- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 5, 2003


Surfer has surgery after shark attack

LIHUE — The 13-year-old surfing star who lost her left arm in a shark attack last week off Kauai was in stable condition after a second surgery.

The surgery to clean and close Bethany Hamilton’s wound was successful and the girl may be able to return home this week, a hospital spokesman said.

Bethany, a competitive surfer who was expected to go pro, was attacked by a 14-foot shark Friday a quarter-mile off Makua Beach. Her arm was bitten off near the shoulder.


Infection affects conjoined twins

NEW YORK — A slight infection forced surgeons to temporarily remove tissue expanders that had been placed beneath the scalp of conjoined twins from the Philippines.

However, the removal “will not impact our long-term plans” for separating 18-month-old Carl and Clarence Aguirre, joined at the tops of their heads, said Dr. David Staffenberg, chief of pediatric plastic surgery at Montefiore Medical Center’s children’s hospital in the Bronx.

The expanders were inserted Oct. 21 during the first of what was planned as three or four operations climaxing with the boys’ separation.


4 dead, 3 wounded in highway shootings

CASA GRANDE — Four persons were found fatally shot along a highway yesterday and three others were wounded in a dispute that apparently involved immigrant smugglers, officials said. Four suspects were arrested later.

Highway patrol officers first received calls about an accident along Interstate 10 outside Casa Grande, about 90 miles north of the Mexican border, then received calls about a shooting. When officers arrived, they found four persons fatally shot.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Frank Valenzuela said he had no details on where the wounded were found.

Authorities suspect the shooting occurred as the driver of one vehicle tried to overtake another vehicle thought to be carrying immigrants, said Russell Ahr, spokesman for the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


Officer saw mops near Peterson home

MODESTO — A police officer said yesterday that he saw a bucket and mops in plain sight in front of Scott Peterson’s home as officers began investigating his pregnant wife’s disappearance.

The defense testimony is considered a counterpoint to a prosecution argument that Mr. Peterson mopped the kitchen after killing Laci Peterson on the night of Dec. 23.

Modesto Officer Jon Evers, questioned by one of Mr. Peterson’s attorneys, also said he never smelled bleach in the house. Other officers have reported detecting the scent of bleach in the kitchen.

Officer Evers testified on the fifth day of a hearing to determine whether Mr. Peterson, a former fertilizer salesman, will stand trial on two counts of murder in the deaths of his wife and unborn son.

Mr. Peterson, 31, told police he last saw his wife the morning before Christmas as he left to go fishing near Berkeley. He told them he returned to their Modesto home late that afternoon, shortly before family members reported Mrs. Peterson missing.

The bodies of Mrs. Peterson, 27, and her son washed ashore along the San Francisco Bay in April, about three miles from where her husband said he was fishing.


Rainfall delays reservoir completion

NEWARK — Rainfall has slowed the progress of Newark’s new municipal reservoir, pushing back its completion date until early next fall, officials say.

When the soil is wet, workers must pump out the water repeatedly, remove the mud, replace the soil and put down new liner.


Newborn found in cardboard box

LILBURN — A newborn girl found inside a cardboard box on a picnic table was placed in the custody of county child-services officials. A resident discovered the baby in a subdivision recreation area, police said.

The baby, its umbilical cord intact, was reported in a healthy condition.


Ex-mayor to admit misusing money

BOISE — Former Mayor Brent Coles has agreed to plead guilty to two charges that he used taxpayer dollars to pay for trips and entertainment, prosecutors said Monday.

In a plea bargain, the prosecutors dropped three other felony counts and agreed that Mr. Coles will spend no more than three years in prison, according to a statement released by the state Attorney General’s Office.

If Mr. Coles had been convicted on all five counts, he would have faced up to 15 years in prison and fines up to $100,000.

Mr. Coles will plead guilty to one charge of filing a false reimbursement expense for tickets to a Broadway show in New York City last year and one charge of misuse of public money during a 1999 trip in New York state, the statement said.


Heart disease begins in teens, studies say

CHICAGO — Teenagers who have all the classic risk factors for cardiovascular disease are at high risk for developing the illness in their 30s and 40s, according to two studies released yesterday.

The evidence confirms what many in the scientific community have long thought, that the hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) seen in some young adults might be part of a process that began in their teen years.

The studies provide compelling evidence that young people should undergo regular cholesterol testing — at least in the eyes of one specialist, Henry McGill, a pathologist at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.


Man, 76, goes to trial in killing

BROCKTON — Eric Anderson Jr., 75, goes on trial this week in the slaying of a schoolteacher whose killing and mutilation 26 years ago shocked the state.

Ruth Masters was snatched from a Plymouth bike path and stabbed to death in Myles Standish State Forest. Mr. Anderson was named as a suspect in 1996.


Hepatitis C rates rise in state

MILFORD — Michigan’s reported cases of hepatitis C are on the rise, primarily because people who contracted the disease more than a decade ago are only now discovering that they have the virus, state health officials say.

Reported cases rose to 4,500 from 2,385 in 2001.


City’s Zamboni to be auctioned

ST. PAUL — Who wants to buy a Zamboni? The city of Brooklyn Park is about to find out.

A 20-year-old ice resurfacer is among the more eye-catching items on the block at a government-sponsored auction Saturday in Arden Hills, where state and local officials will try to unload surplus or confiscated equipment.

There are dozens of cars and trucks, including a 2003 Hummer H2 with barely any miles on it that was seized by the Minnesota Gang Strike Force, as well as stereos, computers and heavy-duty tools among the more than 200 items up for sale.

Brooklyn Park is letting go of the green-and-blue Zamboni because the suburb has two others to use at its hockey rinks.

“I would think with the number of indoor ice arenas in Minnesota, a smaller community would be interested,” said Jim Schwartz, a spokesman for the Department of Administration.


Baby certified as honorary firefighter

LINCOLN — Emma Jean Anderson is only 3 weeks old, but she already has a certificate to hang on the wall. The daughter of Doug and Denise Anderson was bestowed the distinction of honorary firefighter by the emergency workers who helped bring her into the world — in her family’s living room.

Emergency workers Peter Eppens, Shawn Podraza, Matthew Dowell, Jeff Hatcher and Dave Lorenzen also received recognition on Saturday for going above and beyond the call of duty for delivering Emma Jean.

They arrived at the Anderson home early Oct. 12 to find Emma Jean just about ready to make her grand entrance. Only Emma Jean had decided she wanted to be different and come out bottom first.


Coroner uses Internet to identify corpses

LAS VEGAS — Clark County Coroner Mike Murphy hopes the Internet will help identify 138 dead persons. He posted photographs of the unidentified corpses, their belongings, tattoos and birthmarks.

Mr. Murphy hopes some Internet users might know them. The cases date back to 1968.


School apologizes for sterilizations

WINSTON-SALEM — Wake Forest University’s medical school erred by accepting money from a known racist and eugenics supporter, according to an internal report on the school’s role in North Carolina’s forced-sterilization program.

The release of the report this week prompted the school to apologize again for its part in the state-sanctioned sterilization of about 7,600 people from 1929 through 1974.

“None of us like what happened here and doubly regret that our institution was involved,” said Dr. William Applegate, dean of the medical school.

Philanthropist Wickliffe Draper gave two $40,000 grants to the school in 1950 and 1951 after Dr. C. Nash Herndon, a doctor at the Wake Forest medical school, presented ideas for genetic research to him. Dr. Herndon supported expanding the state’s sterilization program.

Dr. Herndon and Dr. Coy Carpenter, then dean of the medical school, went to Mr. Draper again in 1951, asking for more money for an institute for the study of genetics. Mr. Draper agreed to give $100,000 if the school agreed not to officially advocate interracial marriage and to consider teaching about therapeutic sterilization. Dr. Carpenter accepted the money in 1953.


Former Watergate prosecutor dies at 74

PORTLAND — Thomas F. McBride, former associate Watergate prosecutor and associate dean at Stanford University Law School, died Oct. 31. He was 74.

Mr. McBride suffered a fall in Portland’s Laurelhurst Park the day before he was to attend an event in Washington, marking the 30th anniversary of the “Saturday Night Massacre,” when President Nixon fired the Watergate special prosecutor, and other events leading to the president’s resignation.

Mr. McBride’s wife, Catherine Milton, said she and her husband were having dinner when the news bulletin hit in 1973. She said her husband, fearing that important paperwork would be destroyed, immediately drove to the office to remove files for safety and preservation.

As associate prosecutor, Mr. McBride led the task force on campaign contributions and the selling of ambassadorships.


Official resigns after sending profane e-mail

PROVIDENCE — The director of Rhode Island’s Department of Environmental Management resigned yesterday over a profane e-mail he sent to a fishing-industry representative.

Jan Reitsma quit after meeting with Gov. Donald L. Carcieri.

“What happened is totally unacceptable in my mind,” Mr. Carcieri said.

Mr. Reitsma’s Oct. 31 e-mail berated Ralph Boragine, a member of the state Marine Fisheries Council, for not finishing work on an industry proposal that regulators weigh fishermen’s catches of fluke less frequently.

The failure to finish the work “makes me puke,” Mr. Reitsma wrote, following up with a profanity. Later in the message, he sarcastically called Mr. Boragine “your lordship” and suggested that he quit the council.

Mr. Reitsma apologized Monday for sending the e-mail and for its contents. He said he was defending his employees, who he said had been criticized for efforts in developing fishing regulations.


Flowers plant man in prison

MEMPHIS — A bunch of flowers has planted a man in jail.

All David Alan Waters had to do to stay a free man was plant 10 chrysanthemums in the yard of Minnie Becton, the 99-year-old woman whose home he vandalized in January.

Mr. Waters pleaded guilty on Sept. 22 to vandalism over $1,000, a felony, for throwing large rocks through the windows and doors of Miss Becton’s home, smashing her car windshield and gouging her yard with tire tracks.

Mr. Waters was given a two-year suspended sentence and two years of probation, provided he spiff up the yard by planting the flowers, among other provisions. Somebody planted the flowers. Mr. Waters said he did it, but Miss Becton said it was somebody else.

“There is no reason for a 99-year-old woman in a wheelchair to lie about who she saw on her property,” Criminal Court Judge Carolyn Wade Blackett said in revoking Waters’ probation.

Judge Blackett on Friday ordered Waters to serve about seven months of his two-year sentence.


Early decorations irritate officials

KERRVILLE — Christmas has arrived early in Kerr County, and some central Texas officials say they’re irritated by the early display of decorations.

Workers decorated the Kerr County Courthouse with a wire snowman and fake Christmas trees days before Halloween.

County Commissioner Buster Baldwin is pushing a policy to regulate, among other things, how early the Kerrville Christmas Lighting Corp. can display holiday decorations each fall. He says some of his constituents have called the mid-fall rollout “appalling” and “horrible.”

But the volunteer decorating group said it needs to start decorating early in the fall if it wants to get the job done by Thanksgiving.


Web site lists who’s in custody

EVERETT — Want to know who’s in the Snohomish County Jail? Just go online.

Authorities in the county north of Seattle have begun posting a list of everyone booked into custody in the past 24 hours, along with charges and bail amounts, with updates hourly between 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., jail director Steve Thompson said.

“It is a real-time look at who’s in custody, who’s been booked and who’s been released,” he said.

From staff reports and wire dispatches.

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