- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 18, 2004

ARKANSAS

Baby sitter charged in abduction

GILMORE — A family friend was charged with kidnapping a 6-year-old girl who disappeared after riding her bicycle to a grocery store.

As many as 120 police officers and volunteers searched yesterday for Patricia Ann Miles, who vanished Sunday. Her pink bicycle and shoes were found Monday in a cornfield, police said.

Jo Ann Buchanan, who occasionally baby-sat for the girl, was arrested. A judge set bail for Miss Buchanan at $1 million at a hearing yesterday.

PENNSYLVANIA

Judge OKs DUI penalty

HARRISBURG — A judge ruled that the state can suspend the driver’s license of a man after his doctor reported to police that he drank a six-pack of beer a day.

But the judge also said Keith Emerich may obtain restricted driving privileges as long as he uses a device that tests his blood-alcohol content before he starts his car.

Mr. Emerich, 44, was notified in April that he would lose his license, about two months after he disclosed his drinking habit to doctors treating him for an irregular heartbeat.

State law requires doctors to report any impairments in patients that could compromise their ability to drive safely.

CALIFORNIA

Peterson told lover he couldn’t kill

REDWOOD CITY — When quizzed by his mistress about the disappearance of his wife, Scott Peterson told her in a recorded phone conversation played in court yesterday: “I could never do anything like this.”

The conversation was played as jurors began a fifth day of listening to recorded telephone calls between Mr. Peterson and Amber Frey in the weeks after Mr. Peterson’s wife, Laci, disappeared in December 2002.

In the tapes, from mid-January 2003, Mr. Peterson often sounded apologetic for lying to Miss Frey.

HAWAII

Home airline bids aloha to Molokai

HONOLULU — Hawaiian Airlines has bid aloha to Molokai, making its last flight to the island.

The carrier announced in June that it was cutting the only daily flight to the island because of low passenger turnout. Commuter airlines are expected to pick up Hawaiian’s passenger and freight business on Molokai.

ILLINOIS

Hormones stem prostate cancer

CHICAGO — Men with prostate cancer that doesn’t appear to have spread have better survival chances when they get supplemental short-term hormone treatment, rather than standard radiation alone, a small study found.

Almost five years after treatment, six men in the radiation-only study group died of prostate cancer; none of the men who got the combined treatment died of prostate cancer. The study involved about 200 men.

The study by researchers at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association today.

INDIANA

Missing tortoise returns home

KOKOMO — A pregnant tortoise missing for about a week was returned home unharmed in an Army duffel bag.

David and Brenda Morris said they discovered their 90-pound African Spur Thigh tortoise named Mother on their front porch on Sunday in the city about 50 miles north of Indianapolis.

Mother had been missing since someone was seen taking her from the couple’s back yard.

When she was found Sunday, Mother was hungry but otherwise fine, the owners said. After devouring a banana and an ear of corn, she was released into her backyard home, where she spent the night huddling with her mate, Flash, in a doghouse.

LOUISIANA

Judge faces penalty for racial costume

NEW ORLEANS — A white Louisiana judge who appeared at a Halloween party in shackles, an afro wig and blackface last year should be suspended for a year without pay, a state commission said yesterday.

The recommendation by the Judiciary Commission of Louisiana goes to the state Supreme Court, which will make the final decision on the punishment for Timothy Ellender, a state district judge in Terrebonne Parish, southwest of New Orleans.

MICHIGAN

Marine plays bagpipes on return from Iraq

ROMULUS — Bagpipes are seldom, if ever, heard at the L.C. Smith Terminal at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport

But the man playing them on Monday, 1st Sgt. Dwayne Farr of the U.S. Marines, had just come home from a place where they were just as unlikely to be heard: Fallujah, Iraq. Sgt. Farr performed the “Marine Corps Hymn” and “Amazing Grace.” Afterward, some people shook his hand, and one man said, “I’m proud of you.”

Sgt. Farr, 38, of Detroit, who spend seven months in Iraq, drew attention when press reports said he was searching for a kilt with a desert camouflage pattern. He eventually received six kilts and wore each one in Iraq — while off duty.

“The kilt is not to be worn in battle,” Sgt. Farr said with a chuckle. “It wasn’t ‘Braveheart.’ We weren’t doing Hollywood out there.”

MISSOURI

Station to install 11 vintage rail cars

KANSAS CITY — Directors of Union Station hope a new, permanent attraction of 11 vintage rail cars will bolster flagging attendance at the city’s historic train depot.

The cars date from the first half of the 20th century and contain 200,000 items from the era, including dining-car china and vintage travel posters.

NEW YORK

Toddler chokes on popcorn

VALLEY STREAM — A 3-year-old choked on popcorn at a movie theater and died despite rescue efforts from his parents, a nurse and emergency-medical personnel.

“I told my husband — I said, ‘Eddie, take the baby, take the baby, the baby’s dying. He’s dying, he’s choking, he’s dying!’” Elaine McIntosh told the New York Daily News.

Deonte Riley died within minutes after his parents noticed him gasping for air 15 minutes into a showing of “Alien vs. Predator.”

A registered nurse at the theater performed the Heimlich maneuver, and Nassau County policemen followed with CPR. Paramedics then rushed Deonte to Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Center, where he was pronounced dead within the hour.

TENNESSEE

Mayor dismisses fifth police chief

MEMPHIS — The city’s police chief was forced to retire Monday after a run-in with Mayor Willie Herenton.

James Bolden was the fifth chief to leave the post under Mr. Herenton, who is in his 13th year as mayor. Mr. Bolden, who became police director in March 2003, said he did not know why he was dismissed. A deputy chief was named interim director.

Mr. Bolden got on the mayor’s bad side after Mr. Herenton complained about reported horseplay by officers during a routine arrest he witnessed Aug. 7. Mr. Bolden issued a statement three days later defending the officers.

TEXAS

Officials get custody of abandoned orphans

HOUSTON — Seven Texas children were discovered abandoned at a Nigerian orphanage, suffering from malaria and malnutrition, and have been brought back to the United States.

Child Protective Services, which received emergency custody of the children at a hearing on Monday, is investigating accusations that the children’s adoptive mother abandoned them in Nigeria in October and later went to work in Iraq as a private contractor.

The Houston woman, whose identity was not released, reportedly left them at a Nigerian school that later discharged them for nonpayment of tuition.

The three boys and four girls, ranging from ages 8 to 16, were discovered in late July by a visiting Texas missionary, who notified House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and Sen. John Cornyn, both Texas Republicans, said Stuart Roy, a spokesman for Mr. DeLay.

The lawmakers contacted child services and the U.S. State Department, and the children were given papers allowing them to re-enter the United States. The children returned to Texas on Friday.

WISCONSIN

Man sentenced in exorcism death

MILWAUKEE — A church elder was sentenced to 2 years in prison yesterday for abusing an 8-year-old autistic boy who died in what prosecutors called an exorcism at a storefront church.

Prosecutors say Ray Hemphill lay on Terrance Cottrell Jr.’s chest for at least an hour while trying to release “demons” from him, before the boy died Aug. 22, 2003.

Last month, a jury found Hemphill, 46, guilty of physical abuse of a child recklessly causing great bodily harm. The medical examiner ruled that the boy died of suffocation.


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