- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 24, 2007

ARIZONA

Students arrested in class project

SCOTTSDALE — A woman and three students at a Scottsdale high school were arrested for simulating a shooting and kidnapping, police said.

The incident marks the second time that police responded to what they thought was a crime involving Desert Mountain High students but turned out to be a video project for a criminology class.

Last January, Scottsdale police were called to a simulated carjacking near the high school. Officers ended the production when they arrived with their guns drawn.

On Sunday, three 15-year-old girls who are sophomores at Desert Mountain were arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct after a concerned neighbor called 911.

Police said Marilyn Miller, 75, who was videotaping, also was arrested on suspicion of contributing to the delinquency of minors.

CALIFORNIA

Eight arrested in ‘71 police killing

SAN FRANCISCO — Eight men were arrested yesterday in the 1971 slaying of a police officer that authorities say was part of a black power group’s five-year campaign to kill law-enforcement officers in San Francisco and New York.

Police said seven of the eight are thought to be former members of the Black Liberation Army (BLA), an offshoot of the Black Panther Party.

The Aug. 29, 1971, shooting death of Sgt. John V. Young, 51, at a San Francisco police station was one in a series of attacks by BLA members on law-enforcement officials on both coasts, police said.

INDIANA

Kidnapped family found safe in motel

ELKHART — A mother and her four children were found safe last night at a motel in the same city where police said the father shot a man and abducted them, authorities said. He was arrested as he tried to escape through a motel air duct.

Jerry D. White, 30, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and several counts of confinement, police said.

Authorities had issued an Amber Alert for the four children, ages 16 months to 9 years, and their mother, 31-year-old Kimberly N. Walker, on Saturday.

Police said Mr. White broke into the Elkhart house of Miss Walker, his ex-girlfriend, about 2 a.m. Saturday and shot her sister’s boyfriend, who is still hospitalized. Mr. White then held everyone captive until leaving with Miss Walker and the children nearly 10 hours later, police said.

Police said they were able to trace the family to the Sleepy Hollow motel because Miss Walker had made three calls to relatives from a nearby pay phone saying they were safe.

LOUISIANA

Blanco says politics dictate Katrina aid

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana has been shortchanged in much of the recovery funding after Hurricane Katrina because of partisan politics in Washington, Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco said yesterday, pushing for a congressional investigation into the federal response to the 2005 storm.

The governor’s comments continue the fallout from a speech made last week Michael D. Brown, President Bush’s former Federal Emergency Management Agency director, who said Mississippi and Louisiana were treated differently after Katrina because of their political leadership.

Mrs. Blanco, a Democrat, said Republican leaders in Washington have slowed aid to Louisiana and discriminated against its residents while giving Mississippi — which is led by a Republican governor — more money proportionately than its damage from Katrina and Hurricane Rita.

MICHIGAN

Abducted boy’s family given new home

CHESTERFIELD — A construction company said yesterday that it will donate a new home to the family of Shawn Hornbeck, the boy who was abducted and held captive for more than four years.

The house will include office space for the Shawn Hornbeck Foundation, which Shawn’s parents started to help find missing children after Shawn disappeared in 2002.

Michael Devlin, 41, is accused of kidnapping Shawn, 15, and Ben Ownby, 13. The boys were found in Mr. Devlin’s apartment near St. Louis on Jan. 12, four days after Ben disappeared and more than four years after Shawn vanished.

NEW YORK

Disoriented man lost for five days

NEW YORK — A newcomer to the city became hopelessly lost for five days after going for a walk.

Damon Mootoo was staying at his brother’s house in South Jamaica, Queens, when he decided to go for the stroll last Wednesday — 12 hours after arriving in New York for the first time, the Daily News reported Monday.

The 32-year-old man quickly got disorientated by the confusing streets of Queens. Mr. Mootoo said he didn’t ask for directions because he was afraid he would be deported and because he had heard many scary stories about New York.

On Sunday night, after a good Samaritan, Michael Bharath, came to his aid, he was recovering at Jamaica Hospital from dehydration and frostbite.

NORTH DAKOTA

States loses school districts

BISMARCK — The number of North Dakota school districts has dropped more than 10 percent in the past eight years, and the slide is expected to continue along with declining enrollment, state officials say.

The state had 113,300 students in elementary and high schools in the 1998-99 school year. The total has dropped to 95,600.

OKLAHOMA

Escapees suspected in abduction, robbery

OKLAHOMA CITY — Two escaped inmates, including a convicted killer, were suspected of briefly abducting a woman and stealing cars in a crime spree in Oklahoma, authorities said yesterday.

The inmates escaped Monday from the medium-security Great Plains Correctional Center in Hinton by cutting through a recreation yard fence, said Jerry Massie, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

Authorities think Charles McDaniels, 35, and Tony Ellison, 23, broke into a Hinton residence, abducted a female resident and drove her and her vehicle into Oklahoma City, where they broke into another home, stealing another car, Oklahoma City police Sgt. Keith Vance said.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Toddler fatally shot in her mother’s arms

SWANSEA — A 2-year-old girl was fatally shot in her mother’s arms early Monday as two masked men had a gunbattle with the child’s father in the couple’s apartment, police said.

The armed men stopped the mother in the parking lot of her apartment complex as she headed to her car with the toddler and her 8-year-old child, police said.

The men asked the mother where the children’s father was and followed her to the couple’s upstairs apartment, police said. The father and the men started shooting at each other, and one of the bullets hit the little girl.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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