- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 6, 2008


Federal agent dies in post office shooting

@Brief.bigbody.noindent:PEMBROKE PINES | A federal agent was fatally shot outside a busy South Florida post office after a fight Tuesday, and dozens of police officers searched the area for the gunman, police said.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent died at Memorial Regional Hospital in suburban Fort Lauderdale less than three hours after the 9 a.m. shooting, police spokesman Sgt. Brian Davis said.

The agent, who wasn’t immediately identified, was shot once by a man during a possible fight in the post office parking lot, said Sgt. Davis. No one else was injured, and it wasn’t clear whether the shooting was related to the agent’s job.

Sgt. Davis said the suspect drove off in a car, and police combed the area for him.

South Florida has recently been the scene of several other fatal shootings of law-enforcement officers, including the still unsolved killing nearly a year ago of Broward County sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Reyka.


Farmer builds ‘car fence’ to annoy neighbors

@Brief.bigbody.noindent:HOOPER | A farmer has erected a backyard fence made of three old cars sticking up in the air to send a message to new neighbors that he can do whatever he wants on his property.

“This is just a fun way for me to say, ‘Hey, boys, I’m still here,’ ” Rhett Davis said. “This is my redneck Stonehenge.”

Mr. Davis came up with the idea after neighbors who recently moved into homes next to his hayfield complained about his farm.

“The people who bought the homes say, ‘Well, we love looking into your yard and seeing the horses and the cattle, but we don’t like the flies, and we don’t like the mosquitoes,’ and when I cut my field to bale it, they say, ‘We don’t like the dust in the air,’ ” he said.

Neighbors declined to comment to the Standard-Examiner of Ogden.

Mr. Davis said neighbors declined his offer to split the cost of a fence between his property and the others. They said it would block their view.

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