- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 11, 2003

Buffalo hunts aremore profitable than sale
MARQUETTE It's bitterly cold on the prairie as Lewis Mitchell lives his dream of hunting buffalo.
But for Vance Hopp, who owns the buffalo, it's more about dollars than dreams. It turns out that it's more profitable to sell the rights to shoot and butcher a buffalo than it is to sell the animal at auction.
Mr. Mitchell stalked a half-ton, 2-year-old bull in a fenced pasture where Mr. Hopp operates his buffalo hunts about 10 miles northwest of this central Kansas town.
Mr. Mitchell, of Hutchinson, fired twice from about 250 yards with his high-powered rifle at the shaggy silhouette atop a rise.
The buffalo flinched and circled the area, nearing Mr. Hopp, who fired the fatal shot.
Although he didn't bag the buffalo, Mr. Mitchell enjoyed the hunt.

Fort Bragg soldiersto see Faith Hill
FAYETTEVILLE Country star Faith Hill will perform for soldiers at Fort Bragg this week.
Mrs. Hill's free concert at Fort Bragg, home to the 82nd Airborne Division and the Army Special Operations Command, will be broadcast by ABC's "Good Morning America" on Thursday.
The concert, in a stadium that holds about 8,000 people, will be open to fans showing military identification.
Mrs. Hill has sold 25 million records and has had 10 No. 1 singles, including "This Kiss" and "Breathe."

Snowboarder killed in avalanche
ANCHORAGE A Wasilla man was killed in an avalanche Sunday afternoon in Hatcher Pass.
Around 1 p.m., Anthony Watters, 24, and an 18-year-old friend had just completed a snowboard run off Hatch Peak, above the pass to Willow, when a slide started, according to Alaska state troopers and the state park ranger who handled the rescue.
The Anchorage Daily News reported that almost two hours later, rescuers recovered Mr. Watters from the snow. He was dead at the scene. It was Alaska's first avalanche fatality of the year.
The 18-year-old friend was buried to his chest and managed to dig himself free.

Councilman proposes fee for street parking
WILMINGTON A Wilmington councilman wants city residents to pay $15 a year to park their cars overnight on public streets during the week.
Councilman Gerard W. Kelly said his proposal would allow police to identify out-of-town drug dealers, who come and go with ease because of the access that I-95 provides, the News Journal reports.
No vehicle without a sticker would be able to park on any city street from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday through Friday. Violators would be issued a $25 or $30 parking ticket.
The law would go into effect July 1. It would limit a household to four stickers, which would cost $60, the same amount as the average jump in residents' property taxes last year.

Boat returned to Cuban officials
MIAMI The patrol boat used by four Cuban coast guardsmen to defect to Key West has been returned to authorities of the island nation, State Department officials said yesterday.
The boat was turned over Sunday, department spokesman Robert Zimmerman said. There was no immediate word whether Cuban officials came to Florida to pick it up or if U.S. officials delivered it. Mr. Zimmerman said details would be released later in Washington.
The four Cuban coast guardsmen docked the patrol boat at a Key West resort before dawn Friday, walked into town and surrendered to a police officer.
They told police they made a last-minute decision to come to the United States while they were on patrol during the night.

Sub-crash survivors gather for memorial
HONOLULU Survivors and family members of those killed when a U.S. submarine collided with a Japanese fishing vessel gathered to mark the second anniversary of the accident.
U.S. Navy representatives were also at the Ehime Maru Memorial at Kakaako Waterfront Park on Sunday. A moment of silence was observed at 1:43 p.m., the exact time the USS Greeneville surfaced beneath the Ehime Maru on Feb. 9, 2001.
Nine of the 35 men and boys aboard the 190-foot training vessel were killed in the collision, which sent the Ehime Maru to the ocean floor.
Eight bodies were recovered during a $60 million salvage operation conducted by the Navy.

Crews clean up after train derails
TAMAROA Cleanup crews worked to stabilize hazardous chemicals and right the cars of a freight train that derailed near the center of town and forced hundreds of people from their homes.
No injuries were reported after 16 cars of a northbound Illinois Central-Canadian National train derailed Sunday morning in this southern Illinois town of 800, authorities said.
The train was carrying vinyl chloride, formaldehyde, hydrochloric acid and methanol, Perry County Sheriff Keith Kellerman said.

University promotes itself in big way
INDIANAPOLIS As state legislators wrestle over how much money to give higher education, Indiana University has mounted a new billboard campaign showing what its graduates are doing for the state.
The Indianapolis Star reports that last week, 22 billboards went up in Marion County, the vast majority within the I-465 loop. They will stay up for a month, while another 22 will be displayed in March. The billboards' placement is aimed at lawmakers and others as they drive around Indianapolis.
Most of IU's billboards say the university has 200,000 graduates living in Indiana, while highlighting a teacher, doctor, businessperson, forest ranger, research scientist and museum curator.

Counting sheep keeps farmer awake
OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP Counting sheep will likely keep farmer George Buckham wide awake.
That is because one of his sheep gave birth to quintuplets, all in perfect health.
"It's never happened on the Buckham farm in 120 years," said Mr. Buckham, whose been farming for 74 years.
Some breeds, such as Suffolks, commonly have twins, and some may even have triplets from time to time.
"But to have five lambs, that is very unusual," said Michigan State University extension agent Maury Kaercher said. Almost as surprising, Mr. Kaercher said, is that all five are healthy and good-size lambs.

Pint-size rescuers are applauded
ST. PAUL Five children ages 5 to 13 were recognized yesterday at a school assembly for rescuing a local woman who went into cardiac arrest.
Andrew Behr and Ashley Dohm heard a crash while they were sledding on a hill near St. Paul High School.
The Pioneer Press reports that the children found a woman on the ground entangled with her bike. The 11-year-olds and three of Andrew's siblings ran to help.
Andrew's big sister, Jessica, who had just learned first aid in her eighth-grade health class, used her jacket to prop the woman's head to ease her breathing. Ashley then flagged down a driver, who called 911 from her cell phone.

Father to be charged with infant's death
COUNCIL BLUFFS Authorities were using dogs to search a wooded area near Harrah's Casino yesterday for the body of a 1-month-old girl. The father told police he had shaken her to death, the Omaha World-Herald reports.
Robert C. DeYoung, 28, of Council Bluffs was expected to make an initial appearance yesterday in Pottawattamie County District Court on a charge of first-degree murder. Mr. DeYoung is being held in the county Jail.
Madison DeYoung was reported missing Jan. 24 after Mr. DeYoung left a note at the Council Bluffs home he shared with the baby's mother, Tina Clark. The note reportedly said he was taking the baby and leaving with another woman.

Generator fire forces mountaintop evacuation
MOUNT WASHINGTON A fire in a generator building knocked out power to facilities atop Mount Washington, forcing the evacuation of the summit weather observatory and silencing two commercial radio stations.
The four observatory crew members, about 500 feet away from the fire in another building, were brought down the mountain by snow tractor after Sunday's fire because of the weather, said John Hammer, executive director of the nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory.
The temperature was near zero with 75 mph winds at the 6,288-foot summit, the tallest in the Northeast. More severe weather is forecast.
"It's possible we could have left some people up there, but we may not have been able to get them off for five or six days, by which time they'd be Popsicles," Mr. Hammer said.

Judge declares mistrial in drunken-crash case
SALEM A judge declared a mistrial yesterday in a closely watched case of a man charged with homicide for failing to stop a friend from becoming involved in a fatal drunken-driving accident.
Jurors told Superior Court Judge William Forrester they were hopelessly deadlocked. Another jury deadlocked in the case last August.
Kenneth Powell was charged with vehicular homicide and aggravated assault after the July 2000 crash that killed Michael Pangle, his best friend. Mr. Pangle was driving a car that drifted across the center line and collided head-on with another vehicle, killing the driver.

State official might work from Spain
CARSON CITY Secretary of State Dean Heller says he is considering allowing his deputy for elections to keep her job after she moves to Spain.
Susan Bilyeu, who earns $76,221 a year, is leaving the state with her husband, who will be the chief of staff for the U.S. ambassador to Spain, the Las Vegas Sun reports.
Having Mrs. Bilyeu work for Nevada from Spain has been discussed, Mr. Heller said, but no decision has been made.
Jeanne Greene, director of the Personnel Department, said there is nothing in the state rules barring classified employees from working outside Nevada.

Hopes of sailing club drown in red tape
OBERLIN Hopes of bringing back the Oberlin College Sailing Club have drowned in a sea of red tape.
The club has eight sails in a closet at the student union building, but no boat.
The club, founded in 1948, was defunct when 21-year-old Abe Kruger began efforts in 2000 to revive it. Soon after that, a sailor donated sails for a racing boat. Mr. Kruger and other club members then found another sailor willing to sell his boat for $2,000.
The deal fell through because the college was concerned about liability, and Oberlin's vice president of finance refused to authorize the purchase.

Camp Lejeune Marines charged in bomb case
TUNKHANNOCK Two Marines from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and a third person downloaded bomb-making information from the Internet and threatened to use the explosives at the base, state police say.
Richard D. Morrison Jr., 21, of Tunkhannock, and Richard Thomas Medders, 22, of Trussville, Ala., were arrested Saturday along with Janna Rebecca Lynn Smith, 27, of Richlands, N.C., police said. They remained in custody yesterday in lieu of $100,000 bail each.
They were charged with conspiracy to risk a catastrophe, a felony, plus misdemeanor charges of making bomb threats and terrorist threats.
Prosecutor George Skumanick said they were turned in by a sister of Mr. Morrison.

Tip leads to arrest in 1957 murder case
COLUMBIA Longtime friends say it's hard to understand how a man who lived a quiet, law-abiding life for more than four decades can be charged with killing two California police officers more than 45 years ago.
The people who have known Gerald Fiten Mason for years struggle to comprehend the arrest of their good friend. They describe Mr. Mason, 69, as a simple, helpful, outgoing family man.
Police say that may be an accurate portrayal of the past four decades, but that Mr. Mason was different in 1957. That is when he is reported to have kidnapped four teenagers, raped a girl and killed two officers in a case that went cold until last September.
Police in California reopened their investigation in September after receiving a tip. While the tip proved false, a new FBI database matched Mason's fingerprints from South Carolina to those found in the stolen car, authorities said.

Free socks offered at local airport
BLOUNTVILLE Forgot to pack clean socks in your luggage?
Not a problem if you're heading out of Tri-Cities Regional Airport.
As a way of cushioning the inconvenience of new anti-terrorism efforts, the airport on Friday began giving away athletic socks to each passenger whose shoes must be checked by security.
"We realize the random shoe checks are annoying," said Melissa Thomas, director of marketing and air service development. "While we can't do much to change the security process, we can let passengers know we appreciate them."

Burglary suspect caught napping
FORT WORTH A burglary was bungled when the suspect was caught sleeping on the job.
A man was arrested Saturday morning when he was found taking a nap after breaking into a store owned by the wife of the county district attorney, police said.
"I think he was a pretty dumb burglar," employee Janie Sidener said. "Of all the places in town he has to break in to, he picks the DA's wife's shop."
Miss Sidener had emptied the cash register after closing the store Friday night, leaving only some change, which was scattered around the shop when she returned for work, she said.
She noticed that someone had used the store's toilet without flushing and left a large black pistol on the bathroom counter. Then she heard someone snoring in a big bed that is part of a sales display.

Lawyers group opposes enemy-combatant policy
SEATTLE America's largest legal group yesterday overwhelmingly opposed a Bush administration anti-terrorism measure that bars U.S. citizens jailed as enemy combatants from consulting defense lawyers.
The American Bar Association's policy-making body voted 368-76 to approve a proposal backing the right of U.S. citizens held as enemy combatants to have access to lawyers and judicial review of their status.
It also urged Congress to establish clear standards and procedures for the designation of enemy combatants and their treatment.
The ABA vote, at its midyear meeting, came as Yaser Esam Hamdi, a Louisiana-born man captured with Taliban forces in Afghanistan, was expected to seek U.S. Supreme Court review of a federal appeals court ruling against him.

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