- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 8, 2009


Chimp’s owner won’t be charged in attack

STAMFORD | A prosecutor said he does not plan to charge the owner of a chimpanzee that mauled and blinded a woman.

State’s Attorney David Cohen said Monday that there is no evidence that Sandra Herold of Stamford was aware of the risk that her chimpanzee posed to other people and disregarded it.

The 200-pound chimpanzee went berserk in February after Mrs. Herold asked Charla Nash to help lure him back into her house. The chimp ripped off Mrs. Nash’s hands, nose, lips and eyelids.


Attorney off terrorism-plot case

DENVER | A Denver lawyer thrust into the international spotlight while representing a Colorado man accused of plotting a terrorist attack is no longer on the case.

Arthur Folsom’s spokeswoman, Wendy Aiello, told the Associated Press on Monday that as of last month, Mr. Folsom is off Najibullah Zazi’s defense team.

Mr. Zazi was arrested in Colorado Sept. 19 and was later transferred to New York City, where authorities say he plotted to use hydrogen peroxide bombs to attack the city’s mass-transit system.


Gas-line blast leaves man dead

BELVIDERE | A gas line exploded Monday at a technology plant in northern Illinois, sending aloft debris that killed a man at a nearby highway rest area.

The explosion rocked the NDK America Inc. plant in Belvidere, about 70 miles northwest of Chicago, sending tremors through buildings as far as a mile away and echoing throughout the community of about 20,000 people.

The man was pronounced dead at the Illinois Tollway Oasis on Interstate 90, Illinois Tollway spokeswoman Joelle McGinnis said. Boone County Coroner Rebecca Wigget identified him as truck driver Ronald Greenfield, 63, of Chesterton, Ind.

Miss Wigget said Mr. Greenfield was walking to his truck at the rest area, which also has several restaurants, when he was struck by a large piece of flying debris.


Ex-mayor denies threat to prosecutor

DETROIT | Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick denied in court Monday that he made threats to a prosecutor during a jailhouse telephone call to his wife while he was serving time after a text-messaging sex scandal that led to his resignation.

Two 15-minute conversations, recorded in November 2008, were played Monday in Wayne County Circuit Court during Kilpatrick’s hearing about restitution payments.

“When we get the loot, we’re going to take her all the way out,” Kilpatrick told his wife, Carlita.

Kilpatrick admitted that the “her” was Kym Worthy, head of the prosecutor’s office and a former judge. Ms. Worthy charged Kilpatrick and his ex-top aide in March 2008 with perjury, misconduct and obstruction of justice after sexually explicit text messages revealed both lied during an earlier whistleblowers’ trial about being romantically involved and their roles in the firing of a police official. The charges led to his plea deals and eventual resignation.


Ex-lawmaker scuffles with soccer coach

JACKSON | Police are investigating a fight between a former U.S. congressman and a youth-league soccer coach after a weekend game.

Madison Police Sgt. Robert Sanders said Charles W. “Chip” Pickering Jr., a Republican who served 12 years in the U.S. House, was accused of attacking the coach Sunday.

Chris Hester, who says he was wearing a neck brace at the time, said Mr. Pickering yelled at him and pulled him from his car as he tried to leave.

Mr. Pickering said he confronted the coach because Mr. Hester verbally abused his son so badly that the child was crying uncontrollably. He said he defended himself because Mr. Hester attacked him first.

Mr. Hester coaches the team that played Mr. Pickering’s son’s team.

Both men could be charged with misdemeanor simple assault.


Ex-speaker charged with assault

JEFFERSON CITY | Former Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton was charged Monday with second-degree assault on a woman.

The 42-year-old Republican was named in a complaint filed Monday in Scott County Circuit Court in southeastern Missouri. The complaint alleges that on Nov. 15, Mr. Jetton “caused serious physical injury” by hitting the woman on the head and choking her, which resulted in unconsciousness and the loss of function for part of her body.


Impeachment fight focuses on tryst

COLUMBIA | State lawmakers debating whether to impeach Gov. Mark Sanford are focusing on a trip to South America during which he says his relationship with an Argentine woman turned physical.

State Rep. Greg Delleney said Monday that he thinks that the governor’s so-called economic development trip to Buenos Aires in 2008 was cover for something else.

The governor reimbursed the state for a portion of the trip after he revealed his affair. He has said his longtime friendship with the woman turned romantic when they met in Argentina 17 months ago.

The subcommittee has been debating for about two weeks whether Mr. Sanford should be removed for dropping out of contact with his office during a trip to Argentina in June to meet the woman.


Cows blamed for damaging house

ROGERSVILLE | A man’s homeowner’s insurance apparently doesn’t cover “acts of cow.”

Jerry Lynn Davis called the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, complaining that a neighbor’s cows had been licking his house. In the process, Mr. Davis said the curious bovines did about $100 in damage by ripping off a screen window, cracking the glass and pulling down a gutter.

The Kingsport Times-News reports that Mr. Davis’ home is just a couple of feet from a fence enclosing the cows’ pasture. They managed to poke their heads through to lick the house, though a deputy’s report did not indicate what made the house so tasty.

Deputy Chris Funk was able to contact the cows’ owner, who said he’d take care of the problem.


Murder suspect found dead

MADISON | A man found dead in a sport utility vehicle is a fugitive wanted in four slayings in the Madison, Wis., area, authorities said.

Dane County Coroner Raymond Wosepka said the body was that of Tyrone Adair, whom authorities had been searching for since Thursday night.

That’s when they found the bodies of Adair’s ex-girlfriend and the couple’s young daughter in Madison and the bodies of his current girlfriend and their young daughter in suburban Middleton.

Adair was last seen driving a silver GMC Acadia.

A property owner in Cottage Grove called police Monday morning and said an Acadia was parked off a county road. Police said they found Adair’s body inside.

Mr. Wosepka said it appeared that Adair died of a gunshot wound.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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