- The Washington Times - Friday, November 19, 2004

FDA OKs tag for patients

A radio frequency tag that patients can affix like a bandage to ensure doctors perform the right surgery on the right person won government approval yesterday.

SurgiChip is the first surgical marking device approved by the Food and Drug Administration to use radio frequency identification. The FDA endorsed the same technology this week to track drugs on their journey from manufacturing plants to pharmacists’ shelves.

Records indicate wrong surgeries kill thousands a year. The patient’s name and the site of surgery are printed on the SurgiChip tag. Inside is a chip encoded with the type of surgery, date of surgery and the surgeon’s name.

Before surgery, the tag is scanned and the patient is asked to confirm the information is correct.

Woman on deathbed admits killing husband

SOMERVILLE, Mass. — A woman dying of cancer confessed to her daughter that she killed her husband years earlier and hid the body, authorities said this week after finding the remains inside a storage unit.

A sister identified the woman as Geraldine DiMarzio Kelley, who died Nov. 12 at 54.

On her deathbed, Mrs. Kelley purportedly told her daughter that she had killed her husband, John, when they lived in California because he abused her.

Mrs. Kelley’s daughter told police about the confession, and they found the man’s remains Thursday at a Somerville storage facility inside an unplugged freezer, Middlesex District Attorney Martha Coakley said.

Fire victims’ families to split $4.25 million

FORT WORTH, Texas — The families of seven of the persons killed or injured in the Texas A&M; University bonfire collapse will share $4.25 million in a partial settlement of a lawsuit, an attorney said.

The settlement resolves their claims against 25 student leaders who oversaw construction of the massive stack of logs that collapsed five years ago this week, killing 12 and injuring 27.

The deal involved the families of four students who died and three who were injured.

Rapper surrenders in Vibe stabbing

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — A rapper surrendered yesterday to face charges that he stabbed a man who had punched hip-hop superstar Dr. Dre during the taping of a music awards show, authorities said.

Lt. Frank Fabrega said rapper Young Buck, whose real name is David Darnell Brown, had surrendered, but provided no further details. Defense attorney Scott Leemon said the rapper would post the $500,000 bail.

Police issued an arrest warrant for Mr. Brown after authorities identified him on a videotape of a melee that erupted during the taping of the Vibe Awards on Monday in a hangar at the Santa Monica Airport.

The brawl began when a man approached Dr. Dre and punched him as he was about to receive a lifetime achievement award. Police said Mr. Brown, 23, then stabbed that assailant.

That man later was identified as Jimmy James Johnson, 26, a parolee from Los Angeles. Johnson suffered a collapsed lung and was in stable condition earlier this week.

9-year-old girl foils kidnapping attempt

PROVO, Utah — A 9-year-old Utah girl was safe at home yesterday after she punched and kicked her would-be kidnapper, police said.

The man arrested in the purported kidnap attempt, Jimmy Davidson Guard, 26, had pleaded not guilty two days earlier on a charge of trying to kidnap two girls in July, the Provo Daily Herald reported.

Fourth-grader Candy McBride said she was walking home from school Monday when a man pinned her arms behind her back and said he was going to kill her.

Candy said she kicked him in the shin before punching him in the face. The man then punched her in the face.

“I slapped him back,” Candy said. “And then I kicked him, and then I ran home.”

Crematory operator admits body dumping

LaFAYETTE, Ga. — A former crematory operator pleaded guilty yesterday to dumping 334 bodies and giving the families of the deceased cement dust instead of ashes.

Ray Brent Marsh entered the pleas to 787 counts against him, including theft, abuse of a corpse, burial service fraud and making false statements.

A sentencing hearing was set for Jan. 31. In exchange for the guilty pleas, he is expected to receive no more than 12 years in prison followed by probation.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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