- The Washington Times - Monday, December 17, 2007


House fire kills parents, 2 children

YORK — An electrical fire destroyed a family’s home early Saturday, killing a man, his pregnant wife and two of their children, authorities and family members said.

Jose Hernandez, 40, his wife, Aracely, 38, a daughter, Gema, 13 and son, Jose Jr., 1, died in the fire, officials said. Mrs. Hernandez was pregnant, said Jose Gomez, a brother-in-law who lives in the other half of the charred brick duplex.

Three other daughters, all teenagers, escaped the blaze and were taken to a hospital, said Mr. Gomez, who is married to Mrs. Hernandez’s sister. Mr. Gomez’s family escaped unharmed.


Suspect tried to help dying sheriff’s deputy

COLUMBIA — A passenger handcuffed after a car chase with police early Friday tried to save a sheriff’s deputy who suffered a fatal heart attack moments after arresting him, authorities said.

Police later arrested the driver of the car, who fled after the 5:30 a.m. chase. He is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the deputy’s death, authorities said.

Deputy Darral Lane, 41, tried to stop the car after noticing some suspicious activity at a convenience store, authorities said. The car sped off and stopped behind a house after about two miles.

The driver ran, and Deputy Lane ordered the other two men inside to the ground, police said. Deputy Lane handcuffed one man and then crumpled to the ground, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said.

The man who was handcuffed tried to use the police radio to call for help, Sheriff Lott said. Deputies who already had been dispatched after Deputy Lane radioed about the chase arrived and tried, unsuccessfully, to resuscitate him.


Global warming harms walruses

ANCHORAGE — In what some scientists see as another alarming consequence of global warming, thousands of Pacific walruses above the Arctic Circle were killed in stampedes earlier this year after the disappearance of sea ice caused them to crowd onto the shoreline in extraordinary numbers.

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