- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 27, 2009

CALIFORNIA

Woman: ‘Heroin’ is mother’s ashes

ANDERSON | Police say the brown powder is Mexican heroin. The suspect says it’s the cremated ashes of her mother, and she wants them back.

Drug agents raided the home of Jennifer Henningsen Aug. 18 and confiscated a small heart-shaped ceramic container that sat on Miss Henningsen’s headboard.

She said she told the anti-narcotics agents that the baggie inside the urn contained her portion of the cremated remains of her mother, Patricia Francis, who died in July.

Shasta County Interagency Narcotics Task Force supervisor John Thulin said the substance was suspected to be drugs.

After all, he said, the purported “ashes” look a lot like the 2 ounces of heroin authorities found earlier in Miss Henningsen’s possession when she and three others were arrested in nearby Yolo County, Mr. Thulin said. Miss Henningsen lives with her boyfriend, Henry Fletes, 50, who’s on parole for drug-related convictions.

Despite protests, Miss Henningsen and Fletes were handcuffed and arrested, Miss Henningsen said. They later were released.

Mr. Thulin said a preliminary test of the substance found no drugs, but further testing is needed.

Miss Henningsen said she wants the ashes back, but police are ignoring her. “It’s just so disrespectful,” she said. “They haven’t even returned my calls.”

COLORADO

Bear climbs ladder in skateboard park

SNOWMASS | A bear that wandered into a sunken skateboard park and got stuck was rescued when officials lowered a ladder so it could climb out.

The bear was discovered Tuesday morning in this resort town. Officials said it apparently was in the park all night, and couldn’t get out because of the steep concrete sides.

Workers from the Parks and Recreation Department lowered a long ladder. The bear eventually climbed the ladder and wandered away. No injuries were reported to people or the bear.

INDIANA

Newspaper guild OKs pay cut at Star

INDIANAPOLIS | The union representing newsroom and other employees at the Indianapolis Star has ratified a two-year contract that includes a 10 percent pay cut.

The Newspaper Guild Local 34070 says its members voted 56-45 on Tuesday in favor of the contract, which runs through August 2011 and suspends all merit pay increases. The contract covers about 185 editorial and building services employees.

Company officials have said the pay cut is necessary because of the recession.

NEW YORK

House is skinny, price is obese

NEW YORK | It’s 9 1/2 feet wide and 42 feet long and is billed as the narrowest house in the city, but there’s nothing small about its asking price: $2.7 million.

Located at 75 1/2 Bedford St. in Greenwich Village, the red brick house was built in 1873, sandwiched between 75 and 77 Bedford.

It’s famous for other reasons, too. Corcoran real estate broker Alex Nicholas says anthropologist Margaret Mead and poet Edna St. Vincent Millay once called it home.

The three-story structure has plenty of light with large windows in the front and back, and a skylight.

The owner bought the house in 2000 for $1.6 million.

OHIO

Father, son held after sword fight

ELYRIA | Police said Thomas B. Heffner, 49, and his son, Thomas W., 18, were arrested for an argument that devolved into a sword fight.

Amy Heffner told police her husband had been arguing with their son about damage done to unidentified items belonging to the father.

“Heffner Jr. stated that he believes he was being treated unfairly and started to argue,” the police report of the incident stated. “[Amy Heffner said her] husband and son started to argue more violently and both subjects grabbed swords off the wall. At which time she stated she was calling the police.”

Mrs. Heffner said the two men continued to swing the swords at one another until police arrived. Both were arrested and charged with domestic violence. No blood flowed in the duel.

TEXAS

Students mourn senior’s death

BRIDGEPORT | A makeshift memorial of flowers, pictures, teddy bears and messages grew inside a north Texas high school Wednesday, after one teenager died and another was injured when a downtown storefront awning fell on them.

Leslie Denison and Rebekah Logan, both 17 and seniors at the 615-student school, were jogging on a downtown sidewalk after school Tuesday when the concrete-and-aluminum awning detached from the side of Club Barbells Gym, leaving a heap of boards and other debris.

Miss Denison died at the scene. Miss Logan, who had severe cuts to her face, was airlifted to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth and was released early Wednesday.

Authorities did not know what caused the collapse.

WASHINGTON

Opossum hunter shoots himself

MOUNT VERNON | Handyman Larry Tenbrink, 61, is recovering after accidentally shooting himself in the leg while hunting an opossum that had been snatching his chickens.

Mr. Tenbrink was watching TV when he heard his chickens “carrying on” late Sunday and figured the problem was the opossum that had killed more than a dozen of his chickens in recent months.

He grabbed his .22-caliber pistol, headed outside and spotted an opossum the size of a large cat wandering his property, but he pulled the trigger too early, sending a bullet through his lower right thigh.

The opossum is free now, but Mr. Tenbrink will be hunting it again - with a trap.

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