- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 29, 2005


Beach reopens after shark attack

CAPE SAN BLAS — Beachgoers warily returned to the water yesterday after the second shark attack in three days off the Florida Panhandle, with tourism officials hoping the maulings won’t scare visitors away ahead of the July Fourth weekend.

Most vacationers here were aware of the shark attacks that left a 16-year-old boy with his leg nearly severed and killed a 14-year-old girl about 80 miles away.

Few went into the Gulf of Mexico in rainy weather yesterday, and most were paying extra attention as they waded in knee-deep waters.

Authorities yesterday reopened the beach in Cape San Blas, one day after 16-year-old Craig Adam Hutto was bitten in the leg while fishing in waist-deep water about 60 feet from shore. Physicians had to amputate the leg of the Lebanon, Tenn., resident.


Governor signs trust bill for pets

HONOLULU — The audience was eager for the governor to put pen to paper. Some even drooled.

Canines of all sizes — and a spotted rabbit named Roxy — were among those gathered last week at the Capitol to watch Gov. Linda Lingle sign into law a measure that allows residents to leave a trust for the care of their dog, cat or other domestic animal.

The governor’s two cats, Nani Girl and Stripes, were not in attendance.

“As you know, cats don’t do as well in public settings like this as dogs do,” she said.


Lawsuit filed over finger in salad

NEW ORLEANS — A Louisiana woman has sued restaurant company Applebee’s, saying she found a severed fingertip in her salad.

The suit, filed last week in state court in Jefferson, La., said May Deal Chambers Johnson suffered physical and psychological harm when she found the object in a take-out salad from an Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar in the New Orleans suburb of Jefferson last June.

Applebee’s spokeswoman Laurie Ellison said yesterday that the company could not comment on pending litigation.

A California woman drew national attention in March when she said she found a finger in a bowl of chili from a Wendy’s restaurant in San Jose, Calif. The case was found to be a hoax, and the woman was jailed.


Five reported hurt in train collision

JACKSON — Two freight trains collided yesterday west of Jackson, starting fires around the engines and in the woods nearby.

All five crew members were taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, Kansas City Southern Railroad spokeswoman Doniele Kane said. However, Fire Department spokesman R.D. Simpson said two of the workers were critically injured.

Most of the rail cars were empty, authorities said. The flames, fueled by the locomotives’ diesel fuel, were quickly extinguished. The cause of the wreck was under investigation.


Gray wolf killed for destroying cattle

ALBUQUERQUE — A U.S. federal sharpshooter killed the alpha male of a pack of wolves after the animal was blamed for killing at least four head of cattle.

Authorities used a helicopter to hunt the wolf in the Gila National Forest in southwestern New Mexico and shot it Sunday, the Albuquerque Journal reported yesterday. It was the second wolf killed in a year for attacking cattle. The wolves are part of a program aimed at reintroducing the Mexican gray wolf into the area.


State panel awards pay raise to cops

NEW YORK — A state arbitration panel has awarded the city’s police officers a retroactive pay raise of about 10.25 percent over two years, or more than twice as much as Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was offering.

The panel took up the matter in November after the city and the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association failed to reach an agreement during two years of bitter negotiations. Off-duty officers hounded Mr. Bloomberg with protests outside his home and during the Republican National Convention last summer.

The panel’s chairman, Eric J. Schmertz, indicated yesterday that it was swayed by the PBA’s argument that its 22,000 members were vastly underpaid in comparison with officers in other big cities and in suburbs on Long Island and elsewhere.


Museum to exhibit Sitting Bull headdress

MEDORA — Organizers of the new North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame say the hall will display a headdress worn by Lakota Chief Sitting Bull.

The cowboy hall plans to display the headdress for a year or until renovations at Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates, near the South Dakota state line, are complete. Then it will be returned to the school.


Instructor accused in Marine’s death

CHARLESTON — A water survival instructor at the Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot faces trial in the drowning of a 19-year-old recruit, and an investigation report released yesterday said the death could have been prevented.

An Article 32 hearing, similar to a civilian grand jury proceeding, will be held in the Feb. 8 death of Jason Robert Tharp of Sutton, W.Va. Depending on the outcome, the instructor could be subject to a trial by court-martial.


Jury clears diocese in abuse cases

DALLAS — A grand jury found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing in the way the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas handled accusations of sexual abuse by priests.

The grand jury was impaneled to help determine whether Bishop Charles Grahmann and his staff had received charges but had failed to report them to police.

The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office said Monday that the panel found no evidence of wrongdoing, but declined to elaborate.


Prosecutor says killer should be executed

BURLINGTON — A man convicted of bludgeoning a supermarket worker to death as she prayed for her life acted so brutally that he deserves the death penalty, a prosecutor said yesterday.

But the attorney for Donald Fell, convicted last week in Vermont’s first death penalty trial in nearly 50 years, urged jurors to spare his life, saying Fell regrets the crime and suffered from an abusive childhood.

Fell, 25, was found guilty in federal court of joining another man in kidnapping Terry King from a supermarket in 2000, taking her to New York, and killing her.

Vermont does not have a state death penalty and has not executed anyone since the 1950s. The case was tried in federal court because officials say Miss King was taken across state lines.


Woman gives birth to 13-pound baby

MILWAUKEE — Weighing in at 13 pounds, 12 ounces, Delaney Jessica Buzzell isn’t your average newborn. Her parents have even dubbed her the “Big Enchilada.”

The baby headed home yesterday after being delivered by Caesarean section June 23.

Her family isn’t quite sure what to make of her weight. Father Paul Buzzell is 6 feet 2 inches tall and mother Robin stands at 5 feet 7 inches; nurse Judy Nadolski described them as “regular-sized.”

The nurse said carrying the baby in her arms was like holding a 4- or 5-month-old infant.

“It was ready for a steak,” she said. “It had quite an appetite.”

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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