- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 7, 2006

COLORADO

City to debate open-space gardens

LOUISVILLE — Residents have planted gardens on city open-space land for a quarter of a century. Now officials are debating whether that practice is proper.

The City Council will hear public arguments today before voting whether to ban the private gardens. Supporters say the gardens enhance neighborhoods.

DELAWARE

Prosecutors drop bid for lawyer’s death

WILMINGTON — Prosecutors announced yesterday that they will not seek a new penalty hearing for convicted killer Thomas Capano, a once wealthy and well-connected lawyer whose death sentence was overturned by the Delaware Supreme Court last month.

Prosecutors said the decision means Capano will spend the rest of his life in prison for the 1996 murder of Anne Marie Fahey.

Miss Fahey, 30, was a scheduling secretary for Gov. Thomas Carper when Capano killed her and dumped her body into the Atlantic Ocean because she was breaking off an affair with him, prosecutors say. Capano was a former state prosecutor.

The state Supreme Court upheld Capano’s murder conviction but overturned his death sentence on Jan. 11 because jurors didn’t unanimously agree that the crime was the result of substantial planning.

FLORIDA

2 officers, wives killed in home

EUSTIS — Two police officers and their wives were found dead in a Central Florida home Sunday in what investigators think was a triple murder-suicide.

The shooting might have stemmed from a domestic dispute between Eustis Officer Mike Mount and his wife, Kim, who had spent the night with the couple’s two children at the home of fellow Officer Joe Gomez, officials said.

Mike Mount drove to Mr. Gomez’s home, where he shot his wife, Mr. Gomez and Mr. Gomez’s wife, Serena, before turning the gun on himself, said Lake County sheriff’s Sgt. Christie Mysinger.

The Gomezes’ 5-year-old son, Mrs. Gomez’s mother and the Mounts’ children all escaped the house unharmed, Sgt. Mysinger said.

MONTANA

Society to collect stories of blacks

GREAT FALLS — The stories of black Americans who shaped Montana’s history will be gathered through a two-year project of the Montana Historical Society.

The goal is to combine information that is scattered in the society’s collections in a computer database. The legislature authorized $14,000 in funding for the project.

MISSISSIPPI

Eleven men enroll at female school

BLUE MOUNTAIN — Blue Mountain College has opened its doors to a new type of student: men.

Eleven men have enrolled at the historically all-female school.

Brian Zemek, 19, decided to attend Blue Mountain because it was close to his home. He said that the experience has not been too strange — except for his Wednesday lunch hour, when he is usually the only man in the school’s dining hall.

Blue Mountain, located about 35 miles northwest of Tupelo, first welcomed men in 1956 for religious vocations, but this is the first semester male students have been admitted to the school’s regular 400-student undergraduate program.

NEW JERSEY

Driver rules hit home for many lawmakers

TRENTON — More than one in five state legislators have had their driver’s license or vehicle registration suspended, said a report by the Star-Ledger of Newark.

Infractions ranged from parking tickets (58 suspensions) to drunken driving (five suspensions).

The newspaper issued its report as a state task force prepares to release a report to the Legislature on reforming driver’s license and registration regulations.

NORTH CAROLINA

Bank chief indicted in deaths of daughters

CHARLOTTE — A banking executive accused of fatally stabbing his twin 5-year-old daughters last month was indicted yesterday on first-degree murder charges.

The indictment against David Crespi, 45, does not say whether prosecutors will seek the death penalty for the Jan. 20 slayings of Samantha and Tessarra Crespi.

Mr. Crespi, a senior vice president in the audit division of Charlotte-based Wachovia Corp., was alone with the children in the family’s home when they were killed. He called 911, then surrendered at the scene without resistance, police said.

Mr. Crespi’s wife, Kim Crespi, said last month that her husband had battled depression for the 10 years they had been married and was taking medication.

PENNSYLVANIA

Governor orders mine inspections

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell yesterday ordered follow-up inspections of the state’s mines in the next 30 days, citing the deaths of 16 miners in West Virginia since early January.

He also asked mine operators to observe the federal government’s call for safety sessions for workers at the beginning of each shift.

Although the state routinely inspects mines, machinery and maps, Mr. Rendell, a Democrat, asked for additional inspections of ventilation, electrical equipment and rock-dusting procedures.

Pennsylvania is the nation’s fourth-largest coal producer. It has 5,100 miners employed at 77 working underground mines.

VERMONT

Reward offered for mascot sign

BURLINGTON — University of Vermont officials have a new rallying cry: Here, kitty, kitty.

They are offering a reward in the form of sporting event tickets for the return of the school’s missing catamount sign — the 200-pound, 9-foot aluminum mascot that is portrayed jumping through an oversized V.

The sign had been taken to a South Burlington business for updating when it disappeared between Jan. 27 and Thursday.

“It’s probably a college student prank,” said Sign-A-Rama owner Bob Diaco. “It’s either that or somebody who wanted it for the value of the metal.”

UVM officials hope to give the cat a makeover and display it on Patrick Gymnasium.

From wire dispatches and staff reports


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