- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 25, 2005

Shark kills youth in Gulf of Mexico

SANDESTIN, Fla. — A young person was killed yesterday in a shark attack near a campground on the Gulf of Mexico, authorities said.

“We have had a confirmed shark attack. The scene is still under investigation,” said Darlene Drury, spokeswoman for South Walton Fire-Rescue. Area beaches were closed to swimmers immediately afterward.

Details of the attack near Camping on the Gulf Holiday Travel Park in Walton County and the victim’s name were not released. Coast Guard spokesman Shawn McGivern in Mobile, Ala., said authorities were trying to track down the victim’s relatives.

The attack came near the height of the summer tourist season in the Florida Panhandle. Crowds were drawn to the beaches yesterday by temperatures in the upper 80s with high humidity.

Casino buys portion of JFK site fence

DALLAS — An online casino has purchased a section of fencing from the scene of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination for nearly $33,000.

The purchase by GoldenPalace.com adds to the casino’s collection of artifacts, which includes a grilled-cheese sandwich purportedly bearing the image of the Virgin Mary and an invitation to the canceled wedding of runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks.

The auction, offered by Lelands.com, closed Friday. Lelands said that the fence has been repaired a number of times over the years and few of the pickets are believed to be original.

Sheriff’s deputy killed during gang probe

HAWAIIAN GARDENS, Calif. — A sheriff’s deputy who had gone to work early to get a jump on a street-gang investigation was fatally shot as he interviewed people, authorities said.

Deputy Jerry Ortiz, 35, had knocked on a door Friday and was interviewing a woman who lived there when he was shot in the head at point-blank range, said Undersheriff Larry Waldie.

“Someone came out either nearby or from the residence and put a bullet through his head,” Undersheriff Waldie said.

Jose Luiz Orozco, 27, was arrested late Friday, a department spokesman said. Photos released by authorities showed Mr. Orozco with a shaved head and devil’s horns tattooed onto his forehead. Police said Mr. Orozco was on parole on a conviction of attempted murder in a separate case.

Scout missing in Yellowstone

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — Dozens of searchers yesterday looked for a 13-year-old Boy Scout who came here with his troop and fell into the fast-moving Yellowstone River.

The National Park Service said the boy lost his balance and fell in the water around 6:30 p.m. Friday, and the search included park personnel, about 100 volunteers and a park helicopter.

The incident came just days after 11-year-old Scout Brennan Hawkins was found in good condition after spending four days wandering the Utah wilderness.

The name of the boy missing in Wyoming was not released. He fell into the river as he and his friends tried to throw a log into the water, the Park Service said.

The boy was camping with nine members of his Scout troop in Yellowstone’s northern area.


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