- The Washington Times - Friday, July 31, 2009


97 illegals found in trailer

PHOENIX | An Arizona officer who stopped a refrigerated trailer found nearly 100 illegal immigrants crammed inside in near-freezing temperatures.

A tip from federal agents led the Department of Public Safety officer to make the stop to check for faulty equipment Wednesday night on Interstate 19 north of Nogales near the Mexican border.

The officer discovered 97 people, including children as young as 9. The trailer was carrying fruit and chilled to 34 degrees. Temperatures outside were in the mid 80s, according to the National Weather Service in Tucson.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection took custody of the illegal immigrants, who the Department of Public Safety said were from Mexico and Guatemala. The driver was taken into custody.


Gospel preacher ‘Rev. Ike’ dies

LOS ANGELES | The Rev. Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter II, who preached the gospel of material prosperity to millions nationwide as Reverend Ike, died Tuesday. He was 74.

Mr. Eikerenkoetter died in Los Angeles, minister and family spokesman Bishop E. Bernard Jordan told the New York Times. Bishop Jordan said Reverend Ike suffered a stroke in 2007 and never fully recovered.

At his United Church Science of Living Institute, housed in a former movie theater in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood, Reverend Ike preached the power of what he called “positive self-image psychology” to his 5,000 parishioners.

In the 1970s, he was one of the first evangelists to reach an audience of millions through television.


Officers accused of Obama check

DECATUR | Authorities are investigating two Atlanta-area police officers accused of using government computers to run a criminal background check on President Obama.

William Miller, public safety director for DeKalb County, said Wednesday that the officers had been put on leave until an investigation is finished. The officers’ names were not released.

Mr. Miller said the police department was notified by the U.S. Secret Service that DeKalb County computers were used to run a check on Mr. Obama. He did not say what the officers’ motive may have been.


Crow war chief to get medal

BILLINGS | A 95-year-old Crow Indian chief who wore war paint beneath his World War II uniform and went on to become an acclaimed American Indian historian will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom next month.

President Obama will give the nation’s highest civilian honor to Joe Medicine Crow and 15 other recipients on Aug. 12. Mr. Obama met Mr. Crow during a campaign stop last year, when the then-candidate became an honorary member of the Crow tribe.

In 1939, Mr. Crow became the first of his tribe to receive a master’s degree, in anthropology. He is the Crow’s sole surviving war chief, an honor bestowed for a series of accomplishments during World War II including hand-to-hand combat with a German solider, whose life Mr. Crow spared.


Informant was political donor

TRENTON | The informant in a federal corruption case that snared several New Jersey public officials has donated about $190,000 to lawmakers and political candidates over an eight-year period.

None of the recipients was implicated in the scandal that resulted in the arrests of 44 people last week, including three mayors, two state assemblymen and five rabbis. But many are vowing to give the donations to charity as they look to distance themselves from Solomon Dwek.

Campaign finance records show Mr. Dwek and his wife donated to various candidates from 1998 to 2006.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine said lawyers for Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano, who was charged in the corruption case, told the governor’s office Thursday that the mayor would resign within 24 hours.

Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell stepped down Tuesday.


Sanford predicted public humiliation

COLUMBIA | Less than a month before he traveled to Argentina to see his mistress, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford predicted in a letter to his spiritual adviser that “public humiliation” would follow revelations of his shattered marriage.

In a letter to Warren Culbertson, who at the time was running a series of religious counseling sessions for couples at the governor’s mansion, the two-term Republican explained he was trying to head off a potential divorce from his wife, Jenny.

The message was obtained by the Associated Press through a public records request. Mr. Sanford’s affair became public in June, when he confessed it after disappearing on a secret trip to Argentina. He told his staff he was hiking the Appalachian Trail.

“I simply beg for the chance to figure it ought (sic) privately, please beg her for just the first month after the kids get out of school and if I cant get this done then there will be plenty of time for public humiliation and showing the world I am the guy in the wrong,” Mr. Sanford wrote.


State may release sick prisoners

OLYMPIA | About two dozen seriously ill prisoners in Washington state could soon be released from prison, as long as their freedom is expected to save the cash-strapped state money.

A new state law takes effect Saturday. It expands a current program to release chronically or terminally ill prisoners. Death row inmates, or those serving life sentences without the possibility of parole, are not eligible for early release.

Washington is among more than 30 states that have some form of early release program for seriously ill prisoners.

From wire dispatches and staff reports.

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