- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 8, 2000

Mom said to lock sons in car trunk

SAN JOSE, Calif. A California mother was charged with locking her two young sons in the trunk of her car because she could not find day care, police said yesterday.

San Jose Police Department spokesman Rubens Dalaison said Rosemarie Randovan, 30, was arrested Monday after one of her co-workers alerted authorities.

Mr. Dalaison said the co-worker heard noises when the suspect gave him a ride to lunch. When the co-worker asked the mother if she heard any sounds, she "got a little nervous and started talking louder, and turned up the radio," Mr. Dalaison said.

The police were eventually notified and spoke with her two sons, aged 5 and 7.

"They say, 'There are times when mom takes us to work and we get put in the trunk of the car,' " Mr. Dalaison said. "According to the kids, this is normal practice that has been happening for almost four months."

The suspect was to be arraigned today on child-endangerment charges.

Joan Kennedy guilty of drunken driving

BARNSTABLE, Mass. Joan B. Kennedy, former wife of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, pleaded guilty yesterday to drunken driving and was sentenced to two years' probation.

Mrs. Kennedy, 64, was also told she would be subject to random alcohol checks. She will also undergo counseling and cannot apply for a driver's license during her probation.

She was arrested Sept. 10 after police were notified that a car was being driven erratically. It was her fourth such arrest since 1974.

Mrs. Kennedy, who was divorced from the senator in 1982, has described herself as a recovering alcoholic.

E. coli is traced to petting zoo

LANSDALE, Pa. As many as 21 children became infected with E. coli during a visit to a petting zoo, health officials say, and two of the children remained on kidney dialysis yesterday.

Investigators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been at Merrymead Farm collecting feces and analyzing the water supply and animal health to try to pinpoint the source of the bacteria.

Farm owners Mark and Stacy Rothenberger confirmed Monday that their 4-day-old son, Dayne, died Oct. 14 of a combination of E. coli, sepsis and meningitis, but said doctors told them the boy did not have the same strain of E. coli as the other children.

The first case was reported on Sept. 15.

E. coli can be spread through contaminated food or water, contact with animal waste or through person-to-person contact.

Xerox is blamed in mass killings

HONOLULU The state has cited Xerox for failing to enforce workplace-violence policies that might have prevented the worst mass shooting in Hawaii history.

Copier repairman Byran Uyesugi shot seven co-workers to death in 1999 at a company warehouse. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

The Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Division on Monday cited Xerox for two safety violations in connection with the massacre, but imposed no fines.

The company did not have an effective workplace-violence program and did not properly train managers to recognize and reduce potential hazards, the state said.

High court overturns mail-fraud convictions

Mail-fraud convictions for lying on an application for a Louisiana gambling license were overturned yesterday by a Supreme Court ruling.

The court ruled that the gambling license wasn't property at the time the fraudulent application was submitted.

In the case of the video-machine permit, the state gets a monetary interest only when the recipient pays for it and begins paying taxes on money put in the machine, the court ruled.

New Orleans lawyer Carl W. Cleveland, Slidell service-station owner Fred Goodson and Truck Stop Gaming Ltd. collaborated in the application, which listed Mr. Goodson's children as the sole owners when that was not true. Each man had been sentenced to 10 years and one month in federal prison.

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