- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 19, 2007

Woman has unique punishment for son

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A woman whose son was suspended from school for roughhousing with a teacher punished the boy by making him wear a sign while he picked up litter on a city street.

Travis Griffin received the 10-day suspension from Creston High School after putting a teacher in a headlock on Thursday.

Rather than letting him stay home, his mother, Veronica Griffin, made the 15-year-old wear a sign on his back that read, “I made a bad choice in school now I’m living with it.”

Travis said he’s learned his lesson.

“I know I am not going to do that again, put teachers in a full nelson,” he said. “Although, I was joking around with him and he took it too seriously.”

Thief killed while fleeing store

NEW YORK — A thief fleeing a jewelry store was killed when his bicycle was struck by a bus, police said.

Authorities said the 42-year-old man snatched a $2,000 gold chain from a Bronx jewelry store on Friday and was making his getaway. A store clerk and two bystanders were chasing the man on foot when he pedaled into an intersection and was hit by a fast-moving bus, police said.

The suspect was taken to a hospital, where he died from head injuries. Five passengers who were jostled when the bus slammed on its brakes also were examined at the hospital.

The necklace was still missing, and may have been thrown from the scene or grabbed by a bystander after the accident.

Firefighters gain ground on blaze

PAYSON, Ariz. — A wildfire that threatened homes in two northern Arizona forests was 80 percent contained yesterday, and evacuees were being told they could return home this morning.

Officials projected full containment of the 6-square-mile Promontory fire by Tuesday. Crews were working to reinforce a containment line surrounding the 4,000-acre fire, and nearly 700 firefighters were working the blaze, which started May 13 and was thought to have been caused by a person.

Rain in the area doused some flames and dampened other unburned pockets within the blaze.

Flames remained about a mile from the community of Christopher Creek. The community is south of See Canyon, where about 20 residents were evacuated from cabins. The caretaker of a nearby Bible camp also was evacuated.

At the height of the fire, about 6,000 people were evacuated and a handful of homes were damaged or destroyed.

Shallow grave found in search for constable

CAMERON, S.C. — Crews looking for a state constable last seen making a traffic stop found a shallow, freshly dug grave yesterday.

A special team trained to preserve clues was digging up the body, which had not been identified, Charleston County Sheriff’s Capt. John Clark said.

Robert Lee Bailey, 67, was last seen Monday night in Lincolnville, 50 miles from the grave.

A few minutes later and a few blocks down the road, gunfire was heard. Constable Bailey’s hat and gun and a pool of blood were found in a yard and his burning cruiser was found a few miles away off Interstate 26.

Later, his badge and handcuffs case were found in a wad of burned rags near Harleyville, about 20 miles farther up the interstate.

Constable Bailey, a retired deputy, was a constable for Lincolnville for about five years, volunteering his time to the small town, which has only one paid officer.

Woman breaks record with Everest climb

LOS ANGELES — An 18-year-old woman has reached the summit of Mount Everest, becoming what is thought to be the youngest person to scale the highest peaks on each of the seven continents.

“We made it to the top,” Samantha Larson, of Long Beach, said to her mother in New York via satellite phone from the top of Everest on Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reported yesterday.

According to 7summits.com, a Web site that tracks those who have accomplished the feat, completing the climb in Nepal makes Miss Larson the youngest person to have completed the “seven summits” challenge, breaking a record set by 20-year-old British climber Rhys Miles Jones last year.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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