- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 22, 2001

Texas jailbreak leader convicted of murder

DALLAS The ringleader of a Texas jailbreak was found guilty of capital murder yesterday for killing a policeman during a Christmas Eve robbery.

George Rivas, 31, who reportedly led six other convicts in a Dec. 13 breakout, could face the death penalty.


Official convicted in kickback scheme

HOUSTON A former Texas prisons chief was found guilty yesterday on federal charges stemming from a kickback scheme to distribute a meat substitute to state inmates.

James A. "Andy" Collins, former executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, was found guilty of accepting kickbacks from VitaPro Foods Inc. to arrange a $33.7 million contract to distribute the soy product in Texas prisons.


Greyhound driver charged in crash

NASHVILLE, Tenn. The driver in a fatal Greyhound bus crash in Tennessee has been charged with driving on a license that was suspended in New York state in 1987, officials said.

The crash northwest of Nashville on Sunday morning killed one passenger and injured 44 passengers and the driver, Nathaniel B. Waugh of St. Louis.

Mr. Waugh somehow obtained a license in Missouri after his New York license was suspended, an official said, although the suspension "basically invalidates any license."


Rape charges dropped against Klansman

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Rape charges against a former Ku Klux Klansman accused in a deadly church bombing have been dropped because the accuser, his former stepdaughter, has disappeared.

A judge dismissed the charges yesterday against Bobby Frank Cherry, 72, who also has been indicted on murder charges in a 1963 bombing that killed four black girls at a Birmingham church.

Gloria Dean LaDow, 41, hasn't been seen since last year. She claimed that Mr. Cherry raped and molested her when she was a girl.


Church settles sex suit for $5.2 million

SANTA ANA, Calif. Roman Catholic leaders in Orange and Los Angeles counties agreed to pay $5.2 million to settle a lawsuit accusing a once-popular priest of molestation.

The settlement stems from accusations that Monsignor Michael Harris, 56, molested a 17-year-old student in 1991.


Insurer must pay liability in shooting

A teen-age boy convicted of involuntary manslaughter for accidentally shooting a friend is covered by his family's homeowner policy, even though it excludes "illegal acts," the California Supreme Court says.

The justices said Safeco Insurance Co. must provide coverage for a 16-year-old boy who was showing friends his mother's gun when he fatally shot another boy.


Poor training cited in boy's MRI death

VALHALLA, N.Y. Inadequate training and poor communication were among the factors in the death of a 6-year-old boy who was struck by an oxygen tank pulled by the powerful magnet of an MRI machine, according to a hospital report.

Michael Colombini of Croton-on-Hudson was hit in the head by the flying metal tank July 27, when he was being examined after surgery to remove a brain tumor. He died two days later.


Actress Kim Stanley dies at 76

NEW YORK Kim Stanley, 76, acclaimed as one of the theater's finest actresses, died Monday of cancer.

She starred in such Broadway productions as "Bus Stop," "A Touch of the Poet" and "Picnic."


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