- - Monday, June 25, 2012

KANSAS CITY — A severely malnourished 10-year-old Kansas City girl who was found locked in a closet remained hospitalized Monday and likely faces an extended recovery after an initial “failure to thrive” diagnosis, experts said.

Police found the 32-pound girl Friday after responding to a call from a child-abuse hotline. She was taken to Children’s Mercy Hospital on Friday and remained there Monday, said Mike Mansur, spokesman for the Jackson County prosecutor’s office.

The child’s 29-year-old mother appeared in Jackson County court Monday. She was shackled at the wrists and quietly listened as a judge read the felony charges against her — assault, child abuse and endangerment. The woman was ordered held on $200,000 cash bond.

TEXAS

Leak shuts down WWII battleship indefinitely

HOUSTON — The 100-year-old Battleship Texas, the last remaining dreadnaught that fought in World Wars I and II, closed indefinitely Monday as staff tried to repair several holes allowing nearly 2,000 gallons of water per minute into the vessel, the ship’s manager said Monday.

The leaks plaguing the ship, which fought as the USS Texas, have highlighted the need to enact a multimillion-dollar plan to dry-dock the vessel, removing it from the salty waters of Buffalo Bayou and the Houston Ship Channel, where it has sat for several decades.

The vessel first closed to the public earlier this month when a leak allowed water into areas of the ship that still held oil from its time in active duty. The museum reopened Saturday, only to close again Monday when staff discovered more leaks.

CALIFORNIA

Teacher, four students arrested in hazing case

FONTANA — Police said Monday they have arrested a teacher and four students as they investigate allegations of brutal hazing at a summer school in Southern California.

Three boys were attacked in separate incidents in the classroom of masonry teacher Emmanuel Delarosa at A.B. Miller High School, Fontana police Sgt. Robert Morris said. One 18-year-old student, Fernando Salgado, is being investigated for child cruelty, assault with intent to commit mayhem or rape, and attempted sodomy.

Mr. Delarosa, 27, may have directed the students to carry out one of the assaults, Sgt. Morris said.

PENNSYLVANIA

Lawyer: Jerry Sandusky still says he’s not guilty

BELLEFONTE — Jerry Sandusky wants “people to know that he’s not guilty,” an attorney for the retired Penn State assistant football coach said Monday.

Sandusky, once considered Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno’s heir apparent, was convicted Friday of 45 counts for sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years.

Karl Rominger, who helped defend the 68-year-old retired defensive coach, visited him at the Centre County jail.

“He’s defiant and wants the truth to be told. He wants people to know that he’s not guilty,” Mr. Rominger said.

NEW JERSEY

Plane tows swastika, startles beachgoers

LONG BEACH — A group that claimed responsibility for flying a small plane towing a swastika banner over New Jersey’s shore and New York City over the weekend said the display was not meant as an endorsement of anti-Semitism, but as an attempt to resurrect the symbol’s more benign roots.

The sight startled beachgoers on Saturday afternoon and set Twitter abuzz. A group called the International Raelian Movement, which believes humans were created by extraterrestrials, says it was responsible.

The movement said on its website that the flyover was part of its third annual Swastika Rehabilitation Day. In a statement posted Sunday, the group reiterated its belief that the swastika is actually a symbol of peace and beauty that was corrupted by the Nazis in 20th-century Germany.

OKLAHOMA

3 still missing after head-on train crash

GOODWELL — Two freight trains that collided in an Oklahoma wheat field weren’t blowing their horns or flashing their lights as they hurtled toward each other, according to a long-haul trucker who watched helplessly from a highway as the locomotives collided head-on.

Three of the four crew members assigned to the trains were missing Monday, and investigators feared they couldn’t have survived the crash and tremendous fire.

The accident happened Sunday just after an eastbound Union Pacific train carrying mixed goods from Los Angeles to Chicago passed through the town of Goodwell at a good clip. A mile east of town, it hit a westbound Union Pacific train hauling cars and trucks.

The resulting diesel fireball seemed to merge tons of steel and spewed black smoke that could be seen for miles across the flat, arid landscape. One crew member suffered scrapes and bruises after jumping from the westbound train as it traveled alongside U.S. 54 about eight miles southwest of Guymon.

UTAH

Mom files complaint over judge’s ponytail penalty

PRICE — Valerie Bruno said she has filed a formal complaint against 7th District Juvenile Judge Scott Johansen who said he would reduce her 13-year-old daughter’s sentence if she chopped off the girl’s ponytail in court.

The teen and an 11-year-old friend were referred to juvenile court for cutting off the hair of a 3-year-old girl with scissors in March and for harassing another girl in Colorado by telephone.

When the 13-year-old faced Judge Johansen in May, he ordered 30 days in detention and 276 hours of community service, but he also offered to take 150 hours of community service off the sentence if her mother cut her ponytail in his courtroom - an offer the mom now says she wishes she hadn’t accepted.

FLORIDA

Lawyer: Zimmerman is no threat, should be released

ORLANDO — The jailed neighborhood-watch volunteer charged with killing Trayvon Martin poses no threat to the community and should be released a second time on bail, his attorney said in a court motion released Monday.

George Zimmerman’s attorney asked that Mr. Zimmerman be granted bond for a second time as he awaits a second-degree murder charge in 17-year-old Trayvon Martin’s shooting death during a confrontation in February in a gated community in Sanford, Fla. His attorney says Mr. Zimmerman isn’t a flight risk and stayed in touch with law enforcement during his initial release on bail.

A judge will consider the request at a second bond hearing Friday.

From wire dispatches and staff reports