- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 6, 2007

ALASKA

Moose knocks helicopter out of sky

ANCHORAGE — A helicopter is not necessarily a match for an angry moose.

Instead of lying down after being shot with a tranquilizer dart, a moose charged a hovering helicopter used by a wildlife biologist, damaging the aircraft’s tail rotor and forcing it to the ground.

The pilot and the biologist were not injured, but the moose was maimed by the spinning rotor and had to be euthanized, wildlife officials said.

“It just had to be one of those quirky circumstances. Even dealing with bears and goats and moose and wolves, this is pretty unusual and truly a very unique situation,” said Doug Larsen, regional supervisor for the Division of Wildlife Conservation.

Biologist Kevin White was aboard the chartered helicopter on Saturday for a study of moose near Gustavus, a community of about 450 people northwest of Juneau. Moose outnumber humans there 2 to 1, Mr. White wrote in an essay for the Department of Fish and Game Web site.

CALIFORNIA

Disgruntled worker wounds 3, kills self

SIGNAL HILL — A disgruntled employee firing a pistol seriously wounded three co-workers at a menu-printing plant yesterday before killing himself as a SWAT team entered the building, authorities said.

The man, thought to be 67, entered Kenyon Press shortly after 9 a.m., walked past a superior and shot three co-workers with a semiautomatic handgun, police Capt. Mary Risinger said.

The business owner told police the man had indicated he was upset about a reduction in work affecting all employees, Capt. Risinger said. It was not known how long the gunman had worked there or when the cutback was announced.

The names of the shooter and victims weren’t immediately released. The three persons wounded were men in their 50s, said Valarie Carlomagno, secretary to the police chief.

A dozen workers were in the business at the time. A female worker locked herself in a room and called 911 when the shooting started. By the time police arrived some employees, including two of the wounded, had escaped. Officers got the other employees and the remaining wounded man out of the building.

INDIANA

Small plane crashes into home, 2 dead

BEDFORD — A small plane crashed into a home near a southern Indiana airport yesterday, killing both persons aboard, authorities said.

There were no reports of injuries on the ground, though the impact left much of the plane lodged inside the house.

Elizabeth Isham Cory, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said two persons were aboard the plane when it crashed about 11 a.m. Their identities were not immediately released.

Vivian Pace told the Times-Mail newspaper she was in her living room when the plane struck the side of her home.

“Everything fell off the walls,” she said. She said the plane was making a “horrible noise” before it crashed.

The cause of the crash was not known, said state police Cpl. Eric Dunn.

MISSOURI

Trial begins for man charged in 7 deaths

KANSAS CITY — A former trash company supervisor charged with strangling seven women had sex with them just before they died, a prosecutor told a judge yesterday as the man’s trial opened.

DNA evidence will tie Lorenzo Gilyard to a series of slain women and girls, whose strangled, shoeless bodies were dumped in secluded spots about the city, prosecutor Jim Kanatzar said.

Mr. Gilyard, 56, is suspected of killing 13 women and girls, most of them prostitutes, between 1977 and 1993. The trial covers seven of those killings; prosecutors dropped the other six counts yesterday, saying the remaining cases were stronger.

“All were found dead during the same one-and-a-half-year period, all were left in secluded or obstructed locations, all were strangled, all showed signs that they were involved in a struggle, all were missing their shoes and all but one showed distinct signs of sexual intercourse,” Mr. Kanatzar said.

NORTH CAROLINA

SUV case defendant gets mental evaluation

HILLSBOROUGH — A man accused of driving a sport utility vehicle into a crowded plaza at the University of North Carolina, injuring nine persons, was sent for a mental evaluation yesterday after an outburst in court.

During a hearing about some letters he had written to a judge, Mohammed Taheri-Azar said, “Everybody, I hate all Americans and all Jews,” the News & Observer of Raleigh reported.

Mr. Taheri-Azar, 23, also asked the name of the judge and said to his attorney: “Who is this fool? Who is this moron? I don’t know who this moron is.”

It wasn’t clear to which judge Mr. Taheri-Azar was referring. The letters he wrote have been sealed by Superior Court Judge Carl Fox.

In January, Mr. Taheri-Azar, a native of Iran who grew up near Charlotte, pleaded not guilty to nine counts of attempted first-degree murder and nine counts of felony assault.

No one was seriously injured March 3, 2005, when the SUV was driven into a crowd on a plaza at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In a call to emergency dispatchers, Mr. Taheri-Azar said he wanted to punish the U.S. government and later told investigators he wanted to “avenge the deaths of Muslims around the world.”

NORTH DAKOTA

Troops in Iraq getting venison jerky

FARGO — U.S. troops in Iraq may soon be getting a deer-ly beloved taste of home.

A Veterans of Foreign Wars post is sending venison jerky donated by hunters.

Mark Wagemann, commander of VFW Post No. 762, said he got the idea for “Jerky Worth Fighting For” from a magazine article. The article told of a couple who made venison jerky and shipped it to their son who was serving in Iraq.

“I thought we could do the same thing for troops from North Dakota and Minnesota who are in Iraq,” Mr. Wagemann said.

More than 1,000 pounds of jerky and venison sticks have been shipped to more than 40 troops from North Dakota and Minnesota, and new addresses arrive every week.

“I was hoping we’d get 30 deer donated when we started this project,” Mr. Wagemann said. “It’s been successful beyond my wildest dreams.”

PENNSYLVANIA

Memorial service eyed for Rebel soldier

GETTYSBURG — The discovery of a tooth from a Confederate soldier killed at Gettysburg will lead to a proper memorial service for the soldier — 144 years after he fell on the field of battle.

Karin Bohleke of the Adams County Historical Society said she was going through boxes donated by a local family a few months ago when she found a small pouch with red embroidery.

“I thought maybe there’d be a pretty piece of jewelry,” she said. “Instead … I found a tooth.”

Wayne Motts, the society’s executive director, began a search that led to plans to give the soldier the kind of proper memorial service he never had.

Mr. Motts’ research led him to William L. Daniel, born Jan. 30, 1833. The historical society in Saluda County, S.C., directed Mr. Motts to John Owen Clark, of Johnston, S.C., who told him that he had his great-great-uncle’s tooth. In July, Mr. Motts plans to hand-deliver the tooth. It is to be buried in a box of wood taken from the part of the battlefield where Daniel died.

TEXAS

Video shows teens giving pot to kids

WATAUGA — Two teenagers were arrested after police found a video of them showing two children how to smoke marijuana, authorities said.

Fort Worth Police found the video Feb. 22 while investigating Demetris McCoy, 17, and Vanswan Polty, 18, in connection with some burglaries.

In the video, the children are called “potheads” and a man can be seen placing a marijuana cigarette into a baby’s mouth. In another part of the video, a boy is seen smoking on his own. The children also were asked if they “have the munchies.”

Police said the boys are Mr. McCoy’s nephews, ages 2 and 5. The children have been placed in foster care, child protective services said.

Both men have been arrested on felony charges of injury to a child and were being held in jail Sunday. It wasn’t known if the two men had attorneys.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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