- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 7, 2007

Holiday parade sparks protest

DENVER — Police arrested 83 protesters yesterday at the 100th annual Columbus Day Parade as they attempted to block the parade route.

The protesters, most affiliated with an offshoot of the American Indian Movement, wanted the parade canceled because they say the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus was guilty of genocide and slavery.

The parade, the oldest Columbus Day Parade in the nation, typically attracts dozens to hundreds of protesters.

This year’s demonstrators shouted chants at parade marchers and threw fake blood on the streets. Most, if not all, will be charged with interference with a parade route and interference with a lawful assembly, police spokesman Sonny Jackson said.

About 10 also were charged with resisting arrest, he said. No protesters or police officers were hurt during the incident.

Sex offender arrested in Virginia

ORLANDO, Fla. — A sex offender accused of running off with a 15-year-old Florida girl and then releasing her at a Wal-Mart store last week has been arrested, police said yesterday.

William Joe Mitchell, 46, was arrested by Virginia State Police at a gas station in Winchester, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in central Florida.

No further details were available.

The girl sneaked out of her house before dawn Monday. Her disappearance spurred a statewide manhunt that ended a day later. She told friends she was running away to be with a boy she met online. She said she thought Mr. Mitchell was in his early 20s.

Mr. Mitchell had 14 prior arrests ranging from burglary and bomb threats to lewd and lascivious conduct, police said.

Three die as plane slams into mountain

ALAMOSA, Colo. — A medical plane slammed into a mountain Friday, leaving three persons dead in the wreckage, authorities said.

The body of one crew member was recovered and authorities concluded no one else could have survived the impact, said Dustin Duncan of the International Association of Air Medical Services, who was acting as a spokesman for the plane’s owner, Eagle Air Med Inc.

The company identified the crew as pilot Ric Miller, flight paramedic Dana Dedman and flight nurse Ronnie Helton.

The twin-engine plane disappeared Thursday night during a flight from Chinle, Ariz., to Alamosa, about 160 miles southwest of Denver. The crew was on its way to pick up a patient in Alamosa for transport to Colorado Springs, Mr. Duncan said.

Woman kills self after trying to slay child

LONG HILL, N.J. — A woman tried to strangle her 10-year-old daughter in a wildlife refuge and then fatally stabbed herself after mistakenly thinking the girl was dead, authorities said Friday.

The attack happened Friday afternoon in the Great Swamp Wildlife Refuge in Long Hill, Morris County Prosecutor Robert Bianchi said. The girl was not seriously injured, but Mr. Bianchi said she was hospitalized and had injuries to her neck consistent with attempted strangulation.

Mr. Bianchi said a couple hiking in the refuge heard the child screaming at about 5 p.m. and found the mother’s body when they went to investigate. The girl apparently lost consciousness when her mother attacked her, then woke up a short time later and saw her mother had been stabbed.

Wanted El Salvador ex-lawmaker arrested

LOS ANGELES — A former lawmaker from El Salvador wanted in his country on money laundering charges was arrested Friday in Southern California, authorities said.

Roberto Carlos Silva-Pereira, 33, who has been sought since he was charged in March in the Central American country, was arrested at a home in Anaheim, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.

“He’s on their most wanted fugitive list,” Miss Eimiller said,

Silva-Pereira’s arrest came after members of a fugitive task force received a tip from El Salvadoran authorities that he was in the Orange County area south of Los Angeles, she said.

Silva-Pereira, who was in the country illegally, was taken to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center to face deportation proceedings, Miss Eimiller said.

Couple weds at Wal-Mart

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — Attention Wal-Mart shoppers, wedding in lawn and garden.

Employees Chet Eldridge and Danna Hornback tied the knot Thursday among the retailer’s flowers, shrubs and lawn chairs.

Mr. Eldridge, 51, an automotive manager, and Miss Hornback, 45, an arts and crafts associate, met during the store’s employee orientation.

The only unexpected turn during their wedding occurred when the familiar “Attention Wal-Mart shoppers” announcement over the public address system broke into the ceremony.

After the couple was pronounced husband and wife, the cheers could be heard in customer service on the other side of the store.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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