- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 18, 2010


New rules curb gunman chases

LOS ANGELES | Faced with a string of shootings by deputies, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department issued new guidelines Wednesday telling officers it’s often better to contain armed suspects and wait for backup than give chase to arrest them.

Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for Sheriff Lee Baca, thinks it’s the first such policy in the nation.

“The sheriff saw a need for the department to re-examine how it handles deputy-involved shootings,” he said, noting there were 16 fatal shootings by deputies last year compared with nine in 2008.

The new guidelines are set a 30-page booklet compiled by a panel of senior officers convened by Sheriff Baca in September to study procedures involving foot pursuits by the nation’s largest sheriff’s department.

Sheriff Baca said the recommendations would minimize the potential for “officer-created jeopardy,” meaning officers unnecessarily placing themselves in harm’s way.


Car auction crash injures a dozen

ELLIJAY | A car plowed into a crowd at a north Georgia auto auction and sent more than a dozen people to hospitals, including at least six with serious injuries.

Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright said the accelerator apparently stuck as the car, a 1995 Volvo, was being driven into the hall for dealers to bid on it Tuesday night.

Mr. Wright said one person was critically injured and was being treated at an Atlanta hospital.


Ceiling collapse hurts 2 at base

BOURNE | Two civilian construction workers were injured when a bathroom ceiling in an unoccupied barracks building fell on them, an Army National Guard spokesman said.

Sgt. James Lally said both workers were taken to a hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening after the collapse around 9:15 a.m. Wednesday at Camp Edwards on Cape Cod.


Studies boost Gardasil uses

TRENTON | The Gardasil vaccine appears to protect most young women from cervical cancer and homosexual men from anal cancer for at least a few years, according to new studies released Wednesday by its maker, Merck & Co.

The vaccine is designed to block four of the most common strains of the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus, or HPV. Two of those HPV strains cause the majority of cases of cervical cancer and anal cancer, and the other two can cause genital warts.

Gardasil already is approved for prevention of cervical cancer and genital warts in girls and women ages 9 to 26. It’s also approved for preventing genital warts in boys and men ages 9 to 26.

Data from the new studies will be used to seek approval from the Food and Drug Administration to also market Gardasil for preventing cervical cancer and genital warts in women up to age 45 and for preventing anal cancer in males.

Merck, which is based in Whitehouse Station, N.J., funded both studies.


Terror suspect’s father gets bail

NEW YORK | A Colorado man accused of trying to destroy chemicals and other evidence in the terror case against his son was granted bail Wednesday, but ordered not speak to his son.

As part of a deal reached in federal court in Brooklyn, Mohammed Wali Zazi must post $50,000 bond signed by his wife and daughter and secured by $20,000 cash. He also will be subject to electronic monitoring when he returns to his home in suburban Denver, possibly as early as Friday.

The judge also barred the one-time New York City cabdriver from having phone or other contact with four people — his jailed son, Najibullah Zazi, and three whose names were not made public.

Both father and son have pleaded not guilty.


Murder convict cleared, freed

RALEIGH | A man convicted of murdering a prostitute was exonerated and set free Wednesday in the first win for North Carolina’s innocence commission, the only panel of its kind in the nation.

Greg Taylor’s family and supporters broke into cheers when the decision was announced by a three-judge panel that heard six days of arguments about the evidence used to convict him more than 16 years ago.

Taylor, 47, always insisted he did not kill prostitute Jacquetta Thomas in 1991. He testified he was in the area taking drugs with a friend and they spotted what they thought was a body, but didn’t report it to police.


Cyclist testifier pleads guilty

PITTSBURGH | A cyclist who was a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency witness against Floyd Landis in 2007 has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute human growth hormone and another performance-enhancing drug.

In a Pittsburgh federal court on Wednesday, Joe Papp admitted to conspiring with a Chinese manufacturer to sell drugs over the Internet to more than 180 customers including cyclists and other athletes.

Authorities have not identified any of Papp’s customers and the terms of the plea agreement are under seal.

In the Landis case, Papp acknowledged his long pattern of drug use and testified about the ways synthetic testosterone helped him recover after races. Landis won the 2006 Tour de France but was later stripped of his title.

Papp received a two-year ban for doping based on his acknowledgments.


Salami recall is expanded

BURRILLVILLE | Rhode Island-based Daniele International is expanding its recall of salami products that may be contaminated with salmonella, federal officials said.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said Tuesday that 115,000 pounds of salami products manufactured by the Burrillville meat company were being recalled because of possible salmonella contamination from crushed red pepper.

Daniele recalled more than 1 million pounds of salami coated in black pepper last month.

The expanded recall includes several products that were distributed nationwide and have sell-by dates ranging from Feb. 3 through May 26.


Lotto to leave TV for Internet

RICHMOND | The Virginia Lottery is expecting to save more than $1 million next fiscal year by scrapping its daily televised drawings in favor of the Internet.

Officials said the move last month was in an effort to cut costs as the state seeks to overcome a $4 billion budget deficit. It also is a recognition of a growing shift in how customers check their lottery numbers.

So far, lottery officials said they’ve received a few complaints about the switch, mostly from older people, who either didn’t have a computer or access to one.

Most states currently use a combination of TV broadcasts and Internet feeds for afternoon and evening drawings.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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