- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 14, 2006


Abortion clinic surrenders license

MONTGOMERY — An abortion clinic surrendered its license yesterday amid accusations that a woman delivered a nearly full-term stillborn baby after a staff member gave her an abortion-inducing drug without a doctor present.

Summit Medical Center in Birmingham has been closed since the Alabama Department of Health suspended its operations May 17, citing numerous violations of health rules, said Rick Harris, director of the state agency’s bureau of provider standards.

State health officials have said a clinic staff member, rather than a doctor, performed an ultrasound in February on a woman seeking an abortion and mistakenly determined that she was six weeks pregnant. She was nearly full term.

The nurse practitioner then gave the woman RU-486 even though the woman’s blood pressure was dangerously high. The woman went to an emergency room six days later and delivered a 6-pound stillborn baby, a state health department report said.

The Alabama Board of Medical Examiners has banned Dr. Deborah Lyn Levich and nurse practitioner Janet F. Onthank King from working together and accused Dr. Levich of allowing her nurse practitioner to prescribe drugs and render services for which she was not approved. Calls to a lawyer who has represented the clinic were not returned yesterday.


Woman gets $39,832 for police dog bite

FAYETTEVILLE — The Arkansas State Claims Commission awarded $39,832 to a woman for injuries after she said she was bitten by a state police dog.

Beff Kay Ray, who lives near Trooper Jeff Harris, the dog’s handler, said the animal attacked her on several occasions, including a bite in April 2004 that left nerve damage to one of her arms.


HUD to reopen more public housing

NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced yesterday that it will reopen 1,000 additional New Orleans public-housing units this summer and increase the amount it pays in rent subsidies to help bring back the city’s poor people.

It was the first such announcement since Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of the available public housing 10 months ago.

The plan calls for demolition of the city’s largest public-housing development, St. Bernard, and three others.

Those developments will be rebuilt into mixed-income neighborhoods, a process that will begin as soon as possible but could take three years to finish, HUD Secretary Alphonso R. Jackson said during a conference call from Washington.


FBI recovers Roosevelt’s revolver

NEW YORK — The FBI yesterday said it has recovered and returned a stolen revolver once owned by former President Theodore Roosevelt.

As a regimental leader, Col. Roosevelt is thought to have carried the Colt .38-caliber double-action, six-shot revolver into the battle of San Juan Hill. Roosevelt led his Rough Riders to victory during the Spanish-American War.

FBI spokesman Bill Carter said the Model 1892 Colt revolver initially was acquired by the U.S. government for the U.S. Navy on March 30, 1895, and it was contained in the armory of the Battleship Maine when the ship was sunk by an explosion in Havana Harbor.

During a salvage mission, Mr. Carter said, the Colt was recovered from the Battleship Maine by one of Roosevelt’s relatives and given to Roosevelt.

Mr. Carter said the revolver was stolen from Roosevelt’s home at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, Long Island, N.Y., in April 1990 and was obtained by the FBI from an anonymous contributor.


Tour bus crash leaves 9 hurt

WALBRIDGE — A tour bus crashed into a concrete barrier on the Ohio Turnpike yesterday, injuring nine persons, the State Highway Patrol said.

One person was taken to a Toledo hospital by helicopter and others were either transported to hospitals by ambulances or treated at the scene, just east of Toledo, authorities said.

The accident tore apart one side of the bus and briefly closed the turnpike, but none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening, the patrol said.


Wife pleads not guilty in pastor’s death

SELMER — A minister’s wife charged with murder in her husband’s shooting death pleaded not guilty yesterday and told a judge she wants to be released on bond.

Mary Winkler was charged by a McNairy County grand jury with premeditated murder in the death of Matthew Winkler, pastor of the Fourth Street Church of Christ in Selmer.

The 32-year-old mother of three has been held without bail since she and her children were found in Alabama on March 23, a day after the shooting. The judge yesterday scheduled a bond hearing for June 30.


Fleeing carjackers run over toddler

HOUSTON — A toddler who was just days from her second birthday was run over and killed by two men who police say carjacked her parents’ sport utility vehicle at a car wash.

The father had stopped to use a pay phone Tuesday when two men walked up to him and demanded money, police said. When he said he didn’t have any, the men ordered the mother and several young children from the vehicle, police said.

“My understanding is that the suspects were pulling the kids out of the car very quickly and jumped in and took off in a rush,” said Sgt. C.W. Howard. “When they did, they ran over the child before the parents were able to get to her.”

Police found the vehicle but had not located the men.


Police chase ends with dog’s bite

CEDAR CITY — A police pursuit ended when the suspect’s dog — not happy about being bounced around in the car — bit its owner on the face, removing part of his nose.

Sheriff’s officers said they approached Nicholas T. Galanis of Salt Lake City to talk to him about some stolen property, but he got into his car and fled with his dog.

The chase Monday went through a winding, bumpy dirt road about five miles northwest of Modena, said sheriff’s Detective Jody Edwards.

“Deputies could see the dog in the passenger seat getting slammed into the window,” he said.

Mr. Galanis was taken to Valley View Medical Center before being booked into Iron County Jail. His dog was taken to an animal shelter.

Mr. Galanis was held for investigation of supplying false information to police, receiving-possession of stolen property and theft.


Retired farmer plans Hitler memorial

MILLARD — A retired farmer who says he served in a branch of a German paramilitary unit in World War II is turning some of his property into a memorial to Adolf Hitler.

Ted Junker, 87, plans a grand opening June 25 and says his goal is to clear up what he says are inaccuracies about the war and Hitler’s role in it.

Mr. Junker said the memorial is in a concrete structure in the side of a hill and has a German flag and other items for display.

Kathy Heilbronner, assistant director of the Milwaukee Jewish Council for Community Relations, described Mr. Junker as a classic Holocaust denier. She said he chooses to ignore the ample evidence of the Holocaust.

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