- The Washington Times - Monday, May 8, 2006

ARIZONA

Truck overturns with radioactive solid

SELIGMAN — A tractor-trailer carrying low-level radioactive material rolled over yesterday on Interstate 40 near this northern Arizona community when it was rear-ended by another vehicle.

The accident, which killed the driver of the tractor-trailer, did not threaten public health, said Officer Tim Mason, spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public Safety. No other injuries were reported.

The contents of the truck’s trailer were unknown, but the materials inside were thought to contain solid metal oxide. Meter readings showed low levels of radioactivity, Officer Mason said.

CALIFORNIA

Guard released in prison standoff

SACRAMENTO — A female correctional officer was released unharmed Saturday evening after a 10-hour hostage standoff that prompted a lockdown at a state prison, authorities said.

Michael David Watson, 41, released the hostage, Sheila Mitchell, 45, without incident shortly after 5 p.m., said Lt. Joyce McClendon, spokeswoman for the California State Prison, Sacramento.

Miss Mitchell was supervising a prison work crew cleaning up the dining room after breakfast when Watson, armed with a 6-inch metal knife made in the prison, grabbed her and pulled her into a nearby office, said Capt. Fred Schroeder of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. It was not clear how many inmates were in the dining room at the time.

The 3,200-inmate prison was secured and placed on full lockdown, as officials negotiated over the phone with Watson. Watson had demanded to be moved to another prison and to have his property inventoried, Capt. Schroeder told the Sacramento Bee.

Watson is serving a 26-year sentence for robbery and false imprisonment.

CONNECTICUT

Couple charged in teen’s overdose

SHELTON — A 13-year-old boy on a sleepover was found dead in what police suspect was a heroin overdose. His friend’s sister and her ex-husband were charged with manslaughter.

Frank Korondi was spending Friday night at the home of a 10-year-old friend, authorities said.

During the night, police said, the friend’s sister, Angela Krasowski, 23, picked up the boys and took them to the home of her ex-husband, James Krasowski, 32.

On Saturday morning, police responding to a 911 call from the home found Frank unresponsive on the bathroom floor. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The Krasowskis were charged with manslaughter, drug possession and other counts. Bail was set at $500,000 each. Court appearances were set for today.

FLORIDA

Father fatally shoots robber; son injured

JACKSONVILLE — A father fatally shot a man who tried to rob his family as they waited in their sport utility vehicle for a summer-camp enrollment to open, authorities said.

The father’s 10-year-old son was injured during the shooting, but it wasn’t clear how. The boy, Brevon Ricks, remained hospitalized in critical condition late Saturday, officials said.

The suspected robber approached the driver’s window early Saturday, pointed a gun at the father and demanded money, sheriff’s spokesman Ken Jefferson said. He then ordered the family of five to unlock one of the vehicle’s doors, he said.

“The father, sensing something was wrong, decided to defend his family … pulled out a gun, and he shot and killed the suspect on the scene,” Mr. Jefferson said.

HAWAII

Floating radar sent to Alaska port

HONOLULU — A powerful floating radar that will be part of the national missile-defense system is making its second attempt to reach its home port in Alaska after being shipped back to Hawaii for repairs to its platform.

The $815 million X-Band radar left Pearl Harbor in late March but had to turn around four days later when seawater leaked through the ballast piping on its platform.

The Missile Defense Agency said Friday that repairs to the piping have been completed.

The radar set sail Thursday and is expected to arrive at its new port in Adak, a former naval station about 1,200 miles southwest of Anchorage, later this spring.

The massive military apparatus, a converted oil-drilling rig topped by a giant white globe, rises about 28 stories from its keel to the top of the radar dome.

MINNESOTA

Man convicted in 1970 cop killing

ST. PAUL — A jury on Saturday convicted a man for his role in the ambush slaying of a police officer nearly 36 years ago.

Larry Clark, 55, was sentenced to life in prison. He was found guilty of aiding and abetting first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Officer James Sackett, who was slain as he responded to a fake call about a woman in labor on May 22, 1970.

Prosecutors had portrayed Clark as the right-hand man of Ronald Reed, who was convicted two months earlier of first-degree murder and conspiracy charges.

Prosecutors contended that Reed and Clark, who are black, wanted to kill a white police officer to impress the national leadership of the Black Panther Party.

NEW JERSEY

Second slogan in year scrapped

TRENTON — New Jersey: We’re Not So Good With Slogans.

The state has jettisoned “Come See for Yourself,” its second attempt at a tag line in less than a year. It was the product of a statewide contest set up last fall by Richard J. Codey, who was acting governor, after he rejected a consultant’s offering: “We’ll Win You Over.”

State tourism officials said legal issues led them to scrap the latest slogan, explaining that West Virginia and other states previously used “Come See for Yourself.”

“We are proceeding without the slogan. We will revisit the next steps at the end of the year,” Karen Wolfe, a spokeswoman for the state Commerce, Economic Growth and Tourism Commission, told the Press of Atlantic City for Saturday editions.

UTAH

Polygamist placed on most-wanted list

SALT LAKE CITY — Polygamist church leader Warren Jeffs has been placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list in hopes that the additional exposure and reward money will lead to his arrest.

Mr. Jeffs, 50, is accused of arranging marriages between underage girls and older men. He is wanted in Arizona on criminal charges of sexual conduct with a minor. He also was charged in Utah with rape as an accomplice.

Mr. Jeffs is the leader of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, based in the neighboring communities of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz. The sect split from mainstream Mormonism after the broader church renounced polygamy in 1890.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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