- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 19, 2005

Small plane crashes onto state freeway

PASADENA, Calif. — A small plane crashed onto a heavily traveled freeway, clipping a jeep and injuring two persons aboard the plane, authorities said yesterday.

The 1952 Beech Bonanza V35 had engine failure late Friday because of a fuel problem on its way from Sacramento to Fullerton and crashed onto the Ventura Freeway, fire Capt. Ed Cowan said. Its wing clipped a jeep, but the driver was not injured.

The plane’s male pilot had cuts to his head and eye, and a female passenger had neck pain. Both were in stable condition at a hospital.

The crash closed sections of the freeway for about five hours as crews removed the wreckage and cleaned up a small fuel leak, Capt. Cowan said.

“The good fortune is at this time of night there’s not a lot of freeway traffic,” Capt. Cowan said. “It could have been worse than it was.”

Prosecution rests in ex-Klansman’s trial

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. — Prosecutors wrapped up their case yesterday against a one-time Ku Klux Klan leader facing the first-ever state murder charges in the 1964 deaths of three civil rights workers.

Edgar Ray Killen, 80, a part-time preacher and sawmill operator, faces life in prison if convicted in the killings of Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and James Chaney.

The slain men, who were helping register black voters, had been stopped for speeding, jailed briefly and then released, after which they were ambushed by a gang of Klansmen. They were beaten and shot, their bodies found 44 days later buried in an earthen dam.

Prosecutors called only one witness yesterday, Chaney’s mother, Fannie Lee Chaney.

She testified that her son went to join the other two men in delivering books. “He never come back,” she said.

Defense attorney James McIntyre said yesterday he had not decided whether to put Mr. Killen on the stand. Mr. McIntyre dismissed the testimony Friday by former Meridian police officer Mike Hatcher, 68, who said Mr. Killen talked to him about the deaths of the civil rights workers.

Failing students mistakenly identified

LAWRENCE, Kan. — More than 100 students who failed their classes at the University of Kansas last semester found out who shared their misfortune.

The school’s Office of Student Financial Aid sent an e-mail to 119 students Monday notifying them that they were in jeopardy of having their aid revoked. But the names of the students were included on the e-mail address list — meaning everyone who got the e-mail could see the names of all the other recipients.

“It was a completely inadvertent, unintentional mistake,” university spokesman Todd Cohen said Thursday. “It was our error, our mistake and we deeply regret it.”

Mr. Cohen said the university is contacting students to apologize. The Department of Education has been contacted so it could determine if there were a violation of federal law.

Teams search for missing Scout

PARK CITY, Utah — Search-and-rescue teams combed an area of eastern Utah yesterday looking for an 11-year-old Boy Scout who went missing overnight.

The boy was last seen Friday afternoon at a camp about 50 miles northeast of Kamas in Summit County. Fellow Scouts, rescuers with dogs and a helicopter from the Utah Department of Public Safety had joined the search.

The boy was last seen wearing a sweat shirt, shorts and tennis shoes. Police said temperatures in the region dropped into the 50s during the night.

The sprawling county includes the rugged Uinta Mountains, where a 12-year-old Boy Scout has been missing since last August. In the fall of 2003, a mother and daughter went missing while hiking when they were apparently caught off guard by a sudden snowstorm. Their remains were found last summer.

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