- The Washington Times - Friday, November 26, 2004

Police charge man in assault at dinner

WORCESTER, Mass. — A man was charged with stabbing two relatives after they criticized his table manners during Thanksgiving dinner.

Police said the fight broke out Thursday when Gonzalo Ocasio, 49, and his son, Gonzalo Ocasio Jr., 18, reprimanded Frank Palacious for picking at the turkey with his fingers, instead of slicing off pieces with a knife.

Mr. Palacious, 24, described by police as an uncle, purportedly responded by stabbing them with a carving knife.

He is charged with domestic assault and assault with intent to murder, Detective Sgt. Thomas R. Radula said.

Police said Mr. Ocasio Jr. had stab wounds to the chest, back and right side. His father was treated for a stab wound in his arm.

Two women killed in road shootings

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two women were killed and another was wounded yesterday by shots that apparently were randomly fired into their cars from another vehicle, police said.

Kansas City police said two of the women were struck while sitting in the front seat of one car. Soon after, a woman riding in another car on the same road was shot and killed. Witnesses said the shots all came from a small red car.

Two men arrested in high-tech theft

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Two men were arrested as they wheeled a luggage cart containing expensive parts for telecommunications equipment out of an office building, a theft that disrupted 911 service for several hours, authorities said.

Some 150 telecommunications-circuit cards, valued at $10,000 to $25,000 apiece, were taken late Wednesday from the building in downtown White Plains, a New York City suburb, authorities said.

The 911 service was disrupted for seven hours for some 25,000 customers in parts of Westchester County, but police said no ambulance delays or other serious consequences were reported.

Lawsuit seeks count of provisional ballots

CLEVELAND — A watchdog group sued yesterday to stop Cuyahoga County’s elections board from rejecting thousands of provisional ballots until they are hand-checked against voter registration cards.

People for the American Way Foundation said the board wrongly relied only on computerized registration records, which are compiled from the cards and could contain errors such as misspellings.

Provisional ballots are cast when voters say they are properly registered but precinct workers can’t find their names on their registration lists.

Two-thirds of the 24,472 provisional ballots cast in Cuyahoga County were later found to be valid, but the other 8,099 were thrown out, mostly because the people who cast them were not found on the county’s computerized records.

Man charged in child torture

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Police arrested a man they say tortured his two stepchildren by shooting at them with a BB gun and locking them in storage containers partially filled with water.

Jeffrey Caudill, 24, had abused the girl and boy over the past two years, police spokeswoman Sherry Mercurio said.

She said the charges were made by the children, ages 9 and 11, after they were placed in foster care.

Mr. Caudill was arrested Tuesday at his home in nearby Pataskala and was charged with two counts of child endangering by means of torture. He remains jailed on $2 million bond and is to appear in court Dec. 3, authorities said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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