- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 21, 2006


Girl, 10, takes SUV for drive

PENSACOLA — A 10-year-old girl who drove off in her guardian’s sport utility vehicle with a toddler and a 5-year-old on board crashed the vehicle into several cars, authorities said.

The girl sideswiped several cars during her 15-minute drive Thursday night and reached speeds up to 50 mph, said Ted Roy, spokesman for the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

The girl had grabbed her guardian’s keys and walked out of her house without telling the guardian that she was leaving, authorities said.

Dispatchers received calls about an SUV driving recklessly, and sheriff’s deputies and highway patrol officers followed the vehicle. The trip ended when the SUV jumped a curb and hit a fire hydrant.

The children suffered minor injuries, Mr. Roy said.

Sheriff’s deputies charged the girl as a juvenile with kidnapping and false imprisonment and vehicle theft. The highway patrol charged her with careless driving, not having a driver’s license and not using a child restraint.


2,000 gallons of oil spilled off Oahu

HONOLULU — An oil tanker spilled up to 2,000 gallons of crude oil into the Pacific Ocean on Saturday morning, an official said.

The Coast Guard and the state Health Department categorized it as a minimal spill, said Nathan Hokama, spokesman for Tesoro Corp., which owns the tanker. There were no immediate reports of harm to wildlife.

The spill occurred about 1.5 miles off the coast of Oahu, when a hose line pumping oil from the tanker to a floating buoy disconnected, Mr. Hokama said.


Woman’s tattoo says ‘Do Not Resuscitate’

DECORAH — Mary Wohlford has made it perfectly clear what her final wishes are: The words “DO NOT RESUSCITATE” are tattooed on her chest.

Miss Wohlford, 80, got the tattoo in February. She hopes she’s made her wishes perfectly clear should she become incapacitated. She also has a living will hanging on the side of her refrigerator.

But her decision to have her final wishes imprinted on her chest have raised some legal issues. Some medical and legal experts doubt that Miss Wohlford’s tattoo would be binding in the emergency room or in court. But they give her credit for originality.


Rare pupfish moved to hatchery, aquarium

LAS VEGAS — Biologists have moved some of the few remaining endangered Devils Hole pupfish from their secluded desert hot spring in an effort to help grow the species’ population.

Nine pupfish — an inch-long blue fish named for its puppylike energy level — were moved to a Las Vegas Strip casino aquarium and a federal fish hatchery on the Colorado River.

Two male adult pupfish were moved Thursday to the Shark Reef aquarium and exhibit at the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino, said Bob Williams, a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service field supervisor and spokesman for a state and federal team trying to save one of the first species listed as endangered in the United States.


Former cooling tower at nuke plant imploded

RAINIER — Demolition crews yesterday destroyed the 499-foot cooling tower at a defunct commercial nuclear power plant.

With a rumble, the tower leaned to the side and collapsed upon itself — leaving a cloud of dust and multi-ton pile of rubble. It took less than 10 seconds and roughly 2,800 pounds of explosives to complete.

Portland General Electric ordered the implosion at Trojan Nuclear Power Plant, about 40 miles north of Portland, as part of its decommissioning.

Trojan closed in 1993 for financial and safety reasons, and the facility has been decommissioned in stages since then.


Couple, son fatally shot in home

PHILADELPHIA — A couple and their 20-year-old quadriplegic son were fatally shot early yesterday in their living room, police said.

Authorities did not find a weapon and did not suspect murder-suicide. There was no sign of forced entry, and the row house did not appear to be ransacked, Homicide Sgt. Robert Kuhlmeier said.

Police did not have any suspects or release a possible motive.

The victims were identified as William Fowler, 53, his wife, Estella, 50, and their son, John. Each was shot several times.

The Fowlers had been their son’s caregivers since he was injured in an auto accident about four years ago, police said. Estella Fowler also had been seriously ill, and her husband had recently left his job to care for his family.


Friends turn home into hamster cage

OLYMPIA — A practical joker’s friends turned part of his apartment into a human-sized hamster cage, complete with shredded newspaper bedding, a six-foot exercise wheel and a giant water bottle.

“It was a lot of work, but it was one of those cases where you do it because you have to,” said Keith Jewell, a longtime friend and neighbor who engineered the prank on Luke Trerice.

In 2004, Mr. Trerice, 28, enlisted others to help him encase another friend’s apartment in aluminum foil, as well as most of his belongings, including each coin in his spare change.

Eight persons put in more than 100 hours assembling the room, and supplies cost about $300. Mr. Jewell, 26, a theater set designer and computer networker, got a machinist’s help in building the giant hamster wheel from metal pipes. The group worked through the night before Mr. Trerice’s arrival, shredding newspaper, blowing up a beach ball, installing the water bottle in a window and filling a metal feed bucket with Cheetos.

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