- The Washington Times - Monday, January 16, 2006


Teen with toy gun tries to kidnap baby

CAMDEN — A teenager holding a toy gun forced her way into a hospital nursery on Thursday and snatched a newborn from a crib before the employees grabbed her and held her down, police said.

Neither the baby girl nor the workers were harmed, said C.C. McAllister, chief executive of Ouachita County Medical Center.

Nikenya Jicole Washington, 18, was in jail Friday. Authorities said she would be charged with kidnapping and aggravated assault. Police Capt. DeMoyne Gray said investigators did not know her motive.


Hotel fire kills one, injures 20

MARIETTA — Fire broke out in a suburban Atlanta hotel early yesterday, killing one person and injuring more than a dozen others.

At least 20 persons had to be rescued by ladder trucks from the burning seven-story hotel, located near Interstate 75, said Marietta Fire Chief Jackie Gibbs.

The fire started about 3 a.m., apparently on the second floor of the Holiday Inn, firefighters said. The cause was under investigation, officials said.

Eighteen hotel guests were treated for smoke inhalation and other injuries. Two firefighters were also injured, Chief Gibbs said.


Blue Cross to offer plans to uninsured

TOPEKA — The state’s largest health insurance company announced it will offer a new, half-cost plan designed for uninsured Kansans.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas said its ValueBlue plan would be available in 87 counties, starting March 1. People will be eligible if their household incomes are no more than double the federal poverty level and if they’ve not had insurance for a year.


Officials apologize for towed cars

LOUISVILLE — City officials said people who had their cars towed from the route of President Bush’s motorcade won’t have to pay fines because the city failed to mark the route properly.

Officials say 50 cars were towed last week. The owners had to find their cars, which some said took about two hours. The mayor is also sending letters of apology.


Teen sentenced for threats

MINNEAPOLIS — A tribal chairman’s teenage son was sentenced Friday for exchanging threatening messages with the gunman in last year’s shootings on the Red Lake Indian reservation, but the closed hearing frustrated victims’ family members.

Louis Jourdain’s father, Floyd Jourdain Jr., would not disclose the nature of the 17-year-old’s sentence, but his comments suggested it wasn’t severe.

“The judge’s ruling will reflect what I’ve maintained all along … my son is a good kid,” the elder Jourdain said, adding that his son “feels extremely terrible about what happened at Red Lake.”

A judge barred victims of the shooting or their survivors from the closed juvenile proceedings, ruling that they were not victims of the crime for which the younger Jourdain was being sentenced and that the proceedings would not answer their questions about the March 21 rampage.

Jeff Weise, 16, killed his grandfather and the man’s companion, then headed to Red Lake High School, where he killed five students, a teacher and a security guard before killing himself in the worst school shooting since Columbine.


2 snowmobilers missing in avalanche

KALISPELL — Rescue teams resumed searching for two missing snowmobilers yesterday, a day after they disappeared in an avalanche west of Glacier National Park, officials said.

Another snowmobiler had escaped the avalanche and alerted authorities, said Flathead County Undersheriff Mike Meehan.

The Flathead Search and Rescue and Nordic Ski Patrol searched for the missing man and woman until around dusk Saturday and resumed the search yesterday morning. Undersheriff Meehan said the effort was suspended overnight “because of the extreme avalanche danger.”


School scores high for healthy food

NEW YORK — Sixth-grader Essence Holmes ate her chicken and rice but shoved the medley of zucchini, red pepper and broccoli to the side of her plate.

“I don’t eat vegetables,” she said firmly. “They’re nasty.”

That is one of the challenges facing Promise Academy, a charter school in Harlem that is trying to fight the rising tide of childhood obesity by serving food that is nutritious, low fat and, when possible, locally grown.

The food program is only one distinctive feature of Promise Academy, where the school year and the school day both have been lengthened to give children from low-income families an academic boost.


‘Green’ vehicles can park free

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s largest city is joining a small but growing list of municipalities nationwide that offer free parking as an incentive for people to buy fuel-efficient vehicles.

Salt Lake City is offering free metered parking to residents whose vehicles get 50 miles per gallon, have low emissions or are powered by an alternative fuel. Friday was the first day permits for the program were issued.

Utah already offers an income-tax credit of up to $3,000 for residents who buy clean-fuel vehicles and some electric hybrids. It also allows those vehicles to use high-occupancy-vehicle lanes.


Hunting death prompts restrictions

ST. ALBANS — The Select Board will consider restricting hunters to using only shotguns in certain areas of St. Albans. The move comes after Rejean Lussier, 60, was fatally shot in November as he sat on his tractor in a field.

The board has been asked to establish a shotgun-only hunting zone in the town where high-powered rifles, like the one that killed Mr. Lussier, would be banned.


IRS sends family 24,000 booklets

CHIMACUM — Brian and Jackie Lawson hope the Internal Revenue Service is as understanding of the error on their income-tax form as they were for a glitch that sent them 24,000 copies of a wrong instruction booklet.

Twelve boxes of booklets for 2005 showed up at the Lawsons’ door last week, three weeks after they called for the 2003 form to help fix the error on their returns.

The wrong booklets were sent from Bloomington, Ill., and arrived at the right place, despite being addressed to Chimacum, D.C., instead of Chimacum, Wash.

Mr. Lawson said he was unable to get the IRS to return his calls.

He did get one call about the booklets, though. Shipping giant UPS Inc. called Thursday to say another 12 boxes had just arrived for him at a warehouse.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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