

The 2-inch, round limestone tag from the camp at Dachau in Germany was among memorabilia from the unclaimed estate of a Los Angeles man who died last fall. It was to have gone on the block yesterday at a monthly county auction.

“It’s … what amounts to a toe-tag from a person, probably of Jewish ancestry, who was undoubtedly gassed and incinerated at the Dachau concentration camp,” said Craig Hendrickson, chief of public administrator operations.

The company that handles county sales listed the item on its Web site. The notice was spotted by a woman who called the Simon Wiesenthal Center. The center’s associate dean, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, notified Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky on Friday, and arranged to have the item removed from the sale.

Family files suit over boy’s death

CHICAGO — The family of a 6-year-old Indiana boy killed when a Southwest Airlines jet skidded off a runway and crashed into their car filed a wrongful death lawsuit Friday against the carrier and the plane’s manufacturer.

The lawsuit filed on behalf of the parents of Joshua Woods in Cook County Circuit Court seeks damages in excess of $50,000.

The lawsuit purports that Southwest was negligent in the Dec. 8 landing at Midway International Airport during a snowstorm and that Boeing shares some of the blame because of problems with the plane’s thrust reversers, which are used to slow down the aircraft.

Police investigate 911 response

DETROIT — A 5-year-old boy called 911 to report that his mother had collapsed in their apartment, but an operator told him he should not be playing on the phone, and she died before help arrived.

The family of Sherrill Turner, 46, does not know whether a swifter response could have saved her life, but relatives want to know why the operator apparently treated the call as if it were a prank.

Police said the 911 response was under investigation.

Miss Turner’s son, Robert, placed two calls to 911 after his mother collapsed Feb. 20 on the kitchen floor. During one of the calls, an operator said: “You shouldn’t be playing on the phone.”

In a tape of the call, the operator said: “Now put her on the phone before I send the police out there to knock on the door and you gonna be in trouble.”

Scout leader charged with rape

WILMINGTON, Del. — A former Boy Scout leader who spent 20 years volunteering for the organization was charged with raping two boys, authorities said.

Jon S. Rohrer, 63, was held without bail Friday on five counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and one count of child rape.

Mr. Rohrer was arrested on child pornography charges after he took his home computer to a repair shop and a technician found images of child pornography, state police spokeswoman Sgt. Melissa Zebley said.

Police found 844 files of child pornography photographs and seven video files.

Patrick Sterrett, executive director of the Delmarva Council of the Boy Scouts of America, said Mr. Rohrer has been fired and the council is sending letters to parents of children who had contact with him.

Mr. Rohrer faces a preliminary hearing tomorrow.

School bus driver charged with DUI

FORT DRUM, Fla. — A bus driver bringing 37 middle school students to a theme park on Friday was arrested and charged with DUI after a teacher recognized he had been drinking, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Floyd E. Brown, 48, was taken into custody at a Florida rest stop, the Highway Patrol said. The teacher had called authorities from the bus and was told to ask the driver to pull into the rest stop where a trooper would meet them.

The students and five chaperones from Stuart Middle School were part of a caravan of chartered buses.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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