- The Washington Times - Monday, September 27, 2004

CALIFORNIA

Two critical in small-plane crash

FULLERTON — Two men aboard a small plane that crashed and burst into flames at Fullerton Municipal Airport during an air festival were listed in critical condition yesterday.

Lt. Joe Valley of Fullerton police said Jay Yoshinaga, 45, of Gardena and pilot Anthony Albanese, 46, of Brea were being treated at the University of California at Irvine Medical Center.

The crash occurred Saturday in front of hundreds of people who were at the small Orange County airport for “Airport Day.” It was captured on videotape and broadcast on local television stations.

The 1986 Bushmaster crashed seconds after taking off and barely missed the control tower before slamming into a parked car.

TEXAS

Carwash owner buys Koresh vehicle

FREDERICKSBURG — A carwash owner placed a winning bid of $37,500 on a car once owned by Branch Davidian leader David Koresh.

Donald Feldpausch, 64, said he didn’t go to the classic car auction with the intention of buying the black 1968 Chevrolet Camaro, but changed his mind when he saw the vehicle.

The restored car, with a V-8 engine, was captured in news footage as a tank pushed the vehicle out of its path during the 1993 siege of his Waco compound.

“The Koresh name doesn’t bother me. I guess it’s sort of like buying a home after somebody committed a murder in it,” Mr. Feldpausch told the San Antonio Express-News.

ALASKA

Hiker kills bear in self-defense

MULDOON — A hiker with quick reflexes fatally shot a 750-pound brown bear as it charged him from the edge of a forest 20 feet away.

“I thought it was a moose, but then I saw it was too low for a moose. I just had time to pull my pistol and spin around,” Gary Boyd of Muldoon told the Anchorage Daily News.

It turns out that the bear had been guarding a moose carcass left behind by hunters in the Chugach foothills.

“I fired the first shot, and I aimed at its shoulders. When the first shot didn’t faze it, I fired the second time, and it turned into the ditch, and I shot three more times, and it went down,” Mr. Boyd said.

Mr. Boyd was down to one bullet in his .44-caliber Magnum when he called Anchorage police for assistance. State Trooper Kim Babcock helped finish off the bear with her shotgun.

“We hadn’t had that bear dead within three minutes when 12 cross-country runners from the high school came by,” Trooper Babcock said.

ARKANSAS

Ex-pastor jailed for raping girl

POCAHONTAS — A former pastor was sentenced to 35 years in prison for raping a girl who said the man had told her that God approved of their sexual relationship.

A jury convicted Donald Lee Flanery, 46, on Friday, and recommended the sentence that Circuit Judge Harold Irwin imposed later that day in Randolph County, in northeastern Arkansas.

Prosecutors said Flanery, of Ravenden Springs, assaulted the Maynard girl nearly three dozen times, beginning when she was 11 and ending when she was 13.

At the time of the incidents, Flanery was the pastor of a nondenominational church known as the Family of Christ. Documents filed in the case said the assaults occurred at the church, his residence behind the church and at a home he was building.

The girl told investigators that Flanery had told her that God approved of a man having more than one woman, despite her age.

HAWAII

Tour helicopter crashes into ridge

PORT ALLEN — The burned wreckage of a missing tour helicopter was spotted Saturday in a remote mountainous area of Kauai, but rescuers were unable to reach the area before dark to learn whether the pilot and his four passengers had survived.

The helicopter, reported missing on Friday, apparently crashed into a ridge and burst into flames, said Kauai Fire Department rescue specialist Ehren Edwards, who saw the crash site from the air.

Rescuers resumed the search yesterday for the pilot, a 36-year-old man, a 30-year-old woman, and a German couple on board.

The pilot, who formerly flew with India’s air force, has flown tours for the past two months, Coast Guard Lt. Danny Shaw said.

ILLINOIS

Judge injured in home explosion

FLORA — A judge was critically injured Saturday when a massive explosion destroyed his house, authorities said.

The explosion also damaged several nearby homes and businesses, and briefly disrupted electric service in and near Flora.

The blast knocked Clay County Circuit Judge Alan Buck out of his house and into a field, authorities said. He remained conscious and cried out for help when rescue workers arrived.

Judge Buck was treated at a hospital and later was transferred to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, about 100 miles northwest, where a nursing supervisor reported the judge’s condition as critical. The judge later was transferred to the burn unit at Springfield Memorial Hospital.

Flora Police Chief Rick Perry said an investigation was under way to determine the cause of the explosion, which was heard as far as four miles away.

MAINE

Smithsonian donates to taxidermy teacher

CORINNA — A teacher leading one of the nation’s only high school taxidermy courses has come a long way since he once stopped to pick up road kill: Now he is getting specimens from the Smithsonian.

Howard Whitten, a Nokamis Regional High School science teacher, persuaded the Smithsonian Institution to donate $1 million worth of stuffed and mounted animals, tanned and frozen hides, skulls and frozen specimens.

More than 400 specimens were donated, including a pair of lions from Mozambique, bighorn sheep from Russia and a grizzly bear. The items were in a personal collection donated to the Smithsonian.

Mr. Whitten no longer has to persuade game wardens, sportsmen and museums to donate animals to his program. Instead, he hopes to create a library where schools and other institutions can borrow specimens.

MISSISSIPPI

Patrol recruiters end race quotas

GULFPORT — A federal judge lifted a 33-year-old order requiring the Mississippi Highway Patrol to recruit equal numbers of blacks and whites for its training programs.

Public Safety Commissioner Rusty Fortenberry said he wants the best, most qualified people to serve the state’s citizens, regardless of race or sex.

NEW YORK

Diabetics honored for perseverance

SYRACUSE — Day in and day out, for seven decades, brothers Robert and Gerald Cleveland have meticulously managed their blood glucose levels, fending off a disease that typically gives its victims 20 or 30 years.

On Thursday, the world’s leading diabetes research center paid tribute to the Clevelands for their longevity and everyday perseverance. According to the Boston-based Joslin Diabetes Center, they are the first siblings known to have lived with Type 1 diabetes for 50 years or longer.

Robert, 84, has lived with Type 1 diabetes for 79 years and, according to the center’s Dr. Hillary Keenan, is the longest known survivor. Gerald, 88, has had diabetes for 72 years.

Diabetes makes people more prone to heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, blindness, kidney disease, nervous system disease and amputations.

Gerald said part of their secret was a caring mother who taught them to manage their disease diligently.

“Then we had two wonderful wives who would never let us give up,” he said.

NORTH CAROLINA

Mayor to marry town manager

CRAMERTON — The mayor and the town manager plan an unusual mixing of the branches of municipal government.

Mayor Cathy Biles and town manager David Young are scheduled to marry Friday, and not all of the town’s leaders are happy about it.

“I’m not saying they need my permission, but there’s definitely a line of dos and don’ts in the business world, and they have crossed it,” said Commissioner Ronnie Murphy.

Other commissioners say they don’t worry about whether the marriage will influence town business.

“Both of those parties do a great job,” said Commissioner Jacque Sumner.

Several commissioners have asked town attorney Bill Brown for his opinion.

“My informal opinion is that I don’t think it’s a direct or indirect conflict,” Mr. Brown said. “It’s a manager-council form of government, so the manager runs the day-to-day operations and he reports to the board, of which the mayor’s not a voting member.”

TENNESSEE

‘Choose Life’ plate ruled unconstitutional

NASHVILLE — A federal judge ruled last week that the state’s “Choose Life” license plate is unconstitutional based on the reasoning in similar cases nationwide, but he declined to rule on whether Tennessee’s entire specialty plate program is flawed.

U.S. District Judge Todd Campbell wrote that the state cannot promote just one viewpoint in the abortion debate.

The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood Federation of America challenged the plate in November, arguing that the state was not providing an equal opportunity for opposing viewpoints.

The state and Tennessee New Life Resources, an anti-abortion group closely tied to Tennessee Right to Life, had argued that those who wanted a license plate in favor of abortion rights hadn’t tried hard enough to get the General Assembly to approve such a specialty plate.

WASHINGTON

Tiny quakes reported at Mount St. Helens

LONGVIEW — Hundreds of earthquakes too small to be detected by humans have been reported at Mount St. Helens, but they probably are not a prelude to an eruption, a state seismologist said Friday.

“We’re having a swarm of very small quakes — hundreds and hundreds — right under the dome inside the crater,” Tony Qamar said.

The earthquakes may be a result of increased pressure beneath the surface of the crater caused by heavy autumn rains, said Bill Steele, coordinator of the seismology lab at the University of Washington in Seattle. Scientists will use data from the Cascade Volcano Observatory, including gas samples collected by aircraft, to pin down the source of the quakes.

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