- The Washington Times - Monday, June 27, 2005


Two campers killed by grizzly bear

ANCHORAGE — Two persons camping along the Hulahula River in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge were killed by a grizzly bear, officials said Sunday.

Officials discovered the bodies in a tent Saturday at a campsite near the river. The officials fatally shot the animal.

The victims, whose names were not released, were thought to be in their late 50s or early 60s, North Slope Borough police said. The two were from Anchorage and had been on a recreational rafting trip down the river, Alaska State Troopers said.


Agents capture foreign sex offender

TUCSON — U.S. Border Patrol agents here apprehended a convicted sex offender identified as a 38-year-old illegal alien from El Salvador.

Mercedez Noyola-Sanchez was detained by agents after he illegally entered the United States by jumping the fence about three miles east of Nogales, Border Patrol officials said, adding that he was arrested and transported to the Nogales Border Patrol Station for processing.

At the station, they said, the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System revealed that Noyola-Sanchez had been convicted in Los Angeles in 1990 for felony lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14. He was ordered removed from the United States and was deported to El Salvador in 1991.

Noyola-Sanchez is being held in federal custody on a felony charge of “re-entry of an aggravated felon.”


Man arrested during abuse protest

LOS ANGELES — A man was arrested Sunday after he handcuffed himself to Cardinal Roger Mahony’s chair during a service to protest the Catholic Church’s handling of priests accused of sexual abuse.

Several thousand people were attending Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels when James Robertson walked toward the altar and handcuffed himself to the chair, police said.

The cardinal, who was delivering the homily about 15 feet away, continued with the service.

Mr. Robertson, 58, was arrested without incident for misdemeanor investigation of disturbing a religious ceremony, and later released.


Deputy fires at car, 12-year-old driver

LAKELAND — A sheriff’s deputy trying to stop an erratic driver fired at the car when it lurched toward him, not realizing a 12-year-old girl was behind the wheel, officials said. Neither she nor her 6-year-old brother was hit.

Deputy Chris Hillsgrove and a colleague pursued the car Sunday, eventually blocking it between their patrol cars. When the deputies exited their vehicles, the car lurched forward and backward into the two cars, then drove toward Deputy Hillsgrove, Polk County sheriff’s spokeswoman Michal Shanley said. The car then crashed into a nearby parked car.


Prankster swallows friend’s truck key

NORTH PLATTE — Arthur Richardson thought he would pull a prank and pretend to swallow a friend’s truck key.

Unfortunately, Wednesday’s prank backfired when Mr. Richardson plopped the key in his mouth and gravity took over.

Mr. Richardson went to a doctor Thursday, who X-rayed his stomach and got a clear picture of the key. The doctor said the key posed no danger, but Mr. Richardson’s friend needed to use his truck.

So Mr. Richardson and his friend took the X-rays to a locksmith, who used the pictures to fashion a new key. And it worked in the truck.

Mr. Richardson said yesterday that the key was still inside him and that he planned to get another X-ray.


Ex-nurse admits killing more patients

FLEMINGTON — A former nurse who pleaded guilty to killing 24 patients admitted yesterday to killing five more persons by injecting them with lethal doses of drugs.

Charles Cullen, 45, pleaded guilty to the murders in state Superior Court, bringing to 29 the number of victims he has confessed to slaying in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Cullen previously denied killing anyone at Hunterdon Medical Center, where he worked in the critical-care unit from April 1994 until October 1996. In most of the cases, he admitted killing the patients with an overdose of heart medication. The victims ranged in age from 49 to 81.


Heat-warning system tested for seniors

CLEVELAND — Officials tested a new telephone warning system that reminds seniors to keep cool during heat waves.

The system dialed 57,000 residents 65 or older, relaying a taped message from the mayor warning them to stay out of the sun and avoid exerting themselves. It’s part of Cleveland’s updated heat-emergency plan.


Families sell homes at toxic site

PICHER — More than 50 families are taking advantage of a voluntary state buyout program for homes in the Tar Creek Superfund site area in far northeastern Oklahoma.

The $5 million plan was developed for families with children 6 or younger who live in the lead-polluted area long abandoned by hundreds of mining companies.


Ex-cop added to most wanted list

CHARLESTON — A former Charleston, S.C., police officer suspected of killing his wife and molesting a 10-year-old girl has been added to the U.S. Marshals “15 Most Wanted Fugitives List.”

Daniel William Hiers Jr., 32, was arrested in November by the North Charleston Police Department on charges of committing lewd acts on a child under 16 and released on bond.

On March 31, the Goose Creek, S.C., Police Department obtained an arrest warrant for Mr. Hiers, charging him with the murder of his wife, Ludimila, 24, who was found in their home during a search by authorities for the missing police officer. The woman was killed by a gunshot to the head.

Mr. Hiers, who was suspended from his job after his November arrest, was scheduled to surrender March 15, but failed to appear. Despite an intensive manhunt, South Carolina authorities have been unable to locate him, and requested the assistance of “Operation Intercept,” a U.S. Marshals-led fugitive task force.

The Marshals Service has since obtained a federal warrant for Mr. Hiers for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. He is described as a 6-foot-3-inch white male, with blue eyes and blond hair, and weighing 210 pounds.


Racial profiling denied in motel room search

SOUTH BURLINGTON — City officials denied racial profiling when police searched the motel room of a black minister and temporarily took more than $5,000 from him.

Police say Rico Diamond raised suspicion when he paid with cash and used an unusual ID to check in. Police went to Mr. Diamond’s room, saying they were checking for possible drug trafficking. No charges were filed, and Mr. Diamond got his money back. Mr. Diamond says he’s dissatisfied with the investigation and hired a lawyer.

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