- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 30, 2009

7 dead in Georgia in mobile home

BRUNSWICK, Ga. | Seven people were killed and two critically injured at a mobile home located on a historic plantation in southeastern Georgia, a county spokeswoman said Saturday.

Glynn County spokeswoman Candice Temple wouldn’t say how the seven died. The county’s police chief, Matt Doering, said authorities discovered the victims when responding to a 911 call shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday.

Chief Doering said the injured were taken to an area hospital.

A police department news release said some of the victims had been tentatively identified, but it didn’t release any names or ages. The release also didn’t say whether police were looking for any suspect.

The mobile-home park consists of about 100 spaces and is nestled among centuries-old live oak trees near the center of New Hope Plantation, according to the plantation’s Web site.

The 1,100-acre tract is all that remains of a Crown grant made in 1763 to Henry Laurens, who later succeeded John Hancock as president of the Continental Congress in 1777.

Fugitives lured with stimulus checks

MIAMI | Police in Florida are using the promise of a stimulus check to make some arrests.

Authorities in Fort Lauderdale say they sent letters to fugitives offering them stimulus money. The suspects were asked to call a hot line and set up an appointment to pick up a check from an auditorium where “South Florida Stimulus Coalition” banners hung.

When the fugitives arrived, they were identified and arrested on offenses ranging from grand theft to fraud to attempted murder.

Police spokesman Sgt. Frank Sousa says the two-day sting was dubbed “Operation Show Me The Money.” Sgt. Sousa says the sting saved man hours and allowed police to make arrests in a controlled environment.

Sgt. Sousa said Thursday the department may try something similar in the future.

Lawmaker at helm in boat crash

HELENA, Mont. | A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg says that state Sen. Greg Barkus was piloting the boat that crashed into rocks and hospitalized five, including the congressman.

One of the two Rehberg staffers hurt in the crash, state director Dustin Frost, has a serious but “survivable” head injury.

Rehberg friend and former staff chief Erik Iverson says Mr. Rehberg could be released from the hospital as soon as Monday. He says the congressman is recovering from ankle surgery, and has a fracture around his eye.

Mr. Iverson says that Mr. Rehberg’s blood alcohol level was .05, but stressed the congressman was not at the helm. That would still be below the legal limit of .08 for piloting a boat.

Mr. Iverson says he has no information on Mr. Barkus’ blood alcohol level.

Weak earthquake rattles S.C. coast

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. | The U.S. Geological Survey says a small, 3.2-magnitude earthquake has been reported in South Carolina near the coast.

Moderate tremors were felt for three to five seconds at about 6:30 a.m. Saturday. The tremors were followed by a series of weaker vibrations.

No damage or injuries were immediately reported. Some residents experiencing the earthquake reported hearing a loud explosion.

The earthquake was centered about two miles northeast of Summerville, which is about 15 miles north-northwest of Charleston.

Backlog spurs help for jobless

CONCORD, N.H. | New Hampshire is opening five unemployment offices around the state this weekend to ease the backlog of people filing claims.

Computer glitches and understaffing have led to long waits that Gov. John Lynch says are unacceptable.

Offices in Concord, Manchester, Nashua, Salem and Somersworth will be open Sunday to deal with the backlog.

The state call center also will be staffed.

Last month, New Hampshire’s unemployment rate was 6.8 percent, 3 points higher than in July of 2008.

Biden to attend Little League series

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. | Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. plans to attend the Little League World Series on Sunday, when he is enshrined into the Little League’s Hall of Excellence.

The White House gave the Little League the heads-up Friday night.

Little League announced before the series started that it was honoring Mr. Biden.

The vice president grew up in Scranton, where he played in the Green Ridge Little League, about 100 miles east of Little League’s South Williamsport headquarters.

New York Rangers center Chris Drury will also be enshrined into the Little League hall. Mr. Drury was the winning pitcher in the title game for the Trumbull, Conn., team that took the title 20 years ago.

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