- The Washington Times - Monday, June 24, 2002

Manhunt follows shooting of sheriff
HEFLIN A routine traffic stop Friday night ended in a shooting that left Cleburne County Sheriff's Deputy Gary Howell in critical condition Saturday night at University Hospitals in Birmingham.
The suspect in the shooting, Billy Howard, 47, has been a fugitive in Alabama and Georgia for eight years, Cleburne County Sheriff Darrell Durham told the Anniston Star.
Authorities were continuing a search for Howard by air and land near the Alabama-Georgia state line late Saturday night.

Firefighters rescue newborn fawn
DURANGO Firefighters battling an unpredictable wildfire in southwestern Colorado came to the rescue of a newborn fawn they found under a burning log.
Idaho Hotshots found the fawn Friday, and handed the soot-covered animal to resident Christie Mogel.
"There were three of them, and the fawn was just nestling in between them," said Miss Mogel, who cared for the fawn for a few hours before giving it to the Nuepe Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, where it will be raised and eventually returned to the wild.
She believes the fawn's mother ran from the fire.

Monorail system to be studied
WILMINGTON A steering committee to determine public acceptance and the technical and financial feasibility of a monorail system in northern Delaware will have its first meeting today.
The committee includes members of the Wilmington Area Planning Council and residents. The council recently agreed to pay $150,000 to Virginia-based transportation and design firm Lea+Elliott Inc. to conduct a six-month study on the need for the rail system. The council, which is responsible for coordinating New Castle County and Cecil (Md.) County transportation plans, operates on state and federal tax dollars.
The council's commitment to studying a monorail system is largely a response to the crowded roads and Delaware's urgent need to meet federal clean-air laws, state Rep. David H. Ennis, Fox Point Republican, told the Wilmington News Journal.

Broward County locus of terror threat
FORT LAUDERDALE Abdullah al Mujahir, who was born Jose Padilla and stands accused of conspiring to explode a "dirty bomb" in the United States, worked at a suburban Taco Bell and discovered Islam here.
Two young Pakistani immigrants from nearby Hollywood are accused of hatching a plan to attack South Florida power plants and a National Guard Armory. Several of the September 11 hijackers roamed the area's libraries, gyms and beachfront motels.
They all made their home at least temporarily in South Florida's Broward County. With miles of strip malls, about 7.5 million tourists visiting every year and increasing diversity, Broward County and all of South Florida is an ideal place to keep a low profile, many say.
The post-September 11 world has led the Broward County Sheriff's Office to work more closely with federal law enforcement to share information and training.

Police moving into new headquarters
MERIDIAN After almost a decade in a cramped, inadequate station, Meridian police will move into new headquarters next week that they say will help them better protect the state's fifth-largest city, the Idaho Statesman reported.
No longer will locker rooms double as records storage. Guns and ammunition will be housed in a secured room, not a padlocked cabinet.
Detectives will be able to evaluate evidence in a crime lab instead of outdoors at a picnic table.

Man sentenced to 90 years for murder
CHICAGO One of two men convicted of killing the son of U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush was sentenced to 90 years in prison.
Leo Foster, 34, and Darcell Prince, 25, were convicted by separate juries in March of murder, armed robbery and impersonation of a police officer in the 1999 slaying of Huey Rich.
Defense attorneys said the men intended only to collect a drug debt and not kill him.
Mr. Rush, a Democrat who represents a South Side Chicago district, did not attend Friday's sentencing.

Man shot, killed;18-year-old sought
GARDEN CITY A 23-year-old Wichita man died after being shot in the back on the front lawn of his home early Saturday.
Garrett Boyer was shot after a scuffle with an 18-year-old man shortly before 5 a.m., Lt. Ken Landwehr told the Wichita Eagle.
Next-door neighbor Hal Nixon said he awoke when he heard two men grunting in the front yard. He said he peeked out his front door in time to see a man shoot Mr. Boyer. The suspected gunman, whose name was not released, then leapt into a car and sped off as Mr. Boyer collapsed and screamed for help, Mr. Nixon said.

Man charged with murder, kidnapping
LOUISVILLE A man charged with killing another man and abducting a woman in front of an apartment building in the Smoketown neighborhood turned himself in Saturday night, Louisville police said.
Thomas B. Talley III, 30, was charged with murder and kidnapping. He is suspected of killing Antonio Gore, 38, who was pronounced dead at the scene of a gunshot wound.
He released the woman, who was found Saturday night in good physical condition, police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley told the Louisville Courier Journal. The motive for the shooting was not known, she said.

Police arrest kidnap suspect
BATON ROUGE A Hammond man arrested Friday in the Baton Rouge kidnapping and rape of a woman on Thursday has drawn interest from detectives inside and outside Louisiana, a sheriff's spokesman said.
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Chief of Detectives Maj. Bud Connor told the Baton Rouge Advocate that two squads of homicide detectives one from city police and one from the sheriff's office have taken a strong interest in Christopher Wilson, 27, who was found at his parents' Hammond home. Mr. Connor said other agencies, including some in other states, also are expressing interest.
A Hammond police officer, who recognized Mr. Wilson from an artist's sketch, contacted East Baton Rouge detectives early Friday, officials said.

Swarm of bees makes shoppers flee
FARMINGTON A swirling swarm of honeybees slowly moved through Farmington's main intersection at noon Wednesday, sending surprised lunchtime shoppers fleeing for shelter and swatting the air while traffic slowed and motorists gawked.
The cloud of bees was first noticed in front of Reny's on Broadway before it slowly started to move toward the corner of Main Street. Bees could be seen hovering in the intersection for a few moments before settling behind a protected roof overhang at the entrance to K&J; Sports.
Shoppers and tourists huddled inside K&J; for cover and the door was locked to keep the army of bees on the outside.

Grant supports extra police patrols
JACKSON For Rebelwood Apartments resident Angie Collins, the more blue-and-white police cars she sees, the better.
The police are coming more often because a federal grant is paying for added patrols about five more a day through the complex that ranks No. 1 for police calls in Precinct 1, according to statistics provided by police to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.
The $250,000 grant, secured by the Village Apartments with Rebelwood and the Lodge Apartments as partners, does more than just pay for more police patrols through the complexes.
At the Village Apartments at 386 Raymond Road, the primary applicant for the money, the grant also funds an after-school program, a tutoring program and a summer reading program.

Balloonist on course after rough weather
ST. LOUIS After dipping "perilously close" to the Pacific, U.S. adventurer Steve Fossett is back on course in his bid to complete the first solo round-the-world balloon flight, his mission control said here yesterday.
Bad weather forced Mr. Fossett to skim the waves on his way to Chile after completing more than one-quarter of the epic balloon voyage. The weather cleared and Mr. Fossett returned to the jet stream. Mission control expects that he will pass over the Chilean coast sometime on Wednesday.

Bus crash kills five passengers
VICTOR A commercial bus crashed on a state highway yesterday, killing five persons, including a child, police said.
Driver error was believed to be the cause of the crash about 16 miles south of Rochester, state police said.
Forty-four persons were on the Coach USA bus, which was traveling from Niagara Falls to Waterbury, Conn.
The bus went off the road about 3 p.m., flipped over and landed on its roof. At least two other vehicles also crashed.

HIV education targets minorities
ASHEVILLE This year, almost half the people diagnosed with HIV will be young blacks. That's why an Asheville event offering free and confidential HIV testing will target minorities age 24 and younger.
The 2002 "Youth Summer Fest Ending the Silence" on HIV will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Stephens- Lee Recreation Center on George Washington Carver Street. It is being held as part of National HIV Testing Day, the Asheville Citizen-Times reports.

Deputies foil abduction of toddler
BURTON Geauga County deputy sheriffs making what they thought was a routine traffic stop foiled the abduction of a 3-year-old girl Friday night.
Billy F. Brown, 55, was charged with kidnapping after being found with the toddler a few miles from his Burton home, police told the Columbus Dispatch. Mr. Brown appeared drunk when he was pulled over for driving erratically about 8:30 p.m. Friday. Mr. Brown's pants were around his ankles and he was babbling incoherently when deputies approached his truck.
The girl, who was being watched by her teen-age brothers, had wandered off unnoticed.

Schools face lack of teachers
OKLAHOMA CITY The "Help Wanted" sign is out at most Oklahoma schools, but teachers aren't showing up in large numbers.
The problem isn't the number of qualified teachers. Oklahoma is producing plenty but they appear to be choosing other fields or teaching in other states, according to a recent study reported by the Oklahoman.
The answer, Oklahoma educators say, is simple: money. And lots of it.

Arson suspect charged in bank heists
SPARTANBURG COUNTY A Columbia man who already faces a lengthy list of arrest warrants now is accused of robbing two banks and setting fire to a church and a house in Spartanburg County.
A hearing on four new charges is scheduled for tomorrow for Steven Rast, 37, who has been in the Spartanburg County jail since May 24, the Spartanburg Herald-Journal reported.

Official faces new porn charges
HARRIMAN A Harriman city councilman charged earlier this year with distributing child pornography now faces a 648-count indictment.
Richard Keith "Rick" McCarroll, 45, had faced 11 counts of aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor after a Roane County grand jury indicted him in February. Ninth District Attorney General Scott McCluen announced Friday that a follow-up investigation has yielded another grand jury indictment charging Mr. McCarroll with 648 counts of aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor, the Knoxville News-Journal reported.
Mr. McCarroll's attorney, Patrick Cooley, has waived his client's appearance at an arraignment to be held in Roane County Criminal Court today.

PTA plans outreach to Hispanics
SAN ANTONIO The National PTA is starting a program to attract more Hispanic parents to the education advocacy group.
The initiative includes a mentor program to help Hispanics become more involved in schools and bilingual materials and resources. The group also will use Spanish-language TV and billboard ads.
The effort will start in Texas, California and Florida before expanding next year, said Delia Pompa, chairman of the National PTA committee that created the program. The PTA held its national convention this weekend in San Antonio.

Polygamist goes on trial for child rape
SALT LAKE CITY An avowed Utah polygamist who has become the nation's best-known advocate of multiple marriage goes on trial today for raping a 13-year-old child to whom he was married.
Tom Green, 54, has been in prison since last year when he was convicted of being married to five women at the same time. He faces the charge of raping a minor when he appears today in state court in Nephi.

Deputy fatally shot by naked man
SEATTLE A King County deputy was shot and killed Saturday in a confrontation with a naked man on a busy parkway in suburban Newcastle. A suspect was arrested about an hour later.
"The deputy's gun was used to shoot the deputy several times," Sheriff Dave Reichert said.
The officer responded to a report of a naked man disrupting traffic in the 7300 block of Coal Creek Parkway, said a King County Sheriff's Department spokesman.
At one point during the struggle, the officer used pepper spray in an attempt to stop the suspect, the spokesman said. The deputy, an eight-year veteran who had a wife and 18-year-old daughter, was shot shortly after 5 p.m. and died at the scene.
Officers arrested an adult male suspect at a nearby apartment building about an hour later. He was being held for investigation of murder. The deputy's name was not immediately released.

Ex-sheriff is target, court filing claims
CHARLESTON Kanawha County prosecutors re-indicted ex-tax deputy Mike Greenleaf because he failed to incriminate former Sheriff Art Ashley, Friday court filings claim.
Questioned by investigators, Mr. Greenleaf "was pressured in his interviews to implicate Sheriff Ashley," a petition from defense attorney Ben Bailey said. "Mr. Greenleaf insisted on telling the truth."
Prosecutor Mike Clifford declined to comment Friday to the Charleston Gazette on whether he had targeted Mr. Ashley in his probe of the handling of certain accounts within the sheriff's tax office.

Mayors want to delay tax increase
CHEYENNE Cheyenne Mayor Jack Spiker and Albin Mayor Bob Anderson said Friday the Laramie County Commission should have denied a request to put a new library on the ballot this year as a sixth-penny sales tax project instead of passing the decision to the municipalities.
In response, Mr. Spiker, Mr. Anderson, Burns Mayor Don Ackatz and Pine Bluffs Mayor Leonard Anderson drafted a resolution that opposed placing any sixth-penny project on the ballot this year. The resolution will appear on the Cheyenne City Council agenda today, the Cheyenne Tribune-Eagle reports.

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