- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 12, 2006

Navy to help move aircraft carrier

NEW YORK — The Navy is joining the operation to free the World War II aircraft carrier USS Intrepid from deep Hudson River mud that has blocked efforts to move the ship to a dry dock for renovation, officials announced yesterday.

A fleet of civilian tug boats tried Monday to pull the 27,000-ton ship out of the berth where it has been serving as the popular Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum, but the carrier moved only a few feet before its 16-foot propellers snagged in the 24-year accumulation of sediment.

Under a new plan of attack, the Navy will provide salvage support at a cost of about $3 million. That support includes dredging mud from underneath the ship’s stern to free the propellers. The Army Corps of Engineers also will be involved.

Although the 900-foot warship still has its propellers, it no longer has engines and will have to be towed from its berth on Manhattan’s West Side down the Hudson River to a shipyard at Bayonne, N.J., for the $60 million renovation project.

Mother, children killed in hit-and-run

DENVER — A hit-and-run driver struck a couple crossing a street with a stroller, killing a woman and her two young children and injuring the youngsters’ father, police said. Two men were arrested yesterday.

Wreckage from the stroller was strewn across the busy intersection Friday night in the popular LoDo district.

The father was in stable condition at Denver Health Medical Center.

The license plate of the red pickup was knocked off in the crash, leading police to the vehicle’s owner and to the arrests in neighboring Westminster, authorities said.

Lawrence Trujillo, 36, was arrested on three counts of investigation of vehicle homicide, as well as leaving the scene of an accident and resisting arrest, police said. Eric Phil Snell, 35, was arrested on three counts of investigation of accessory to a crime.

Pipeline fire kills bulldozer operator

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A bulldozer hit a natural-gas pipeline yesterday, killing the operator and sending flames hundreds of feet in the air, authorities said.

Firefighters doused the fire within 45 minutes, said Gerry Luce, a Laramie County sheriff’s spokesman. The operator’s identity won’t be released until relatives have been notified.

The flames could be seen from several miles away, authorities said.

The accident occurred southwest of Cheyenne about two miles north of the Colorado line in a rural area with no structures around, Mr. Luce said. The bulldozer operator and other workers were building a road for a new natural-gas line, he said.

Andy Griffith sues former candidate

MILWAUKEE — The star of “The Andy Griffith Show,” who portrayed the sheriff of the fictional town of Mayberry, has sued a Wisconsin man who unsuccessfully ran for the Grant County post after legally changing his name to Andrew Jackson Griffith.

The lawsuit, filed Nov. 3 in U.S. District Court in Madison, claims that William Harold Fenrick, 42, violated trademark and copyright laws, as well as the privacy of actor Andy Samuel Griffith, when he used his new name to promote his candidacy for sheriff in southwestern Wisconsin.

The lawsuit says Mr. Fenrick changed his name for the “sole purpose of taking advantage of Griffith’s notoriety in an attempt to gain votes.” It asks the court to order him to go back to his original name.

The actor’s lawsuit also asks the former candidate to publish disclaimers and an apology in Grant County newspapers that say he has no association with the actor. It seeks unspecified damages and court fees.

Dishwashing penalty for eat-and-run

VALPARAISO, Ind. — Not paying a restaurant tab will cost a woman a day in the county jail — not in a cell, but in the kitchen.

A judge ordered 19-year-old Donna Shelby to wash dishes at the Porter County Jail on Thanksgiving after she was convicted of a misdemeanor conversion charge for walking out of a restaurant without paying her $18.19 bill.

Porter Superior Court Judge David Chidester ordered the penalty Monday after a bench trial. Miss Shelby offered no defense to the accusation that she left the Round the Clock restaurant on Aug. 12 without paying.

Judge Chidester said the restaurant was not seeking restitution, so he sought an alternative sentence, which he remembered from an old television show.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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