- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 13, 2008


Mackey wins 2nd straight Iditarod

NOME — Lance Mackey won his second consecutive Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race yesterday morning, completing the 1,100-mile journey in just under 9½ days.

“I’m not much to brag very often, but damn, I’m going to this time,” said Mr. Mackey, 37, from Fairbanks, whose father and brother are past Iditarod winners. “I don’t know exactly how to explain it. I’m just blessed with an incredible dog team.”

In its 36th running, the Iditarod commemorates a run by sled dogs in 1925 to deliver lifesaving diphtheria serum to Nome.

Mr. Mackey’s win was a repeat of his 2007 feat, when he became the first musher to win back-to-back runs in the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race and the Iditarod.


Man kills ex-wife, two others before committing suicide

McCOMB — A gunman fatally shot two persons yesterday in the bank where his ex-wife worked, then took the ex-wife and killed her before committing suicide, authorities said.

The others killed were a customer and another employee of the Regions Bank branch in McComb, in southwestern Mississippi.

McComb police Chief Billie Hughes said an armed man walked inside the bank shortly after 11 a.m., fatally shot two persons, took his ex-wife hostage and fled in a car.

Officers received a call that the hostage had been found dead along U.S. Highway 51 near Fernwood, about four miles south of McComb, Chief Hughes said.

Chief Hughes said the gunman shot himself later. He died at a McComb hospital.


Bailiff left woman in cell, suspended

LITTLE ROCK — A bailiff who forgot about a woman locked in a courthouse holding cell and left her there for four days without food, water or access to a bathroom has been suspended for 30 days but will keep his job, officials said yesterday.

Washington County Cpl. Jarrod Hankins acted without “intentional misconduct” when he left Adriana Torres-Flores in the 9½-by-10½-foot cell, Sheriff Tim Helder said.

Cpl. Hankins “became busy and simply forgot” about the woman last Thursday, leaving her in the cell with only a jacket until Monday morning.

Miss Torres-Flores, 38, appeared in court Thursday on charges of selling pirated CDs. While others pleaded guilty she pleaded not guilty, but Circuit Judge William Storey ordered her held because she is an illegal immigrant from Mexico, deputies said.


Agents rescue 15 foreign nationals

SAN DIEGO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents and the U.S. Coast Guard rescued 15 foreign nationals off the coast of San Diego yesterday, after hearing a radio report from a sea-towing company that a vessel appeared to be in distress.

CBP spokesman Michael Friel said the sea-towing company in San Diego received a call from a passing pleasure boat and put out a call on a maritime radio channel monitored by boaters and law-enforcement agencies.

A CBP Air/Marine go fast boat and a 33-foot Coast Guard rescue vessel responded and arrived at the 24-foot blue and white skipjack boat at about 8:30 a.m., 20 miles north of the border with Mexico and 12 miles off the San Diego coast.

There were no reports of serious injuries.


Student suspended for buying candy

NEW HAVEN — Contraband candy has led to big trouble for an eighth-grade honors student in Connecticut.

Michael Sheridan was stripped of his title as class vice president, barred from attending an honors student dinner and suspended for a day after buying a bag of Skittles from a classmate.

School spokeswoman Catherine Sullivan-DeCarlo says the New Haven school system banned candy sales in 2003 as part of a districtwide school wellness policy.


Woman sits on toilet for years

WICHITA — Authorities are considering charges in the bizarre case of a woman who sat on her boyfriend’s toilet for two years — so long that her body was stuck to the seat by the time the boyfriend finally called police.

Ness County Sheriff Bryan Whipple said it appeared the 35-year-old Ness City woman’s skin had grown around the seat. She initially refused emergency medical services but was finally convinced by responders and her boyfriend that she needed to be checked out at a hospital.

“We pried the toilet seat off with a pry bar, and the seat went with her to the hospital,” Sheriff Whipple said. “The hospital removed it.”

Sheriff Whipple said investigators planned to present their report to the county attorney, who will determine whether any charges should be filed against the woman’s 36-year-old boyfriend.

He told investigators he brought his girlfriend food and water, and asked her every day to come out of the bathroom.


Shelter raid uncovers 117 starving, ill dogs

SAND SPRINGS — Police found 117 starving and diseased dogs — including about 40 that were dead or dying — during a raid at an eastern Kentucky animal shelter.

Some officers donned hazardous-material suits Tuesday before they went into the basement, which was full of filth, feces, murky liquid and more than a dozen dogs.

“There were a couple of small puppies that just fell over dead while we were standing there. I think I’m gonna have nightmares about this,” said Greg Hayes, Jackson County emergency management director.

Timothy Foust, 32, and Shawn Embs, 18, were each charged with 117 counts of animal cruelty. Jackson County Sheriff Ted Fee said he plans to charge Mr. Foust’s wife, Aimee Robbins-Foust, on the same counts.


‘Dr. Death’ to run for Congress

PONTIAC — Assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian, whose controversial tactics earned him the nickname Dr. Death, says he plans to run for Congress.

Mr. Kevorkian is on parole since his release from prison last year after serving the minimum of a term for second-degree murder in one man’s death.

He said he plans to run without party affiliation for the 9th District seat now held by Republican Joe Knollenberg, who is running for re-election, the Oakland Press reported yesterday.

“We need some honesty and sincerity instead of corrupt government in Washington,” Mr. Kevorkian said. He said he would say more about his candidacy next week.

The retired pathologist claims to have helped at least 130 persons die from 1990 until 1998 — the year he was charged in the death of Thomas Youk, a 52-year-old man with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Mr. Kevorkian has promised not to help in any other assisted suicides and could go back to prison if he did.


Mom throws children, self off overpass

DALLAS — A woman threw her two struggling young children from a freeway overpass during yesterday’s morning rush before leaping off herself, police said, but all three survived the 22-foot fall into traffic.

Khandi Busby, 27, and her sons, ages 8 and 6, were hospitalized in stable condition, said police Sr. Cpl. Kevin Janse. They are well enough to speak with investigators, police said.

All three landed on concrete in the far left lane of westbound Interstate 30 at about 6:30 a.m. Police think Mrs. Busby and the 8-year-old were struck by cars. There were no car accidents on the interstate below, said police Sgt. Gil Cerda.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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