- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 12, 2006


Man charged with family’s death

DENVER — A man was charged yesterday with killing a mother and two children in a stroller by driving drunk through a red light and striking the family in a crosswalk, then leaving the scene.

Lawrence Trujillo was ordered held in lieu of $250,000 bail. Magistrate Beth Faragher also ordered him to stay away from the father, who was in fair condition at Denver Health Medical Center with nerve damage to his right arm and bruises.

Lynn Kimbrough, spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office, said such orders are fairly routine in cases where victims have suffered violent attacks.

Mr. Trujillo is accused of driving a pickup through a red light in downtown Denver on Friday night at high speed, killing Becca Bingham, 39, and her two children, Macie, 4, and Garrison, 2. Frank Bingham, 41, survived.

The collision knocked off the license plate, helping police track down the suspect.


Deputy fatally shot during traffic stop

TAMARAC — One sheriff’s deputy was killed and another was wounded after a shooting during a routine traffic stop, authorities said yesterday. A search for the assailants was under way.

Deputy Brian Tephford called for backup after he was shot at a condominium late Saturday, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. Shortly after Deputy Corey Carbocci arrived, both deputies were fired on before they had a chance to fire their own weapons.

Deputy Tephford, 34, a six-year veteran of the department, was pronounced dead early yesterday. It was not known whether he was wearing a protective vest.

Deputy Carbocci, 37, who was wearing a protective vest, was listed in stable but guarded condition at Broward General Medical Center, according to the sheriff’s office.


Tractor-trailer strikes mule-drawn carriage

ALAPAHA — A tractor-trailer plowed into a mule-drawn covered carriage that was returning from the annual town festival Saturday, killing three persons and injuring three others.

The victims, who were all related, had left the Alapaha Station Celebration and were traveling on U.S. Highway 82 just outside the southeastern Georgia town.

Franklin Aubrey Joyce, 45, and Andrew Joyce, 5, were killed in the wreck, said Berrien County Sheriff Jerry Brogdon. John Joyce, 76, of Enigma, died later at Tift Regional Medical Center, authorities said. Abigail Joyce, 2, and Kimberly Joyce, 24, both of Enigma, were listed in critical condition. Lynda Harnage of Tifton was treated and released.

Both mules pulling the carriage were killed.


Shark attacks man off Maui beach

KIHEI — A shark attacked a swimmer at a Maui beach Saturday, injuring his leg and hand, authorities said.

Kyle Gruen, 29, of Vancouver, Canada, was about 30 to 40 feet offshore when the shark grabbed his left side, said his twin brother, Jeff Gruen, who was at the beach when the attack happened.

“He was swimming along when just all of a sudden it got him,” Jeff Gruen told the Honolulu Advertiser. “He pulled away and kicked it off, and it took off right away.”

Kyle Gruen was listed in stable condition at Maui Memorial Medical Center.


Man fatally shot at his birthday party

LEWISTON — A man celebrating his 65th birthday was fatally shot as he sat at a dinner table with others, and his grown son was charged with murder, police said.

Roland Poirier was shot in the neck Wednesday night through a window.

His son, Scott Poirier, 34, told police that he shot his father from the back yard of the home, then stashed a rifle and scope next to his sister’s nearby house, according to a police affidavit. Police did not discuss a motive.

Mr. Poirier was pronounced dead on the scene, and his son was taken into custody shortly afterward. Authorities would not say who else had attended the party.


Deer freed self from plastic pumpkin

CASCADE TOWNSHIP — A deer whose head was stuck in a plastic Halloween jack-o’-lantern for nearly a week has freed itself and will be fine, animal rescuers said Saturday.

Two children found a dented, hair-lined plastic pumpkin in their yard Friday night, and other neighbors saw a thin deer running free, the Grand Rapids Press reported. It was rainy Friday, which rescuers think helped the young deer wriggle free.

Rescuers had planned to use a dart gun to tranquilize the yearling, then remove the bucket, meant for collecting candy.


Cutter damaged by storm is christened

PASCAGOULA — The first large Coast Guard cutter to be built in 35 years was christened Saturday, more than a year after Hurricane Katrina damaged it in the shipyard during construction.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff marked Veterans Day by helping christen the 418-foot, 4,300-ton Bertholf, which the Coast Guard calls a “national security cutter.” It is about a third larger than the class of ships it replaces.

The Coast Guard ordered the Bertholf, named for the Coast Guard’s first commandant, Ellsworth Price Bertholf, and seven other deep-water cutters from Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin as part of a multibillion-dollar program to replace an aging fleet.

Rescue operations aren’t the only use for the new high-endurance ships. The Coast Guard says they also play critical roles in fighting terrorism, drug smuggling and illegal immigration.

A crowd of several hundred, including a group of Coast Guard veterans, applauded as Mr. Chertoff’s wife, Meryl, smashed a bottle of champagne across the Bertholf’s bow.


Christmas light show planned for park

MASON — A homeowner who was forced to pull the plug on his computerized Christmas light show last year has a bigger display planned for this holiday season.

Carson Williams will be decorating a park in this Cincinnati suburb.

Mr. Williams, 41, a computer engineer, spent nearly two months last year hooking up 25,000 lights at his home in Deerfield Township and programing them to flash to Christmas music. His display went dark last Dec. 6 because of safety concerns and increased traffic from sightseers.

This year’s display, opening Dec. 2 at Heritage Oak Park, will include 35,000 Christmas lights synchronized to music. Visitors will view it from their cars like a drive-in movie.

It will cost $15 per car for a 15-minute show. Mr. Williams will get some of the proceeds, with most going to Festivals of Mason, a local nonprofit group that organizes family events.


Inmates to prepare food for senior citizens

FARMINGTON — Senior citizens here could soon be feasting on cuisine prepared by jail inmates.

Davis County officials are considering awarding a food-service contract to Canteen Correctional Services, which makes food for the jail and seniors who participate in its meal-assistance programs, said health department director Lewis Garrett.

The food would be prepared by inmates at the jail’s 12,000-square-foot kitchen and would be of a higher quality than what inmates or officers get, he said. Dietitians would create the menus.

Mr. Garrett said supervisors, an on-duty guard and security camera will ensure that food tampering would not occur.

Members of the county’s Senior Services Advisory Board toured the jail’s kitchen last week to get a glimpse of the meals.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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