- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 8, 2004

Avian flu found in U.S. chickens

About 12,000 chickens were to be destroyed yesterday after a strain of avian flu was detected in chickens at a farm in Delaware, prompting South Korea to suspend imports.

Avian flu is an airborne respiratory virus that spreads among chickens through nasal and eye secretions and manure. Officials suspect the farm’s birds were infected in New York, where there have been similar outbreaks of avian flu in recent years, Michael Scuse, Delaware’s secretary of agriculture, told the New Journal of Wilmington.

Two out of five chickens tested were found to have the flu, the News Journal reported. “All 12,000 birds will be killed and composted within 24 hours, and tests will be done to determine whether the flu has spread to other farms in the area,” it added.

Mechanic charged in Florida girl’s death

SARASOTA, Fla. — The mechanic charged with kidnapping and killing an 11-year-old girl whose abduction was caught on a car wash surveillance camera was ordered held without bond yesterday.

Joseph P. Smith, 37, is believed to be the man seen on the surveillance video in a mechanic’s shirt with a name patch, leading Carlie Brucia away by the arm last Sunday as she walked home from a slumber party.

Investigators refused to say exactly how Carlie Brucia was killed or whether she had been raped. The arrest report said only that she died “as a result of homicidal violence.”

Janklow begins serving jail term

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Former Congressman Bill Janklow reported to jail yesterday to start serving his 100-day sentence for a manslaughter conviction in a crash that killed a motorcyclist.

Janklow, who also served four terms as South Dakota governor, was found guilty in December of second-degree manslaughter, reckless driving, speeding and running a stop sign for the collision that killed motorcyclist Randy Scott of Hardwick, Minn.

Circuit Judge Rodney Steele sentenced Janklow to 100 days in jail on Jan. 22 — two days after Janklow’s resignation from South Dakota’s House seat took effect.

Armed man arrested outside family’s home

GEDDES, N.Y. — A man carrying a loaded shotgun and a note describing how he planned to kill a couple and their three teenage children was arrested outside the family’s home, police said.

The family’s neighbor spotted the suspect, Jason Naradzay, with a gun in his hand Friday night and called police, Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh said. He was carrying a note that specified the order in which he planned to tie up and assassinate the family, police said.

Naradzay surrendered without a struggle, telling the police he wanted to kill the family because the woman ruined his life, Mr. Walsh said.

Plane crashes into mountain, pilot killed

WALCOTT JUNCTION, Wyo. — A small plane crashed high in a mountain in southern Wyoming, killing the pilot and leaving two survivors stranded for 11 hours in deep snow and wind.

The plane crashed about 1,000 feet below the 11,152-foot summit Friday morning as the group headed to a ski trip. Rescuers drove several miles on snowmobiles and walked up Elk Mountain before reaching the plane around 10:30 p.m. Friday.

The survivors, Allen Stewart and Zattirudeen Premji, both 51 and from Boulder, Colo., had minor injuries but were able to walk, Carbon County Sheriff Jerry Colson said. The pilot was identified as Steve Venable, 48, of Longmont, Colo.


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