- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 12, 2007

ALASKA

Air Force jets collide in flight

ANCHORAGE — An F-15 fighter jet crashed yesterday after colliding in flight with another military jet, which landed safely, military officials said. No one was seriously injured.

The pilot of the F-15C ejected safely and was taken to a military hospital, said Airman Jennifer Anton, a spokeswoman at Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks. The pilot did not have serious injuries, she said.

The other jet, an F-16C, landed safely, and that pilot was uninjured, she said.

It was not clear why the two jets collided at 11:23 a.m. during a training exercise about 90 miles east of Fairbanks in Alaska’s interior, Airman Anton said. A board of Air Force officers will investigate.

FLORIDA

Malnourished boy’s mother arrested

WEST PALM BEACH — A 10-year-old boy who weighed just 35 pounds when he knocked on a neighbor’s door pleading for food was being treated yesterday for malnutrition, while his mother was held on child-neglect charges, police said.

The Port St. Lucie boy, whose name was not released, knocked on a neighbor’s door Saturday night pleading for food. The woman gave the boy a peanut-butter sandwich and juice, then called authorities.

The average weight for a 10-year-old boy is about 85 pounds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Kelleen Deon Murray-Auguste, 37, told authorities that her son had been living with his father in Haiti until about a month ago, when the father dropped him off in Florida and left.

“She says he was brought to her home in that condition,” Officer Robert Vega said. She did not seek medical treatment because she didn’t have health insurance, Officer Vega said.

GEORGIA

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