- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 7, 2010

ARKANSAS

Doctor indicted in car-bomb attack

LITTLE ROCK | A federal grand jury has indicted an Arkansas doctor, saying he planted a car bomb that severely injured the chairman of a state board that had disciplined him in the past.

Dr. Randeep Mann is charged with using a weapon of mass destruction in the blast that hurt Dr. Trent Pierce in February 2009. Dr. Pierce lost his left eye and suffered severe burns. The indictment was unveiled Wednesday.

Dr. Pierce heads the Arkansas State Medical Board. The panel told Dr. Mann to stop writing prescriptions for narcotics after several of his patients died.

CALIFORNIA

15 dogs fly to N.Y. homes

SAN FRANCISCO | More than a dozen Chihuahuas from San Francisco flew in style to new homes in New York.

The 15 animals flew in the main cabin of Virgin America flights Wednesday.

Officials from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will meet the animals at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and help find them homes.

San Francisco animal control officials said Chihuahuas are in abundance at California animal shelters, but they’re in demand in other states such as New York.

Experts say pop culture is to blame for the overpopulation of the dogs in California, with fans imitating Chihuahua-toting celebrities like Paris Hilton.

COLORADO

Police: Children foil dad’s assault plan

EVANS | A Colorado man accused in a weekend break-in was nabbed when police say he ran into some unexpected guests — his own kids.

Police said Raul Gaucin-Valenzuela, 33, accompanied a friend Saturday to break into the home of a friend’s ex-wife and beat up her new boyfriend.

But the plan was foiled when the men ran into Mr. Gaucin-Valenzuela’s children, ages 8 and 11. Police said he didn’t realize the woman who lived there was baby-sitting his children.

The kids recognized their dad, even though his face was covered by a bandanna. No one was hurt in the break-in.

Mr. Gaucin-Valenzuela was jailed on suspicion of second-degree burglary and other charges.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Metro police form anti-terror team

Metro Transit Police said they have a new unit working to deter terrorists from targeting the transit system.

The police department received a $9.56 million grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to form an anti-terror team with 20 members. The money covers training, equipment and other expenses.

Officials said the team will perform more frequent sweeps of Metro facilities and tunnels as well as increase surveillance and random patrols of buses, trains and stations.

The team also will respond to calls about suspicious packages or threats and beef up intelligence gathering.

Deputy Chief Dave Webb said those tactics along with more visible patrols and new technology will help make Metro “an unattractive target for terrorists.

KENTUCKY

Couple claims $126 million Powerball

LOUISVILLE | A Kentucky autoworker said he bought a Powerball lottery ticket worth $126.6 million on Christmas Eve while doing last-minute shopping.

Rob Anderson said he’s lucky he kept the ticket after it was printed in error at a gas station in Georgetown.

Lottery officials said it’s the largest jackpot in the state’s history.

Mr. Anderson and his wife stepped forward Wednesday as the winners of the Dec. 26 drawing.

Mr. Anderson said he planned to buy lottery tickets as Christmas presents but was wrongly given a single ticket with three sets of numbers. He kept it and bought three more $1 tickets to give as gifts.

The misprinted ticket turned out to be the winner. The winning numbers were: 32-36-37-41-53 and Powerball 30.

MASSACHUSETTS

Daly, feminist theology professor, dies

BOSTON | Feminist theologian and author Mary Daly, who retired from a professorship at Boston College rather than allow men to take her classes, has died.

College spokesman Jack Dunn confirmed Wednesday that Ms. Daly died Sunday at a Massachusetts nursing home. She was 81. He said she had been ill for some time.

Ms. Daly had a stormy 33-year tenure at the Jesuit university.

She challenged the patriarchy of the Roman Catholic Church in her writings. She said she barred men from her class because women did not freely exchange ideas with them present, though she did privately tutor men.

In 1999, the university ordered her to accept a male student who threatened to sue. She took a leave of absence and filed a lawsuit. It was settled in 2001 with her retirement.

MICHIGAN

Nigerian indicted in plot to blow up plane

DETROIT | A grand jury indicted a Nigerian man on Wednesday on charges accusing him of attempting to blow up a Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines plane on Christmas Day by trying to use a weapon of mass destruction.

The federal grand jury also charged Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab with attempted murder, possession of a firearm and other counts.

Authorities said Mr. Abdulmutallab, 23, was traveling to Detroit from Amsterdam when he tried to blow up the plane carrying nearly 300 people by injecting chemicals into a package of pentrite explosive concealed in his underwear.

The failed attack caused popping sounds and flames that passengers and crew rushed to extinguish.

He is being held at a federal prison in Milan, Mich.

MISSOURI

Town’s top cop faces child sex charges

FREDERICKTOWN | A Boy Scout leader who is also the top police officer in Fredericktown is facing statutory sodomy charges for allegedly having sex with children.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol on Tuesday arrested Kenneth Tomlinson II, 42. Details about the victims weren’t available.

Mr. Tomlinson is jailed on $100,000 cash-only bond in nearby Cape Girardeau County.

Mr. Tomlinson was captain of the force in Fredericktown, a community of 4,100 southwest of St. Louis. He was also leader of a Boy Scout troop in Fredericktown. The Boy Scouts of America Greater St. Louis Council said his membership has been revoked.

NEW MEXICO

Supreme Court orders arrest records expunged

SANTA FE | The New Mexico Supreme Court has unanimously ordered arrest records expunged for 32 people who were jailed overnight because a state judge said they were screaming during a hearing for a convicted rapist.

Chief Justice Edward Chavez said Tuesday that the court will publish a formal opinion on the case of state District Judge Sam Sanchez, stressing that judges should know it’s important to distinguish between crowd control and contempt proceedings.

Justice Sanchez had ordered the Nov. 19 mass jailing after he said the court gallery became unruly when he refused to reconsider a convicted rapist’s 12-year prison sentence. The spectators were in support of a reduced sentence.

Those found in contempt of court spent a night behind bars before the state Supreme Court granted an emergency writ to release them pending a Nov. 23 hearing. Justice Sanchez dismissed the charges at that hearing.

NEW YORK

Mayor: Big price tag for terror trial security

NEW YORK | Security during the trial for suspects in the Sept. 11 attacks will cost hundreds of millions of dollars, city officials said.

A letter from Mayor Michael Bloomberg obtained by the Associated Press on Wednesday puts the cost at $216 million for the first year after Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other suspects arrive in Manhattan from Guantanamo Bay.

Mr. Bloomberg said it would cost $200 million annually in following years. That mainly covers overtime for extra New York Police Department patrols.

City officials and Sen. Charles E. Schumer want the federal government to cover the cost. Federal officials said they’re still determining the price tag and how it will be paid.

UTAH

Fugitive caught asleep in shed

SALT LAKE CITY | The man charged with killing a Utah sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop was arrested Wednesday after authorities found him asleep inside a shed.

Roberto Miramontes Roman, 37, was captured around 8 a.m. at a trailer park near Beaver, said Beaver County Sheriff Cameron Noel.

Mr. Roman, the subject of an intensive manhunt, has been charged with capital murder and tampering with evidence in the early Tuesday shooting of Millard County sheriff’s deputy Josie Greathouse Fox.

Mr. Roman was arrested with another suspect, Ruben Chavez, about 90 miles south of the shooting, which occurred about 1 a.m. near the farming town of Delta.

VIRGINIA

Third version of massacre released

RICHMOND | A third version of a report about the Virginia Tech massacre was issued Wednesday after university officials said errors were made in a previous account released last month.

Some families are upset and said that outgoing Gov. Tim Kaine was bending to university demands, and that additional revisions were needed.

Mr. Kaine’s office made the report public a day after relatives of those killed and wounded in the April 16, 2007, shootings received copies. Kaine spokesman Gordon Hickey said no further changes were anticipated.

Addendum co-author Philip Schaenman said the revisions show officials are “bending over backwards to try to have the record as accurate as possible and share additional information.” It doesn’t change the report’s conclusions or recommendations on how universities and other organizations can handle similar events.

Mr. Schaenman said emergency management officials nationwide are now able to use the Virginia Tech report to help respond to incidents and reduce potential deaths.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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