- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 14, 2007

Corzine’s leg surgery a success; driver found

CAMDEN, N.J. — Surgery on Gov. Jon Corzine’s injured leg was successful yesterday, but state police said the driver blamed for the wreck that critically injured the governor had been found but would not be charged.

Mr. Corzine’s recovery was progressing better than doctors expected, said Dr. Steven Ross, head of trauma at Cooper University Hospital.

Mr. Corzine was hurt Thursday when the sport utility vehicle he was riding in was clipped by a vehicle that swerved to avoid a red pickup truck that officials said was being driven erratically. Mr. Corzine’s vehicle slammed into a guard rail along the Garden State Parkway in Galloway Township, near Atlantic City.

The 20-year-old driver of the red truck involved in the wreck was found Friday night. He wasn’t charged because he didn’t realize he caused the crash, police said.

Horse rider charged with drunken driving

COLUMBIA, Ky. — A horse was euthanized and its rider charged with being drunk on horseback after a Kentucky state trooper struck the horse with his cruiser, state police said.

Trooper James Richard was driving in a rainstorm about five miles east of Columbia in south-central Kentucky when he hit the horse and rider late Friday on an unlighted, rural highway, state police said.

The horse was critically injured and euthanized at the scene, state police said. Jonathan Bryant was charged with driving under the influence a “nonmotorized vehicle” after he was treated for minor injuries and released. He was being held at the Adair County Jail.

Eatery’s closing ends snake, ‘gator platters

STOCKTON, Calif. — Local diners with adventurous palates have less than two months to try rattlesnake, alligator and other exotic meats.

The restaurant Taboo by the Delta is closing its doors June 1 when its owner retires after 10 years in business.

Along with ‘gators and rattlesnake, Taboo served shark, frog legs and turtle.

The name of the restaurant reflects the hidden allure of “things that are forbidden, things that would hurt you,” owner Jesse “Boo” Burkett said. “People just buy into it.”

Mr. Burkett said he stopped serving kangaroo and black bear in 2004 after the California Department of Fish and Game told him it was illegal.

“People are so curious to things that are different,” Mr. Burkett said. However, he acknowledged, “you do get negative reactions from people, sometimes.”

Woman found alive under trash; man dead

WOODMERE, N.Y. — An elderly woman was rescued after she was found buried beneath a pile of debris, garbage and animal feces in a home, authorities said. An elderly man was found dead.

Helen Bushwick, 85, was discovered Thursday when volunteer firefighters responded to the two-story house after relatives said they couldn’t reach her. Debris mixed with human and animal waste was piled high in every room, some all the way to the ceiling.

“A six-foot pile of rubbish collapsed on her and trapped her in there,” Erik Kinney, a volunteer firefighter, said of Miss Bushwick.

The man was found Friday when authorities resumed a search. His name was not immediately released.

There was garbage — “cans, boxes, clothing, papers, whatever you can collect in every room, some spots to the ceiling, some three feet to the ceiling,” Mr. Kinney said. “Feces — raccoon, ‘possum and human” were found in buckets and in the trash.

From combined wire and dispatch reports

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