- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 24, 2005

Puerto Rican killed in FBI stakeout

HORMIGUEROS, Puerto Rico — A Puerto Rican nationalist wanted in the 1983 robbery of a Connecticut armored truck died during an FBI stakeout of the farmhouse where he was hiding, the island’s police chief said yesterday.

The FBI found the body of Filiberto Ojeda Rios in the house in the western town of Hormigueros, police chief Pedro Toledo said. The FBI called the office of Puerto Rico Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila to inform him of Ojeda Rios’ death, he said.

“Filiberto Ojeda Rios is definitely dead,” Mr. Toledo told WAPA radio.

A gunbattle erupted Friday as FBI agents closed in to arrest Ojeda Rios, but Chief Toledo said he did not know how the suspect died.

Two found dead in possible kidnap

ADA, Okla. — A teenage cheerleader who was abducted after school was found fatally shot yesterday along with the body of a man who authorities said called the girl’s family and threatened to harm her.

Caitlin Elizabeth Wooten, 16, and Jerry Don Savage, 47, were found by troopers in an Oklahoma Highway Patrol helicopter, said city spokesman Mark Bratcher. Both died of gunshot wounds, but it wasn’t clear when, he said.

Caitlin was last seen Friday getting into a dark green pickup truck after classes ended at Ada High School. Mr. Savage reportedly called the girl’s grandmother after she was abducted and threatened to harm her, Mr. Bratcher said.

Flight takes off 43 hours late

MINNEAPOLIS — A Northwest Airlines flight to Tokyo finally took off yesterday morning — 43 hours late.

Mechanical problems, not the strike by the airline’s mechanics, and a lack of a crew had kept the Boeing 747-400 on the ground since its scheduled departure time of 3 p.m. Thursday, Northwest spokeswoman Jennifer Bagdade said.

Passengers were kept on the plane for a total of nine hours over a 24-hour period. Northwest apologized to the passengers and will pay for two nights’ worth of food and lodging and plans to give them $700 in travel certificates.

Justices study for same-sex unions

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — Connecticut’s new law allowing same-sex civil unions takes effect next weekend, and justices of the peace are still learning how to handle the new ceremonies.

“On October 1, civil unions become law in Connecticut, but there is not a JP in that room who knows what to do with it,” said Saul Haffner, president of Justices of the Peace of Connecticut, which scheduled a conference on the law yesterday. “It’s going to be a mess.”

Officials plan fete for Greenspan

Alan Greenspan’s friends in international finance do not want his departure from the Federal Reserve to go unnoticed, so they are throwing him a party.

Finance ministers and central bank presidents from the world’s wealthiest countries have set a special session in December in London for the farewell fete.

The meeting, announced in the group’s joint communique on Friday, would be Mr. Greenspan’s last appearance at a G-7 finance gathering. He will step down as Fed chairman on Jan. 31.

From wire service dispatches and staff reports

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