- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 8, 2006

CALIFORNIA

Motorcyclist breaks leg, crawls up slope

ANAHEIM — A man with a broken leg crawled 75 feet up a remote hillside after crashing his motorcycle, then had to spend the night in the open waiting for rescue, officials said.

The 47-year-old man tumbled down the hillside with his bike in the Cleveland National Forest on Monday, said Capt. Stephen Miller of the Orange County Fire Authority.

After climbing 75 feet, he collapsed 15 feet from the top of the slope, in an area with no cell-phone reception.

“He kept crawling and crawling, but he just couldn’t make it to the top,” Capt. Miller said.

The man was dehydrated by the time two other motorcycle riders found him Tuesday, but he was later listed in good condition at a hospital in Anaheim, authorities said. His name was not released.

FLORIDA

Bibles in pocket save man’s life

JACKSONVILLE — A man says two small Bibles in his shirt pocket saved his life when they kept a bullet from hitting him.

The 54-year-old Orange Park man, whose name was withheld because his attackers were still at large, told police that two men ambushed him with a rifle as he carried bags of garbage to a trash bin.

The man said he was carrying two New Testament Bibles in his shirt pocket to give to friends and that they stopped a bullet that otherwise would have torn into his body.

The men fled in opposite directions and have not been arrested, police said.

Other than a red mark and a pain in his chest, the man was not injured, the Florida Times-Union reported Tuesday.

KENTUCKY

Ex-soldier enters plea in deaths of Iraqis

LOUISVILLE — A former 101st Airborne Division soldier pleaded not guilty yesterday in the rape and slaying of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and the killings of three others in her family.

Former Army Pvt. Steven D. Green, 21, was indicted last week on federal charges including murder and aggravated sexual assault.

The attack happened March 12 in Mahmoudiya, Iraq, a village about 20 miles south of Baghdad, where Mr. Green was stationed with the division’s 502nd Infantry Regiment.

The indictment claims that Mr. Green and others raped the girl and burned her body to conceal their crimes. It also says that Mr. Green and four others stationed at a nearby checkpoint killed her father, mother and 6-year-old sister.

The soldiers who still are serving in the 101st also face charges related to the incident, and two of them face the death penalty if convicted in courts-martial at Fort Campbell, a judge ruled.

MASSACHUSETTS

Murder suspect must provide DNA

CAMBRIDGE — A British man accused of killing his wife and infant daughter must submit to a DNA test, a judge ruled.

Judge Peter Lauriat said prosecutors are entitled to the direct sample of Neil Entwistle’s DNA, even though they have another sample from him that was obtained from his slain infant, said a spokeswoman for the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.

Defense attorneys argued that prosecutors have used unreliable DNA evidence to link him to the .22-caliber handgun thought to be the murder weapon in the Jan. 20 shooting deaths of Rachel, 27, and Lillian, 9 months.

Assistant District Attorney Michael Fabbri has said the state crime lab initially matched Mr. Entwistle’s DNA to the gun by extrapolating his DNA from a sample taken from the infant, then obtaining DNA from a water bottle Mr. Entwistle had in his car.

Mr. Fabbri said that DNA match is reliable, but prosecutors wanted the direct sample for trial.

The ruling, dated Monday, said the direct sample should be taken within 30 days.

MISSOURI

Jail goes pink with teddy bears

BUFFALO — Prisoners returning to a jail damaged in a breakout attempt will find a radically new decor: pink with blue teddy-bear accents.

Dallas County Sheriff Mike Rackley said he decided on the color scheme as part of extensive repairs necessary after inmates set a fire and vandalized the interior on Oct. 8.

“Basically, if they are going to act like children and commit a childish act, then we’ll make a childish atmosphere,” he said. “And it’s a calming thing — teddy bears are soothing. So we made it like a day care and that’s kind of like what it is, a day care for adults who can’t control their behavior in public.”

Since the jail violence, most of the southwest Missouri county’s 30-plus prisoners have been in neighboring jails awaiting completion of the repairs. Eight inmates have been returned to the jail, but they are confined to their cells 23 hours a day because of the construction and are “a little testy” because of the restrictions.

Sheriff Rackley said the paint job was inspired by similar redecorating efforts at jails in Texas and Arizona.

NEW YORK

SUV mows down family, kills boy

NEW YORK — A sport utility vehicle collided with another SUV, jumped a curb and plowed into a family yesterday, killing a 5-year-old boy on his way to school and leaving his mother in critical condition, police said.

The driver, Bertilde Gabriel, 52, made an illegal turn, hit the other SUV then ran over the family from behind as they walked on a sidewalk, witnesses said. Police said Mrs. Gabriel tried to flee the scene but was stopped by witnesses.

Mrs. Gabriel complained of chest pains and was taken to a hospital, then arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident and criminally negligent homicide, police said. Her husband, Franklin Gabriel, said she has experienced heart problems and told him that she blacked out right before the crash.

The boy who was killed was identified as Christopher Frombrum. His mother was hospitalized in critical condition. The two surviving children were in stable condition.

NORTH CAROLINA

Students injured in bus accidents

RED SPRINGS — A car collided with a school bus yesterday and 22 middle school students and their bus driver were taken to a hospital, authorities said. No one was seriously injured.

The car pulled out to pass the Robeson County bus, but moved in front of a tractor-trailer that had changed lanes to pass the school vehicle, said Raymond Cummings, the Robeson County schools’ transportation director. The car struck the truck and then the bus and became lodged under the bus, he said. The bus went out of control and ended up in a ditch, Mr. Cummings said.

Another bus carrying Nebo Elementary School students back from a field trip to a Rutherford County farm crashed yesterday, injuring more than two dozen people, officials said. None of the injuries was life-threatening, officials said.

The bus went off the road south of Marion in western North Carolina, the officials said. The shoulder was soft from recent rainfall, and when the driver tried to get the bus back on the road, it turned onto its side, said Patty McQuillan, spokeswoman for the state Department of Crime Control and Public Safety.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Chain offers food for campaign signs

CHARLESTON — Turn in those ubiquitous campaign signs and get some free food.

That’s the message from Southeast restaurant chain Sticky Fingers, which is offering a free appetizer to anyone who cleans up the campaign clutter and brings in a sign.

“Just think of those leftover campaign signs as oversized, roadside gift certificates,” Sticky Fingers co-owner Jeff Goldstein said. “It’s an easy way to help take care of our neighborhoods.”

The Charleston-based ribs restaurant will offer coupons for a free appetizer through Wednesday.

The chain operates 17 restaurants in the Carolinas, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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