- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 18, 2007

Soldier convicted in detainees’ deaths

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — A military panel found a 101st Airborne soldier guilty of three counts of negligent homicide but not guilty of premeditated murder in the deaths of three Iraqi detainees.

Staff Sgt. Ray Girouard, 24, faced up to life in prison had he been found guilty of premeditated murder.

Girouard also was found guilty of obstruction of justice for lying to investigators, of conspiracy for trying to conceal the crime and of failure to obey a general order. He could be sentenced to a maximum of 21 years in prison, said his lawyer, Anita Gorecki. The sentencing portion of the trial begins tomorrow.

Girouard was accused of telling his soldiers to release detainees they captured during a raid May 9 near Samarra, Iraq, and then shoot them as they fled. He is the last and most senior soldier from the unit to face trial in the killings.

Residents evacuated after ammonia leak

LAKE CITY, Minn. — Anhydrous ammonia leaked from a railroad tank car yesterday and the fumes led authorities to evacuate several homes.

There were no reports of injuries, the Wabasha County sheriff’s office said.

The leaking car was part of an Iowa, Chicago & Eastern Railroad train operating on Canadian Pacific tracks, railroad officials said.

A cap on the tanker car apparently failed, state, city and railroad officials said in a press conference. Authorities said yesterday afternoon that they had capped the leak.

Anhydrous ammonia can be extremely toxic and might be fatal if inhaled.

Toddler sickened by father’s vaccination

CHICAGO — A 2-year-old Indiana boy contracted a rare life-threatening infection from his soldier father’s smallpox vaccination, according to a published report.

The boy was being treated at the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital, the Chicago Tribune reported yesterday. The family’s name and home town were not released.

The boy developed a virulent rash over 80 percent of his body earlier this month after coming in contact with his father, who had recently been vaccinated for smallpox before he was to be deployed overseas by the Army, the paper said.

Physicians stressed that the boy was not suffering from smallpox, but from the related vaccinia virus that is used to convey immunity to the much deadlier disease.

Former truck driver sentenced to death

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — A former truck driver convicted of killing four women and dumping their mutilated bodies across California has been sentenced to death.

Wayne Adam Ford, 45, was convicted last June of four counts of first-degree murder for the 1997 and 1998 killings.

He was arrested in November 1998 after he walked into a sheriff’s station in Northern California with a woman’s severed breast and told authorities it represented the “tip of the iceberg.”

Ford was convicted of killing two California women, Patricia Tamez and Lanett Deyon White, a Las Vegas woman, Tina Renee Gibbs, and an unidentified woman whose torso was found in a slough.

Man apologizes for faking disappearance

BOULDER, Colo. — A man has apologized for sending hundreds of volunteers on a search for a friend who supposedly got lost but in fact had run away to avoid returning to his Marine unit.

The search last August and September for Lance Cpl. Lance Hering, 21, took five days and cost $33,000. Cpl. Hering is still missing.

Steve Powers, 21, was convicted of misdemeanor false reporting and was ordered to write the apology, which he submitted to a court Friday.

Cpl. Hering, who was in a unit purportedly involved in the April 2005 shooting death of a 52-year-old Iraqi, was on leave from Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Powers said Cpl. Hering feared he would be harmed by members of his own unit, some of whom face murder charges in the Iraqi civilian’s death.

Teacher gets 10 years for sex with student

WILMINGTON, Del. — A sixth-grade science teacher who was accused of having sex with a 13-year-old student has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Rachel L. Holt, 35, had pleaded guilty to second-degree rape. She sobbed in court Friday as Superior Court Judge Calvin L. Scott gave her the mandatory minimum sentence.

Police accused her of having sex with the boy during an intense weeklong affair. She also was accused of plying the boy with alcohol and allowing him to drive her car.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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