- - Wednesday, January 26, 2011

ARIZONA

Bristol Palin offered job on radio show

PHOENIX | A Phoenix radio station has offered a job to Bristol Palin.

Mix 96.9 host Mathew Blades said Sarah Palin’s eldest daughter met with the station’s management Friday and that they offered her a gig co-hosting with him on his morning show.

The 20-year-old daughter of the former Alaska governor hasn’t accepted the offer but Mr. Blades said she seems interested.

The former “Dancing With the Stars” contestant has purchased a five-bedroom house in the town of Maricopa, which is south of Phoenix. She came to the forefront during her mother’s 2008 vice presidential run when the Palin family announced that the then-17-year-old was pregnant.

INDIANA

Police: Shot officer dies

INDIANAPOLIS | A Indianapolis police officer shot during a weekend traffic stop has died, city and police officials said Wednesday.

Officer David Moore, 29, died at Wishard Hospital, where he had been on life support since he was shot Sunday morning, Sgt. Linda Jackson said.

Public Safety Chief Frank Straub told WISH-TV that Officer Moore was taken off life support Wednesday morning.

Police have accused former convict Thomas Hardy, 60, in the shooting. A judge has given prosecutors until Friday to file charges against Hardy, who is being held without bond.

Police Chief Paul Ciesielski said Tuesday night that an MRI showed Officer Moore was too severely wounded to survive and that his family was talking to doctors about donating his organs.

Doctors say two bullets hit Officer Moore in the face and just missed his spinal cord. He also was shot in the thigh, and his protective vest stopped a bullet.

MASSACHUSETTS

Teacher who ran off with student gets probation

SPRINGFIELD | A former Massachusetts teacher who ran off with a student has been spared jail time after pleading guilty to statutory rape charges for having sex with the 15-year-old.

Lisa Lavoie was sentenced Wednesday to five years of probation on three counts of statutory rape and one count of enticement of a child under the age of 16. Miss Lavoie, 25, pleaded guilty last month.

Miss Lavoie, a former teacher at a Holyoke elementary school, was charged in 2009 after she and the eighth-grade boy were reported missing. They were found a week later in a motel in Morgantown, W.Va.

MICHIGAN

Authorities trace police-attack firearm

DETROIT | Federal authorities tracing ownership of a gun used in a shootout at a Detroit police precinct have charged a former convict with illegally possessing it.

Elijah Gayden, who has a 1995 cocaine conviction in Elkhart County, Ind., was charged Tuesday with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Lamar Moore, 38, used the 20-gauge shotgun to shoot up the police station and wound four police officers on Sunday, Jarrod Marsh, an agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said in an affidavit filed Tuesday.

Moore was killed in the shootout.

According to the court filing, Gayden told agents he purchased the weapon for $200 from another man last spring. Mr. Marsh’s affidavit does not indicate how Moore obtained the firearm.

NEW JERSEY

Response ferry requires a rescue

EDGEWATER | Authorities are investigating why a ferry that responded to the 2009 plane splashdown in the Hudson River began emitting dark smoke and itself had to be rescued.

Operators say the ferry was carrying 25 passengers and two crew members on the Hudson River between New Jersey and New York City when the engine began smoking Wednesday morning.

The crew shut down the engine, anchored and called for help. Some passengers transferred to another boat before the ferry was towed back to the New Jersey side. No one was reported injured.

The boat was among the first to the scene of the splashdown of a US Airways plane that ditched in the Hudson after hitting birds. No one died in what came to be known as the “Miracle on the Hudson.”

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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