- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 7, 2007

Driver’s baby killed in high-speed chase

ALVARADO, Texas — A woman led police on a 25-mile high-speed chase until she crashed into a concrete median, killing her 9-month-old daughter in the collision, authorities said.

Alexxus Riza was thrown Friday night from the sport utility vehicle, which rolled several times under an Interstate 35 overpass, said Trooper Dub Gillum of the Texas Department of Public Safety. The vehicle struck a traffic light before hitting the concrete barrier, officials said.

Aimee Andrea Riza, 36, of Keene, sustained minor injuries and was charged with manslaughter, evading arrest, resisting arrest and reckless driving, Trooper Gillum said.

A motorist had called the Somervell County Sheriff’s Department to report a reckless driver. When Miss Riza refused to stop, authorities chased her through two counties at speeds up to 110 mph, Trooper Gillum said.

Dozens of suspected aliens found in home

PHOENIX — Authorities found at least 80 suspected illegal aliens in a house west of Phoenix and arrested two suspected smugglers, a police official said.

Authorities shot tear gas into the house Friday, forcing one of the suspected smugglers out. They found the other suspect hiding in the attic, Peoria police spokesman Mike Tellef said.

He said authorities became aware of the house after a Michigan resident called U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), saying one of the resident’s relatives had called because the suspected smugglers were demanding more money.

The suspected illegal aliens were in the custody of ICE.

Flight canceled after pilot’s outburst

ROMULUS, Mich. — A Northwest Airlines flight was canceled because the pilot was yelling obscenities during a cell phone conversation while people were boarding, and he cursed at one passenger, a federal official said yesterday.

The pilot of the Las Vegas-to-Detroit flight was apparently in a heated cell phone conversation in the cockpit, then went into a lavatory, locked the door and continued the conversation, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said yesterday.

Las Vegas police were sent Friday to McCarran International Airport to investigate. Authorities were told that the pilot cursed at one passenger who confronted him, Mr. Gregor said.

There were 180 passengers and five crew members on the flight to Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Northwest Airlines Corp. said.

The name of the captain, whom Mr. Gregor described as a veteran pilot, wasn’t released. Eagan, Minn.-based Northwest issued an apology to passengers and said the incident was under review.

Man seeks retrial on terrorism charges

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Shaky testimony and prejudice by the jury foreman should be enough to grant a new trial to a Lodi, Calif., man convicted last year of terrorism-related charges, a defense lawyer argued Friday.

Lawyer Dennis Riordan told a federal judge that jury foreman Joseph Cote was biased against his client because he is a Pakistani-American Muslim charged with terrorist activities.

Hamid Hayat’s sentencing has been postponed while Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. considers a defense motion seeking a new trial. The judge delayed making a decision.

Hayat, 24, was arrested in June 2005 and convicted last April of lying to federal agents when he denied attending a terrorist-training camp in Pakistan in 2003. He also was convicted of providing support to terrorists by attending the camp, then returning to the U.S. intending to conduct a holy war. He faces up to 39 years in prison.

Boat goes over dam; 4 rescued from rapids

HOUSTON — A boat carrying four persons, including two boys ages 6 and 7, plunged off a 150-foot dam on the Colorado River and became wedged near the bottom, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The boaters were rescued Friday, and two of them, including one child, were airlifted to a nearby hospital, Coast Guard spokesman Adam Eggers said. He did not know their names or conditions.

The recreation-style boat submerged into whitewater-speed rapids after going over the falls near Bay City, Mr. Eggers said. The Coast Guard’s Houston office received a call from the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Office before sunset Friday requesting help for the boaters.

From staff reports and wire dispatches


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