- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 3, 2006

Edwards, Clark have debt from ‘04

NEW YORK — Democrats John Edwards and Wesley Clark have debts of several hundred thousand dollars from unsuccessful White House bids in 2004, a burden as they consider presidential runs in 2008.

Mr. Edwards, the 2004 Democratic vice-presidential nominee, had about $2,200 in his campaign account at the end of September and more than $300,000 in unpaid bills from his failed campaign for his party’s nomination.

Mr. Clark had about $390,000 left from the last campaign and debts totaling more than $260,000.

According to the Federal Election Commission, candidates are not obligated to pay off debts from a past presidential campaign before starting a new one.

In the case of Mr. Edwards and Mr. Clark, their 2004 committees will stay open until the debts are retired, but the men are free to begin fundraising for 2008.

Police: No trace of missing family

PORTLAND, Ore. — Searchers on snow machines poked into byways along Oregon’s Coast Range looking for a San Francisco family missing for a week but turned up no leads.

“So far, nothing positive to report,” Oregon State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings said yesterday.

He said searchers in Curry County focused Friday on a twisty mountain road that leads to Gold Beach, where James and Kati Kim and their two children had reservations at a lodge but never arrived.

The family was last seen Nov. 25 when they visited friends in Portland and then headed home after a holiday trip to the Pacific Northwest. The pair has two children, Penelope, 4, and Sabine, 7 months.

Helicopters, including one commissioned by the Kims’ family, also failed to turn up any evidence, Lt. Hastings said.

Sheriff’s deputy dies in Seattle shooting

SEATTLE — A sheriff’s deputy died yesterday after he was shot in the head while responding to a shooting in the southwestern part of the city, authorities said.

Officers responded to a call early yesterday and found a truck driver who had been beaten and shot at least once in the head. The man’s wounds were not life-threatening, the sheriff’s office said.

Officers began questioning at least a dozen people at a party at a nearby house, Sgt. John Urquhart said. King County Deputy Steve Cox was interviewing people in a back bedroom when a shot was heard, he said. Two deputies moved toward the back of the house and were fired upon. At least one officer returned fire, and they rushed into the room.

The gunman had been shot and killed. Deputies found Deputy Cox with a gunshot to the head. He later died at a hospital. The gunman was not immediately identified.

Police search for missing newborn

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Authorities were searching yesterday for a month-old baby after he and his mother were abducted by a knife-wielding woman in a sport utility vehicle, police said.

The baby, 29-day-old Bryan Dos Santos Gomes, was abducted with his mother, Maria Fatima Ramos Dos Santos, on Friday afternoon by a woman driving a black SUV, Fort Myers Police Chief Hilton Daniels said.

Miss Ramos was released south of Fort Myers shortly afterward, but the woman kept the baby, Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokesman Larry Long said yesterday. An Amber Alert was issued for the infant.

Woman files lawsuit over baby’s remains

PONTIAC, Mich. — A woman who delivered a stillborn child claims in a lawsuit that a hospital released the wrong body to a funeral home for cremation and took more than a month to inform her of the mix-up.

Jordan Engelhardt, of Flint, said in a lawsuit filed in Oakland County Circuit Court that she learned last January that an urn of ashes on the mantel of her home did not contain the remains of her son, Maxxwell Sebastian Engelhardt.

Mrs. Engelhardt said she and her husband received a call from an employee of North Oakland Medical Center informing her of the mixup.

A message seeking comment was left yesterday with a spokeswoman for the North Oakland Medical Center.

Protesters barred from soldier’s funeral

BISMARCK, N.D. — A church group that protests at military funerals across the country was barred from services for an American-Indian soldier on a reservation, tribal officials say.

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., had planned to demonstrate at National Guard Cpl. Nathan Goodiron’s funeral yesterday at the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.

Church members say the deaths of soldiers are punishment from God for the country’s tolerance of homosexuals.

Tribal leaders passed a resolution Friday that prohibits the group from protesting on the reservation, said Marcus Wells Jr., chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes.

Cpl. Goodiron, 25, of Mandaree, was killed Thanksgiving Day in Afghanistan when a grenade struck his vehicle while he was on patrol.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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