- The Washington Times - Monday, February 27, 2006

HAWAII

Diver likely dead before shark attack

WAILUKU — A snorkeler whose shark-bitten body was recovered off the coast of Maui was likely dead before the shark attack, according to preliminary autopsy results.

Dr. Anthony Manoukian said there was “no clear indication” that Anthony Moore, 45, of San Jose, Calif., was alive at the time he was bitten.

Mr. Moore was reported missing Thursday night after he failed to return from “Five Graves,” a popular snorkeling site with underwater caves and sea turtles. He was trying to reach a depth of 100 feet using a snorkel and regular swim fins, authorities said.

A kayak tour guide found body parts bobbing in the water Friday morning.

IDAHO

Burmese python captured, evicted

REXBURG — Bessy the Burmese python is recovering in an animal shelter after spending two weeks dodging searchers and an infrared camera in a 57,000-square-foot apartment complex.

The 8-foot-snake’s hiding spot was found Tuesday by another “snake” — a 100-foot-long device with a camera on the end normally used to locate plumbing problems in hard-to-reach places.

“It’s the most interesting plumbing job I’ve had so far,” said Kip Salas of Advanced Plumbing, who discovered Bessy in the bathroom ceiling after a three-hour search of the southeastern Idaho apartment below the unit from which she escaped.

“I’m just glad she’s alive and not hurt too badly,” Chelsea Stanford, the python’s owner, told a local newspaper.

After finding the snake, Miss Stanford and animal-control officers tried to lure her out with a white rat snack without success. So they lassoed Bessy with a steel collar and dragged her from the hole in the ceiling. Bessy received some scratches during her ordeal — and an eviction notice.

MICHIGAN

Church shooting kills mom, injures child

DETROIT — A man opened fire at a church service yesterday, killing an 18-year-old woman and wounding her child before shooting another man outside, according to police and broadcast reports.

Second Deputy Police Chief James Tate confirmed that three persons were shot, one fatally, at Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church about 11 a.m.

The child did not have life-threatening injuries, WWJ-AM reported. The third victim was in critical condition, the station said.

Church members helped police identify a suspect, Mr. Tate said. Officers were looking for Kevin Lorenzo Collins, 24, who is considered armed and dangerous.

The shooting was the result of a domestic dispute, Mr. Tate said.

NEW MEXICO

Group says official failed Navajo students

SHIPROCK — The school board extended the contract of the Central Consolidated School District’s superintendent, despite objections from a Navajo group who said the district isn’t doing enough to teach Navajo culture and language.

Linda Besett, whose contract will run to 2009, denied charges that she failed to adequately address educational needs of Navajo students.

NORTH CAROLINA

Horseplay leaves college student dead

CHAPEL HILL — Two students horsing around in a college dormitory crashed through a third-floor window early Friday and fell onto the concrete below, school officials said. One was killed, and the other was hospitalized.

Investigators do not think drugs or alcohol were involved, University of North Carolina spokeswoman Lisa Katz said.

The two young men were “just running, horsing around, playing,” and went through a window at the end of a hallway, she said.

Keith Shawn Smith, 20, a sophomore from Greensboro, died at a hospital. Tyler Joseph Ely Downey, 19, a freshman from Asheville, was in fair condition.

RHODE ISLAND

Colleges may increase tuition this fall

PROVIDENCE — Students at the state’s three public colleges could face higher tuition and fees than planned this fall, as Gov. Donald L. Carcieri proposes cutting higher education budgets.

The University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College and the Community College of Rhode Island would receive $5 million less in operating costs than officials planned.

TEXAS

Powder in dorm not ricin, FBI says

AUSTIN — The FBI determined a powdery substance found in a roll of quarters at a University of Texas dormitory was not ricin after initial state tests had indicated that it was the potentially deadly poison, a spokesman said yesterday.

The FBI tests did not identify the substance, but they came back negative for the poison that is extracted from castor beans, said San Antonio FBI spokesman Rene Salinas.

“There were no proteins in there to indicate it was in fact ricin,” Mr. Salinas said. He said was unlikely further testing would be done.

Texas health officials did “just a quick test and they don’t check for the proteins in ricin,” Mr. Salinas said.

About 400 residents of the Moore-Hill dormitory were evacuated Friday night while hazardous-materials crews sanitized the area where the substance was found.

UTAH

Polygamist judge removed from bench

SALT LAKE CITY — A small-town judge with three wives was ordered removed from the bench by the Utah Supreme Court on Friday.

The court unanimously agreed with the findings of the state’s Judicial Conduct Commission, which recommended the removal of Judge Walter K. Steed for violating the state’s bigamy law.

Judge Steed said he was disappointed with the decision.

“I had hoped that the court would see my case as an opportunity to correct the injustices that are caused by the criminalization of my religious beliefs and lifestyle,” Judge Steed said.

WISCONSIN

Thieves steal beer from delivery truck

WEST BEND — Authorities are trying to find thieves who stole nearly $26,000 in beer from a delivery truck, but first they have to hope the suspects didn’t drink the evidence.

A semitrailer loaded with cans and bottles of Miller beer was stolen Feb. 17 from a trucking company in Richfield, according to a Washington County Sheriff’s Department report. The trailer was found four days later — sans beer — at an Oak Creek trucking firm.

The sheriff’s department is investigating with Oak Creek authorities and Miller officials, said Sheriff’s Capt. Dale Schmidt.

WYOMING

Radio stations pull medical pot ads

RAWLINGS — Two local radio stations pulled public service announcements advocating medical marijuana use after complaints from the police chief and others.

KIQZ-FM and KRAL-AM received three spots in the mail from the Marijuana Policy Project, and a disc jockey played them without consulting station managers, according to a salesman for the company that owns the stations.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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