- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 17, 2006


Teacher suspended for insulting student

HARTFORD — A schoolteacher was suspended without pay for 30 days for giving a 13-year-old boy a hard time about his pierced eyebrow.

District officials said Robert Williams, a 22-year veteran of the Hartford school system, engaged in conduct that was unprofessional and inappropriate. Mr. Williams agreed to apologize to the boy in front of the superintendent of schools.


Migrant’s death probed as homicide

JUPITER — Authorities are investigating the death of a Haitian migrant as a homicide after witnesses said she was pushed from the smugglers’ boat 25 to 50 yards offshore.

The woman, in her late teens or early 20s, was discovered early Wednesday morning near the Jupiter Inlet, the Coast Guard said. She was not identified.

Crew members of the smuggling boat apparently ordered the migrants into the water before reaching shore, Palm Beach County sheriff’s spokesman Pete Palenzuela said, citing witness accounts. He said most of the migrants jumped but others were apprehensive, including the woman found dead.

The Coast Guard said it found seven Haitians alive and searched the waters for more survivors, but called off the search Wednesday afternoon. It wasn’t clear exactly how many people were on the boat because of conflicting accounts from the migrants.


Men caught fishing in sheriff’s pond

DANIELSVILLE — Fishing in someone else’s well-stocked fish pond without permission isn’t a good idea — especially if that pond belongs to the sheriff.

Three men spent the better part of four days in the Madison County, Ga., jail after being charged with fishing in a pond without the owner’s permission. The pond is owned by Madison County Sheriff Clayton Lowe.

A state conservation ranger Saturday arrested Brian Keith Wallace, 35, Michael Shannon Fricks, 32, and Christopher Carldon Wallace, 37, on the misdemeanor charge. Mr. Lowe said they were released Tuesday after paying a fine.

Mr. Lowe said he stocked the pond with about $1,200 worth of catfish and bream last spring to give disabled children a fun day outside fishing. The sheriff paid $360 to restock the pond before the children’s fishing day.

“It all worked out. They caught plenty of fish,” he said.


Drive-by shooting wounds 11

CHICAGO — Shots were fired from a van and a sedan yesterday as they sped down a residential street on the city’s South Side, wounding 11 persons, police said.

Several of the wounded were thought to be members of the Gangster Disciples street gang, said police Superintendent Philip Cline.

The shots were fired before dawn, and the street was deserted when officers arrived, said Officer Marcel Bright, a police spokesman. Most of the victims — 10 men and one woman — managed to drive to a hospital about four blocks away, he said.


Ex-dumping ground cleanup completed

LAKE LINDEN — Twenty years after placing it on the Superfund list, the federal government finished cleaning up a former dumping ground for copper-mining waste in the Keweenaw Peninsula.

Millions of tons of crushed waste rock had been dumped on the site, polluting the water and harming aquatic wildlife. The Environmental Protection Agency will continue monitoring the area for at least two years.


Service restored after subway fire

NEW YORK — Subway service was restored hours after a track fire in a tunnel forced the evacuation of as many as 4,000 commuters in two subway trains at the height of the evening rush hour on Wednesday.

The fire, reported about 6 p.m. Wednesday, halted two subway trains on the lower level of the Manhattan Bridge, which spans the East River between Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Several subway riders complained that it took more than an hour before firefighters arrived, pulling some of them out through windows. Service was affected on parts of five subway lines, complicating the commute for countless New Yorkers.

More than a dozen people, including three firefighters, were treated at hospitals for smoke inhalation, officials said.

Fire officials said the fire appeared to be accidental and that investigators found trash and cigarette butts around where the fire began, near what appeared to be a homeless encampment.


Homeless to receive tossed toiletries

EUGENE — Items discarded at an airport in the response to last week’s foiled terror plot have turned into balm for the city’s homeless.

The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County has started picking up some of the things people have jettisoned for security reasons as they board flights at the Eugene Airport.

Charley Harvey, assistant executive director of the charity, dug through trash bags Tuesday and took every bottle of shampoo and shaving cream he could find. The items will be distributed at the organization’s First Place Family Center.


Police searching for stolen fish art

TACOMA — For the second time in as many summers, police are trying to find a stolen salmon — a larger-than-life fiberglass fish sculpture taken from a city park.

The latest theft occurred at Gateway Park sometime between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday, said Lynn Di Nino, an artist who said she tried to find clues in the city’s Old Town neighborhood before reporting the loss to police Tuesday.

The 8-foot, 150-pound sculpture is one of 10 that City Council member Bill Evans bought five years ago as part of a public art effort called Soul Salmon 2001.

The Old Town Business Association later bought the fish from Mr. Evans and hired Bruce and Shannon Anderson, a local artist couple, to decorate it. They adorned the salmon with tiles of colored glass over sepia-tone photographs depicting Old Town history, Miss Di Nino said.


Man dies in wood chipper

PLEASANT PRAIRIE — The owner of a tree-service company was killed after being pulled through a wood chipper, police said Wednesday.

Jeremiah P. Sanders, 30, used his foot to free a jammed log and was pulled into the machine Tuesday, Pleasant Prairie police spokesman Pete Jung said in a statement.

Co-workers unsuccessfully tried to stop the chipper, Mr. Jung said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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