- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 28, 2006

Teen shot in mall; gunman slain

OKLAHOMA CITY — A young man opened fire in a busy mall yesterday, injuring a teen before the man was fatally shot by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy, authorities said.

The shooting occurred near the entrance to a department store, but there were no other injuries, said Oklahoma County sheriff’s spokesman Mark Myers. The motive for the shooting was not known, he said.

The deputy, who was working as a security guard at the Crossroads Mall, was taking a break when “he heard a commotion downstairs, kind of like a couple of guys fighting, then he heard a gunshot,” Mr. Myers said.

The deputy, whose name was not released, went to a railing and looked down to the first floor of the mall where he saw a young man with a gun.

“He turned around with the gun, our deputy shot him, killed the person with the gun,” Mr. Myers said.

Man throws children off hotel balcony

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — A man threw his two young children off a balcony on the 15th floor of a landmark South Beach hotel yesterday and then jumped himself, police said. All three were killed.

The children were 4 and 8 years old and the family was on vacation from Alton, Ill., police spokesman Bobby Hernandez said.

The mother of the children told police she and her husband had been having marital problems for the past six months, Mr. Hernandez said. Police did not release the identities of the family members.

People in neighboring rooms said they did not hear any noises, Mr. Hernandez said.

A Loews Hotel spokeswoman in Miami would not comment.

Rescuers find body of girl missing in flood

IRVINGTON, Ky. — Officials yesterday recovered the body of a 4-year-old girl who was trapped inside a vehicle carried away by a flood caused by severe thunderstorms that lashed Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana.

Five other persons also died in the storms last week.

A diver found the car in Sinking Creek in about 12 feet of water, 75 yards downstream from where it left a road, said Rick Priest, Breckinridge County’s emergency management director.

The body of the girl, identified as Madison McCawley, of Rosetta, was still in the car, authorities said.

Video rape suspects face more charges

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two suspects accused in the videotaping of the rape of a woman and her slaying may have had other victims, authorities said yesterday.

Additional charges are likely, said Ken Evans, spokesman for Jackson County Prosecutor Mike Sanders.

“One of the items of the investigation is possible links to other missing persons,” Mr. Evans said.

Richard D. Davis, 41, and Dena D. Riley, 39, were arrested Thursday after wrecking a truck, ending eight days on the run. Mr. Davis was handed over to police in Independence. Miss Riley was in a hospital in Joplin, Mo.

With them when they were arrested was a 5-year-old girl who had been taken from a town near Pittsburg, Kan. She was thought to be hospitalized yesterday in Kansas City with serious injuries, but a hospital spokesman would not say whether she was there.

WWII hero Rudolph dies

BOVEY, Minn. — Donald E. Rudolph Sr., who received the Medal of Honor for bravery for destroying two Japanese machine gun nests during World War II, has died. He was 85.

Mr. Rudolph died Thursday of complications from Alzheimer’s disease, said Itasca County Veterans Services officer Marvin Ott, who spoke with Mr. Rudolph’s wife, Helen, on Friday.

President Truman presented Mr. Rudolph with the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military honor, on Aug. 23, 1945.

On Feb. 5 of that year, the young Army sergeant crossed a battlefield on Luzon island in the northern Philippines alone — protecting himself with grenades — when the company that was supposed to be supporting his unit was pinned down. He destroyed two Japanese pillboxes before attacking and neutralizing six others. Then, when his unit came under fire from a tank, he climbed onto the tank and dropped a white phosphorus grenade through the turret, killing the crew.

Mr. Rudolph is survived by his wife, a son and three grandchildren.

Student suspended for sharing gum

LOWER BURRELL, Pa. — Chew on this: A middle school student was suspended for three days for sharing gum because it contained caffeine, school officials said.

The girl, whose name and age were not released, gave another Huston Middle School student Jolt gum. The gum is “a stimulant that has no other redeeming quality,” said Amy Palermo, school superintendent.

Products acting as a stimulant are prohibited and possessing them is grounds for disciplinary action, and the suspension was mainly based on the girl’s decision to share the gum, she said.

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