- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 12, 2009

Baby born 9-9-09 has 8-8-08 sibling

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. | At least it will be easy to remember their birthdays.

An Arkansas couple welcomed a new baby girl into their lives Wednesday - giving her the birth date of 9-9-09. Andy and Alison Miller’s newest daughter Molly Reid will come home to sister Campbell, who was born on August 8, 2008, or 8-8-08.

The coincidences don’t stop there. Molly Reid has nine letters to her name, while Campbell has eight.

The Millers don’t appear poised to go for a third child on 10-10-10. Mrs. Miller told Rogers, Ark., television station KHOG that she and her husband are going to take a rest.

Charges dropped against four in hazing

LAS VEGAS | Prosecutors have dismissed charges against four school officials who were accused of failing to report a hazing in which high school football players were sodomized with a broomstick.

The superintendent, athletic director and two former coaches at Robertson High School all had been charged with misdemeanors amid accusations they did not immediately report the hazing to law enforcement.

But District Attorney Donald Gallegos said he dropped the case because the law under which they were charged did not apply. He says the duty to report child abuse applies when it is at the hands of a parent, guardian or custodian, not another child.

Six football players were accused of sodomizing younger players last year at a preseason camp. They were kicked off the team and charged with criminal sexual penetration, kidnapping, conspiracy and other crimes.

Two of the teens have since reached plea agreements. Charges are pending against the others.

Superintendent Rick Romero, athletic director Michael Yara, former head coach Ray Woods and former assistant coach Adam Alvarez were charged in April with failing to report the hazing. Mr. Woods told reporters at the time that he responded immediately and was confident he would be cleared.

Jerry Walz, attorney for Mr. Romero and Mr. Yara, said Friday they’re grateful the charges were dropped.

“We concur it was the right decision,” he said.

Partygoer steals sheriff’s patrol car

FARMINGTON, N.M. | A 21-year-old man faces charges after he purportedly stole a New Mexico sheriff’s patrol car, later telling investigators he “thought it would be fun.”

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office said Matthew Anderson was charged with a fourth-degree felony of the unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and a misdemeanor of resisting or obstructing a police officer.

The incident happened Sept. 7 when two deputies were investigating a disturbance at a party and left the cruiser’s engine running.

The sheriff’s office said a deputy was returning to the vehicle and had unlocked it using the keyless entry when Mr. Anderson purportedly jumped in and drove off.

The patrol car was found about three hours later. Mr. Anderson was later arrested as he walked down a New Mexico highway.

State to appeal ruling in gay rights petition

SEATTLE | The Washington state attorney general’s office says it is appealing a federal judge’s decision to keep secret the names of people who signed petitions calling for a public vote on expanded domestic partnership benefits.

Spokeswoman Janelle Guthrie says Attorney General Rob McKenna will ask the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review the decision on a fast track, and in the meantime, he wants the appeals court to lift an injunction that blocks the release of the names.

U.S. District Judge Ben Settle ruled Thursday that the petitions should not be released because it would likely damage the First Amendment rights of petition signers. He said people have a right to participate anonymously in the political process.

Hartford mayor pleads not guilty

HARTFORD, Conn. | Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez has pleaded not guilty to allegations that he tried to extort $250,000 from a real estate developer.

Mr. Perez entered the plea on Friday to attempted extortion and conspiracy. He’s asking for a jury trial.

Prosecutors asked the judge to combine the case with corruption charges that are scheduled to go to trial next spring. The judge didn’t immediately rule.

Mr. Perez surrendered to police Sept. 2. Prosecutors say he tried to extort money from a real estate developer who wanted to purchase city-owned property.

Mr. Perez also was arrested on corruption charges in January, when prosecutors say he accepted a bribe from a city contractor.

Mr. Perez has denied all the charges and has vowed to complete his term.

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