- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 1, 2001

Helicopter crash kills 3 firefighters
WEST GLACIER, Mont. — Three firefighters died yesterday when their helicopter crashed on a routine patrol surveying a major wildfire in Montana, officials said.
The chopper, assigned to a 25,500-acre fire, crashed at about 9:30 a.m. in the Emigrant Peak area between Livingston and Yellowstone National Park, officials said. The three deaths were confirmed by Capt. Doug Lobaugh of the Livingston Fire Department.

Drownings mom attempted suicide
HOUSTON A woman accused of drowning her five children told a doctor two years ago that she tried to kill herself because she was afraid she might "hurt somebody," according to medical records filed in court by her lawyers yesterday.
Andrea Pia Yates attempted suicide in June 1999 by taking sleeping pills, the medical records say. Two months later, Russell Yates found her at home clutching a knife. She was admitted to a hospital the next day.
Mrs. Yates told doctors at the time: "I had a fear I would hurt somebody … I thought it better to end my own life … There was a voice, then an image of the knife."

Black rioter sentenced in racial beating
CINCINNATI — A 15-year-old black youth was sentenced late Thursday to six months to six years in prison for ethnic intimidation in the beating of a white truck driver during the Cincinnati riots in April.
Judge Sylvia Hendon imposed the sentence in Hamilton County Juvenile Court on the youth, who admitted he was in a gang that dragged Robert Stearns of Louisville, Ky., from his delivery truck and yelled "kill Whitey" as its members pummeled him.
Judge Hendon said the teen, whose name has not been released, could be transferred to a rehabilitation facility in six months if he behaves in a state prison.

Soltys says family was 'poisoning' him
SACRAMENTO, Calif. Ukrainian immigrant Nikolay Soltys told police he killed his pregnant wife, 3-year-old son, aunt, uncle and two 9-year-old cousins because they were "poisoning" him, investigators said yesterday.
"Metaphorically, in their culture, that would mean someone talking poorly of them," said Sacramento County Sheriff's Sgt. James Lewis. "It could be either way: literally, or metaphorically, they were poisoning his name."
Mr. Soltys suggested a tarnishing of his reputation in a note he left in his vehicle to explain the Aug. 20 rampage. He said he killed the cousins to punish their parents for speaking against him, investigators said, but did not explain killing his own family.


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