- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 28, 2009

ALABAMA

Killings suspect to be extradited

BREWTON | A southern Alabama sheriff has told a newspaper that a man accused in the killing of a Florida panhandle couple has been cleared for extradition to Florida.

Escambia County Sheriff Grover Smith told the Mobile Press-Register on Monday that the governor’s offices in both states have processed the extradition order for U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Donnie Ray Stallworth Jr., 28.

He is one of eight people charged with killing Byrd and Melanie Billings.

The couple, who were known for adopting 13 special needs children, were each shot multiple times July 9. A safe was stolen from their home.

FLORIDA

Jury favors hospital in deporting alien

MIAMI | A hospital that sent a seriously brain-injured illegal immigrant back to Guatemala, over the objections of his family and legal guardian, did not act unreasonably, a jury found Monday.

Deputy Court Clerk Carol Harper said the unanimous six-member jury found in favor of the hospital and against the guardian of Luis Jimenez, 37, a Mayan Indian from Guatemala.

Health care and immigration specialists across the country have closely watched the court case in Stuart. The hospital cared for Mr. Jimenez, who was uninsured, for three years. But it was unable to find any nursing home to take him permanently because his immigration status meant the government would not reimburse for his care.

“Hospitals are not intended to become long-term housing,” said Linda Quick, president of the South Florida Hospital & Healthcare Association.

She said that as a result of the case, hospitals will likely begin planning for discharge as soon as they admit patients they suspect cannot pay and could require long-term care.

NORTH CAROLINA

Seven charged in terror case

RALEIGH | A North Carolina man trained in Pakistan and Afghanistan has been charged along with six of his suspected recruits with conspiring to support terrorism and traveling overseas to participate in “violent jihad,” according to an indictment unsealed Monday.

Daniel Patrick Boyd, 39, and the six other men were arrested Monday and made their first appearances in Raleigh, charged with providing material support to terrorism.

“These charges hammer home the point that terrorists and their supporters are not confined to the remote regions of some far away land but can grow and fester right here at home,” U.S. Attorney George E.B. Holding said. He declined further comment.

The indictment said Mr. Boyd, a U.S. citizen, trained in Afghanistan and fought there between 1989 and 1992 against the Soviet Union before returning to the United States. Court documents charged that Mr. Boyd, also known as “Saifullah,” encouraged others to engage in jihad.

Two of the suspects are Mr. Boyd’s sons: Zakariya Boyd, 20 and Dylan Boyd, 22. The others are Anes Subasic, 33; Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, 22; and Ziyad Yaghi, 21.

PENNSYLVANIA

Penn State called top party school

STATE COLLEGE | Penn State University is now the nation’s No. 1 party school.

The school known partly for its football tailgate weekends and fraternity and sorority scene snatched the title away from the University of Florida in the 2009 Princeton Review survey of 122,000 students nationwide. Florida, last year’s winner, finished second in the annual survey released Monday.

It’s the first time Penn State has finished first in the dubious category. The school has been on the list the past seven years and ranked third in 2008. The listing covers Penn State’s main University Park campus in State College.

“These rankings are not more than popularity contests,” said university spokeswoman Annemarie Mountz. She noted that groups on the social-networking site Facebook have urged members to make Penn State the top party school.

The rankings were part of the Princeton Review’s “The Best 371 Colleges” annual guide. On average, there were 325 respondents to the survey per school, which Miss Mountz said amounted to less than 1 percent of the University Park campus’ enrollment of 43,000 students.

After Penn State and Florida, the top five institutions on the party schools list were the University of Mississippi, the University of Georgia and Ohio University at Athens.

TENNESSEE

Vets to file claims for medical gaffes

CHATTANOOGA | A lawyer is preparing to ask the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to pay disability benefits and damages for hospital mistakes that may have exposed veterans to infectious body fluids, a complaint that he said could ultimately multiply into many more such demands.

The lawyer, Mike Sheppard of Nashville, Tenn., said he is preparing to file claims with the VA for about 60 veterans, including three women.

Among them are veterans who have tested positive for HIV and hepatitis and others who suffered emotional distress after the VA provided them with initial positive blood tests for infections that turned out to be wrong.

Mr. Sheppard also said other veterans among the roughly 10,000 affected former patients at VA hospitals in Murfreesboro, Tenn., Miami and Augusta, Ga., are likely to seek compensation beyond the VA’s offer of free medical care.

TEXAS

Police: Mom killed newborn, ate brain

SAN ANTONIO | A woman charged with murdering her 3 1/2-week-old son used a knife and two swords to dismember the child and ate parts of his body, including his brain, before stabbing herself in the torso and slicing her own throat, police said Monday.

Otty Sanchez, 33, is charged with capital murder in the death of her infant son, Scott Wesley Buchholtz-Sanchez. She was recovering from her wounds at a hospital, and was being held on $1 million bail.

San Antonio police Chief William McManus said the early Sunday morning attack occurred a week after the child’s father moved out. Miss Sanchez’s sister and her sister’s two children, ages 5 and 7, were in the house, but none were harmed.

VERMONT

Jousting match painful for mayor

BARRE | A Vermont mayor who agreed in fun to a jousting match with padded sticks and helmets ended up in the emergency room after he broke some ribs.

Sunday’s joust at a festival in Barre was a modern re-enactment of a fabled fistfight over the city’s naming. Mayor Thomas Lauzon and Jeff Blow, chairman of the town’s selectboard, teetered on padded pedestals in the middle of a ring as they wielded their jousting sticks.

The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus reports Mr. Blow toppled Mr. Lauzon in less than 15 seconds and the mayor returned the favor with a below-the-belt thrust.

In a deciding third match, Mr. Lauzon broke his ribs when he lunged toward Mr. Blow and slammed into his pedestal. The mayor’s wife, Karen Lauzon, said Monday that he was OK.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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