- The Washington Times - Friday, December 6, 2002

'The Bachelor' stops in Lincoln
LINCOLN Hundreds of people flocked to a tanning salon to see Aaron Buerge, better known as "The Bachelor."
Two weeks ago, an estimated 26 million people watched the 28-year-old banker from Springfield, Mo., propose to psychologist Helene Eksterowicz, 28, in the finale of the ABC hit reality series. Since then, Mr. Buerge has been traveling the country. Many of Mr. Buerge's appearances have been for charity, including a stop earlier this week in Butler, Mo., to help raise money for a dialysis machine.
Mr. Buerge was in Lincoln to help radio station KISS-FM celebrate its second birthday at a tanning salon. After signing autographs in the afternoon, his evening plans included a dollar dance benefit.

Bono urges truckers to fight AIDS
WALCOTT Irish rock star Bono urged Teamsters to begin hauling a new kind of freight: support in the fight against the spread of AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.
The U2 lead singer made a brief stop at the giant Iowa 80 truck stop west of Davenport on Tuesday as part of his seven-day bus tour through seven Midwestern states to raise awareness of the epidemic in Africa.
Bono said truckers can play a vital role in improving the delivery of drugs and vaccines and reducing the rate of HIV among African truck drivers, half of whom he said have tested positive for the virus.
The "Heart of America Tour: Africa's Future and Ours" entourage, which includes actress Ashley Judd and African dancers and musicians, also planned stops in Davenport and Dubuque.
Bono spoke briefly with workers at the truck stop, which handles an estimated 3,500 customers per day, ordered a peanut-butter-Oreo-cookie milkshake and reboarded the bus.
U2 lead singer Bono brought his campaign to raise awareness of AIDS to an Iowa truck stop Tuesday as part of his weeklong tour of seven Midwest states.

Man charged in wife's death
LITTLE ROCK An Arkansas man has been charged with murder for reportedly bludgeoning his wife to death with a bowling ball, police said Wednesday.
Sheriff Sam Oliver of Calhoun County, Ark., said Joseph D. Jefferson, 29, carried out the attack at the couple's Fordyce, Ark., home, about 70 miles south of Little Rock, in the predawn hours of Monday.
He is said to have placed the body of his wife, Laura, 25, in her car, drenched it with gasoline and set it on fire in a wooded area near their home, trying to disguise the crime as a car accident. Sheriff Oliver said that Mr. Jefferson admitted to police that he hit his wife over the head with his bowling ball after an argument.

Wife, semi-naked spouse charged after crash
WILMINGTON Debbie DeMarco was driving west on Naamans Road about 4:30 a.m. Monday when she said a blue Volkswagen Jetta roared past her with a naked man clinging to the roof.
"I'm looking, and there's a man hanging from the top of the car naked," said Miss DeMarco, a paper carrier for the News Journal, who called 911. "All this guy had on was white socks and a T-shirt."
The driver, Lori Ann Becker, 20, of Aston, Pa., and the man, Mrs. Becker's estranged husband Michael, 25, of Linwood, Pa., were arrested after she crashed the Jetta into a concrete barrier near Highland Avenue and Front Street in Chester, according to a police affidavit.

Fourth cruise ship hit by widespread illness
MIAMI Almost 120 people have been sickened with symptoms consistent with a Norwalk-like virus on the fourth cruise ship to report an outbreak of a stomach ailment in recent weeks.
The Oceana, operated by P&O; Cruises of Britain, reported that 114 passengers and three crew members have been treated for some sort of virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, bringing to more than 1,000 the number of passengers to have become sick on cruise ships recently.
The Norwalk and Norwalk-like viruses can cause diarrhea, stomach pain and vomiting for 24 to 48 hours. They are spread through food and water and close contact with infected people or things they have touched.

Valuable coin dropped into charity kettle
BOISE Less than a week after a gold coin valued at $420 was dropped into a Salvation Army kettle, 20 silver coins worth at least $5 each were deposited into a kettle at Boise's Town Square Mall.
Salvation Army officials believe they're from the same person who gave $2,700 in gold coins in 1995.

Teen reportedly put razor blade in pie
LAFAYETTE The FBI arrested a teenager accused of slipping a razor blade into a hot apple pie at the McDonald's where he worked. A customer who bit into the dessert suffered a minor cut on the lip.
Adam Joseph Fontenot, 18, of Eunice, was arrested Tuesday and jailed on tampering charges. He could get up to 10 years in prison.
The incident occurred Nov. 24 at a restaurant in Eunice, about 150 miles west of New Orleans.
Federal prosecutor James McManus would not say what the motive might have been, but he said that Mr. Fontenot did know the victim. Defense attorney Gerald Block said that his client previously had been hospitalized for psychiatric treatment.

Archdiocese creeps toward bankruptcy
BOSTON The Boston Archdiocese, struggling to contend with a flurry of sex abuse lawsuits, has moved closer to a remedy usually associated with troubled businesses and people buried in debt: a bankruptcy filing.
A financial panel of the archdiocese gave Cardinal Bernard Law permission yesterday to file for bankruptcy, a move that would give a secular court control over the archdiocese's finances and open it up to unprecedented scrutiny.
No Roman Catholic archdiocese in the United States has ever filed for bankruptcy, which requires approval from the Vatican.

Authorities hunt for missing emus
NILES TOWNSHIP Authorities were on the lookout for two elusive but most definitely unarmed escapees.
A trio of emus large, flightless birds that resemble ostriches and are native to Australia ran off Monday from their owner's home in Niles Township. One of the birds, named Andy, was caught Wednesday.
Two police officers, with help from three employees of the Southwest Michigan Community Ambulance Service, surrounded Andy after he was spotted in a yard. They bound his legs with duct tape and loaded him into a trailer donated by a veterinarian.
The bird suffered minor injuries, including a gouge on his knee.
Though generally docile, emus can become dangerous if they feel threatened, said Dr. Jeremy Goodman, a veterinarian at the Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend.

Frisbee-like device proves worth in rescue
GOLDEN VALLEY Police officer Joe Dutton didn't think much of the new Frisbee like rescue device his chief bought for 10 patrol cars a few weeks ago.
That changed over the weekend, when Officer Dutton, who has been on the force 21 years, used his new Frisbuoy to rescue a man who had fallen through ice on a lake.
"We thought it was just something else to put in our trunks," Officer Dutton told the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune. But "it worked out really good."
The Frisbuoy looks like a large Frisbee with a flat disc underneath. Between the two layers, 25 yards of coiled, buoyant line is hooked to a spool.

Man sentenced in diluted-drug case
KANSAS CITY A pharmacist who diluted chemotherapy drugs given to thousands of cancer patients was sentenced to the maximum of 30 years in prison yesterday after the victims' families tearfully told how the scheme had cost them precious days with their loved ones.
"Your crimes are a shock to the civilized conscience," U.S. District Judge Ortrie Smith told Robert R. Courtney. "They are beyond understanding."
Courtney, 50, was also ordered to pay $10.4 million in restitution and a $25,000 fine. He showed no emotion as the judge announced his sentence.

Air Force jets crash in desert
LAS VEGAS Two Air Force attack jets collided during training and one pilot was killed. The other pilot ejected safely.
The A-10 Thunderbolt II jets, which are used to support ground troops and tanks, collided Wednesday over the Nevada Test and Training Range. The jets were assigned to Nellis Air Force Base.
Capt. Eric Palaro, a pilot from the 81st Fighter Squadron, was killed, said Capt. Kelly Cahalan, a base spokeswoman.
Maj. Scott Kniep, an instructor with the U.S. Air Force Weapons School A-10 division, ejected from his aircraft and was found in good condition, Capt. Cahalan said.

Man steals courthouse computer
SCRANTON A man charged with theft didn't have the money to pay for a rehabilitation program that would clear his criminal record, so he stole a courthouse computer to pawn off, police said.
Police said Ernesto Valdez, 32, arrived Monday at the Lackawanna County Courthouse to enroll in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program, which expunges the criminal record of first-time offenders.
Valdez, who had been accepted into the program after being charged in connection with theft of stereos from several cars, did not have the $685 enrollment fee, so he stole a court stenographer's laptop computer so he could pawn it, according to police.

City hires trapper to stop wild hogs
ANAHUAC Wild hogs have driven a city east of Houston to hire a trapper to stop the animals from tearing up gardens, lawns and crops.
"They look at our flower beds and lawns as a huge buffet," said Councilman Guy Jackson.
The porkers are also blamed for damaging golf courses, jogging trails, soccer fields, parks and reservoirs.
Trapper Jay Parker has caught more than 40 of the hogs since he was hired a few weeks ago.

Crews unearth trashed cash
DUPONT A trash can containing $10,000 in cash was unearthed by crews preparing a forested site for a transit park-and-ride lot, officials said.
The most recent mint date on the bills and coins in the plastic garbage can was 1985, Police Chief Michael Pohl said Monday.
"Obviously, there was a crime committed somewhere," Chief Pohl said. "We're estimating 10 to 20 years ago. We're doing the best we can to try to get it back to its rightful owner."
Police have yet to count all the money but estimate the total at $6,000 to $10,000. Some of the bills have been sent to the Washington State Crime Laboratory to test for fingerprints and to try to trace the money.

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