- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 26, 2009


Storms sweep through Midwest

KANSAS CITY| Severe thunderstorms raked parts of the Midwest on Saturday, killing a motorcyclist, spawning at least two tornadoes that damaged several homes and sent race fans fleeing, snarling air traffic and knocking out power.

Lightning struck a group of motorcyclists on U.S. 24 between Perry and Granville in northeastern Kansas, killing a 45-year-old Lawrence man, Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Herrig said.

Tornadoes touched down in southern Leavenworth County, Mo., and in Butler County, Kan. Power lines were downed, and several homes and outbuildings were damaged or destroyed around Reno township near Interstate 70, said Mike Stewart of the Leavenworth County emergency management office.

Storms packing hail and lightning led the Kansas Speedway to suspend the NASCAR truck race 52 laps into the race. Thunderstorms rolling through northeastern Illinois caused about 100 flights cancellations at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago and delays of more than two hours, according to the city’s Department of Aviation.


Horses’ veterinarian grief-stricken

WELLINGTON | The veterinarian who injected 21 elite polo horses with a tainted supplement before a championship match in Florida and then watched them die has said the grief is unbearable.

Argentine veterinarian Felix Crespo told the Associated Press on Saturday that he injected the horses a week ago with vitamins provided to him by the Venezuelan-owned team’s veterinarian in Florida.

In his first interview since the horses died, Dr. Crespo said he doesn’t know if he’ll ever be the same again.

A Florida pharmacy that mixed the supplement concoction has said the strength of one ingredient was incorrect. The pharmacy has not said whether the incorrect amount was specified in the order that came from a Florida veterinarian.


Three dead in theater shootings

ATHENS | Police said three people were killed and three others injured at a shooting at a community theater near the University of Georgia.

Authorities were searching Saturday for a professor implicated in the shooting deaths.

Athens-Clarke County Police Maj. Mike Shockley said authorities were called to the theater about 12:30 p.m. and found three adults slain by gunfire. He says three others were injured, “possibly by ricocheting bullets.”

He declined to release the identities of the victims.

Maj. Shockley said police are looking for 56-year-old George Zinkhan, a marketing professor at the school in Athens, which is about 70 miles east of Atlanta.


Four children die in house fire

TEXAS TOWNSHIP | Authorities said four young children died and two people were critically injured in a house fire in southwestern Michigan.

The Kalamazoo County’s Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that a 3-year-old girl and three boys - ages 4, 5 and 6 - were pronounced dead following Saturday morning’s fire in Texas Township.

The statement said a 5-year-old boy and a 22-year-old woman are in critical condition at Bronson Methodist Hospital, and nine other people were treated and released.


Turnpike pileup kills five, snarls traffic

MOUNT LAUREL | A 10-vehicle crash on the New Jersey Turnpike killed five people in one car and injured several others on Saturday afternoon.

Turnpike Authority spokesman Joe Orlando said it appeared that nine cars and a tractor-trailer were involved in the fiery crash on the turnpike’s southbound lanes in Mount Laurel, considered a Philadelphia suburb. Emergency crews remained at the scene Saturday night, working to clear the crash site and redirect drivers caught in traffic delays caused by the accident.

Mr. Orlando said all those who died in the 1 p.m. crash were from one vehicle, which burst into flames.

Another person who was seriously injured in the crash was flown to a nearby hospital.

The crash caused major traffic delays in the area and a diversion of southbound traffic on the turnpike, one of the nation’s most heavily trafficked highways.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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