- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 31, 2007

CONNECTICUT

Officer shot daughter mistaken for intruder

STRATFORD — An off-duty New Haven police officer shot and critically wounded his 18-year-old daughter, apparently mistaking her for an intruder after she sneaked out of their Stratford home and re-entered through the basement.

Eric Scott, 41, on the New Haven force for nine years, has not been charged in the Tuesday shooting.

Investigators said Tasha Scott left her home late Monday to meet a boyfriend. She triggered a backyard motion-sensor light as she tried to enter through a basement door.

Awakened by the light, Mr. Scott spotted someone moving in the basement bathroom, police said. He fired his department-issued pistol once, hitting the teen in the knee. The bullet traveled up her leg and lodged in her thigh area, police said.

The teenager underwent surgery and was listed in critical but stable condition yesterday morning.

FLORIDA

Saudi terror suspect kills self at Gitmo

MIAMI — A Saudi prisoner died at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp yesterday, apparently the fourth person to commit suicide at the detention center in Cuba for Islamist terror suspects.

“The detainee was found unresponsive and not breathing in his cell by guards. The detainee was pronounced dead by a physician after all lifesaving measures had been exhausted,” the military’s Southern Command said in a statement.

The military did not indicate how the prisoner died or release his name. It said the body was “being treated with the utmost respect” and “handled in a culturally sensitive and religiously appropriate manner.”

INDIANA

F-15 jet crashes; pilot ejects safely

VINCENNES — An F-15 fighter jet on a training mission crashed yesterday in a farm field just outside this southwestern Indiana city, authorities said. The pilot parachuted to safety, the military said, and no injuries were reported on the ground.

The pilot apparently was able to walk to a police officer and was taken to a Vincennes hospital to be checked, said Capt. Jim Jensen with the Indiana Air National Guard in Terre Haute.

Missouri Air National Guard Capt. Tamara Spicer said the pilot was in good condition. She declined to release his name, citing Guard policy.

NEW YORK

Taxi license hits record $600,000

NEW YORK — The price of a license to operate a New York taxi cab hit a record $600,000 this month, according to a lending company which financed the purchase.

Medallion Financial Corp. said it had financed the purchase of two medallions — the license to operate a Yellow Cab in New York — for a total of $1.2 million by a large corporate fleet operator.

“Prices of corporate medallions have increased from $195,000 in 2001 to the record $600,000 this week,” Andrew Murstein, president of the lending company, said in a statement on Tuesday. It said the previous record was about $550,000.

New York has about 13,000 Yellow Cab taxis.

RHODE ISLAND

Ex-mayor leaves prison for halfway house

PROVIDENCE — The city’s colorful ex-Mayor Vincent “Buddy” Cianci left a federal prison yesterday after more than four years and headed to Boston, where he’ll spend his days promoting a luxury hotel and his nights sleeping in shared quarters at a halfway house.

The former mayor, known both for the economic rejuvenation of Providence and for his showy style and toupees, was released from a prison in New Jersey about 3 a.m., said Fort Dix officer Tim Lewis.

Cianci, 66, was sent there in December 2002, after his conviction on a charge of racketeering conspiracy for reigning over what prosecutors said was rampant corruption at City Hall while the city’s economy was improving. He had held office for 21 years.

Cianci must report to a halfway house in Boston, where he will live temporarily. He is scheduled to be in federal custody through July 28 but could be released from the halfway house to home confinement before then.

UTAH

Three generations in class of 2007

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS — Three generations of the same family, including a 72-year-old grandfather, are getting high-school diplomas.

James Nunley, 36, his daughter Brittany Wright, 17, and father Jim Nunley, 72, of the Salt Lake City suburb of Cottonwood Heights, are all graduating.

Jim Nunley would have graduated in 1953 but left school with less than a year to go while working in the family’s paint business.

“All those years, I kept thinking about it and thought I ought to do something about it,” the elder Nunley said.

Jim Nunley entered a program for adults offered by the Granite School District, and his son joined him. James Nunley, a truck driver, worked a 10-hour shift, then studied history and science each night for a month to make up 3.5 credits needed for a diploma.

Father and son graduate Saturday. Brittany is graduating from Hillcrest High School on June 5.

WASHINGTON

Man pleads insanity in center shooting

SEATTLE — A man accused of shooting six women — one fatally — at a Jewish center pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity yesterday as prosecutors added 11 counts against him.

Naveed Haq, 31, who has a long history of mental illness, initially pleaded not guilty after the July 28 shooting at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. But at a King County Superior Court hearing, he changed it to an insanity plea for the 20 charges he now faces.

Mr. Haq was initially charged with aggravated murder, attempted murder, kidnapping and one count each of burglary and malicious harassment, the state’s hate-crime law. Prosecutors added a charge of unlawful imprisonment and five counts each of burglary and malicious harassment — so there is now one count for each victim.

WISCONSIN

Man arrested with hoarded shoes

WAUKESHA — Police seized more than 1,500 pairs of girls’ shoes from the home and storage unit of a man arrested for breaking into a high school, police said Tuesday.

“He liked to smell them,” said Lt. William H. Graham.

Police said the recovered shoes may be related to the burglaries of three Waukesha public high schools and a middle school over the past two years.

The 27-year-old Kenosha man, who was not identified because has not been formally charged, worked for a cable company and collected keys to the schools as he responded to calls, Lt. Graham said. The same man was convicted in 2005 for stealing shoes from Kenosha Tremper High School.

Police arrested him after a security video showed him entering North High School on May 20 and leaving with some items, authorities said.

Officers searched the man’s home and a rented storage unit on Thursday, recovering the shoes along with school yearbooks, keys, a bolt cutter and other items.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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