- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 6, 2006

CALIFORNIA

Goldmans seek rights to Simpson’s image

LOS ANGELES — The father of Ron Goldman asked a court yesterday to give him the publicity rights to the name, image and likeness of O.J. Simpson, who has failed to pay a $33.5 million judgment in a 1997 wrongful death lawsuit.

“He personally has never paid a dime on the judgment to anyone,” Fred Goldman said. “He has made it very clear over the years that he has no intention of doing so.”

The petition, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, asks that Simpson’s “right of publicity” be transferred to help pay off the Goldman family’s portion of the award, estimated at about $20 million, plus interest. A hearing on the petition was scheduled for Oct. 17.

Simpson has avoided paying the civil judgment because his football pension and his Florida home cannot legally be seized. Yale Galanter, Simpson’s attorney, said he would review the petition but had found no legal precedent that gives a court the authority to take publicity rights forcibly. Such rights have been sold or transferred voluntarily.

FLORIDA

Jogger stuck 4 days in swamp muck

ORLANDO — A missing runner was rescued from a Florida swamp after spending four days stuck in the muck with only the waist-deep water around him to drink.

Eddie Meadows, 62, had left for a run over his lunch hour Thursday but never returned to his office at a nearby University of Central Florida research park, authorities said.

He was spotted among the brush and trees Monday morning as friends and colleagues searched for him.

Mr. Meadows was parched and covered with bug bites and had consumed swamp water to stay hydrated during the four-day ordeal, said university police Sgt. Woody Furnas. Mr. Furnas said the area has thick silt and muck that can act like glue.

Mr. Meadows was taken to Florida Hospital East.

GEORGIA

Driver gets probation in crash that killed 5

DOUGLAS — A woman convicted of driving under the influence in a crash that killed five children on an all-terrain vehicle was sentenced yesterday to a year of probation.

Amanda Troupe’s sentence includes nine months in a probation detention center, a month in an alcohol treatment center and some community service, said Coffee County Superior Court Judge Michael Boggs.

Miss Troupe originally faced homicide charges in the Sept. 20, 2003, crash on a rural road in southeastern Georgia, but she was acquitted Aug. 28. The jury found her guilty of two counts of driving under the influence, each with a maximum sentence of one year.

INDIANA

Man crushed to death by pet python

LANESVILLE — A 14-foot pet python crushed its owner to death, authorities said yesterday after finding the snake loose in a southern Indiana shed with the man’s body.

Patrick Von Allmen, 23, was found Monday evening in the shed near Lanesville, about 15 miles west of Louisville, Ky.

A medical examiner determined that the death was consistent with asphyxiation caused by compression of the neck and chest.

MASSACHUSETTS

Flight-scare suspect sent to mental hospital

WORCESTER — A woman whose actions aboard a London-to-Washington flight provoked a security scare will be held indefinitely at a residential mental health facility in New Hampshire, a federal judge ruled yesterday.

Catherine Mayo, 59, of Braintree, Vt., has been in federal custody since Aug. 17, when United Flight 923 was diverted to Boston after she urinated on the floor of the cabin and made statements that the pilot and crew thought were references to al Qaeda and the September 11 attacks.

At a hearing yesterday, U.S. Magistrate Timothy Hillman agreed with a defense request that she be taken to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., and be put in the official custody of her 31-year-old son.

She waived her right to a probable cause hearing on a charge of interfering with a flight crew. Her attorney, public defender Page Kelley, has said she has a long history of mental illness.

OHIO

Mother files suit in foster care death

HAMILTON — The mother of a 3-year-old developmentally disabled child who died in foster care filed a $5 million lawsuit yesterday against county officials, the foster parents and the agency that placed the boy.

The foster parents, Liz and David Carroll Jr., are jailed on charges that include involuntary manslaughter.

Prosecutors say the couple wrapped the boy in a blanket and packing tape, and left him in a closet while they went to a family reunion in August. The boy, Marcus Fiesel, was dead when the Carrolls returned two days later.

Marcus’ mother, Donna Trevino, is suing the Carrolls and the government and private agencies involved for negligence, claiming they failed to adequately supervise the placement and treatment of her son, said her attorney, Kevin Hughes.

RHODE ISLAND

Jury selection begins in nightclub fire trial

PROVIDENCE — Jury selection began yesterday for the trial of one of the owners of the nightclub where a fire killed 100 persons three years ago.

Michael Derderian is the first person to stand trial for the Feb. 20, 2003, blaze at the Station, which began when sparks from stage pyrotechnics ignited soundproofing foam on the club’s walls and ceiling. It was the fourth deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history, and also injured more than 200 persons.

Daniel Biechele, tour manager of the band playing in the club that night, pleaded guilty to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter and is serving a four-year prison sentence.

Mr. Derderian, 45, and his brother, Jeffrey, the co-owners of the club, each face 200 counts of involuntary manslaughter — two counts for each person killed under separate legal theories. No trial date has been set for Jeffrey Derderian.

UTAH

Polygamist returned to face sex charges

HURRICANE — Polygamist sect leader Warren S. Jeffs was flown back to Utah yesterday to face felony sex charges involving the arranged marriage of an underage girl to an older man.

Accompanied by sheriff’s deputies, he arrived at the Purgatory Correctional Facility in Hurricane shortly after noon, said Washington County Sheriff’s Lt. Rob Tersigni.

An initial court appearance was expected today before 5th District Judge James L. Shumate, though the court typically conducts initial appearances via video link from the jail. A public defender could be appointed for Jeffs if he has no attorney.

Jeffs, 50, had been on the FBI’s 10 most wanted list until his arrest last month during a chance traffic stop near Las Vegas.

Even behind bars, he is considered the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a polygamist sect with an estimated 10,000 followers, many in the twin towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz. The sect broke away from the Mormon church more than a century ago and has been disavowed by the Mormons.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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