- The Washington Times - Monday, August 14, 2006

ARIZONA

Driver ticketed 70 times in 5 months

PHOENIX — Mortgage broker Francesca Cisneros is used to working with big numbers, but she has trouble with double-digit speed limits.

Miss Cisneros racked up 70 speeding tickets in the past five months, a record for the Scottsdale Police Department, police said Friday. Speeding cameras snapped pictures of her as she tore through Scottsdale, a suburb of Phoenix, in her Honda Civic between March 2 and July 31.

“She told arresting officers she was speeding because she seemed to be late for client meetings all the time,” Scottsdale Police Department spokesman Mark Clark told Reuters. “I guess she’s got some time-management issues.”

The second-worst offender in the department’s history accumulated a mere 25 tickets, Mr. Clark said.

Mr. Clark said Miss Cisneros, 32, faces about $11,000 in fines and could have her license suspended.

CALIFORNIA

7 hurt as car, train collide

LOS ANGELES — A commuter train collided with a car near the Staples Center arena, injuring seven persons, authorities said.

The car was attempting a left turn across the tracks Saturday night when an oncoming Metro Blue Line train smashed into it and dragged it for several hundred feet before coming to a stop, authorities said.

The car’s driver, a 40-year-old man, and a passenger, a 46-year-old man, suffered moderate injuries, said fire Capt. Brian Ballton. Five passengers on the train were treated for minor injuries, Capt. Ballton said.

Their identities were not released.

COLORADO

Acrobat killed in performance

DENVER — A member of the Amazing Acrobats of China who fell during a performance at a theme park died Saturday from his injuries, officials said.

The man hit his head after falling Friday while trying to balance on a stack of chairs at Six Flags Elitch Gardens, Denver police said.

The performer was rushed to Denver Health Medical Center, where he died. His name was not released.

The theater was full when he fell, park spokeswoman Brooke Brasher said. The company canceled its Saturday performance, and future shows were on hold.

FLORIDA

13-year-old dies at academy camp

NORTH MIAMI — A 13-year-old cadet at a private military academy died Saturday during an orientation camping trip, the school’s principal said.

Authorities rushed the child from Oleta State Park to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, North Miami police said.

The cause of death was undetermined, pending a medical examiner’s report, police said. No additional information was released.

The boy was one of 33 cadets attending the Back to Basics Christian Military Academy’s Training and Leadership Corps campout. The students, in grades four to 10, had been camping since Wednesday, Lynda Browne, the school’s principal and owner, told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel for yesterday’s edition.

The boy got out of bed in the middle of the night to tell a drill sergeant he didn’t feel well, the principal said. He collapsed on the way to the restroom.

NEW YORK

Marriage found to lift depression

NEW YORK — Lonely? Feeling low? Try taking a walk — down the aisle. Getting married enhances mental health, especially for those who are depressed, a study shows.

The benefits of marriage for the depressed are particularly dramatic, a finding that surprised the professor-student team behind the study.

“We actually found the opposite of what we expected,” said Adrianne Frech, a sociology student at the Ohio State University who conducted the study with Kristi Williams, an assistant professor of sociology.

They expected to find that one spouse’s depression weighed too much on the marriage, but “just mattering to someone else can help alleviate symptoms of depression,” Miss Frech said.

Miss Frech was scheduled to present their findings at the American Sociological Association’s annual meeting in Montreal yesterday.

OREGON

Autistic teen’s recruiter reassigned

PORTLAND — A U.S. Army recruiter who signed up an autistic teenager was relieved of recruiting duties and will be reassigned.

An Army spokesman said an investigation found Cpl. Ronan Ansley concealed Jared Guinther’s disability, which would have made him ineligible for service. Mr. Guinther, 19, had been in special-education classes since preschool.

PENNSYLVANIA

Baking supplies raise postal scare

STATE COLLEGE — A woman who sent flour and sugar through the mail set off a major hazardous materials response when one of her packages leaked, police said.

About 80 police officers and firefighters were sent to the local post office Saturday because of what appeared to be a menacing powder.

The woman told police she was transferring from Penn State to a school in Chicago and was trying to save money by not replacing her flour and sugar.

The woman will not be charged and her name was not released.

UTAH

Polygamist’s daughter on ‘most wanted’ list

SALT LAKE CITY — Houston’s FBI office has placed the fugitive daughter of a deceased Utah polygamist on the agency’s “most wanted” list after getting a tip about the woman from a relative in prison.

Jacqueline Tarsa LeBaron is wanted in connection with four 1988 killings in Houston and Irving, Texas, said a wanted poster on the agency’s Web site (houston.fbi.gov). She has been a fugitive since 1992.

She is a daughter of Ervil LeBaron, a former leader of the Church of the Lamb of God, a polygamist sect with enclaves in Mexico.

LeBaron ordered the executions of rival polygamists in the 1970s, investigators have said. In 1972, he was convicted in Utah of ordering family members to kill his brother, who was said to have disobeyed church laws.

LeBaron died in the Utah state prison in 1981.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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