- The Washington Times - Monday, August 14, 2000

Ford: Problem tires made during strike

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Many of the 6.5 million Firestone tires being recalled were made during a strike at the company's Decatur, Ill., plant, Ford Motor Co. said yesterday.

Ford conducted an analysis of its Firestone tires and the complaints it had received to pin down where the tires were made and what may have caused the treads on some to separate. The tires are under investigation in hundreds of crashes that caused at least 46 deaths.

Most of the recalled tires radial ATX, radial ATX II and some Wilderness AT brands are on Ford sport utility vehicles and light trucks.

The number of complaints was 10 times higher for the 15-inch ATX tires made in Decatur than for the Wilderness tires, said Jason Vines, Ford's vice president of communications.

Teen charged in stabbing deaths

TITUSVILLE, Fla. A teen-ager was charged yesterday with breaking into his friend's house, stabbing the friend's 10-year-old sister to death, then killing the father and critically injuring the mother.

Randy Lamar Ingram Schoenwetter, 18, was denied bail yesterday after he was charged with murder for the attack here, about 30 miles east of Orlando.

Police said the suspect confessed to breaking into the home of Ronald and Haezun Friskey early yesterday, and stabbing the daughter and father to death. The mother, who was also stabbed repeatedly, is in critical condition.

Downpours threaten New Jersey towns

SPARTA, N.J. Residents of one New Jersey town were evacuated yesterday and others put on alert as runoff from a day of torrential downpours bloated a river.

State officials estimated that Saturday's downpour, which dumped more than a foot of rain, caused several million dollars worth of damage as high water washed out bridges, roads and caused a dam to burst.

The Musconetcong River was rising yesterday and authorities were worried that it could overflow at any time, said Patrick Rivoli, director of the Warren County Office of Emergency Management.

Residents of Hackettstown were being evacuated and other towns were on alert, he said.

Lightning kills one and injures another

SOMERSET, Wis. Lightning struck five persons at a campground, killing one man and critically injuring another, authorities said.

The lightning hit the Apple River Campground late Saturday night in Somerset, located about 20 miles northeast of Minneapolis, Minn.

Shane E. Hulbert, 26, was pronounced dead at a hospital, Police Chief Rick Pfaff said. Another victim was listed in critical condition yesterday.

Prison guard pulls itching powder prank

KENT, Wash. A corrections officer who says he sprinkled itching powder on the bed linens of four inmates as a joke has been placed on administrative leave.

All four inmates have filed grievances, and the Department of Corrections is investigating.

Two other jail officers, including one who resigned for unrelated reasons, also may have been involved in the Aug. 3 incident, authorities said.

CIA exhibits movie and TV spy gadgetry

LANGLEY, Va. The CIA is offering its employees a fanciful look back at the "good old days."

In the brightly lit corridors of its suburban Washington headquarters, the Central Intelligence Agency is displaying "spy-fi archives" a one-of-a-kind collection of Hollywood spy gadgetry and memorabilia from 1960s television series and movies that romanticized and glamorized the spy business.

There's Maxwell Smart's shoe phone from the hit TV show "Get Smart," and a mock tarantula used as a prop in the 1962 James Bond film "Dr. No," all from the private collection of Hollywood screenwriter and author Danny Biederman.

Only people cleared for entry to CIA headquarters not the general public can see the collection.

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