- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 17, 2002

Vandals destroy shrine's statues
VILLANUEVA Vandals broke statues and other religious articles in a community grotto in this central New Mexico town.
The Villanueva grotto an open-air hilltop shrine built in the 1950s by village families was a place of peace for area Roman Catholics who wanted to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe, considered the town patroness.
"Never have we seen such utter vandalism and sheer, utter hatred," said the Rev. Francis Malley, Catholic pastor for the surrounding parish, as he stood near the wreckage.
Wax from broken devotional candles melted in the sun and rosary beads lay in the dirt as people visited the site Monday to see the damage after it was discovered Sunday.

Griffith comes home for highway dedication
MOUNT AIRY Andy Griffith returned to his hometown yesterday for his first official visit in 45 years, telling a crowd that his roots were planted deeply in North Carolina.
Mr. Griffith said he once questioned his grandmother about his family's origins.
"I used to wonder where the Griffith family came from England, Ireland, Wales. I asked my grandmother, and she said, 'Oh, somewhere around these mountains,'" Mr. Griffith said.
The 76-year-old Mr. Griffith, best-known as Sheriff Andy Taylor of Mayberry, a small, fictional North Carolina mountain town, was the guest of honor at a ceremony dedicating a segment of U.S. 52 as the Andy Griffith Parkway.
Mr. Griffith, who lives 300 miles away in Manteo on North Carolina's Outer Banks, arrived Tuesday with wife Cindi to tour local sights, including the Mount Airy Visitors Center, where boyhood friend Emmett Forest has donated memorabilia of the star.
He spent the night in his boyhood home, now converted into a bed and breakfast.

Bear shot, killed in hotel
ANCHORAGE Up in Deadhorse, they say Toby was just a popular bear gone bad, a grizzly doomed by a knack for opening doors and a taste for french fries.
The big male bear well-known to oil-patch workers and state biologists was killed about 8:30 p.m. Monday on the second floor of the Prudhoe Bay Hotel, after he approached a police officer standing between the animal and a crowd of hotel guests.
North Slope Borough officer Don Grimes had been trying to shoo the animal toward an exit, when the bear darted into a hotel room, then reversed course, said hotel manager Joree Lawson. When the bear was less than 10 feet away, Mr. Grimes had no choice but to fire his shotgun, Miss Lawson told the Anchorage Daily News.

Five years added to Olson sentence
CHOWCHILLA Former Symbionese Liberation Army member Sara Jane Olson should serve at least five additional years in prison beyond her scheduled 2005 release for her role in a 1975 plot to bomb police cars, a state board ruled yesterday.
The three-member Board of Prison Terms cited the plot's potential for harm, its multiple intended victims, its professionalism and Olson's later flight.
The board scrapped her five-year-four-month sentence in favor of a 14-year sentence. Olson, 55, who pleaded guilty this year to helping plant two bombs beneath Los Angeles police cars, could be out in seven to nine years.

Court reinstates lawsuit against police
DENVER A federal appeals court reinstated a $30 million lawsuit brought against Castle Rock police by the mother of three girls killed by their father three years ago.
Jessica Gonzales claimed police failed to enforce a temporary restraining order against her estranged husband and that the girls' deaths could have been prevented if they had.
Simon Gonzales was killed in a shootout with police on June 23, 1999, after taking the girls from his wife's home the previous night. Rebecca, 10, Katheryn, 9, and Leslie, 7, were found dead in his pickup.
U.S. District Judge Wiley Y. Daniel dismissed Mrs. Gonzales' lawsuit last year, saying there was no probable cause to believe the restraining order had been violated.

Seven face charges in girl's rape, slaying
LITCHFIELD Seven persons were arraigned yesterday in what police said was an orchestrated kidnapping, rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl by a group of friends five years ago. An eighth suspect also was arrested in Texas.
The friends, all in their 20s, face charges including conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Maryann Measles.
The girl's decomposed body was found wrapped in a blanket and chains at Lake Lillinonah in Bridgewater on July 15, 1998, nine months after her mother reported her missing.
Investigators told the Hartford Courant they believe the men involved in the killing wanted to silence Maryann because she was threatening them with charges of statutory rape.

Women accused of killing rare birds
FORT MYERS The owner of a fish hatchery has been charged with killing 4,000 endangered or protected birds and an alligator, police said.
Fish and wildlife officials arrested Vicky Davidson, 40, of Arcadia, on Tuesday after a six-month, state and federal wildlife investigation.
She faces at least six violations of Florida law and the federal migratory bird act, said Gary Morse, a Florida Fish and Wildlife spokesman. The charges range from a third-degree felony to a second-degree misdemeanor.
Wildlife officials said she purchased 25,000 shotgun shells and told her employees to shoot at anything that posed a threat to her fish. Wood storks, black-neck stilts, cattle egrets, eastern meadowlarks, herons and at least one alligator reportedly were killed over 11 months.

Technology cuts demand for migrant labor
MARSING Technology and competition from undocumented workers are reducing demand for Idaho's migrant labor force.
The migrant corps used to reach 22,000 at its peak in late summer. But labor force analysts say that has dropped by 5 percent in recent years.
The manager of a farm labor camp in southwestern Idaho says mechanization has reduced the work season by two months.

Campaign volunteer killed by car
LAKE IN THE HILLS A 15-year-old relative of Republican attorney general candidate Joe Birkett was killed by a car while posting campaign signs.
Elizabeth Dolak, a daughter of one of Mr. Birkett's cousins, was struck Monday while she and other family members were putting up signs for Republican candidates along a road in this northwest Chicago suburb, police and the Birkett campaign said.
"Our hearts are broken," Mr. Birkett said. "She was an angel."
The accident remained under investigation and the 19-year-old driver had not been ticketed, Police Chief James Wales said.
Elizabeth, from Cary, died of multiple injuries.

Construction begins on power plant
MASON CITY Construction has started on Iowa's first new power plant in nearly two decades.
The $400 million plant is being built by Alliant Energy-Interstate Power and Light Co. The natural gas-fired plant is expected to be online by June 2004.
It will produce 500 megawatts, enough power for 150,000 homes.

Missing pistol prompts lockdown
FORT KNOX About 20 soldiers at Fort Knox have been confined to a barracks for the past week over the disappearance of a pistol.
The soldiers remained locked down yesterday and won't be released until the 9-mm Beretta turns up, said a post spokesman, Master Sgt. John Pennell.
Officials are waiting to see if one of the soldiers confesses to taking the pistol, or if the gun was lost through a paperwork error.
"It's pretty standard procedure," Public Affairs Officer John Rickey said.
During the lockdown, soldiers aren't allowed to watch TV or listen to radio, Mr. Rickey said. "They're allowed to read a newspaper. But we want them to focus on the incident at hand."

Panel finds political patronage
BOSTON A special panel investigating the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department found serious management problems and widespread political patronage.
The report issued Tuesday criticized Sheriff Richard Rouse and what it described as an environment focused on "political favors."
The report came three weeks after Mr. Rouse announced that he would take an early retirement package.

Man proposes at bowling alley
FLAT ROCK Kristi Painter didn't bowl a perfect game last week, but she still ended the night on a quite a roll.
The 18-year-old college student was bowling her second game of the night when her ball came back with tape over the thumb hole. "I thought my dad was playing a joke on me," Miss Painter told the Monroe Evening News.
Inside was an engagement ring.
"I was unwrapping it and someone hollered, 'Kristi, look.' It said, 'Kristi, will you marry me?' on the scoreboard. Then, Steve came down and gave me a big hug."

$1.4 million bequeathed to New York
MINNEAPOLIS A self-employed carpenter who bequeathed everything he owned to New York City in honor of the victims of the September 11 attacks left a total of more than $1.4 million, his attorney said.
William Wangensteen said Tuesday that he was sending a check to the city for $1,414,356.46 from the estate of Joe Temeczko, a Polish immigrant who had been a prisoner of war during World War II and lived much of his life like a pauper.
He had lived alone for many years, fixing and selling toys and furniture retrieved from trash bins, chiding neighbors for being wasteful and sharing day-old bread from discount racks.
In a will written two weeks before his death on Oct. 14, 2001, Mr. Temeczko, 86, directed that his entire estate go "to the city of New York, to honor those who perished in the disaster."

Clinic patients have hepatitis C
FREMONT Hepatitis C was found in 10 patients treated at a cancer clinic where blood products apparently were mishandled, and 600 other patients were urged to get tested, health official said yesterday.
Patient records still were being reviewed, but state epidemiologist Dr. Tom Safranek said an additional 10 patients may have become infected at Dr. Tahir Javed's hematology and oncology clinic.
Hepatitis C is a blood-borne pathogen, and practices for controlling infection are clearly defined.

Longtime reporter dies at 90
TRENTON Donald P. Delany, a reporter and classical-music critic who worked for the Times of Trenton for more than 70 years, has died. He was 90.
Mr. Delany, who died Tuesday, was 16 when took a job with the Times' circulation department in 1929. After two days of harrowing rides on delivery trucks, he moved to the advertising department and stayed there for five years before he took a job as a municipal reporter.
Mr. Delany later served as a sportswriter and edited the real estate and business sections before he started covering classical music in the 1950s. Despite retiring as a full-time reporter in 1976, Mr. Delany continued to cover the classical music beat.
In recognition of his work, a string quartet from the Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra will perform at his funeral today.

Three hunters die in boat accidents
BISMARCK Duck hunters in two boats died in separate accidents after their vessels capsized or sank in choppy North Dakota lakes. Three bodies were recovered by Tuesday as divers continued searching for a fourth man.
A boat carrying Philip Fleming, 37, and Joseph J. Tonyan, 35, both of McHenry, Ill., sank in Wentz Lake in south-central North Dakota, Napoleon Fire Chief Marvin Lang said.
The men were reported missing after they failed to return from a hunting trip Monday afternoon, but it was not clear when they were last seen, Chief Lang said.
In north-central North Dakota, searchers on Monday recovered the body of George Freidinger, 70, of Mount Vernon, Ill., in Devils Lake, after his boat capsized earlier that day.

Einhorn jury begins deliberations
A Philadelphia jury yesterday evening began deliberating a verdict in the trial of hippie guru Ira Einhorn, charged with the 1977 murder of his girlfriend, Holly Maddux.
The jury retired after defense attorneys argued in their closing speeches that the evidence against Einhorn was largely circumstantial.
If convicted, he faces a sentence of life imprisonment.
Einhorn, who spent more than 20 years on the run in Europe, repeatedly has denied killing Miss Maddux, whose body was found more than one year after her death in their shared Philadelphia apartment.

Refugee arrested on war-crimes charges
SIOUX FALLS A Croatian-Serbian refugee arrested on a warrant accusing him of war crimes will fight deportation, his attorney says.
Mitar Arambasic was convicted in absentia by a Croatian court, said Dusan Vucicevic, who will argue Arambasic's case.
Arambasic, who had worked at a local bus company for 11 months, was arrested when he tried to renew a work permit.

Suspect answers door with hands in air
KNOXVILLE Authorities seeking a suspect in a string of armed robberies said they knew they had the right man when he answered his front door with his hands thrust in the air above his head.
"They asked him why he had his hands up and he said, 'Well, for that stuff in Knoxville,'" Darrell DeBusk, spokesman for the Knoxville Police Department, told the Knoxville News-Sentinel.
Christopher Blair, 19, was arrested at his house by sheriff's deputies, Mr. DeBusk said.

Continental pilot tests positive for alcohol
HOUSTON A Continental Airlines pilot who was pulled from a flight after an altercation with a federal air marshal tested positive for alcohol, the Federal Aviation Administration said yesterday.
The marshal notified the airline after the confrontation Tuesday.
The plane was going from Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston to Orlando, Fla., loaded with 154 passengers. The crew, which was coming off an 18-hour rest, was replaced, and the Boeing 737-900 took off 30 minutes late.
The FAA is continuing its investigation into the incident, and the pilot has been grounded pending the outcome.

Speeder crackdown in question
BENNINGTON A special criminal charge created by the Vermont legislature to combat high-speed driving can result in fewer points on a driver's license than from so-called lesser charges, the Banner reports.
Kenneth J. Jones Jr., 21, of Bennington, pleaded guilty in Vermont District Court on Monday to driving at excessive speed and was fined $300 for driving 103 mph in a 55-mph zone. Mr. Jones had been caught passing traffic on Route 7 at 48 mph over the speed limit.

Incentives offered for special-ed teachers
CHARLESTON Morgan County is so desperate for special-education teachers that it reimburses them for classes they need to become certified and provides them with mentors and extra professional development.
Beginning this year, they and all other new teachers in Morgan County received laptop computers.
These incentives and others are to combat the attraction of higher pay in school systems in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
"Teachers are still leaving, but they are leaving for reasons other than things you can control," says Linda Ward, the county's assistant special-education director.

Complaints filed in beating-death case
MILWAUKEE Three mothers of juveniles involved in the fatal mob beating of a 36-year-old man have filed complaints with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
The complaints say the boys should not have been charged as adults and that the decision to do so was discriminatory, said J. Kenyatta Riley, chairman of the local branch's legal redress committee.
Fourteen persons have been charged in the Sept. 29 attack on Charlie Young Jr., 11 of them juveniles. Nine of those minors have been charged as adults with first-degree reckless homicide.
Authorities say a mob made up mostly of boys one as young as 10 fatally beat Mr. Young with broomsticks, shovels, a milk crate and other items.

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