- The Washington Times - Monday, May 21, 2007

Creed’s Stapp booked

Former Creed frontman Scott Stapp was arrested Sunday at his Florida home and charged with assault, Associated Press reports.

Mr. Stapp was charged with one count of domestic assault with intent to commit a felony and was being held without bond, according to a Palm Beach County Jail official. No one was injured, said Paul Miller, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

Mr. Stapp, 33, was married a year ago February to former Miss New York, Jaclyn Nesheiwat, during a ceremony at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami.

“It’s just a rough time,” Miss Nesheiwat told the Palm Beach Post.

Mr. Stapp’s former band, Creed, sold more than 25 million records in the United States. He has since begun a solo singing career. His manager did not immediately return an e-mail from AP seeking comment.

ReReto say ‘I do’

Aretha Franklin reportedly will walk down the aisle for the third time. The Queen of Soul and her longtime boyfriend, Willie Wilkerson Jr., are expected to tie the knot in June, the New York Post reports.

Meeting of the masters

“These two men (both local natives) represent Washington’s legacy to jazz in our country,” actor Avery Brooks said of Duke Ellington and Billy Taylor during Sunday’s performance of “Such Sweet Thunder,” a 12-part suite based on the plays and sonnets of William Shakespeare by Mr. Ellington and Billy Strayhorn at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

The event, with Mr. Brooks as host and performer, interpreted the work musically, vocally and visually by employing the talents of Mr. Ellington’s granddaughter Mercedes Ellington; actors Helen Carey, David Costabile and Karen Pittman; the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra; vocalists Marion Cowings and Darby Dizard; and students from the Washington School of Ballet. Mr. Brooks wowed the crowd with a reading from Shakespeare’s “Othello” that included a poignant performance of “In My Solitude,” one of the signature tunes by Mr. Ellington, whom Mr. Brooks called “the bard of the Potomac.”

Right stuff’ for Paris

Chuck Yeager says Paris Hilton has learned her lesson. The famed test pilot celebrated in “The Right Stuff” is a fishing buddy of Miss Hilton’s grandfather, Barron Hilton.

“In June I go to Alaska, salmon fishing,” Mr. Yeager told the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail. “I go with some guys and my best friend, Barron Hilton. You know, that’s Paris Hilton’s grandfather.”

Mr. Yeager — a retired Air Force general — was in Charleston on Saturday for an Armed Forces Day parade. He told the Daily Mail that when he was growing up in Hamlin, W.Va., “all we had to eat was biscuits and cornbread. … We were really hicks.

“Youngsters today try to do it the easy way,” the 84-year-old World War II veteran said.

As for his fishing buddy’s socialite granddaughter — who recently was sentenced to 23 days in a Los Angeles jail for a probation violation — Mr. Yeager said:”I think that little gal has learned her lesson. … She will probably last three weeks in jail. That’s probably just what she needed. She is a spoiled little girl.”

Ike set free

Ike Turner was released after spending a night in jail in Los Angeles following his arrest for a 1989 narcotics warrant that turned out to be invalid, police said.

The 75-year-old musician and ex-husband of singer Tina Turner was arrested May 15 after police spotted his 2002 silver Mercedes-Benz S-50 doing more than 80 mph and straddling lanes, Officer April Harding said. Officers ran a check for warrants, which is routine, Officer Harding said, and found that Mr. Turner had an old felony narcotics warrant.

He was freed from jail about 3 p.m. May 16, AP reported. Mr. Turner first appeared in Superior Court on the warrant in December 1989, and the warrant was recalled that same day, said Mary Hearn, a spokeswoman for Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Winehouse weds

Trendy British singer Amy Winehouse was married Friday in a private ceremony in Miami Beach, ABCNews.com says, citing magazine reports.

Miss Winehouse, 23, wed Blake Fielder-Civil. The couple, engaged since April 23, were married before a few friends in an unannounced ceremony, Spin magazine reported.

Miss Winehouse was in Miami for a magazine photo shoot, according to Us magazine. The English singer sells herself as a carousing bad girl. Her album “Back to Black” is No. 14 on the Billboard top albums chart.

A telephone call placed by AP to Miss Winehouse’s representatives in London was not answered.

Compiled by Ann Geracimos, Robert Stacy McCain and Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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