- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Rowe won’t show

An attorney for Debbie Rowe tells Associated Press Michael Jackson’s ex-wife is backing out of plans to attend the pop superstar’s memorial service.

Miss Rowe, the mother of Mr. Jackson’s two oldest children, originally planned to attend Tuesday’s memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

However, Miss Rowe’s attorney, Marta Almli, said Monday that her attendance would be “an unnecessary distraction” and that Miss Rowe will “celebrate Michael’s memory privately.”

“Three’s Company” star busted

An actress who starred on the hit television series “Three’s Company” has been arrested in Southern California and cited for drunken driving.

Police say Joyce DeWitt , who played the character Janet Wood on the popular show, was pulled over Saturday afternoon after she drove past a barricade near a park in El Segundo.

Sgt. Danny Kim says an officer arrested the 60-year-old Miss DeWitt after he observed signs she had been drinking and gave her field sobriety tests.

Sgt. Kim says Miss DeWitt was booked at the Police Department, cited and released on her own recognizance.

A telephone listing for Miss DeWitt was not immediately available, AP said.

Cook kin charged

Dane Cook’s half-brother is facing new charges in Massachusetts that he reportedly stole more than $11 million from the comedian, Associated Press reported Monday.

Prosecutors say 43-year-old Darryl McCauley has been indicted on an additional 20 counts of larceny over $250 for purportedly stealing from Mr. Cook between March 2004 and December 2008.

Authorities say Mr. McCauley wrote company checks to himself and transferred funds into his personal bank accounts while being paid $12,500 a month to act as business manager for Mr. Cook’s company, Great Dane Enterprises.

Mr. McCauley, who lives in the Boston suburb of Wilmington, pleaded not guilty in March to eight counts. His wife, Erika, also has pleaded not guilty to charges that she helped her husband steal millions from Mr. Cook.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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