- The Washington Times - Monday, December 5, 2011

Sheen’s ex-wife arrested on assault, drug charges

Police say Charlie Sheen’s ex-wife, Brooke Mueller, has been arrested in Aspen, Colo., on suspicion of third-degree assault and cocaine possession with intent to distribute, according to the Associated Press.

Authorities say officers arrested Ms. Mueller early Saturday at a nightclub after a woman reported being assaulted by her.

Ms. Mueller posted $11,000 bond and was released from custody. She’s scheduled to be in court Dec. 19. Aspen police spokeswoman Blair Weyer said additional details are not immediately available.

Her attorney, Yale Galanter, had no comment.

Mr. Sheen and Ms. Mueller divorced earlier this year, citing Christmas Day 2009 as the day of their breakup. Mr. Sheen was arrested in Aspen on that day on suspicion of assaulting Ms. Mueller. He completed his probation in that case last November.

Garrison Keillor rethinking his plan for retirement

Garrison Keillor said he’s reconsidering thoughts about retirement.

According to the Associated Press, the host of public radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion” told the Sioux City Journal last week that he thought about quitting the show, but it panicked him and led to him “rethinking the whole brilliant idea.”

He said the show is going well and he loves doing it, so why quit.

In March, Mr. Keillor had said in an interview for the AARP Bulletin that he planned to retire in the spring of 2013, but would have to find his replacement first.

Mr. Keillor’s spokesman, David O’Neill, confirmed the report to the Star Tribune of Minneapolis, saying Mr. Keillor doesn’t have any specific plans to retire and is still enjoying doing the show.

Christie Brinkley faces lien over $531K tax bill

Records show supermodel Christie Brinkley owes $531,000 in back taxes, and the IRS has filed a lien against her.

According to the Associated Press, the Daily News of New York reported that the tax lien was filed Nov. 21 on a mansion in Bridgehampton on New York’s Long Island, where she lives.

A spokeswoman for Ms. Brinkley said the star was surprised to hear the lien had been filed.

Spokeswoman Claire Mercuri said: “Christie Brinkley … has instructed her team to resolve the matter immediately.”

Ms. Brinkley was once married to Billy Joel. She made her Broadway debut this year playing Roxie Hart in the musical “Chicago.”

Singer’s son headed back to grandmother

By the time Arkansas authorities took country singer Mindy McCready’s 5-year-old son from her and into custody on Friday evening, one thing already had become apparent to many in America: Ms. McCready’s life has come to resemble a bad country song.

Since her emergence in the mid-1990s as a honey-voiced success story out of Nashville, Ms. McCready has been increasingly known for her personal foibles instead of her music.

This week’s custody battle was the latest in a long saga of personal heartache and brushes with the law.

Florida Department of Children and Families spokeswoman Terri Durdaller wrote in an email Saturday that her agency was working with Arkansas state officials to bring Ms. McCready’s son, Zander, back to her legal guardian in Florida. His maternal grandmother has been his guardian since 2007.

Officials say he’s safe and in good health.

“Zander is in Arkansas and we continue to arrange his swift arrival back to Florida,” Ms. Durdaller wrote.

In Arkansas, Cleburne County Sheriff Marty Moss said Saturday that Ms. McCready didn’t have permission to be in the unoccupied summer home where she was found Friday evening with her son. Authorities continue to investigate the matter, he said.

Authorities said officers entered the home and found Ms. McCready and her son in a bedroom closet. A man, David Wilson, was also in the residence. Mr. Moss said neither had permission to be in the residence, but neither was arrested at the time.

Gayle Inge, Zander’s grandmother and Ms. McCready’s mother, was tearful when she talked about the news by phone Friday night with the Associated Press.

“I’m real excited that he’s safe,” she said. “But I can’t explain what this is like. We feel for Mindy and we feel for Zander.”

Former Miss USA charged with drunken driving

A lawyer for ex-Miss USA Rima Fakih said police in the Detroit enclave of Highland Park arrested his client on a drunken driving charge.

According to the Associated Press, Doraid Elder told the Detroit Free Press that Miss Fakih is “very saddened and very apologetic for the situation that she is in right now.”

Mr. Elder said police arrested Miss Fakih early Saturday.

The 26-year-old Miss Fakih was born in Lebanon. She was raised in New York and moved to Michigan in 2003. Her family lives in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn.

She won the Miss USA Pageant in May 2010. Her reign ended June 19.

She was the first Miss Michigan to win the title since 1993 and the first Arab American winner ever.

Compiled from Web and wire service reports.

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