- The Washington Times - Friday, July 21, 2006

‘Son of Sam’ denied parole

NEW YORK — “Son of Sam,” the infamous serial killer whose murderous summertime spree paralyzed New York with fear in 1977, was denied parole yesterday on grounds of public safety.

David Berkowitz, 53, failed to appear for the parole hearing — his third since he became eligible for early release in 2002. He is serving six consecutive life sentences.

Reviewing Berkowitz’s rampage, which claimed six lives and left seven others wounded, the parole board noted that he had displayed a “cold disregard” for human life.

“Your crimes were apparently premeditated, totally unprovoked and calculated to place the residents of greater New York City in an unbelievable state of fear,” the board said.

Berkowitz’s next parole hearing will be in June 2008.

Three officers face federal drug charges

BOSTON — Three Boston police officers accused of taking $35,000 in exchange for protecting a cocaine shipment were arrested in Miami on federal drug charges in an FBI sting operation, authorities said yesterday.

Roberto Pulido, 41, Carlos Pizarro, 36, and Nelson Carrasquillo, 35, were arrested late Thursday in Miami. Authorities described Mr. Pulido as the ringleader and said he was involved in a broad range of other illegal activities, from identity theft to smuggling illegal aliens to selling steroids.

All three officers appeared briefly yesterday in federal court in Miami but did not enter pleas. The judge said he would appoint attorneys to assist with their Miami proceedings and ordered them held until a detention hearing, set for Wednesday.

‘Idol’ finalists headed to White House

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — President Bush is about to come face-to-face with the one man who has his voting record beat.

Mr. Bush plans to host “American Idol” Taylor Hicks and the other Top 10 finalists next Friday in the Oval Office. It will be the first time contestants from the hit television show have been invited to meet the president.

Mr. Hicks won the most recent season’s contest May 24 after 63 million votes were cast for him in the season finale. That’s more than the 59 million that Mr. Bush got in 2004, a record in any U.S. presidential election. Although, to be fair, voters can cast more than one ballot on “American Idol.”

The finalists will get a tour of the White House before their audience with the president.

Eight stabbed at supermarket

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A knife-wielding grocery store employee attacked eight co-workers yesterday, seriously injuring five before a witness pulled a gun and stopped him, police said.

Elartrice Ingram, 21, was charged with nine counts of attempted first-degree murder, police said. The attack apparently stemmed from a work dispute, investigators said.

Five victims, one in critical condition, were admitted to the Regional Medical Center. Three others were less badly hurt and treated at another hospital.

Mr. Ingram, chasing one victim into the store’s parking lot, was subdued by Chris Cope, manager of a financial services office in the same small shopping center, Memphis Police Sgt. Vince Higgins said. Police arrived within minutes and took Mr. Ingram into custody.

The attack started in an employee area of the Schnucks supermarket on the outskirts of Memphis and no customers were involved, Sgt. Higgins said.

Bear killed after biting sleeping Scout

SPRINGVILLE, Utah — A black bear that bit a sleeping Boy Scout through the wall of his tent was shot after it later returned to the camp as barbecued ribs were being prepared, authorities said.

Colton Stewart, 14, woke up early Wednesday to a burning sensation in his upper arm, then realized it was a bear biting his arm through the tent, state wildlife officials said. He pulled away and heard the bear run off through the brush.

“It wasn’t biting viciously. They put their mouth on things to see what they taste like,” said Anis Aoude, regional wildlife manager for the state Division of Wildlife Resources. “In this case, there just happened to be a kid’s arm on the other side of the tent.”

The bite wasn’t serious, but camp officials notified the state, which sent a game warden to the Adventure Park Scout Camp in central Utah.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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