- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 10, 2006

Tropical depression forming in Caribbean

MIAMI — A tropical depression that formed yesterday in the Caribbean was the first of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season, which scientists predict could produce up to 16 named storms, six of them major hurricanes.

The depression was expected to become the year’s first named storm — Alberto — as it veers toward Florida, but was not expected to become a hurricane.

“It will be relatively weak in terms of wind, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be weak in terms of rainfall,” senior hurricane specialist Stacy Stewart said.

Last year’s hurricane season was the busiest and most destructive in recorded history. Hurricane Katrina alone devastated Louisiana and Mississippi and was blamed for more than 1,570 deaths in Louisiana alone.

Teen: Mother slain at molester’s urging

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A teenager says he killed and dismembered his mother over several days at the urging of a 50-year-old man he says was sexually abusing him.

Angel Rosa, 16, pleaded guilty Friday to a reduced charge of first-degree manslaughter in the death of Madeline Irene, 46. He had pleaded not guilty last fall to murder and conspiracy.

Psychiatrists for both the prosecution and the defense found Angel was emotionally under the control of Edwin Gimenez, the convicted child molester who is his co-defendant in the homicide, prosecutor Christopher Belling told the judge.

The teen said he killed his mother Aug. 18 and dismembered her in their apartment. He had been accused of mixing drugs into his mother’s food and drink and strangling her.

Authorities believe Gimenez befriended Rosa’s family so he could sexually abuse Rosa and a younger boy, and that he persuaded the teen to kill his mother so he could take the boys to New York City.

Rosa faces a maximum nine years in prison because he was 15 at the time of the killing. He will be sentenced in September.

Gimenez has pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree murder, kidnapping, conspiracy and criminal sexual acts and faces trial in September.

Fish found far from home returned

NASHUA, N.H. — Cats and dogs who wander from home get reunited with their owners all the time, but fish?

Floodwaters from the Merrimack River recently swamped the Brand family’s backyard pond, sweeping away seven of their 11 Koi fish and depositing them on the third fairway of the nearby Nashua Country Club.

“By the time I could get out there, I found only four fish,” Eric Brand said. “Just figured the rest were carried away and had dried up somewhere.”

The flooding had left enough water on the golf course to keep the fish alive long enough for David Deane, a city alderman and groundskeeper, to find them.

Mr. Brand said a neighbor saw an item in the Sunday Telegraph on May 28 about Mr. Deane’s fish rescue and called Mr. Brand, leaving him a message. But Mr. Brand didn’t hear it for more than a week.

On Tuesday, the Brands were reunited with their fish.

Bouncer charged with manslaughter

NEW YORK — A bouncer was arrested on charges he beat a 19-year-old man to death during a fight outside a nightclub, the latest of several cases involving nightspot security guards in the city, police said yesterday.

Francisco Solivan, 24, was arrested on charges of manslaughter and assault in the death of Antonios Fasarakis, police said. Nicole Navas, a spokeswoman for District Attorney Richard A. Brown, said prosecutors would wait for the results of an autopsy before deciding what charges to press in court.

The fight occurred early Friday outside of Club Soma in the Astoria section of Queens, police said. Mr. Fasarakis was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Witnesses and investigators described Mr. Solivan as a bouncer. Prosecutors said he was not licensed to work as a security guard and that he told detectives he was the club’s “fire evacuation coordinator.”

The death comes amid heightened scrutiny of bouncers and their employers by lawmakers after two deaths authorities linked to guards at two Manhattan nightspots.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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