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Lightning strike injures Boy Scouts

CIMARRON — Lightning struck a New Mexico mountaintop, injuring a group of Boy Scouts as they were hiking back down from the summit.

None of the nine boys or two adults with them on Baldy Mountain was seriously injured, though one was later airlifted to a Santa Fe hospital for treatment.

“They have some tingling,” said Marcal Young, Scout executive director of the Caddo Area Council, which includes eight Arkansas and two Texas counties. “I guess it wasn’t direct because in most cases, that would probably be a fatal situation.”

The lightning struck Sunday afternoon while the boys were hiking back down toward the treeline. Most were able to walk to a base camp at an elevation of 10,000 feet, where vehicles from the Philmont Scout Ranch and at least one ambulance took them to area health facilities, Philmont officials said.

All were treated and returned to the ranch or were en route yesterday morning, said John Van Dreese, associate director of programs for Philmont.


Woman accused in stepfather’s killing

NEW YORK — A New York City woman reportedly strangled and sexually mutilated her stepfather and then checked herself into the psych ward of a local hospital, a police spokesman said yesterday.

The mutilated body of Eric Goodridge, 55, was discovered Saturday afternoon at the Queens home of his 26-year-old stepdaughter, Brigitte Harris. Mr. Goodridge had been strangled, the New York Medical Examiner’s office said.

She was discovered in the New York borough of Staten Island, where she had checked herself into a hospital psychological ward, the Queens District attorney’s office said.

Police said the investigation is ongoing but that they planned to arrest her once she was released from the hospital.

Notes that seemed to accuse Mr. Goodridge of abuse were found in her apartment, the New York Daily News newspaper reported. One note said: “At first, I blamed myself. Now I know it’s not my fault.” Another read: “He wrecked my life.”


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