- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 9, 2007


Melting snow reveals 115 golf balls

FAIRBANKS — Melting snow uncovered a mystery to Karen Kowalski and John Reisinger — the presence of more than 100 golf balls on their property.

The nearest driving range is five miles away, and at first, Mr. Reisinger thought a dog had dropped a few balls. As more snow melted, the total climbed to 115. One theory is that a rogue golfer teed off from under a nearby highway bridge last fall or winter, smacking the balls onto the couple’s wooded lot.


Fight over PlayStation led to slaying

FRESNO — Police arrested a college student yesterday suspected of opening fire at an apartment during a dispute over a video game console, killing one man and wounding two others.

Jonquel Brooks, 19, who was majoring in criminology at Fresno State, was taken into custody after a series of intense phone negotiations with police, his parents and an attorney, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said.

Police said the shooting across a street from the California State University at Fresno stadium broke out during a confrontation with four men over a Sony PlayStation game console late Monday.


Shark bites snorkeler off Maui coast

HONOLULU — A woman snorkeling off Maui was bitten in the leg by a shark Monday, about an hour after a nearby beach was closed because of a report of a shark bumping a surfer.

The woman, whose name was not released, sustained injuries to her foot and calf and was taken to a hospital. The injuries were not life-threatening, said Maui County spokeswoman Mahina Martin.

The attack occurred off Keawakapu Beach in Kihei. The size and type of shark was not known.


Vandal suspect found trapped by tombstone

MERRILLVILLE — A man found trapped unconscious beneath a 1,000-pound tombstone in a cemetery faces charges and might have to pay for damages, police said.

Michael David Schreiber’s legs were broken by the stone, and the family name on the gravestone left the letter “V” imprinted on his thigh, Merrillville Officer Ray Smith said.

He said it took five officers to remove the headstone from Mr. Schreiber’s body Sunday morning at Calumet Park Cemetery.

Mr. Schreiber, 22, of Merrillville faces charges of criminal trespassing, criminal mischief and public intoxication, police said. He also might be ordered to pay for damage to 14 headstones, Police Chief Nicholas Bravos said. Estimated damage totaled about $8,400, Chief Bravos said.


Flooded rivers threaten towns

KANSAS CITY — Heavy rain from an already deadly storm system sent the Missouri River and other Midwest waterways over their banks yesterday, forcing thousands of people to evacuate and bringing warnings that the region could see flooding close to the devastation of 1993.

Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt declared a state of emergency and mobilized National Guard troops to help. At least 19 Kansas counties declared local disaster emergencies.

River towns across much of Missouri were evacuating low-lying areas yesterday or seeking help filling and stacking sandbags.

Two-thirds of the town of Mosby, 20 miles northeast of Kansas City, was already under 2 to 4 feet of water from the overflowing Fishing River, said D.C. Rogers, Clay County director of emergency services.


Navy copter crash kills 5 during training

RENO — A Navy helicopter struck a power line during a training flight and crashed in a rugged area of the northern Nevada desert, killing all five crew members, the Navy said yesterday.

Navy investigators were on the scene early yesterday to recover the bodies.

The SH-60F helicopter, flying out of Naval Air Station Fallon, went down late Monday about 10 miles west of Austin, base spokesman Zip Upham said.

“The helicopter was on a combat search-and-rescue exercise,” he said. He said it struck a high-voltage transmission line, cutting the line. No electrical service interruptions were reported.


Clinton announces AIDS drugs deal

NEW YORK — Former President Bill Clinton announced agreements with drug companies yesterday to lower the price of so-called “second-line” AIDS drugs for people in the developing world and to make a once-a-day AIDS pill available for less than $1 a day.

The anti-retroviral drugs are needed by patients who develop resistance to first-line treatment and currently cost 10 times as much as first-line therapy, Mr. Clinton said. Nearly half a million patients will require these drugs by 2010.

Mr. Clinton’s foundation negotiated agreements with generic drug makers Cipla Ltd. and Matrix Laboratories Ltd. that he said would mean an average savings of 25 percent in low-income countries and 50 percent in middle-income countries. He said the companies collaborated with the foundation to reduce production costs, in part by securing lower prices for raw materials.

The reduced-price, once-daily pill combines the drugs tenofovir, lamivudine and efavirenz.


Forest Service buys historic ranch

BISMARCK — The U.S. Forest Service has completed the purchase of a historic ranch in a $5.3 million deal, the federal Agriculture Department said Monday.

The 5,200-acre ranch in western North Dakota is next to Theodore Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch site, where the former president ranched more than a century ago.

The deal was completed April 25, the 60th anniversary of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, said Valerie Naylor, the park superintendent.

The Blacktail Creek Ranch was owned by brothers Kenneth, Allan and Dennis Eberts and their families. The Ebertses bought the ranch in 1993 for $800,000. The family has been trying to sell the property for years to the state or the federal government for public use and preservation.


Women accused of cheating blind cashier

CINCINNATI — Don’t try to dupe Kent Parker just because he’s blind and operates a deli in the Hamilton County Courthouse.

Every once in a while, somebody tries to cheat him despite the security cameras trained on the cash register and about a dozen sheriff’s deputies a few steps away.

In the past two weeks, two women offered bills smaller than they claimed and were arrested within minutes.

“I have a lot of friends who watch out for me,” said Mr. Parker, 43, who has been operating the Courthouse Deli for eight years.


Cracker Barrel pulls burgers

COLUMBIA — Cracker Barrel pulled hamburgers from hundreds of restaurants after a patron in South Carolina reported cutting her mouth on a piece of metal embedded in a patty, authorities and the restaurant chain said yesterday.

Some 313 restaurants were told to remove burgers produced on and around the same date as those served in the Myrtle Beach restaurant, where the woman was cut Saturday night, said Julie Davis, spokeswoman for the Lebanon, Tenn.-based restaurants. Cracker Barrel has 557 restaurants in 41 states — including 19 in South Carolina.

Cracker Barrel and police are investigating, officials said. The burgers — which are delivered to the eateries frozen and preformed — came from Cargill Meat Solutions of Wichita, Kan., which is the restaurant chain’s largest burger supplier, Miss Davis said.

Myrtle Beach police said Irene Grann, 56, was taken to a hospital after she began bleeding from her mouth. The restaurant manager collected a half-eaten hamburger from her table and told police that he took a piece of a razor blade from the middle of the patty, according to a police report.

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