- The Washington Times - Friday, February 23, 2007

Preserved kidney recovered after tip

SEATTLE — A human kidney stolen from an exhibit of preserved bodies and organs was recovered after two months, thanks to an anonymous tip, police said.

Police interviewed and released a 26-year-old Tacoma man about the case and were waiting for prosecutors to decide whether to bring charges, Officer Jeffery R. Kappel said. Police declined to say why the kidney was taken or where it had been kept.

The organ disappeared Dec. 30 from “Bodies … The Exhibition,” which features 20 cadavers and 260 other parts preserved with a process that replaces human tissue with silicone rubber. Skin is removed, exposing muscles, bones, organs, tendons, blood vessels and brains.

The kidney was part of an interactive area where visitors can touch some body parts.

Woman reportedly fired at tailgater

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A woman who told authorities she was fed up with tailgaters pulled out a gun and shot at the tires of a pickup that got too close, police said.

Officials think the bullet missed the pickup, and no one was hurt.

Bernadette Headd, 39, was in rush-hour traffic Wednesday in suburban Detroit when the pickup pulled behind her, police said.

Miss Headd changed lanes and fired one round from a 9 mm handgun, police said. The driver followed her and flagged down a deputy, who stopped her and found the weapon.

Miss Headd, who had a permit to carry a concealed weapon, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, discharge of a firearm from a vehicle and use of a firearm during a felony. She was ordered held on $50,000 bond.

Boy found safe after abduction

PARRISH, Fla. — A 13-year-old boy abducted at gunpoint from a school bus stop yesterday morning made a “miraculous” escape hours later, authorities said. The gunman was still being sought.

Clay Moore wasn’t hurt except for scratches and scrapes, Sheriff Charlie Wells said. Clay was still being interviewed, and the sheriff declined to comment on what happened while the boy was alone with his captor.

Clay was standing with about a dozen children and was closest to the gunman’s red truck when he was taken at gunpoint about 9 a.m., Sheriff Wells said.

The boy was bound and taken to a wooded area. After being left alone, Clay managed to free himself and walk until he found a farm worker with a cell phone. He called his mother about 1:30 p.m.

Man accused in multiple thefts

EVERETT, Wash. — Authorities said a man stole a pickup, a sedan and a Volkswagen Beetle — along with perhaps 300 other cars. Not to mention boats and recreational vehicles.

Taylor Jacob Norton, 22, sold many of the vehicles to support a methamphetamine habit, and used others just to give rides to friends, sheriff’s Detective Jess Sanders said. Drug paraphernalia was found in his home, investigators reported.

An electronic beacon from a stolen car led to Mr. Norton’s arrest on Jan. 23 in his mobile home outside Arlington, 40 miles north of Seattle, authorities said.

Mr. Norton was being held for investigation of 48 crimes with bail totaling $201,000. Deputies think he also stole dozens of cars in western Washington.

Beaver spotted in Bronx River

NEW YORK — Beavers grace New York City’s official seal. But the industrious rodents haven’t been spotted here for as many as 200 years — until this week.

Biologists videotaped a beaver swimming up the Bronx River on Wednesday. Its twig-and-mud lodge had been spotted earlier on the riverbank, but the tape confirmed the presence of the animal.

The beaver that has made its way to the Bronx appears to be a male, several feet long and 2 or 3 years old, said Patrick Thomas, the mammals curator at the nearby Bronx Zoo.

Mentally ill man languishes in jail

CROWN POINT, Ind. — Officials are at a loss to explain how they allowed a homeless, mentally ill man accused of stealing a soda to languish in jail for 17 months.

Edward Perez’s attorney, his court-appointed psychiatrist, the judge in his case and Lake County jail officials all apparently thought he had been released a year ago.

The mistake wasn’t discovered until this month, after a new warden ordered a review of all inmates’ files, Sheriff Roy Dominguez told the Post-Tribune of Merrillville yesterday.

The jail released Mr. Perez and transferred him to a mental health clinic Feb. 7, Sheriff Dominguez said.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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