- The Washington Times - Friday, June 10, 2005

ALABAMA

Transplant pregnancy treated as ‘normal’

MONTGOMERY — An Alabama woman who gave birth to a baby girl after undergoing the first ovary transplant in the United States tried to treat the pregnancy as if it had happened normally, one of her doctors said yesterday.

Stephanie Yarber, 25, gave birth Monday night to a 7-pound, 15-ounce girl named Anna, making her the first woman to give birth after an ovarian tissue transplant from another person, doctors said.

Her identical twin sister, Melanie Morgan, donated the ovarian tissue that made Mrs. Yarber fertile.

“She tried to treat it as a normal, regular pregnancy, and we tried to do the same,” Dr. L. Braden Richmond said yesterday on CBS’ “The Early Show.” “Certainly in the back of our minds we knew that it was certainly special, and that there was a lot at stake for them, but her pregnancy went great, her labor went great.”

Dr. Sherman Silber, an infertility specialist in St. Louis, performed the transplant in April 2004, and Mrs. Yarber became pregnant five months later.

ARIZONA

Zoo report clears animal care charges

PHOENIX — Independent investigators cleared the Phoenix Zoo of accusations of wide-ranging problems with its animal care, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture is still probing accusations of animal abuse.

A nine-page report released Wednesday by three outside zoological professionals found flaws in the zoo’s hierarchy, staffing and planning, but no evidence of “serious deficiencies.”

A separate investigation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture is under way.

Both investigations were prompted by criticism from Kris Nelson, a veterinarian who serves on the zoo’s Animal Health Committee. Dr. Nelson last month publicly disclosed a list of more than 30 incidents in which she said animals suffered or died unnecessarily.

FLORIDA

Tropical storm is season’s first

PENSACOLA — Tropical Storm Arlene developed yesterday as the Atlantic hurricane season’s first named storm, edging closer to western Cuba and prompting authorities in parts of storm-battered Florida to remind coastal residents to beware.

Arlene had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph after strengthening from a tropical depression that formed Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

At 2 p.m. EDT, the storm’s center was about 150 miles south-southeast of the western tip of Cuba. It was moving north at about 8 mph, on track to put the storm’s center near western Cuba as early as last night, forecasters said.

The large storm’s wind and rain extended 150 miles to the north and east from its poorly organized center, meaning parts of the Florida Keys could get rain forecasters said.

Arlene was expected to enter the Gulf of Mexico by today, and residents from the Florida Panhandle to Louisiana were told to keep an eye on the storm.

ILLINOIS

Factory fire kills 1, injures 1

RANTOUL — Alcohol used in manufacturing hair-care products fed a plant fire that killed one person and injured another, officials said.

Firefighters reported at least six explosions after arriving at the Conair Corp. plant in this central Illinois city on Wednesday night. Authorities were investigating the cause of the fire yesterday.

The first explosion occurred in a room where a form of alcohol is mixed with other raw materials to make hair-care products, company spokeswoman Stephanie Burris said. The victim, a woman, was found nearby.

KENTUCKY

Sergeant found guilty of abuse

FORT KNOX — A drill sergeant was found guilty Wednesday of abusing a trainee and trying to impede an investigation by threatening other trainees with punishment if they cooperated.

Ricky L. Stauffer, whose rank was reduced from sergeant first class to staff sergeant, was the third drill sergeant at Fort Knox to be found guilty of soldier abuse. A fourth is scheduled for trial later this month.

Stauffer was found guilty of slamming one trainee against a wall, and not guilty of punching a former Army specialist in the stomach, said a statement issued by the post, about 25 miles south of Louisville.

MICHIGAN

Restaurant raids seek Chinese illegals

TRAVERSE CITY — Authorities raided 17 Chinese restaurants around Michigan that they suspect of ducking millions of dollars in taxes and importing illegal alien workers as a “modern version of indentured servants.”

Search warrants also were served at 21 homes of suspected illegal Chinese workers. Dozens were involved in the scheme, State Police Lt. Curt Schram said.

Investigators think one family or related families own the restaurants, which are mostly in the central and west-central areas of the Lower Peninsula, the statement said.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Photos result in child-porn arrest

MANCHESTER — A man was arrested on child-pornography charges after he brought sexually explicit pictures of his 2-year-old granddaughter to a drugstore to have prints made and a clerk saw the images stored electronically in the machine he used, police said.

Fearing the girl was in danger and not knowing her identity, police released photos of the toddler. Her father saw the pictures Wednesday on national television and called authorities, according to an affidavit filed in Manchester District Court.

The grandfather, Richard Hawes, 63, of New Boston, was being held in lieu of $200,000 bail.

The girl and her family live in Florida. Mr. Hawes apparently took the photos of his granddaughter during a visit to Florida this spring, police said.

Police said they were led to Mr. Hawes by a clerk at a CVS drugstore in Manchester. Mr. Hawes came to the store to print the photos from his digital camera, police said. The clerk found the photos when she went to clear a backlog of digital images from the store’s self-serve photo kiosk.

WASHINGTON

ATF leads raids on motorcycle gang

SEATTLE — More than 300 federal, state and local law enforcement officers teamed up yesterday to execute 21 search warrants and 32 arrest warrants across the Northwest, targeting the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Organization on charges of firearm and narcotic violations, kidnapping and witness tampering.

Led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Bellingham, Wash., Police Department and the Whatcom County, Wash., Sheriff’s Office, the raids netted more than 15 arrests by late afternoon — including several who held leadership positions at both the international and national levels of the Bandidos.

“This operation illustrates ATF’s commitment to lead the fight against gangs and violent crime,” said Kelvin Crenshaw, ATF special agent in charge.

During the raids, the agents and officers also recovered narcotics, firearms, U.S. currency, evidence of trafficking in stolen motorcycles and 70 marijuana plants.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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