- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 13, 2006

Sheriff-elect’s family seeks compensation

ATLANTA — Relatives of a sheriff-elect who was gunned down on orders from the man he defeated at the polls more than five years ago are seeking additional financial compensation for his death.

Derwin Brown’s widow, Phyllis, already has been awarded the maximum allowable by law — $75,000 from the State Indemnification Commission in 2002, said Gov. Sonny Perdue’s spokesman Dan McLagan.

Mr. Brown was shot 16 times in front of his home in December 2000, just days before he was to have succeeded DeKalb County Sheriff Sidney Dorsey. Suspicion immediately fell on Dorsey, who was later convicted of plotting the murder and is serving a life sentence.

Mrs. Brown previously sued the county, saying that Dorsey used county personnel to carry out the plot. But in November, the Georgia Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling, saying that the county can’t be held liable because a sheriff is a state officer.

Her attorney has filed a motion asking the Supreme Court of Georgia, which previously refused to review the appeals court ruling, to reconsider its decision.

EPA eyes cleanup near trade center

NEW YORK — Federal regulators asked the agency that owns an empty building near the World Trade Center site to stop work there after an inspector saw debris that had not been properly cleaned being removed.

An inspector from the Environmental Protection Agency witnessed the debris removal Friday, said agency spokeswoman Mary Mears. She said there were at least three earlier instances when inspectors required that debris bins be returned for more cleaning.

The 41-story Deutsche Bank building was severely damaged September 11, 2001, when the trade center’s south tower partially collapsed on it. Hundreds of human bone fragments have been found there since workers began cleaning it last fall and preparing to dismantle it.

The search for human remains on the skyscraper’s roof was suspended after asbestos was discovered there last month.

“We agree with the regulators that we need to adhere to the highest standards on this sensitive job,” said John Gallagher, a spokesman for the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., which owns the building.

Man kills children, self in standoff

SWANTON, Ohio — A man who held a family hostage inside their home yesterday killed two children and wounded two other persons, including a sheriff’s deputy, before killing himself, authorities said.

The relationships between the victims were unclear, authorities said. The children were 5 and 10 years old.

The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office said it received a domestic dispute call about 7 a.m. near Swanton, about 30 miles west of Toledo.

A deputy was shot and taken by medical helicopter to St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, authorities said. His condition was unknown.

The sheriff’s office said a woman also was injured.

Officials catch gator thought to be killer

SUNRISE, Fla. — Wildlife officers yesterday captured an alligator they think was responsible for fatally attacking a woman while she was out jogging.

The 9-foot, 6-inch alligator was trapped just under the bridge where Yovy Suarez Jimenez, 28, was last seen, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Dani Moschella said.

Two human arms were found inside the alligator’s belly, Ms. Moschella said.

Authorities still aren’t sure how the alligator attacked Miss Suarez. Witnesses had reported seeing a woman matching Miss Suarez’s description dangling her feet over the water’s edge on Tuesday, but no one saw an attack.

A medical examiner said the alligator attacked while the victim was on land and then dragged her body into a canal.

Miss Suarez’s death is the 18th confirmed fatal alligator attack in Florida since 1948, Ms. Moschella said. Nine other deaths are unconfirmed.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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