- The Washington Times - Monday, January 8, 2001

Man's conviction reversed after 32 years

BOSTON A former bookie who spent more than three decades in prison for an underworld murder he apparently did not commit spent his first weekend of freedom with his grandchildren, the Boston Herald reported yesterday.

A Massachusetts state judge released Peter Limone, 66, after prosecutors asked that his conviction for the 1965 murder of mobster Edward "Teddy" Deegan be thrown out.

Prosecutors said FBI files released last month by the Justice Department cast doubt on his guilt.

Family was all he could talk about in his first hours of freedom. "I'm just happy I still have them," he told the Herald as he gave his granddaughter a chocolate. "They've been with me all this time."

Burglar stole Motrin, police say

DURHAM, N.C. After forcing his way into a home, a burglar then stole some nonprescription painkillers valued at $1.

Police arrested a man who identified himself as Jerome McNeil at the scene of the burglary Friday night, the News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., reported.

The victim, Kim Brayton, told police she opened the door for the suspect, who forced his way in, a police report said. The suspect took 4 and 1/2 pills of Motrin, valued at $1, and tried to steal her purse.

Police charged Mr. McNeil with first-degree burglary and second-degree kidnapping. Jail officials said he had been released on bond Saturday.

No jail for woman in child-abuse case

FORT PIERCE, Fla. A woman accused of forcing her 16-year-old daughter to go to an abortion clinic and telling a nurse her daughter would abort the fetus or die will not serve jail time or have a criminal record as part of a plea agreement.

Prosecutors said they accepted the plea because the woman's daughter refused to testify against her.

Glenda Dowis, 42, had faced up to 10 years in prison. She was sentenced to two years' community control and three years' probation for two third-degree felony charges of aggravated assault and child abuse.

As a condition of the deal, Dowis is barred from possessing a firearm during the next five years or contacting her daughter beyond visits approved by the state Department of Children and Families.

Study finds diuretics help prevent strokes

CHICAGO Treating high blood pressure with drugs works best at preventing one of its major complications strokes if common pills called diuretics are included, new research suggests.

The study, reported in today's Archives of Internal Medicine, involved 3,170 patients taking one or more drugs to treat high blood pressure, the single most important cause of strokes.

Among those without underlying heart disease, treatment without a diuretic was linked to an 85 percent increased risk of stroke, compared with therapy including a diuretic.

Diuretics are among the oldest drugs used to control high blood pressure, which the American Heart Association estimates afflicts as many as 50 million Americans.

Plane reported crashed was just flying low

NEW YORK A small plane reported to have crashed into the Hudson River was actually just flying low on a government wildlife survey, and its pilot was alive and well and still on the job yesterday, aviation officials said.

Police rushed divers to the river Friday after two witnesses crossing the high George Washington Bridge reported seeing a single-engine, high-wing aircraft with a blue stripe plunge into the water near the span. The search was expanded down the river into New York Harbor, but no debris was found.

The plane belongs to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. At the time the witnesses thought they saw a crash, the pilot was flying at about 100 feet above the water, said Jim Peters, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

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