- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 14, 2006


21-vehicle accident closes Interstate 84

HARTFORD — A chain-reaction accident involving 18 cars and three tractor-trailers forced authorities to shut down a rain-slickened section of Interstate 84 in Hartford for two hours Sunday night.

Several people were injured, but none were reported to be in serious condition, said Lt. J. Paul Vance, a state police spokesman.

The initial accident apparently occurred in the eastbound lanes about 8:45 p.m., police said. Several cars also crashed in the westbound lanes. The highway was reopened shortly before 11 p.m.

The cause was under investigation.


Man charged with killing deputy

TAMARAC — A man was charged yesterday with shooting two sheriff’s deputies, killing one, during a traffic stop in suburban Fort Lauderdale.

Eloyn D. Ingraham, 28, of Sunrise, was being held without bail on charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder of a law-enforcement officer, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office said. Two other men, seen on surveillance video with Mr. Ingraham, also were arrested. Bernard Forbes, 22, and Andre Delancy, 19, were charged with accessory after the fact.

Mr. Ingraham was a passenger in a car pulled over at a condominium late Saturday after Deputy Brian Tephford suspected the vehicle was stolen because it had the wrong tag, Sheriff Ken Jenne said. Deputy Tephford called for backup, and Deputy Corey Carbocci was dispatched to the scene. Shortly after, both deputies were fired upon, Mr. Jenne said.

Deputy Tephford, 34, was pronounced dead at a hospital. Deputy Carbocci, 37, was hospitalized and is expected to make a full recovery.


Army Corps sued over wetlands logging

SAVANNAH — Environmentalists have sued to halt logging of cypress and other trees growing in a privately owned lake, arguing that the Army Corps of Engineers wrongly determined no permit was required.

The lawsuit, filed yesterday on behalf of the Ogeechee-Canoochee Riverkeeper, says the Army Corps failed to enforce the Clean Water Act by granting a permit exemption to landowners of Cypress Lake near Statesboro.

There’s more at stake than just the 60 acres of cypress, swamp blackgum and water tupelo trees that Cypress Lake’s owners want to harvest for pulpwood and mulch, said Chandra Brown, executive director of the riverkeeper group.

Harvesting the trees would destroy habitat used by wood storks, beavers and indigo snakes and hamper the forested lake’s ability to function as a wetland by filtering pollutants from water and absorbing floodwaters, she said.


Red meat linked to breast cancer

CHICAGO — Younger women who eat more red meat may be at higher risk of a certain kind of breast cancer, perhaps because of hormonal residues in beef cattle and other factors, according to a study published yesterday.

Data from a multiyear study involving the health histories of more than 90,000 U.S. nurses show that “in this population of relatively young, premenopausal women, red meat intake was associated with a higher risk of hormone receptor-positive breast cancer,” said the study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Hormone receptor-positive tumors are those that carry certain proteins to which hormones, in this case estrogen and progesterone, bind, helping them grow.


10 cities to test citizenship exam

BOSTON — Boston and nine other cities will be trying a new citizenship exam that tests applicants’ grasp of the American democracy.

The current test is heavy on historical facts and includes questions about the colors of the U.S. flag and the name of the form used to apply for citizenship. The new exam will ask about the Bill of Rights and the meaning of democracy.

Starting this winter, the test will be offered on a voluntary basis in Boston and nine other cities. Officials have not said which other cities will offer the test, said Shawn Saucier, spokesman for Citizenship and Immigration Services.

In 2008, the exam will be given to all applicants for naturalization.

During the pilot project, officials hope to work out any problems with the test and refine the exam by administering it to 5,000 people. To pass the test, immigrants must correctly answer six of 10 questions.


Diplomat investigated in son’s beating

NEW YORK — A Kenyan diplomat was taken into custody on charges of beating his 9-year-old son but released because of his diplomatic immunity, police said yesterday.

Fred Matwanga, the second secretary of the Kenyan mission to the United Nations, was taken into custody Saturday at his home in Queens but released after police discovered that he had a U.S. State Department-issued credential identifying him as a diplomat, police department spokesman Paul Browne said.

Despite Mr. Matwanga’s release, Administration for Children’s Services took custody of his children while city officials explored ways to still prosecute him or have him expelled from the country, the New York Post reported yesterday.


Ex-GOP fundraiser convicted in coin case

TOLEDO — A former Republican Party fundraiser was convicted yesterday of embezzling from a rare-coin investment fund in a scandal that contributed to the rout of Ohio’s Republican Party on Election Day.

Tom Noe, a coin dealer and former Republican fundraiser, was convicted of 29 of the 40 counts against him, including theft, corrupt activity, money laundering, forgery and tampering with evidence.

The corrupt activity charge was the most serious, carrying a mandatory 10-year prison sentence.

The scandal surrounding the investment became a political liability for the Republican Party in last Tuesday’s election. Voters elected Democrats to the governor’s office, a U.S. Senate seat and three of four other statewide offices after 12 years of Republican rule.


Standoff at pharmacy ends in man’s arrest

STOLLINGS — Six persons were held hostage at a pharmacy for about 90 minutes yesterday before police arrested a man who had demanded prescription drugs and fired a shot, authorities said.

None of the hostages was harmed, but the suspect was taken to a hospital, said Logan County 911 Director Marilyn Crosby. The nature of his injuries was not clear, but a witness said he had taken a painkiller and an anti-anxiety drug.

“Everybody else that was in there were safe,” Ms. Crosby said. Details on the situation, including how it ended, were sketchy yesterday afternoon.

Pharmacy technician Jessica Thompson, 24, said the gunman walked into the Family Discount Pharmacy store and demanded pills, saying he needed the drugs but could not afford to buy them. He was given an unknown quantity of Lortab, a painkiller, and Xanax, an anti-anxiety drug, which he took, she said. He then became drowsy.


Counterfeit bill blank on one side

SHEBOYGAN — A woman’s attempt to pass a counterfeit $20 bill at a gas station was easily foiled when the clerk realized something odd: It was blank on one side.

Leah R. Jarolimek, 21, of Cedar Grove, was charged with a felony count of forgery after her failed attempt to buy chips and cigarettes, according to a complaint filed Friday in Sheboygan County Circuit Court.

Miss Jarolimek handed her driver’s license to the clerk early Wednesday to prove that she was old enough to buy cigarettes and the bill, according to the complaint. The cashier told police that the bill was placed face up on the counter, but it felt suspicious when she picked it up.

Teresa Wells said she flipped over the bill and found it blank. Miss Jarolimek replied that she didn’t know it was fake, the complaint said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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