- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 12, 2004

Oregon confirms case of West Nile virus

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon’s first confirmed human case of West Nile virus has been found in a teenage boy, health officials said Friday. The boy probably was exposed to the disease last month when bitten by an infected mosquito, said Dr. Mel Kohn, the state epidemiologist.

Dr. Kohn declined to identify the teenager, who went to an emergency room for his symptoms but was never hospitalized. He has since recovered. Dr. Kohn warned that the disease could be more severe next summer.

Health officials had been predicting the arrival of the disease in Oregon for some time. There have been human cases in most other states.

2 NYPD detectives killed in shootout

NEW YORK — Two veteran police detectives were shot dead in an exchange of gunfire with a man who had been menacing his mother inside her home, police said. The detectives were responding to a domestic violence call late Friday night in the borough of Brooklyn when both were shot in the chest.

The suspect, who was hit in both legs, carjacked a minivan and fled, police said. He was captured less than two hours later and hospitalized.

The detectives were not wearing bullet-resistant vests, which are mandatory for uniformed officers but not detectives, who wear street clothes. One was a 39-year-old married father; the other, a 22-year veteran, was 43.

The suspect, Marlon Legere, 29, had a criminal history, including arrests for narcotics possession, grand larceny and assault, but was not wanted for any major crimes. Police said it was not immediately clear why he had opened fire.

Man arrested entering girls locker room

GREENSBURG, Pa. — A man who was fixated on a former cheerleader for 13 years was arrested after he purportedly entered a high school locker room and claimed he was a cheerleading coach, police said.

Robert Domansky, who dresses as a woman and goes by the name Kelly Dawn Hullengaugh, was charged with trespassing, identity theft, stalking and other offenses. Police believe Mr. Domansky, 48, changed his name after becoming fixated on Kelly Dawn Hullengaugh — a former high school cheerleader who has since been married and divorced and has a different last name.

He uses the woman’s name on his driver’s license and has tattoos depicting her name and picture, officials said. Mr. Domansky was arrested Sept. 3 after he reportedly entered the Greensburg Salem High School girls locker room and said he was a cheerleading coach there to learn new routines.

2 more deaths linked to Hurricane Frances

DERWENT, Ohio — Two women were found dead inside a car in a swollen creek, increasing the number of people killed in storms across Ohio this week to four, authorities said. A resident spotted the top of the vehicle when the creek began to recede, the State Highway Patrol said.

Gayla Norman, 43, and Lois Hastings, 41, were pronounced dead at the scene Friday. A preliminary investigation found that floodwaters swept their car off state Route 313 and down an embankment into Willis Creek near this town about 75 miles east of Columbus, the patrol said.

Two persons died Wednesday when the remnants of Hurricane Frances dumped 3 to 7 inches of rain in eastern and southeastern Ohio.

Utah panel revokes Santa’s aviation status

SALT LAKE CITY — Bah, humbug! That’s what some residents here are saying after the city’s airport board recently proposed a change in the part of the aviation code that said small aircraft must maintain an altitude of more than 2,000 feet while flying over Salt Lake City. For years, Santa Claus and his reindeer were granted an exception — but no more.

Tim Campbell, executive director of the department of airports, said the panel isn’t staffed by a bunch of Scrooges, it was just trying to be modern and professional.

“We were updating the ordinance, and this provision had not been looked at for a number of years,” Mr. Campbell said.

“Members of the panel felt it was just not appropriate,” said Mr. Campbell, who voted to retain the Santa exemption. The Salt Lake City Council, which must approve the change, was not amused.

“I have a 4-year-old who still believes in Santa Claus,” disappointed council member Carlton Christensen said. The council is expected to vote on the proposed general aviation code changes next month.

A number of concerned residents have vowed to attend the council meeting to voice their opinions.

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