- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 3, 2009

ALASKA

Airman convicted in forced miscarriage

ANCHORAGE | An airman in Alaska accused of lacing his pregnant wife’s food with ulcer medication to force a miscarriage has been convicted by a military panel.

Airman 1st Class Scott Boie of Milton, Wis., was convicted Friday in a court-martial on charges of assault and causing the death of the unborn child.

He faces more than 26 years in prison and a dishonorable discharge at his sentencing Saturday at Elmendorf Air Force Base.

Boie’s wife, Caylinn, testified he asked her to get an abortion when he found out she was pregnant last year. She recorded a conversation in which he purportedly tried to persuade her to induce an abortion. Boie’s attorneys said the wife’s history of smoking and troubled pregnancies may have caused the miscarriage.

FLORIDA

Woman killed in hyperbaric chamber

LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA | An Italian woman has died and her 4-year-old grandson was in critical condition after a hyberbaric chamber exploded at a South Florida clinic.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office said Vincenza Pesce, 62, died early Saturday, a day after a blast caused a flash fire inside the chamber.

She was holding her grandson, Franchesco Martinizi, during the blast. The boy was being treated for a medical condition but authorities didn’t immediately say what was wrong with him.

Sheriff’s spokesman Mike Jachles said Ms. Pesce was holding the boy to comfort him.

Hyperbaric chambers are filled with 100 percent oxygen and can be used to treat diving injuries and other wounds. Authorities were investigating the cause of the blast.

MAINE

Only in vitro center closing in state

SOUTH PORTLAND | Maine’s only in vitro fertilization center is closing because it has not attracted enough patients, officials said.

The Maine Center for Reproductive Health in South Portland, Maine, is equipped to retrieve a woman’s eggs and implant embryos. Maine Med told WMTW-TV the center was performing only half the number of procedures it was projected to handle.

MASSACHUSETTS

Prom limo driver charged with DUI

LOWELL | Police said limousine driver Brian Harrison, 45, of Tewksbury was charged late Friday with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence. He had been hired to take a group of high school students to a prom.

Police said two female students picked up by Mr. Harrison suspected he may have been drinking. One called a parent, who called police.

The students, from Lowell Catholic High School, refused to get into the limo, and the driver left. Police said he returned later, told the students he was sorry and tried to persuade them to get into the vehicle. He was released on bail and will be arraigned Monday in Lowell District Court.

NEW YORK

Officers disciplined in stabbing case

NEW CASSEL | Seven police officers are being disciplined for poorly handling domestic-violence calls to a woman’s home days before her ex-boyfriend killed her, officials said.

Nassau County Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey said two patrol officers have been reassigned to non-patrol jobs. Four other patrol officers and a supervisor have been transferred.

Commissioner Mulvey said the officers didn’t identify witnesses or fill out enough paperwork when responding to domestic violence calls involving Jo’Anna Bird on March 15 and March 17.

Miss Bird was stabbed to death at her New Cassel, N.Y., home on March 19. Her ex-boyfriend Leonardo Valdez-Cruz - who police say had defied court orders to stay away from her - is charged with killing her.

James Carver, who represents six of the officers, said they aren’t responsible for Miss Bird’s death.

TEXAS

U.S. judge’s ruling clears school district

GALVESTON | U.S. District Judge Sim Lake of Houston ruled Friday that the Galveston public school system is desegregated, ending a civil rights lawsuit that was initiated in 1959.

The school district plan formulated 30 years ago required all students to attend the school nearest to where they lived, but judges had ruled several times that the district was not integrated.

In 2007, the League of United Latin American Citizens filed a formal complaint over the closure of an elementary school with a heavily Hispanic student body.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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