- The Washington Times - Monday, October 11, 2004


Teen found alive 8 days after crash

REDMOND — A teenager was found alive in her wrecked car after being missing for eight days.

Laura Hatch, 17, last seen at a party Oct. 2, was found Sunday in her 1996 Toyota Camry about 150 feet below a road in this suburb east of Seattle, King County sheriff’s deputies said.

Laura was in serious condition in the intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She was being treated for dehydration, a blood clot on the brain and broken bones in her face, hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg-Hanson said yesterday.

“We were afraid that we weren’t going to find her, we weren’t going to get her back,” Laura’s sister Amy told KING television in Seattle.


Power outage caused by tampering

OAK CREEK — Someone removed bolts from the base of a high-voltage electrical transmission tower, causing it to fall on a second tower and knock out power to 17,000 customers.

The federal Joint Terrorism Task Force and the FBI were investigating.

“We have not determined the motive of this action,” FBI Agent Mike Johnson said yesterday. “It may be terrorism, it may not be. It’s just too early to tell.”

Both 80-foot towers fell to the ground on Saturday. The bolts had been removed from plates connecting the legs of one tower to its base, Police Chief Thomas Bauer said.

“It does look like it’s for the purpose of weakening the structure so it would fall,” Mr. Bauer said.


Dentist treats tiger’s infected teeth

SAN DIEGO — A tiger named Awang Relak could help keep his species from becoming extinct, zoo officials say, but first he needs to do something about his teeth.

The 240-pound Indochinese tiger was anesthetized and strapped to a medical table at the San Diego Zoo on Friday so a dentist could clean out pockets of infection and pry smaller teeth away from larger ones.

While that was happening, a veterinarian was probing the 3-year-old’s private parts, making sure his sperm count is good enough that he will be able to mate with female tigers when he is older.


Prisoners, parolees on voter rolls

DENVER — Officials say about 6,000 prisoners and parolees are on the state’s voter registration rolls, despite a state law that denies the vote to prisoners serving sentences or convicted felons who are on parole.

Secretary of State Donetta Davidson said she plans to convene an emergency meeting this week of Colorado’s 64 county clerks to stop prisoners and parolees from voting on Nov. 2.


City dedicates street in memory of soldier

BRIDGEPORT — City officials dedicated Orange Street to the memory of Army Spc. Tyanna Avery-Felder of Bridgeport, who was killed in April in Mosul, Iraq.

Spc. Avery-Felder, 22, was a cook with the Army’s Stryker Brigade. At the time of her death, she was the 12th Connecticut resident, and first state woman, killed in the fighting.


Winning ticket sold; no winner emerges

WILMINGTON — A Powerball ticket worth $214.7 million — the 10th-largest lottery jackpot on record — was sold in Delaware, but the winner did not come forward yesterday, Powerball officials said.

The winning numbers drawn Saturday were 1, 3, 10, 47, 48 and the Powerball, 27. More than 68.1 million tickets were sold for the prize, the sixth-largest Powerball jackpot on record.

Wayne Lemons, Delaware’s lottery director, advised the winner not to rush into his office.

“Take a very deep breath, take another, wait and talk to the best lawyers and tax advisers, and put the ticket in a safe place,” Mr. Lemons said.

The winner must decide between the 29-year, 30-payment annuity worth $214.7 million or the cash option worth $116.9 million.

The biggest single-ticket winner was a Powerball jackpot of $314.9 million awarded on Christmas Day 2002 to a West Virginia man. Mega Millions’ predecessor, the Big Game, had a multiticket prize of $363 million in May 2000.


Physician drowns in rip currents

ORMOND BEACH — A physician became the second person in four days to die in rip currents off Ormond Beach when he drowned while rescuing his 10-year-old son, authorities said.

Dr. Ramesh Shah, 56, was swimming in the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday with his son and nephew when the son began struggling in the currents, said beach patrol spokesman Joe Wooden.

Dr. Shah was able to rescue his son but then lifeguards couldn’t save him, authorities said. The doctor, who practiced internal medicine, was pronounced dead at Halifax Medical Center in nearby Daytona Beach.


Apple crop reported mixed across state

GRAYSLAKE — A May frost followed by cool summer temperatures thinned this year’s apple crop in the state’s northern orchards. It also has cut short the self-picking season, which usually runs through the end of October.

Meanwhile, orchards in southern Illinois are reporting a bumper crop.


Suit filed over firings in housing dispute

LAKE STATION — Federal housing officials are suing the Lake County Board of Commissioners and other officials over the 2000 firings of two administrators. The two supported a mixed-income housing development opposed by Lake Station residents and officials.

Commissioner Gerry Scheub said the firings were legal. A 2001 federal consent decree ordered Lake Station to build the development.


Attack survivor IDs accused serial killer

BATON ROUGE — A woman who survived a severe beating two years ago testified yesterday that serial-killing suspect Derrick Todd Lee was her attacker, saying he tried to rape her after forcing his way into her home.

“My eyes stayed on his face,” Diane Alexander said as she described the July 2002 attack. Lee simply stared back as she pointed at him, his chin resting on his hand.

Mrs. Alexander, a nurse from Breaux Bridge, was testifying for prosecutors trying to establish that Lee is a serial killer who murdered Charlotte Murray Pace of Baton Rouge in May 2002.

It is the second trial in which Mrs. Alexander has identified Lee as her attacker. Her testimony helped convict Lee in an August trial for the killing of Geralyn DeSoto in neighboring West Baton Rouge Parish, for which he was sentenced to life in prison.


Mobile home residents face eviction or co-op

TILTON — Residents of seven homes at the Sherryland Village mobile home park face eviction next month unless they come up with $700,000.

The park’s owner says he is trying to sell the property for about $1.2 million. Residents are trying to turn the property into a co-op so they would have a say in rent rates and rules.


Report: al Qaeda suspects ‘disappeared’

NEW YORK — At least 11 al Qaeda suspects have “disappeared” in U.S. custody, and some may have been tortured, Human Rights Watch said in a report issued yesterday.

The prisoners are probably being held outside the United States without access to the Red Cross or any oversight of their treatment, the human rights group said.

The report said the prisoners include the accused architect of the September 11 attacks, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, as well as Abu Zubaydah, who is believed to be a close aide to Osama bin Laden.

In refusing to disclose the prisoners’ whereabouts or acknowledge the detentions, Human Rights Watch said, the U.S. government has violated international law, international treaties and the Geneva Conventions. The group called on the government to bring all the prisoners “under the protection of the law.”

The White House had no immediate comment.


Teen faces jail for cursing teacher

WILMINGTON — A teenager could get up to 30 days in jail for swearing at a teacher who scolded him for repeated tardiness. Glenn Gattis, 17, and his parents said the misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct is an overreaction.

Ashley High School officials declined to comment. The teen, who was also suspended for three days, has a court hearing scheduled for Oct. 20.


State gets first black justice

OKLAHOMA CITY — Tom Colbert, chief judge of the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals, was appointed Thursday as the first black member of the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

Gov. Brad Henry, a Democrat, appointed Judge Colbert to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Daniel Boudreau. Judge Colbert, 54, has been on the Court of Appeals for almost four years.


Grounded girl eyed in mother’s death

DALLAS — A 12-year-old girl upset about being grounded by her mother fatally shot the woman in the face while she slept, police said.

Elvira Marion Walton, 48, was discovered in her bed early Sunday by her son. The 10-year-old boy called police around 1 a.m.

“Apparently the motive is because the daughter was upset that the mother disciplined her,” police Sgt. Gary Kirkpatrick said in yesterday’s editions of the Dallas Morning News.

The girl has been charged with murder. Police found a gun in the house, but investigators did not immediately say whether it was the weapon used in the shooting or who owned it.


Republican receives Democrats’ ad tool

BOUNTIFUL — U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop got an unexpected campaign contribution last week.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee accidentally mailed the freshman Republican lawmaker a computer program to create campaign ads for his 1st Congressional District race.

“This is a cool little campaign toy that could be helpful to our campaign,” he said.

Although Mr. Bishop said he was grateful to the Democratic Party for its kind consideration of his campaign needs, the Republican sent it back.

Mr. Bishop figured — and the Democrats agreed — the program was intended for the other freshman congressman with the same last name, New York Democrat Timothy H. Bishop.

The irony is not lost on Mr. Bishop’s Democratic opponent, Steve Thompson, who says he didn’t receive a copy of the program from his own party.

“I’d like to get one, though, so please tell them to send me one,” Mr. Thompson said.

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