- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 30, 2005


2 teens burn flags to protest Iraq war

SARASOTA — Two Sarasota teens accused of burning six American flags were charged with arson and manufacturing a firebomb.

Scott Baber and Brian Richard III, both 18, told deputies they burned the flags because they are anarchists and disagree with the war in Iraq and other U.S. government policies.


Hundreds camp at conference

MOSCOW — More than 500 people have set up camp in their motorhomes and trailers around the University of Idaho campus this week to attend a conference on how to live months at a time on the road.

The “Life on Wheels” conference has drawn participants from as far away as the Bahamas.


Man sees kangaroo hopping through city

SOUTH BEND — At first glance, Walt Temple thought the animal he saw hopping through the city was a deer.

“But then, why would it be on its back legs?” he wondered. The answer, it turned out, would be because the animal in question was a kangaroo.

Mr. Temple called South Bend Animal Care and Control Monday to let them know he thought he just saw a kangaroo, not far from the South Bend Regional Airport.

Then animal control officer Sumyr Springfield, who was first on the scene, saw the top of the kangaroo’s head. It was time to call for backup.

Additional officers began scouring the brush and looking into drain pipes. The search continued Tuesday, although officials don’t know where the animal would have come from.


Mardi Gras chief dies at meeting

NEW ORLEANS — Big Chief Allison “Tootie” Montana, one of the city’s most celebrated Mardi Gras Indians, collapsed and died during a City Council meeting. He was 83.

Mr. Montana was speaking out about reports that some Mardi Gras Indians were roughed up by police during the group’s annual St. Joseph’s Night assembly. Police said they were seeking a man with a gun.


Feds say Patriot Act not for homeless

NEWARK — The Justice Department criticized a New Jersey city yesterday for invoking the Patriot Act to justify forcing homeless people out of its train station.

In an answer to a lawsuit brought by a homeless man ejected from the Summit train station, the city cited a section of the Patriot Act regarding “attacks and other violence against mass transportation systems.”

But Kevin Madden, a Justice Department spokesman, said Summit has no business invoking the anti-terrorism law in that way.

“The Patriot Act is a law enforcement tool to identify and track terrorists and stop them from further attacks on America,” he said yesterday. “To apply it to this case is, shall we say, an overreaching application of the law.”

The city is among several defendants being sued in federal court by Richard Kreimer, 55. He is seeking at least $5 million in damages, claiming he and other homeless people have been unlawfully thrown out of train stations since August.


Woman pleads guilty in diaper-rash death

EBENSBURG — A woman pleaded guilty to causing the death of her 15-month-old son, whose severe diaper rash led to a fatal infection.

Amy Livingston, 27, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the boy’s death and to child endangerment for not treating the rash on another son.

Her son, Harley, died in December of sepsis and dehydration. His brother, Hunter, 4, was successfully treated.

Doctors testified at the mother’s preliminary hearing that the baby could have survived with basic care, prosecutor Trysh Sutton said.


Judge overturns rape conviction

ORANGEBURG — A judge has thrown out a man’s rape conviction because the jury that convicted him found something it wasn’t supposed to see — a purported confession stuck in the pocket of a pair of pants being examined in the jury room.

One juror revealed the discovery after the March conviction of Stanley Bradley.

Because the document had not been entered into evidence during trial, its discovery during deliberations tainted the jury, Circuit Judge Diane Goodstein wrote in her June 22 ruling, defense attorney Martin Banks said Tuesday.

Mr. Banks had filed a motion for a new trial in April after learning of the jury’s discovery.


Deputy crashes twice within 8 hours

CLINTON — A man was involved in two crashes that totaled two cars in the space of only eight hours, but he didn’t get into trouble — for a good reason.

He is a sheriff’s deputy.

Deputy Mike Nations, 47, lost control of his patrol car around midnight Saturday while responding to a domestic call. A tire apparently blew out, causing the vehicle to roll several times.

His wife Robin, who was participating in the sheriff’s ride-along program, was a passenger. Both were taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for injuries. She was treated and released. He was kept a little longer.

Deputy Nathan Brown picked up Mr. Nations around 7 a.m. Sunday. While driving him home, Mr. Brown, 27, apparently went into diabetic shock, lost control of his cruiser and crashed.


Teacher accused of arson fraud

HOUSTON — A chemistry teacher who was at least three months behind on her car payments gave passing grades to two failing students who stole and burned her car so she could collect insurance money, a fire investigator said.

Aldine Senior High School teacher Tramesha Lashon Fox, 32, was charged with insurance fraud and arson, and the two students were charged with arson.

Roger Luna, 18, and Darwin Arias, 17, had been failing Miss Fox’s class up to their final exam. But Mr. Arias received a 90 and Mr. Luna an 80, grades high enough for them to pass the semester, said Senior Fire Investigator Dustin Deutsch of the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office.

“All three have confessed,” Mr. Deutsch said.

Miss Fox, 32, was surrendering to authorities, Mr. Deutsch and Fox’s attorney told Reuters. Mr. Luna was arrested Tuesday while Mr. Arias was not yet in custody, Mr. Deutsch said.


Minor earthquake rattles Yakima

SEATTLE — A 3.5 magnitude earthquake jolted the city of Yakima in south central Washington state yesterday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The earthquake occurred at 7:37 a.m. about six miles below ground in Yakima, located 105 miles southeast of Seattle, according to a report by the Pacific Northwest Seismographic Network, a local lab that works with the U.S. Geological Survey.

There were no immediate reports of damage.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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