- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 27, 2001

Three children killed in house fire
DETROIT A fire broke out in a duplex yesterday, killing three children and injuring their mother and two other family members, authorities said.
Burglar bars on the home's front door may have prevented the three children a 17-year-old boy, an 11-year-old girl and a 5-month-old girl from escaping the early-morning blaze, fire department Lt. Kwaku Atara said. The body of the 17-year-old was found behind the front door.
Their mother was rescued, along with a 15-year-old girl and a 4-year-old girl. It was not clear how those children were related.

Former secretary involved in scandal dies
Former Pentagon official Melvyn R. Paisley, a decorated World War II pilot who was involved in a major defense-procurement scandal in the 1980s, has died of cancer.
Mr. Paisley, 77, had lived with the disease since being diagnosed in the early 1980s, said his wife, Vicki. They lived in McLean. He died on Dec. 19.
In 1991, Mr. Paisley, a former assistant Navy secretary, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and bribery as part of Operation Ill Wind an investigation of attempts by defense contractors to buy influence or get sensitive information about competitors' bids to help win lucrative military contracts.
Mr. Paisley was sentenced to four years in prison. He was the highest-ranking Defense Department official convicted during the 71/2-year operation that investigated corporate executives, defense consultants and government officials.

Police search for missing toddler
CHICAGO Police combed the city yesterday for a 16-month-old girl who was taken from a bus station on Christmas Eve by a woman with a tattoo.
The toddler's mother appealed for her safe return.
"All I can think about is her and her little face and not knowing where she's at or who she's with," Marcella Anderson said at a news conference yesterday of her daughter Jasmine.
At least 100 detectives have been working to find the girl, Detective Allen Jaglowski said.

Grandmother killed in shooting spree
STOCKTON, Calif. Police said a man went on a Christmas Day rampage, shooting his father and the mother of his 7-month-old son and then killing her mother.
Ramiro Gonzalez Jr., 23, was charged yesterday with murder and attempted murder, said Nelida Stone, a spokeswoman for the San Joaquin Sheriff's Department.
His girlfriend, Jeanette Molina, 20, was charged on identical counts, plus charges that she was an accessory to the crimes, Miss Stone said.

'Santa' arrested on assault charge
CHESTER, Pa. A man dressed as Santa Claus is accused of trying to run over a police chief with his car.
Police said William Hatzell, 57, was wearing a full Santa suit when he was stopped and questioned by Bethel Township Police Chief David Houser on Saturday.
Chief Houser said Mr. Hatzell was wearing the suit at a farmers market and appeared to have been drinking.
When he was asked for identification, Mr. Hatzell refused to hand it over, and instead backed his car into Chief Houser, police said. The car drove off with Chief Houser clinging to its side mirror.
He fell off and was not seriously injured.
Police arrested Mr. Hatzell a short time later, still wearing the costume. He is due to be arraigned today before a district justice on charges of aggravated assault and attempting to elude a police officer.

Conservation group to rescue turtles
FORT WORTH, Texas A conservation group plans to rescue 7,500 turtles confiscated in Hong Kong before they could be eaten.
The turtles are being sent to the United States in shipments over the next several weeks.
After they are treated and cataloged, the Turtle Survival Alliance will place them in zoos and other centers.

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