- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 29, 2007

Woman’s body found in house

HARLINGEN, Texas — A man who said he has damaged nerves in his nose never smelled his wife’s decomposing body in a storage room of their home and thought she had left him, police said.

The couple’s daughter was looking for a cat July 15 when she found Alicia Pilouw’s body in a storage room filled with household items, Eugene Pilouw said. His wife had been gone for three days.

“I never smelled anything, and I still don’t smell anything,” said Mr. Pilouw, who blames diabetes for his damaged nose. “I thought she had run away from home again — especially after I noticed an envelope with $250 was missing.”

Harlingen police expect to get toxicology test results tomorrow that will help them determine the cause of the 50-year-old woman’s death, police spokesman David Osborne said.

Man who killed actress stabbed

SAN FRANCISCO — The man convicted of stalking and killing actress Rebecca Schaeffer in 1989 was stabbed repeatedly by another inmate in the prison where he is serving a life sentence, corrections officials said.

Robert John Bardo, 37, suffered 11 stab and puncture wounds Friday at Mule Creek State Prison in Amador County, authorities said. He was treated at University of California, Davis, Medical Center and returned to the prison, officials said.

The slaying of Miss Schaeffer, a former teenage model who co-starred in the 1980s sitcom “My Sister Sam,” helped prompt anti-stalking laws. She was shot when she answered the door of her home in Los Angeles.

The suspect in the attack on Bardo was identified as a man serving an 82-years-to-life sentence for second-degree murder.

ATM spits out extra cash

MANSFIELD, La. — An ATM at a northwest Louisiana truck stop gave out $20 bills instead of $5s, but authorities say they know who took the extra $7,000 the machine spit out and plan to track them down.

DeSoto Parish sheriff’s Lt. Toni Morris said the automated teller machine has records showing 26 persons who received the extra cash during five days in late June and early July.

Lt. Morris said someone who did not work at the truck stop may have rigged the machine, which keeps records of when the money was taken and by whom.

She said charges could be brought against the people who got more money than they intended to withdraw.

Stunt pilot killed at Ohio air show

DAYTON, Ohio — A biplane performing stunts for an air show crashed into a runway yesterday in front of thousands of spectators, killing the pilot, officials said.

Jim LeRoy, 46, was in one of two planes making loop-the-loops with smoke trailing as part of the annual air show at Dayton International Airport. His Pitts aircraft slammed into the runway across a field from spectators and caught fire.

It took less than a minute for fire trucks to arrive and start putting out the fire, but Mr. LeRoy, a Marine veteran who had a degree in aeronautical engineering, died en route to Miami Valley Hospital, said Airport Fire Chief Mark Carpenter. The cause of the crash was being investigated.

Baby sitter charged with pimping

GRANITE CITY, Ill. — A baby sitter accused of allowing a man to have sex with a 12-year-old girl in her care for money was charged with pimping, police said.

Amber Salts, 20, took the girl to the home of a 48-year-old man with whom she had been “romantically involved” and allowed the girl to have sex with him, Madison County sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Dixon said.

Larry Westwood paid the girl $140, which she split with Miss Salts, police said.

Miss Salts was charged Friday with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and pimping. Mr. Westwood was charged with two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault.

The girl was treated at a local hospital and released with no physical injuries.

Coin dealer has nerve-racking flight

SAN JOSE, Calif. — John Feigenbaum didn’t sleep at all during his red-eye flight across country. He’s not a nervous flier — he had a dime worth $1.9 million in his jeans pocket.

Mr. Feigenbaum, 38, of Virginia Beach, deals in rare coins, and the dime he was carrying from San Jose to New York is a 1894-S dime, one of only nine known to exist.

He picked up the dime, one of only 24 known to be coined in 1894 in San Francisco, on Monday from the seller’s vault in Oakland. He delivered it to the buyer’s vault the following day, in Midtown Manhattan.

Mr. Feigenbaum said he and the seller’s agent will split a 6 percent commission on the deal.

During his flight across the country, he kept checking to make sure the dime was safe.

“It’s the Holy Grail of coins,” Mr. Feigenbaum said.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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