- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 7, 2006


Legislators revive collapsed colleague

PHOENIX — A legislator collapsed and stopped breathing Monday on the floor of the Arizona House of Representatives, but colleagues resuscitated him before he was taken to a hospital.

Rep. Ray Barnes, 69, was in his chair on the House floor when he became ill, said Rep. John Allen, a Republican, who was seated nearby.

Three other lawmakers came to Mr. Barnes’ aid, including a retired firefighter, a nurse and a doctor.

Emergency workers used a defibrillator to restore Mr. Barnes’ heart rhythm, stabilizing his breathing, colleagues said.

It was not known whether Mr. Barnes, Phoenix Republican, had suffered a heart attack, said Barrett Marson, a spokesman for House Republicans. He said Mr. Barnes was in stable condition and alert.


Crime-scene students find dead man

MIAMI — A group of Florida criminology students working a fake crime scene stumbled across a real corpse on a field trip to study forensics.

The St. Thomas Aquinas High School students were taken to a Fort Lauderdale park Monday to look for clues at a mock crime scene, where the instructor had planted phony “evidence.”

“The students went up to this one area … and found a man with his back against the wall, and he looked dead. They thought it was part of the skit,” said Detective Kathy Collins of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department.

There was no sign of foul play, and the 45-year-old homeless man appeared to have died of natural causes, she said.


Famous hawk linked to ‘Cosmo’ editor

NEW YORK — Never let it be said that Pale Male, New York’s famous high-rise hawk, is not a cosmopolitan sort of bird. He’s traded in one tony Manhattan address for another — this time near Helen Gurley Brown.

The 14-year-old red-tailed hawk — and his mate, Lola — have lately been spotted on a 24th-floor tower of an exclusive building on the west side of Central Park that is home to Mrs. Brown, the pioneering editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, and her husband, film and Broadway producer David Brown.

Lola and Pale Male have attracted a wide following among wildlife enthusiasts because they’ve been nesting and raising chicks in the middle of the city, using Central Park as a buffet.

The hawks’ fame soared in December 2004, when occupants of a Fifth Avenue co-op — which included actress Mary Tyler Moore and CNN anchor Paula Zahn — had the nest removed, claiming that the birds were creating a health hazard by dropping animal parts on the sidewalk and their entrance canopy. The nest was restored after strenuous objections from birders and wildlife officials.

Their latest roosting spot is on a tower atop the massive Beresford Apartments, where opera singer Beverly Sills and comedian Jerry Seinfeld are among celebrity residents and where Mrs. Brown lives in a multilevel apartment. Mrs. Brown, now senior editor of Cosmopolitan International Editions, said she had not actually seen the hawks, whose roost is two floors above the terrace of her multilevel apartment, but was delighted that they were visiting the Beresford.


Bowler attempts Guinness record

MIDDLETOWN — Dave Wilson spent a lot of time in the fast lane — bowling for more than four days straight in an attempt to reclaim his world record for the sport’s endurance title.

Mr. Wilson, 40, of Mason, on Saturday finished the last of 481 games played over more than 102 hours, 1 minute, 25 seconds. He reported bowling a 236 in one game, but it wasn’t strikes and spares that he was pursuing.

Pledges from spectators raised more than $13,000, which Mr. Wilson is donating to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the Building Blocks Foundation, which helps children with medical needs.

Mr. Wilson is awaiting official confirmation from Guinness World Records. He held the record for about five days last June after bowling for 64 hours, 22 minutes, but a Canadian broke it by bowling for 100 hours.


Ex-state senator denies taking bribes

MEMPHIS — A former Tennessee legislator charged with extortion took the stand in his own defense yesterday and denied ever accepting payoffs from two FBI informants.

Former state Sen. Roscoe Dixon, Memphis Democrat, testified that he had supported legislation for E-Cycle Management, a bogus company set up by the FBI, as a favor to friends and not for money.

Under questioning from his attorney, Mr. Dixon said he had long known and tried to help the government’s chief witnesses against him, Barry Myers and Tim Willis. Mr. Dixon, a lawmaker for 22 years, said he had tried to help the two establish careers as lobbyists.

He acknowledged accepting $1,000 during a meeting that Mr. Willis secretly videotaped in 2004 for the FBI. But he said he thought the total of $6,000 that Mr. Willis laid out on a table was intended for Myers for helping lobby on behalf of E-Cycle.

Myers has pleaded guilty to splitting bribes totaling $9,500 with Mr. Dixon and is cooperating with the government.


Sex offender sought in ‘Bikini Strangler’ case

GREENVILLE — Authorities said last night they were searching for a registered sex offender in connection with the death of a Clemson University student strangled with her bikini top.

Jerry Buck Inman is wanted for murder, rape and kidnapping. His DNA matched samples taken from Tiffany Marie Souers’ apartment, said state Law Enforcement Division Chief Robert M. Stewart.

The 35-year-old construction worker was registered as a sex offender in Florida for kidnapping and sexual battery. His last known address is listed as Dandridge, Tenn.

Jennifer Johnson, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, said last night that the agency had active leads in Inman’s whereabouts.

The body of Miss Souers, 20, was discovered about 12 hours after authorities think the junior was killed in her off-campus apartment early May 26.


Inmate killed during gang fight

AUSTIN — A fight between rival gangs at a northeast Texas prison left one inmate dead with 23 stab wounds and at least three others injured, officials said.

Officials said Monday’s fight at the Telford Unit in New Boston was isolated and quickly controlled. It was the first killing this year in a Texas prison. Two were reported last year.

The assailants were armed with homemade knives, six of which were found in a hallway after the fight. The assailants were arrested and being questioned, officials said.

Correctional officers deployed three canisters of pepper gas and stopped the fight within minutes, officials said. Prison authorities identified the victim as Augustin Amador, 34.

Officials said Amador and four other members of the Tri-City Bombers were attacked by six members of the Texas Chicano Brotherhood as they were being escorted back to their cellblock after lunch.


5 persons shot in home; 3 dead

AMANDAVILLE — A gunman shot five persons in a home west of Charleston before dawn yesterday, killing three and critically injuring another, authorities said.

The two wounded men managed to escape and run to a nearby house, where neighbors called police at about 3 a.m., Kanawha County Sheriff Mike Rutherford said. A sixth person who had been in the home also was injured when he jumped through a window trying to escape.

Mr. Rutherford said authorities were searching for a suspect, identified as Keith R. Jeffers, 20, and a white car that was seen leaving the scene. Mr. Jeffers was wanted on three murder charges and two counts of malicious wounding.

The sheriff’s department identified the victims as Dennis Lovejoy, 47, the house’s co-owner; Amanda Ingram Walker, 31, of St. Albans; and Gregory Childress, 46, of Culloden.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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