- The Washington Times - Monday, August 8, 2005


TV viewers hear robbery attempt

FORT SMITH — Viewers of a late-night cable TV program called police when they realized that instead of “Shopping Mania” they were hearing an attempted robbery. Two men were later arrested.

Gary Spirito, who runs the auction program out of a rented warehouse, said viewers heard the robbers off-camera demanding the keys to a car after they invaded the building late Thursday. The viewers caught a glimpse of at least one of robbers as they left, Mr. Spirito said.

“We had a computer screen up at the time showing the bids, but [the viewers] could hear the audio,” he said.

The men fled when police were summoned by viewers, but officers caught two suspects. Both Eddie Crisp Jr., 23, and Timothy Suggs, 22, were on parole for theft and other convictions, police said.


Hiker finds body of missing ranger

ESTES PARK — A hiker found the body of a missing Rocky Mountain National Park ranger on Saturday, eight days after the ranger apparently fell during a routine patrol, park officials said.

Jeff Christensen, 31, was found dead near Spectacle Lakes at about 13,000 feet, park officials said.

More than 200 searchers, some in helicopters and others with rescue dogs, had been searching the rugged Mummy Range for the ranger, who disappeared July 29 while on patrol near the summit of Mount Chiquita.


Thousands protest ruling on ethnic school

HONOLULU — Blowing conch shells and chanting Hawaiian prayers, about 15,000 people marched through downtown Honolulu on Saturday to protest a federal court ruling striking down Kamehameha Schools’ Hawaiians-only admissions policy as unlawful.

“We are outraged,” said Lilikala Kameeleihiwa, a professor of Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaii. “This is a great setback for our people. Here we are on our own homeland and we can’t educate our children.”

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled 2-1 on Tuesday that the private school’s policy of admitting only ethnic Hawaiians amounted to “unlawful race discrimination” even though the school receives no federal funding.


New ‘hotel’ caters to fish

CHICAGO — At Chicago’s newest downtown “hotel,” guests can swim out, but will they ever leave?

Friends of the Chicago River, an environmental group, cut the ribbon Saturday on the city’s first “fish hotel,” off the Michigan Avenue bridge at the south end of the city’s Magnificent Mile shopping district.

The hotel is actually a series of small gardens — some floating and others submerged — densely planted with wetland vegetation that should be more inviting to urban fish species than the river’s bare, steel walls.

About 18 species, including green sunfish and largemouth bass, that live in the Chicago River soon could be snacking on clasping-leaf pondweed and bristly sedge planted in the new habitat. Even coho salmon, better known in Lake Michigan or on Chicago menus, could swim by for a snack.


Legal ad lists wrong apartment

LAWRENCE — Kris Bryan couldn’t believe it when she came home and realized strangers were taking away her stuff — including her 7-week-old kitten.

A legal notice in the Lawrence Journal-World for unclaimed property mistakenly listed Miss Bryan’s address. The notice said the items would be thrown out if they weren’t picked up from the apartment.

Sgt. Dan Ward, a spokesman for the Lawrence Police Department, said Miss Bryan, 22, confronted the people at her home, who showed her the Journal-World ad. They returned the items they had taken, but others already had made off with an estimated $3,300 worth of possessions — everything from a TV and a DVD player to video games and the kitten.

Mr. Ward said it was not known how people got into Miss Bryan’s home. Police are still trying to find her possessions.


Argument over war leads to fatal shooting

PRESTONSBURG — A disagreement between two friends over the war in Iraq ended with the fatal shooting of one of the men.

Prosecutors and Kentucky State Police determined that Douglas Moore, 65, of Martin, acted in self-defense when he shot Harold W. Smith, 56, in the chest.

Both men had gun-trading booths at the Bull Creek Trade Center. They began arguing over the war, with Mr. Moore in support of it, witnesses said.

The argument escalated, and a witness said he saw Mr. Smith pull a small pistol out of his pocket, cock the hammer and say, “I’m going to blow your … brains out.”

Mr. Moore then pulled a .38-caliber pistol from his pocket.

“Doug was just quicker,” Harold Hannah of Salyersville told the Lexington Herald-Leader.


Gotti son faces conspiracy charges

NEW YORK — John A. “Junior” Gotti insists he’s a new man, but a jury will hear prosecutors describe him as a lot like his notorious father, overseeing a violent mob family that enriched itself on the misfortune of others.

Today, the younger Gotti, 40, goes on trial, and jurors will begin hearing testimony from Gambino family turncoats, evidence from electronic surveillance and a recounting of crimes that include the attempted assassination of the crime-fighting founder of the Guardian Angels.

If convicted of the kidnapping conspiracy, extortion and fraud charges, Gotti faces up to 30 years in prison.

The government says Gotti’s behavior has been consistent with its contention that he ran the Gambino organized crime family after his father was convicted of racketeering and sentenced to life in prison, where he died in 2002.

The younger Gotti has been rejuvenated in the five years he spent in prison since pleading guilty to racketeering, his attorneys said in arguments last year aimed at getting him released on bail.


State to drain swollen Devils Lake

BISMARCK — New guidelines will allow North Dakota to divert water from a swollen lake while U.S. and Canadian officials explore ways to ensure that harmful water organisms aren’t transferred to Canada, officials said.

Engineers are prepared this week to begin draining water from Devils Lake, which has risen more than 26 feet in recent years and taken over land, forcing people to move their homes.

The question of how to deal with the lake had sparked months of political and legal disputes among politicians, landowners and environmentalists in North Dakota and the Canadian province of Manitoba.

The agreement reached Friday will allow North Dakota to operate a 14-mile flood outlet to divert water from the lake into the Sheyenne River.


Coach disciplined for licking blood

PORTLAND — The Oregon teachers’ board reprimanded a high school football coach for licking the bleeding wound of a student athlete, school officials said Friday.

The Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission placed Scott Reed, 34, on two years of probation and ordered the coach, who is also a science teacher, to attend a class on the risks of blood-borne pathogens.

Last summer, Mr. Reed gave students at Central Linn High School near Eugene, Ore., 100 miles south of Portland, a pep talk about a coach who had licked and healed players’ wounds so that they could rejoin the game. After the talk, he bent down and licked a cut on a track athlete’s knee, the commission said.


Legislators seek to save depot

TOOELE — Some members of Utah’s congressional delegation want to prolong the life of the Deseret Chemical Depot by having it dispose of conventional weapons after it finishes its mission of destroying chemical weapons.

The depot holds the largest stockpile of chemical weapons in the country. The stockpile must be destroyed by 2012 under provisions of an international treaty.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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