- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 17, 2007

Lawyer pleads guilty in fatal stabbing

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A lawyer who fatally stabbed a neighbor he thought had molested his 2-year-old daughter pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter Friday, attorneys said.

Prosecutor Jonathan Benedict said he will recommend Jonathon Edington, 29, serve 20 years in prison at sentencing Aug. 17.

Authorities said Edington’s wife told him that Barry James had molested their daughter, triggering the attack in the bedroom of Mr. James’ home on Aug. 28, 2006.

Officers said they caught Edington as he was washing off the victim’s blood in his kitchen sink.

Police have said they found no evidence that Mr. James had molested the Edingtons’ daughter.

Man convicted of drug smuggling

NEW YORK — A man labeled by the United States as one of the world’s biggest drug lords was convicted Friday of smuggling more than $100 million in cocaine from Colombia into the U.S.

Manuel Felipe Salazar-Espinosa was convicted of drug importation conspiracy, cocaine distribution and money laundering conspiracy in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

Designated by the Justice Department as one of the most powerful and dangerous drug traffickers in the world, Salazar-Espinosa faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison when he is sentenced Oct. 2. As a condition of the 55-year-old’s extradition from Colombia, prosecutors agreed not to seek the maximum sentence of life in prison.

Zebras, horses take walk around town

COLORADO SPRINGS — The circus came to town Friday, but a few wayward animals put on their own show.

Four zebras and three horses from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus took an unscheduled run on a road just outside World Arena, where the circus was performing this weekend. About 15 animal handlers chased them for about a half-hour

The animals were being walked into the arena from a corral in the parking lot to practice when noise from nearby Interstate 25 spooked the zebras, said Carrie Coleman, veterinary technician for the circus.

The zebras ran onto a road alongside the interstate, and the horses followed. The animals were recaptured unharmed and no one was hurt, officials said.

Threats cancel graduation ceremony

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Threatening letters and an apparent homemade firebomb on campus led the University of California at Riverside to cancel final exams and a graduation ceremony Friday, officials said.

Two handwritten, threatening letters were sent to the school that afternoon, campus Police Chief Mike Lane said.

School officials scrapped the ceremony after groundskeepers found two plastic bottles that contained what investigators think was flammable liquid near a burning palm tree at 5:25 a.m., Chief Lane said.

Another suspicious device was found in a nearby planter three hours later, he said.

Pearls found in sunken wreckage

KEY WEST, Fla. — Salvagers discovered thousands of pearls Friday in a small, lead box they said they found while searching for the wreckage of the 17th-century Spanish galleon Santa Margarita.

Divers from Blue Water Ventures of Key West said they found the sealed box, measuring 3½ inches by 5½ inches, along with a gold bar, eight gold chains and hundreds of other artifacts last week.

They apparently were buried beneath the ocean floor in about 18 feet of water about 40 miles west of Key West.

The pearls will be conserved, documented and photographed in an archaeological laboratory above the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West.

Teen sits in all of stadium’s seats

YORK, Pa. — A high school student warmed all 5,200 seats in a new minor league baseball stadium before its inaugural game.

It took Todd McCormick, 17, about three hours Friday to sit in each seat of Sovereign Bank Stadium, the new home of the York Revolution. That’s about 29 seats per minute.

Todd, of Springfield Township, started at 11:50 a.m. in Row N in right field. He finished about 3 p.m., two hours before gates opened for the game against the Newark Bears.

“It’ll hurt in the morning, but right now I don’t feel anything,” Todd said. “The Revolution said this would serve two purposes: It’ll bring luck and I’ll get to check all of the chairs.”

The Revolution lost to the Bears, 7-4.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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