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American Scene: Boy allowed to play girls field hockey

- - Tuesday, May 15, 2012

SMITHTOWN — An athletics committee on Long Island has ruled that a 13-year-old boy can keep playing field hockey on the girls' team at Southampton High School.

The ruling is a reversal of fortune for the student, Keeling Pilaro.

Keeling had played on the girls' team at Southampton High this season. But the committee decided earlier this spring that his skills had become too advanced for him to continue playing on a girls team.

The boy appealed. And after a hearing Tuesday, the committee reversed its earlier decision.

The 4-foot-8, 82-pound student will be allowed to return for one more season with the girls. There is no boys high school field hockey team on Long Island.

FLORIDA

Medical records confirm Zimmerman broken nose

Court records show George Zimmerman had a pair of black eyes, a nose fracture and two cuts to the back of his head after the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

ABC News reported the medical records were part of evidence released Tuesday that prosecutors have in the second-degree murder case against Mr. Zimmerman. He has entered a plea of not guilty and claims self-defense in the Feb. 26 shooting.

Mr. Zimmerman was treated Feb. 27 at Altamonte Family Practice. Some of the injuries were previously reported by the Associated Press based on video of Mr. Zimmerman at a jail entrance.

WASHINGTON

Floats likely from Japan found on shoreline

PORT ANGELES — Officials at a national refuge say more than two dozen floats many with Asian writing and logos have been found on a spit of land that juts out off northwest Washington state.

The floats apparently are part of the debris from the March 2011 Japanese tsunami that is washing into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. They were found May 5 in Dungeness Spit during the first beach cleanup of the season.

The piece of land juts into the strait north of Sequim. It is within the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge.

Refuge Officer Dave Falzetti told the Peninsula Daily News that he is concerned about what else might show up in tsunami debris still on the way.

TEXAS

Ex-city officer's trial in beating nears end

HOUSTON — A jury is to begin deliberations in the trial of a former Houston police officer accused of participating in the videotaped beating of a 15-year-old burglary suspect.

Closing arguments were scheduled Tuesday in the trial of Andrew Blomberg. The former officer has told the Harris County jury that he didn't mistreat the teen, insisting he never kicked or stomped on his head or neck as prosecutors have alleged.

Mr. Blomberg testified that he only used his foot to move and secure Chad Holley's arm during the March 2010 daylight arrest after the suspect tried to flee from police who were investigating a break-in.

SOUTH DAKOTA

Former classmate to plead guilty in grudge killing

MADISON — A 73-year-old South Dakota man accused of fatally shooting his long-ago classmate is expected to plead guilty but mentally ill to a second-degree murder charge.

Carl Ericsson has been charged in the Jan. 31 killing of retired Madison High School teacher and track coach Norman Johnson. He was shot twice in the face.

An arrest affidavit suggests the crime might have been sparked by a decades-old grudge stemming to when Johnson and Mr. Ericsson were students at Madison High.

NEW JERSEY

Suspected illegal alien worked 20 years at airport

NEWARK — A suspected illegal immigrant from Nigeria who allegedly used a murder victim's name to work as an airport security supervisor in New Jersey for the past 20 years has pleaded not guilty to identity theft.

Bimbo Oyewole made an initial court appearance by video conference Tuesday morning in state court in Newark, a day after he was arrested. The only time he spoke was to say "yes" when the judge asked him whether he lived in Elizabeth.

Authorities say Mr. Oyewole had been using the name of the victim of an unsolved 1992 homicide in New York City so he could work at Newark Liberty Airport. And prosecutors said that he may have four or five other aliases.

NEW YORK

Truck crashes on highway, spills 18 tons of yogurt

CHENANGO — A tractor-trailer crash in upstate New York spilled 18 tons of Greek yogurt alongside a highway.

WBNG-TV reported that a truck hauling 36,000 pounds of Chobani yogurt was going west on Interstate 88 when it crashed on a curve and overturned Monday night in the Broome County town of Chenango, just north of Binghamton.

The station reported that the yogurt spilled onto the highway's shoulder and down a hillside. The sheriff's office said crews still were cleaning up the crash scene Tuesday.

NEW YORK

Cops: Man shoots friend in leg at his request

STOCKHOLM — Authorities said a northern New York man had his friend shoot him in the leg with a rifle because he wanted to know what it felt like to be shot.

Shawn Mossow of Norfolk, charged with reckless endangerment, is being held on $10,000 bail after he shot his friend in the right leg with a .22-caliber rifle.

The 24-year-old shooting victim is expected to make a full recovery.

OHIO

Ex-teacher charged with stealing prom money

HAMILTON — A former high school teacher in southwest Ohio has been charged with stealing money meant for a school prom in a cash-strapped district.

The Butler County Sheriff's Office said a teacher on the Lakota East High School prom committee, who has since quit, was charged with misdemeanor theft after the school district said $800 was missing.

From wire dispatches and staff reports