- The Washington Times - Monday, September 12, 2005

ARIZONA

O’Connor to appear as author of ‘Chico’

SCOTTSDALE — Retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor tells a story from her childhood in her children’s book, “Chico.”

Justice O’Connor is scheduled to appear at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library on Sunday to talk about and read from the newly released book.

She had a best-seller in 2002 with the memoir “Lazy B: Growing up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest,” written with her brother, H. Alan Day.

The new book, subtitled “A True Story From the Childhood of the First Woman Supreme Court Justice,” is also about ranch life. Illustrated by painter Dan Andreasen, it tells of her horse Chico and a terrifying encounter she and Chico had with a rattlesnake.

CALIFORNIA

Two men convicted in teen’s death

HAYWARD — A jury yesterday convicted two men of murder, but acquitted them on hate-crime charges, in the October 2002 death of a teenage transvestite.

Michael Magidson and Jose Merel, both 25, face mandatory sentences of 15 years to life in prison for second-degree murder in the killing of 17-year-old Edward “Gwen” Araujo.

The jury was deadlocked in the case of a third man, Jason Cazares, 25, marking the second time a mistrial was declared in his case.

“Nothing is going to bring Gwen back. I know that. But this is at least a step toward closure,” said Sylvia Guerrero, the victim’s mother.

The men met the teenager in summer 2002. Both became sexually involved with the victim, whom they thought was a girl named “Lida,” but became angry upon learning they had been deceived.

FLORIDA

Underground water sinks happy hour

MILTON — Happy-hour customers had just started enjoying themselves at Ollie’s Neighborhood Grill when the room started getting funky — for real.

A sinkhole, likely caused by an underground spring, sent a steady stream of water flowing beneath the floors Thursday and caused the building to sink about 6 inches in some places, said owner Andy Leach.

Milton Fire Chief John Reble initially suspected a broken water main, but testing determined the flow was from a natural source because it lacked chlorine used to treat drinking water.

Santa Rosa County building inspector Bobby Burkett said the building may have to be condemned and razed.

“This happened just in time for happy hour — unhappy hour now,” Mr. Leach said.

KANSAS

Squirrel causes power outage

TOPEKA — A curious squirrel got a shock that left the Kansas Statehouse and other downtown buildings in the dark for about a half-hour.

Westar Energy Inc. officials said the outage occurred after a squirrel got into a power substation and apparently touched parts of a circuit, causing electricity to flow through its body and overload the system.

NEBRASKA

Three chimps killed after escape at zoo

ROYAL — Three chimpanzees from a small-town zoo were fatally shot after they escaped from their enclosure and could not be captured, the zoo director said.

The primates at Zoo Nebraska were able to get out of the cage Saturday when a padlock was left loose after cleaning, said zoo director Ken Schlueter Jr. He killed the animals with a deputy’s service revolver after a tranquilizer gun didn’t show any effect.

No people were hurt, Nebraska State Patrol spokeswoman Deb Collins said. The zoo is located in Royal, a northeast Nebraska village of 75. One of its major donors was the late entertainer Johnny Carson.

After the chimps lifted the padlock and broke free, employees immediately moved visitors into an office area, but the chimps tried to get into the building, Mr. Schlueter said.

NEW JERSEY

FBI analyst charged with passing data

NEWARK — An FBI intelligence analyst with top-secret clearance who worked at a New Jersey Army base was charged yesterday with passing classified information about Filipino leaders to current and former officials of that nation.

The analyst, Leandro Aragoncillo, sent some of the material to Michael Ray Aquino, a former deputy director of the Philippines National Police who lives in New York City, said an FBI complaint unsealed with the arrests.

Mr. Aragoncillo, 46, of Woodbury, was hired to work at Fort Monmouth in July 2004 and began sending classified information and documents in January, the complaint said.

From May to Aug. 15, Mr. Aragoncillo printed or downloaded 101 classified documents relating to the Philippines, of which 37 were classified “secret,” the complaint said. Details of the documents’ contents were not disclosed in court papers or in court.

NEW MEXICO

Barbershop trio a mirror image

ALBUQUERQUE — Customers at the 3-D Kutz barbershop aren’t just seeing double; they’re seeing triple.

The shop is everything one would expect from a friendly neighborhood barbershop. Everything, that is, except for the identical triplets — Damian, Dominic and Derrick Montoya — who run it.

Customers say a lot of the shop’s entertainment comes from the chemistry of the brothers. Frequently while cutting hair, Damian and Dominic secretly swap customers.

Damian and Dominic are fully licensed barbers, while Derrick helps clean and observes the process as he works to get his license through the Albuquerque Barber College.

NEW YORK

Firefighter arrested in immigrant attack

NEW YORK — Hours after many New York firefighters gathered to mark the fourth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, one of them was arrested for attacking an immigrant worker and telling him he looked “like he’s al Qaeda,” police said.

Firefighter Edward Dailey was arrested Sunday on charges of criminal mischief and felony second-degree assault, police Sgt. Kevin Farrell said.

He was released without bail. Despite the reported al Qaeda remark, there was not enough evidence to charge him with a hate crime, authorities said.

Mr. Dailey, 27, is accused of breaking a piece of Plexiglas off a curbside newsstand and throwing it at a 51-year-old man, an immigrant from Bangladesh, who works there, Sgt. Farrell said. The victim, whose arm was cut in the incident, was treated at a hospital and released, Sgt. Farrell said.

Mr. Daley was the class valedictorian at his FDNY graduation ceremony last year.

OREGON

Bicyclist charged in pedestrian’s death

CORVALLIS — A bicyclist was charged with manslaughter after he ran through a stop sign and struck and killed a woman, police said yesterday.

Jean Calder, 71, died at Good Samaritan Hospital after she was struck Friday night as she crossed a street at an unmarked crosswalk, Corvallis police Capt. Ron Noble said.

Christopher A. Lightning, 51, was charged with manslaughter and reckless driving.

From wire dispatches and staff reports


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