- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 23, 2009

ALABAMA

Ex-cop jailed in $60,000 theft

HUNTSVILLE | A former Alabama police officer has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for stealing from his department, faking his abduction and fleeing to Las Vegas.

Former Decatur police Sgt. Faron White was sentenced Tuesday by a federal judge in Huntsville. He will get credit for eight months served and must pay about $50,000 in restitution to the department.

White admitted stealing money from his office safe, staging his disappearance and fleeing to Las Vegas in January. Authorities said he had debts from gambling and family expenses.

A co-defendant, former police volunteer Sarah Elizabeth Richardson, was sentenced to three years’ probation and fined $500. The judge also told her to seek mental health counseling.

ALASKA

Oil company to pay violations settlement

ANCHORAGE | Environmental officials say BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. will pay more than $1.7 million to settle oil spill containment violations on Alaska’s North Slope.

The agreement announced Tuesday covers facilities at the Prudhoe Bay, Endicott and Badami fields.

BP and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation have signed two compliance orders to correct the problems.

By state law, major oil facilities must be within a containment area designed to capture oil if there is a spill.

Inspections in October 2007 revealed that at least three BP secondary containment areas in the Prudhoe Bay field failed to meet size requirements set out by regulation.

BP has repaired most of the inadequate facilities.

CALIFORNIA

Coyotes targeted, killed after attack

LOS ANGELES | Wildlife officials have conducted a coyote hunt in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park after a coyote bit a man’s foot.

California Department of Fish and Game said Tuesday that trappers killed eight coyotes in a crackdown last week.

State officials ordered the hunt after a coyote bit a man Sept. 16, while he was lying on the grass in the sprawling park.

Earlier this month, singer Jessica Simpson’s dog Daisy was snatched near her parents’ home in Encino, about 12 miles west of Griffith Park.

Agency spokesman Kyle Orr said the attack on Miss Simpson’s pet did not prompt the coyote hunt.

COLORADO

First day of fall brings snow, cold

VAIL | The first day of fall feels more like the first day of winter for some of the Mountain West, with light snow and low temperatures across Colorado and freeze warnings for higher elevations in New Mexico, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah and Arizona.

A winter storm watch was issued Tuesday for Boulder, Colo., and surrounding areas in the Rocky Mountain foothills. Light snow was reported Monday in Vail and other mountain towns, and more was expected Tuesday. At least 3 inches of snow fell west of Denver.

Temperatures in Denver dipped into to the upper 30s overnight, and low 30s in Flagstaff, Ariz.

MASSACHUSETTS

Postal worker admits theft of DVDs

SPRINGFIELD | A former postal service employee has pleaded guilty to stealing at least 30,000 DVDs that moved through a western Massachusetts post office.

Myles Weathers, formerly of Springfield, took DVDs that were mailed by Netflix to customers for a year beginning in January 2007.

Federal prosecutors say the movie rental company alerted Springfield post office officials that a suspiciously high number of DVDs were disappearing. As many as 100 movies a week were disappearing.

Mr. Weathers was arrested in February 2008 after investigators taped him taking DVDs from packages and slipping them into his backpack. He faces 10 months to 16 months in prison and restitution costs of about $38,000 at his Dec. 23 sentencing.

OREGON

Auchincloss freed in child porn case

MEDFORD | James Auchincloss, half brother of the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, was freed without bail Tuesday after pleading not guilty to charges of possessing and duplicating child pornography.

The 62-year-old Ashland resident was dressed casually in a blue blazer, polo shirt and slacks for his appearance in Jackson County Circuit Court.

PENNSYLVANIA

Panel: Swim club likely was biased

PHILADELPHIA | A state panel found probable cause of racial discrimination at a suburban Philadelphia swim club that asked a day camp group of mostly black and Hispanic children not to return, a ruling the club’s attorney blamed late Tuesday on the “media firestorm” that followed.

The Valley Club in predominantly white Huntingdon Valley has denied there was any racial motive behind its actions June 29, when children from Creative Steps Inc. day camp went to the club and their payment for swimming was refunded without explanation. The club has maintained there were too many children for the number of lifeguards on duty and many of the children who were at the club couldn’t swim.

WYOMING

Two officers fired for Tasering man

CHEYENNE | Two police officers who chased and Tasered a 76-year-old man driving an antique tractor in a town parade have been fired.

Bud Grose, who was shocked five times by Officer Michael Kavenius, welcomed the decision announced Tuesday by the Glenrock Police Department.

Officer Kavenius shot Mr. Grose with a Taser on Aug. 1 near the end of Glenrock’s annual Deer Creek Days parade. Sgt. Paul Brown was also relieved of duty. Investigators have said Mr. Grose disobeyed an officer’s traffic command. Prosecutors decided against filing any charges in the incident.

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