Nation Briefs: California addiction counselor charged with murder in DUI

TORRANCE, Calif. — A substance-abuse counselor was charged with murder and drunken-driving Tuesday after authorities said she struck a pedestrian and drove for more than two miles with the dying victim embedded in the windshield of her car.

Sherri Wilkins, 51, was also charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident, the district attorney’s office said.

The victim, Phillip Moreno, 31, was struck late Saturday while crossing a street. Witnesses surrounded the car about two miles later and detained Wilkins. Mr. Moreno died at a hospital.

Ms. Wilkins later told police she panicked after the accident and kept driving.

Ms. Wilkins is being held on $2.25 million bail. If convicted, she could face life in prison.

CALIFORNIA

Most Crystal Cathedral cour claims rejected by judge

LOS ANGELES — The Rev. Robert Schuller has lost a court bid to obtain more than $5 million from the ministry he founded, a now-bankrupt religious empire that included worldwide “Hour of Power” broadcasts and Orange County’s landmark Crystal Cathedral.

A U.S. bankruptcy judge on Monday rejected most of the breach-of-contract and copyright-infringement claims that Mr. Schuller and his family had made against Crystal Cathedral Ministries.

Mr. Schuller was awarded only $615,625 for housing allowances, health insurance premiums and unpaid compensation from the ministry. His wife, Arvella, got nothing. His daughter, Carol Schuller Milner, and her husband, Tim Milner, sought $272,000 but together were awarded only $77,615, the Orange County Register reported.

Mr. Schuller’s daughter on Tuesday said she thought that the judge disregarded much of the evidence.

TENNESSEE

Courthouses receive bomb threats

MEMPHIS — Bomb threats to 29 courthouses across Tennessee forced many to be evacuated Tuesday morning, including the federal building in Memphis, but authorities said no explosives were found.

Tennessee became the fourth state to deal with similar bomb hoaxes. One targeted 28 courthouses in Oregon, and similar threats were reported in Nebraska and Washington this month.

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