- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Man abandoned plane before crash

MILTON | A missing Indiana pilot whose marriage was crumbling as he faced a state investigation of his businesses apparently faked an emergency before parachuting out of his small plane and leaving it on autopilot to crash in Florida, authorities said.

Authorities were searching the Alabama woods Monday in hope of finding Marcus Schrenker, 38, and determining whether he was trying to stage his death.

The investigation began Sunday night, when Mr. Schrenker’s single-engine Piper Malibu crashed in a swampy area of north Florida.

The plane was en route from Anderson, Ind., to the Florida Panhandle city of Destin when Mr. Schrenker reported turbulence as he flew over Alabama. He said the windshield had imploded and he was bleeding profusely, according to the sheriff’s office in Santa Rosa County, where the plane crashed.


Carter’s bikes stolen from center

ATLANTA | Not even a former president is immune from thieves.

Two bicycles belonging to former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, were snatched from inside the Carter Center near downtown Atlanta earlier this month.

The couple like to ride bicycles in nearby Freedom Park when they have free time. Peter Wicker, the owner of a local bike shop, donated the bicycles to the Carters in 2007 after seeing the poor condition of their old bikes, which had been brought in for repairs.

Atlanta police said they have made no arrests.

A spokeswoman for the Carters told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the couple are in China.


One killed, two missing in accident

LOUISVILLE | Crews searched a western Kentucky lake Monday for two young hunters missing since their boat overturned, killing one of the four aboard.

A day earlier, the body of one hunter was recovered from the lake, and a fourth teen was rescued from the cold water soon after the small boat capsized Saturday.

Searchers found the body of Trevor Williams, 18, in Little Bear Creek on Kentucky Lake, said Marshall County Coroner Mitchell Lee, who identified the rescued survivor as Tyler Heathcott.


ACLU: Bishops misused grant money

BOSTON | A new lawsuit claims Catholic bishops are wrongly imposing their beliefs on victims of human trafficking by not letting federal grant money be used for emergency contraception, condoms or abortions.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the complaint Monday in federal court in Boston against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

It claims HHS, which distributes grant money to help trafficking victims, has allowed the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to limit the services its subcontractors provide to female trafficking victims.

The ACLU said the bishops’ conference is misusing taxpayer money and attempting to impose its religious beliefs on trafficking victims.

A spokeswoman for the conference did not return a call seeking comment.


Salmonella traced to peanut butter

MINNEAPOLIS | The salmonella bacteria that has sickened nearly 400 people in Minnesota and 41 other states has been conclusively linked to peanut butter, Minnesota health officials announced Monday.

State health and agriculture officials said last week they had found salmonella bacteria in a 5-pound package of King Nut peanut butter at a nursing facility in Minnesota. Officials tested the bacteria over the weekend and found a genetic match with the bacterial strain that has led to 30 illnesses in Minnesota and to others across the country.

Minnesota officials took the lead because foodborne investigations typically start at the state level. Minnesota officials were coordinating their investigation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other states.


War officer who said ‘nuts’ to Germans dies

NEW YORK | Retired Lt. Gen. Harry W.O. Kinnard, a paratroop officer who suggested the famously defiant answer “Nuts!” to a German demand for surrender during the 1944 Battle of the Bulge, has died. He was 93.

Gen. Kinnard, a career soldier who in later years was the principal architect of the Army’s concept of using helicopters in infantry warfare in Vietnam, died in Arlington, Va., on Jan. 5, his family told the New York Times.

A native of Dallas, Gen. Kinnard graduated from West Point in 1939 and spent 30 years in uniform, retiring in 1969.

He parachuted into Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944, with the newly organized 101st Airborne Division and was decorated for heroism during its drive against German forces in the Netherlands.

When Adolf Hitler launched a surprise counteroffensive in December, the 101st, then in France, was rushed into action and seized key road junctions at the Belgian town of Bastogne, where the Americans were quickly surrounded by the enemy.

On Dec. 22, Gen. Kinnard, then a 29-year-old lieutenant colonel and the division’s operations officer, was present when four German couriers arrived at the American lines under a flag of truce with a written demand to surrender in two hours or face annihilation.

Brig. Gen. Anthony McAuliffe, the 101st’s artillery chief and acting division commander in the absence of Maj. Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor, laughed and remarked, “Us surrender? Aw, nuts,” and then wondered aloud how he should reply.


One killed, four hurt in Black Hawk crash

COLLEGE STATION | An Army Black Hawk helicopter crashed in a field on the campus of Texas A&M University, killing one person and injuring four others aboard.

No one was hurt on the ground when the helicopter crashed Monday afternoon near the Corps of Cadets field on the school’s College Station campus, about 100 miles northwest of Houston.

A Texas A&M spokesman said a crew of four and an Army lieutenant assigned to the school’s ROTC unit were aboard. No students were among the injured.

A hospital spokeswoman said three victims were in critical condition. The condition of the fourth survivor wasn’t known.

The helicopter had been participating in ROTC Winter Field Training Exercises.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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