- The Washington Times - Friday, August 3, 2007


Woman won’t be forced to join NA

FAYETTEVILLE — A woman who sued a judge after he sentenced her to attend Narcotics Anonymous meetings won’t be required to participate in the 12-step program that she said forced her to practice a religion, her lawyer said.

Mindy Gayle Offutt, who was sentenced on a misdemeanor drug possession charge last year, filed the suit in federal court against state court Judge Doug Schrantz, who sentenced her to 30 days suspended jail sentence, contingent on her attending 12 Narcotics Anonymous meetings.

But Doug Norwood, Offutt’s attorney, said that as part of a settlement, Judge Schrantz will issue an amended judgment, saying Offutt doesn’t have to attend the 12-step program. A federal judge dismissed Offutt’s lawsuit Monday.


Editor fatally shot in Oakland

OAKLAND — The outspoken new editor of the Oakland Post was fatally shot yesterday near a downtown courthouse in what police think was a deliberate hit.

Chauncey Bailey, who was a reporter for the Oakland Tribune before moving to the Post in June, was killed at about 7:30 a.m., Oakland Police spokesman Roland Holmgren said. He said witnesses told police that a gunman shot Mr. Bailey and then fled.

Police had no motive for the killing but said it did not appear to be random. Mr. Holmgren said investigators would look into any connections with Mr. Bailey’s work.

Mr. Bailey grew up in Oakland and worked with several area media outlets, including KDIA radio and Soul Beat TV, a local cable channel. He wrote for the Tribune for more than 10 years before being named editor of the Post.


Teen jailed over paid traffic ticket

ATLANTA — A high school student returning home from a European soccer trip got a different welcome than he expected: He was jailed for eight hours over a ticket he had already paid.

Customs officials at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport checked Stephen Kelsey’s passport Monday and found an arrest warrant for failure to appear in court on a ticket given for rolling through a stop sign.

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