- The Washington Times - Monday, December 6, 2004

UTAH

‘Hacking’ name removed from grave

OREM — The married name “Hacking” has been removed from the gravestone of a woman whose husband has been charged with killing her and dumping her body in a trash bin.

Lori Hacking’s family changed the headstone, which now reads “Lori Kay Soares.” “Hacking” has been replaced by the Portuguese word “filhinha,” which translates to “little daughter.”

Mark Hacking said in July that his 27-year-old wife had failed to return from an early morning jog, setting off an extensive search by volunteers and police. He later reportedly admitted to his brothers that he shot her as she slept. Mr. Hacking has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

WISCONSIN

Milk machines flow into schools

DELAVAN — In schools nationwide, milk is replacing sodas, and nowhere is it more popular than in America’s Dairyland.

Two-thirds of Wisconsin’s high schools have milk vending machines. That is a higher percentage than anywhere else in the country, said Laura Wilford, director of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board’s state Dairy Council. The state has 365 milk vending machines in high schools; elementary schools generally don’t have vending machines.

Nationwide, there are 7,000 to 7,500 machines dispensing milk in schools, and most of those have been installed in the past three or four years, said Julia Kadison of the Beverage Marketing Corp., an industry consultant.

ALASKA

State’s infants abused at higher rates

ANCHORAGE — A state report says infants in Alaska are physically abused at disproportionately high rates. Division of Public Health officials said studies from Pennsylvania, Colorado and Scotland revealed much lower rates than in Alaska.

According to the report presented at the Alaska Health Summit, 14 infants died from abuse during the study period of 1994 to 2000.

CALIFORNIA

DNA sample collected from Jackson

LOS OLIVOS — Michael Jackson voluntarily gave a DNA sample to authorities, returning to his Neverland ranch estate a day after he left during a search by sheriff’s deputies, a source close to the case said yesterday.

When sheriff’s deputies arrived with search warrants on Friday, the singer’s attorney instructed him to leave and take his children along, the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told the Associated Press.

When the deputies returned on Saturday, they asked for a DNA sample, and Mr. Jackson returned by car to the estate and supplied the sample voluntarily, the source said.

It wasn’t clear how authorities planned to use the DNA in Mr. Jackson’s child-molestation case.

The 46-year-old entertainer has pleaded not guilty to charges of child molestation, conspiracy and administering an intoxicating agent — alcohol — to a minor. He is scheduled to stand trial on Jan. 31.

FLORIDA

Cargo plane ditches in lake near Miami

AVENTURA — The crew of a decades-old cargo plane put the aircraft down in a lake in a Miami suburb on Saturday, after it developed engine trouble, avoiding high-rise buildings in the densely populated area, then were rescued from the floating fuselage.

The Miami Air Lease plane had trouble with one of its two engines shortly after takeoff, said company office manager Alina Nodarse.

The pilots tried to return the Convair CV-340 to the Opa-locka airport about seven miles away but couldn’t make it and splashed down in Maule Lake, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Chris White. The lake is surrounded by condominium towers.

Pilot Alejandro Bristol and co-pilot Dennis Villavicencio climbed onto the fuselage, and one of them walked the length of the plane before being rescued by a Sunny Isles Beach police boat.

INDIANA

Woman auctions ‘ghost’ on EBay

HOBART — A woman’s effort to assuage her 6-year-old son’s fears of his grandfather’s ghost by selling it on EBay has drawn more than 34 bids, with a top offer of $78.

Mary Anderson said she placed her father’s “ghost” on the online auction site after her son, Collin, said he was afraid the ghost would return someday. Mrs. Anderson said Collin has avoided going anywhere in the house alone since his grandfather died last year.

Mrs. Anderson makes one special request of the winning bidder: “I would like to ask you to write a letter after you’ve received the cane [and the ghost] to my son letting him know that he’s there with you, and you’re getting along great.”

The bidding is scheduled to close this afternoon.

KENTUCKY

State to charge boat ramp fee

FRANKFORT — Boaters will have to pay $3 a day to use launch ramps at lakes in state parks beginning Jan. 1.

The fees, to be collected at 14 lakes by the state parks department, will pay for ramp maintenance and help buy land for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

LOUISIANA

Man subdued by stun gun dies

METAIRIE — A man sheriff’s deputies had shot twice with a stun gun died Saturday, a day after he was pulled over for driving erratically, officials said.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman John Fortunato said Patrick Fleming died at a hospital. Officers had used a Taser stun gun on him twice when he fought with them — once after the traffic stop and then at the jail.

Mr. Fortunato said Mr. Fleming, 35, was hospitalized after officers zapped him a second time and his breathing became labored. There was no word on when an autopsy would be conducted to determine the cause of death.

A records check found that Mr. Fleming was wanted on a charge of criminal neglect of family. He also had a history of resisting arrest, and arrests for possession of coca leaves, crack cocaine and marijuana.

MICHIGAN

Teacher, teen ‘wed’ in pagan ritual

SOUTH HAVEN — A teacher and a 14-year-old former female student whom she is accused of sexually assaulting participated in witchcraft together and even “wed” in a pagan ritual, police said.

Elizabeth Miklosovic, 36, a teacher at South Haven’s Baseline Middle School, was arraigned last week on a charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Miss Miklosovic, a seventh-grade language arts teacher, lives with another woman and their adopted son, authorities said. She was placed on leave from her job.

NORTH DAKOTA

Passenger slaps guard with boarding pass

FARGO — A woman who objected to being frisked might be charged with assault for slapping an airport security guard’s face with her boarding pass, police said.

The 48-year-old woman swatted the agent after being told that she had to be patted down for repeatedly setting off metal detectors before her flight last week, Lt. Tod Dahle said.

“She said if anybody was going to touch her; she was going to touch them,” Mr. Dahle said. She was “just an average middle-aged person who got upset.”

The woman was allowed to leave on another flight, but police plan to pursue a misdemeanor assault charge, Mr. Dahle said.

PENNSYLVANIA

Trail of doughnuts leads to stolen truck

HARRISBURG — Police followed a trail of doughnuts to find a stolen Krispy Kreme delivery truck.

“It has a happy ending,” Swatara Township Sgt. Robert Simmonds said. “The evidence was brought back to the police station, and the cops are eating the doughnuts.”

“I suspect that the manager from the Krispy Kreme might have given us a little thank you for our efforts,” he said.

It was 12:45 a.m. Thursday when Krispy Kreme deliveryman Tim Trostle stopped at a Swatara Township convenience store and left the engine running as he made the delivery. Someone fled with the truck, but because Mr. Trostle had left the back doors open, police were able to follow a trail of doughnuts.

No arrests have been made, and the truck was returned to the company.

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