- The Washington Times - Monday, April 26, 2010

CONNECTICUT

Woman wanting ride accused of 911 calls

NEW HAVEN | Police in one Connecticut city have a warning for nightclub patrons: Don’t call 911 for a ride home.

New Haven police say that’s what 28-year-old Quandria Bailey did, calling the emergency line six times to request a ride from a nightclub back to her Meriden home.

Ms. Bailey was charged with six counts of misuse of the 911 system early Sunday. She was released on a $1,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court May 5.

LOUISIANA

Crews continue bid to stop oil leak

NEW ORLEANS | Crews were using a robot submarine Sunday to try to stop an oil leak nearly a mile below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, but officials said it would take at least another day before they knew whether the job was completed.

The Coast Guard said the oil spill was expected to stay 30 miles off the coast for the next three days, but officials are still keeping a watchful eye because the slick has the potential to threaten shores from Louisiana to Florida.

What appeared to a manageable spill a couple of days ago after an oil rig exploded and sank off the Louisiana coast Tuesday, has now turned into a more serious environmental problem. The new leak was discovered Saturday, and as much as 1,000 barrels — or 42,000 gallons — of oil is leaking each day, Coast Guard Rear Adm. Mary Landry said.

MICHIGAN

Ford issues recall to fix seat fault

DETROIT | Ford Motor Co will recall 33,256 of its 2010 model year cars and SUVs to replace potentially faulty front seat recliner mechanisms that could lead to injuries in an accident, according to a notice filed with U.S. safety regulators.

Ford notified the U.S. Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the potential defect by letter dated April 16. Ford said it knew of no reports of accidents or injuries due to the defect as of April 14. The automaker said it expects to begin notifying owners of the recall by letter on April 30.

The recall covers some 2010 Ford Fusion and related Mercury Milan sedans built from Dec. 11 through Feb. 3 in Hermosillo, Mexico, and some 2010 Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer SUVs built from Dec. 15 through Feb. 3 in Louisville, Ky.

NEW YORK

Man pleads guilty in subway bomb plot

NEW YORK | A New York man charged with plotting to set off homemade bombs in the city’s subway system has pleaded guilty to terrorism charges.

Zarein Ahmedzay entered the plea Friday afternoon in Brooklyn federal court. He admitted to conspiracy to use weapons of destruction and providing material support to al Qaeda.

Ahmedzay had pleaded not guilty to making false statements to the FBI about a plan by admitted al-Qaeda associate Najibullah Zazi to launch suicide bombing attacks on Manhattan subway lines after the eighth anniversary of Sept. 11.

OHIO

School sets up shooting-site tour

KENT | Kent State University has created a walking tour to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Ohio National Guard shootings that killed four students and injured nine others.

The tour offers narration of seven relevant sites on the campus where Guard members opened fire on students protesting the Vietnam War on May 4, 1970. The tour features placards with photos, maps, written descriptions and narration by civil rights leader Julian Bond. Among sites on the tour are the pagoda near where Guard members fired and the parking lot where most of the students were shot.

UTAH

Condemned killer picks firing squad

SALT LAKE CITY | Utah is set to execute a convicted killer by firing squad after a judge agreed Friday to the inmate’s request for the method, renewing a debate over what critics see as an antiquated, Old West-style of justice.

Ronnie Lee Gardner, 49, was given the choice of being killed by lethal injection or shot by a five-man team of executioners firing from a set of matched rifles.

“I would like the firing squad, please,” Gardner told state court Judge Robin Reese on Friday morning.

Gardner, 49, was sentenced to death for killing a lawyer 25 years ago during a failed escape attempt and shootout. Of the 35 states with the death penalty on the books, Utah is the only one to use the firing squad as a method of execution since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976.

VIRGINIA

11 Somalis in court in piracy

NORFOLK | Eleven Somalis accused of attacking two Navy ships off the coast of Africa appeared in Virginia federal court Friday shortly after being indicted on charges of piracy.

There was heavy security at the courthouse when the men appeared wearing handcuffs and either bright orange or olive drab prison outfits. The men did not enter pleas. An interpreter read them the charges of piracy, attacks to plunder a vessel, assault with a dangerous weapon, and use of a firearm during a crime of violence.

A magistrate scheduled a detention hearing Wednesday and ordered the men to be kept in custody until then.

Five of the men were captured March 31, after the frigate USS Nicholas exchanged fire with a suspected pirate vessel west of the Seychelles, sinking a skiff and confiscating its mother ship. The other six were captured after they allegedly began shooting at the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland on April 10 about 380 miles off Djibouti, a small nation facing Yemen across the mouth of the Red Sea.

From wire dispatches and staff reports


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