- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 9, 2006

CALIFORNIA

Police fatally shootretired sheriff’s deputy

CYPRESS — Police fatally shot a 70-year-old retired sheriff’s deputy after he aimed a gun at officers during a traffic stop, officials said.

Officers received a call Sunday night about a suicidal man with a handgun who apparently had been pointing the gun at people in a park, Cypress police Sgt. Jim Olson said.

When police spotted the man’s car and stopped him at an intersection, the retired Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy got out and pointed a gun at officers, Sgt. Olson said. An officer shot him at least once, Sgt. Olson said.

The man’s identity was not released. Sgt. Olson said the Orange County District Attorney’s Office was investigating the shooting.

IDAHO

Developer makes waves at moorage

BAYVIEW — A developer wants to turn Bayview on Lake Pend Oreille into a resort, complete with what he is calling “dock-o-miniums.”

Those are floating-home moorage sites that developer Bob Holland of Spokane, Wash., would sell for up to $100,000. Current moorage residents are challenging Mr. Holland’s plan.

ILLINOIS

Long-term estrogen linked to cancer risk

CHICAGO — Women who take estrogen-only pills for at least 15 years run a markedly higher risk of developing breast cancer, a study of nearly 29,000 nurses has found. No increased danger was found among those who took the hormone for less than 10 years.

Researchers said the findings should be reassuring for women who want to use estrogen for a short time to relieve menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness.

Hormone supplements were once thought to help postmenopausal women postpone age-related ills. But the government’s Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study in 2002 contradicted that idea for estrogen-progestin supplements, finding an increased risk of breast cancer, strokes and heart attacks. That led millions of American women to stop taking supplements.

Later, a WHI study of estrogen alone — an option only for women who have undergone hysterectomies — linked the supplements to strokes and memory problems, but it found that using estrogen alone for seven years does not raise the risk of breast cancer.

The new findings came from the less-rigorous but longer-running Nurses’ Health Study, overseen by Harvard-affiliated researchers.

IOWA

New prison needed for sex offenders

MOUNT PLEASANT — An increasing number of jailed sex offenders will force the state to build another prison in the next decade, Iowa corrections officials said.

Legal changes that stiffen penalties for sex crimes could more than double the overall inmate population to more than 2,500 by 2015, officials said. Under immediate discussion is a 750-bed prison that would cost about $50 million.

NEW JERSEY

Bear killed in ‘exclusion zone’

TRENTON — This bear picked the wrong place to wander.

A 225-pound bear sauntering near the downtown offices of the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) became the first killed under the agency’s no-tolerance rules.

DEP biologists euthanized the bear Saturday after it had wandered into the state capital.

Some state wildlife authorities criticized the killing, which was done because it was in a “bear exclusion zone” that covers large swaths of central and northeastern New Jersey.

“It’s a waste of wildlife resource, and it’s just bad publicity for the state,” Len Wolgast, a member of the state Fish and Game Council, told the Sunday Star-Ledger of Newark.

The exclusion zones were added to the state’s bear-management policy last year.

NEBRASKA

Impeachment trial begins for regent

LINCOLN — Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, a Republican, took the witness stand before the state Supreme Court yesterday and talked about the importance of the oath of office as the impeachment trial of a University of Nebraska regent opened.

Regent David Hergert has acknowledged accepting an illegal campaign loan and failing to report a late contribution during his 2004 race for the board of regents. In a settlement last year with the state’s campaign ethics agency, he agreed to pay $33,000 in fines.

The Legislature took it a step further last month and impeached him. It is now up to the Supreme Court to decide whether to remove Mr. Hergert from the board. Five of seven Supreme Court judges would have to find Mr. Hergert guilty in order to remove him from office.

NORTH CAROLINA

Student appeals suspension over sex

RALEIGH — A Middle Creek High School student suspended after he was found having sex with a girlfriend in her home filed suit against the Wake County Board of Education, saying the school system has no authority over students’ off-campus behavior.

Ryan Biggar, 16, was suspended 10 days after he and his girlfriend, 17, were caught in the act by her mother during school hours. A school board attorney said students who leave school “essentially take the rules with them.”

OHIO

Mower driver arrested for DUI

VERMILION — Police said a drunken man drove a lawn mower to a store about a mile from his house. They arrested him on his way home.

Dondi Bowles, 50, was arrested Friday night as he drove the mower on a sidewalk.

Police said a breath test showed that Mr. Bowles’ blood alcohol level was 0.144 percent, nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

It was his third DUI arrest in six months, they said.

The lawn mower was towed.

RHODE ISLAND

Boy rescued from sandy burial

GLOCESTER — Firefighters saved a boy who was covered by sand. Justin Buckless, 12, was crawling out of a hole he had dug with some friends when a sandbank collapsed, leaving only his face exposed.

His rescuers built a wood shell around the boy to hold back the sand and then dug him out. Justin was treated for hypothermia because the sand was cold and wet.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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