- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 3, 2006

Campus shootings leave three dead

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Three persons were killed in an apparent murder-suicide on the Shepherd University campus yesterday afternoon.

University spokeswoman Valerie Owens said a man shot two other men in a campus parking lot, then shot himself about 2 p.m. The West Virginia State Police are investigating with assistance from university police, she said.

Miss Owens said the university does not know the identities of the shooter or victims. The identities will be released by the state police, she said.

“We are stunned to hear about this terrible tragedy,” university President David Dunlop said in a prepared statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims.”

Mr. Dunlop emphasized there is no continuing threat to students. The university planned to have counselors available yesterday evening.

School board member: Don’t show your shorts

DALLAS — A resident has a message for his city: Pull up your pants.

Ron Price, a Dallas school board member, has asked the City Council to look at strengthening a law to go after people who wear baggy pants and expose their underwear.

“I think it’s disrespectful, it’s dishonorable and it’s disgusting,” said Mr. Price, who made the recommendation last week. “I have no problem with the top of your Hanes label being shown. My problem is when grown men walk about the city with pants below their buttocks.”

Council members have asked the city attorney to look into the issue. City Attorney Tom Perkins said this week he’s investigating the legalities and will report back.

Thieves swipe money machines

HOLTSVILLE, N.Y. — Packs of thieves have been swiping cash machines from drugstores and mom-and-pop shops around Suffolk County, most recently before dawn Friday. They smashed the front window of Dario Rodriguez’s deli in Holtsville, withdrew the automated teller machine and fled.

Mr. Rodriguez said police told him there had been a dozen such smash-and-grabs recently.

“They break in, take the whole machine and are gone by the time the cops get here,” he told Newsday.

The crooks crack open the ATMs, which can hold thousands of dollars each, remove the money and deposit the empty machines in the woods.

Detective Sgt. Frank Stewart said several of the thefts had been solved with a recent arrest.

Victim gives cash to purse-snatcher

SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah — A 75-year-old woman ran after a man who stole her purse, got it back and gave him a tongue-lashing — and $3.

Betty Horton said the man apologized to her and said he was broke.

“I said, ‘Why didn’t you just ask me for some change? I would have helped you. I would have gladly given it to you,’” Miss Horton said.

She was putting groceries into her car Wednesday when she noticed her purse was missing. She then saw a man running with the bag under his arm.

“Good thing I had my running shoes on,” Miss Horton said.

Two troopers shot in hunt for inmate

CASSADAGA, N.Y. — For months, authorities in western New York scoured hunting campsites, stopped traffic and questioned acquaintances in a search for an escaped inmate with the skills of a seasoned outdoorsman.

The manhunt intensified Friday after authorities said two participating troopers were ambushed by a sniper hiding in the woods. Seventy-five additional troopers were called up to help as the pair lingered in critical condition.

Police think the gunman is Ralph “Bucky” Phillips, who escaped from prison in April and may be traveling between Pennsylvania and western New York, said state police Superintendent Wayne Bennett. Since his escape, Phillips has been suspected in the wounding of another state trooper, numerous burglaries and the theft at a gun shop.

“State police want nothing more than to bring Ralph Phillips into custody safely, and today,” state police spokeswoman Rebecca Gibbons said yesterday. “He’s a desperate man; he knows he’s wanted, and his choices are running out. If someone in the community comes between him and his freedom, it is our feeling that he will become desperate and possibly hurt them.”

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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