- - Tuesday, October 30, 2012

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. — Authorities have arrested nine people, including several coaches, they say were gambling on youth football games and setting point spreads.

Broward County sheriff’s officials searched two alleged gambling houses Monday where they say people were betting on professional, college and youth games.

The nine men arrested were charged with bookmaking and some with keeping a gambling house. Authorities say the suspects had direct ties to the South Florida Youth Football League and several have extensive criminal histories.

According to the league’s website, it has 22 clubs and 6,000 children of all ages in three counties.

Brandon Bivins, coach and president of the Fort Lauderdale Hurricanes, was among those charged. He’s being held on $50,000 bond.


Hazardous release sickens 200

SANTA TERESA — New Mexico authorities say an unknown hazardous material release has sickened about 200 people near the Mexican border just northwest of El Paso, Texas.

A two-mile area surrounding the industrial park and border crossing at Santa Teresa was evacuated Tuesday, and the nearby airport was closed.

Officials say some people from businesses in the industrial park were taken to Santa Teresa High School after complaining of breathing problems, light-headedness, nausea and dizziness. No serious injuries were reported and no one was hospitalized.

Some people also described a burning sensation on their skin.


Police: Karate student decks man in apartment

FRESNO — A California man got an early morning beat down after being pummeled by a karate student who found him drunk in her bathroom.

Jannine Ramirez had just won a karate competition when she arrived at her Fresno apartment early Sunday and heard someone in the bathroom. Ms. Ramirez, 20, kicked down her bathroom door, then kicked the intruder through a shower door.

She continued with an onslaught of kicks and punches until Wilberto Zapata, 18, was outside her apartment.

“We didn’t recognize him,” Ms. Ramirez said. “Me and my mom live in the apartment, so no guy whatsoever should be in there.”

Mr. Zapata recently moved into the apartment complex and mistakenly went into the wrong apartment unit, police told The Fresno Bee.

Ms. Ramirez has a yellow belt — a step above beginner — and expects to be promoted to orange belt next month.


Man charged in campus bomb threat

BRYAN — A man is charged with making a false bomb threat at Texas A&M University and a female friend accused in a similar hoax at another university in the state is being investigated in both cases.

A&M police Lt. Allan Baron says Dereon Kelly and Brittany Henderson are in a relationship. He declined to elaborate.

Lt. Baron says Mr. Kelly was charged Monday with making a terroristic threat. Lt. Baron says Ms. Henderson is considered a person of interest and is under arrest. Bond for each is set at $150,000.

Police say Mr. Kelly emailed an Oct. 19 threat to A&M in College Station. He was arrested hours later on unrelated fraud charges.

Ms. Henderson was arrested last week in connection with an Oct. 18 bomb threat at Texas State University in San Marcos.


Parents sue resort, owner over teen fatality

UNIONTOWN — The parents of a teen passenger killed in a drunken driving crash have sued a posh southwestern Pennsylvania resort, its owner, and his daughter for allegedly supplying alcohol to the 17-year-old driver.

A spokesman for 84 Lumber founder Joe Hardy, who owns Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, declined to comment because the matter is in litigation.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported the parents of Zack Nelson, 17, of Chalk Hill, filed a wrongful-death suit in Fayette County on Tuesday against Nemacolin, Mr. Hardy, his daughter, Paige, and the teen who was driving when a car crashed into a tree at the resort in September 2011.

Zack Nelson was killed and Paige Hardy and four other teens were hurt.

The Nelsons contend Mr. Hardy knew his daughter would serve alcohol to minors at a pre-crash party at the resort.


Mistrial declared in child sex abuse case

POTEAU — A judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a 62-year-old man who was charged with child neglect and sexual abuse after his nine children were found living in squalid, bug-infested conditions in eastern Oklahoma.

The children — whom investigators say were unable to count to 20 or recite the alphabet — were aged 3 to 17 years when the state Department of Human Services raided their property and took them into emergency custody in October 2011.

A petition to terminate the man’s parental rights says one of his daughters told authorities he impregnated her and buried the baby’s body near a goat pen.

Investigators have searched the rural property but have been unable to find the remains. One daughter said he had sexually abused her and a younger sibling.

The Southwest Times Record reported that LeFlore County District Judge Jon Sullivan granted defense attorney Gary Buckles’ motion for mistrial, saying too many potential jurors had already formed opinions on the case.


Pair of 3-year-olds killed in school bus crash

LOUISVILLE — Kentucky State Police say the two children who were killed in a school bus crash were both 3 years old.

Police identified the young victims from Monday’s crash as Ryder Deitz and Caroline Tuttle, both of Carrollton.

Police say the boy and girl were pronounced dead at the scene after a Carroll County school bus carrying students home from the Head Start preschool program overturned and crashed into a tree.

Nine children, all preschoolers, were onboard along with two adults. Five children remain hospitalized.


Family sues FBI in fatal shooting of Detroit imam

DETROIT — The family of a Detroit mosque leader has filed a lawsuit against FBI agents, saying his rights were violated when he was gunned down during a raid.

Luqman Abdullah was killed when agents tried to arrest him at a Dearborn warehouse in 2009. He and his allies were accused of dealing stolen goods in an FBI sting operation.

A lawsuit filed Friday in federal court accuses the FBI of using excessive force in Mr. Abdullah’s death. He was shot 20 times. The FBI has defended what happened, saying Mr. Abdullah was armed and resisted arrest.

The Michigan attorney general said the shooting was justified. The U.S. Justice Department’s civil rights division also found no wrongdoing.

The FBI declined to comment on the lawsuit Tuesday. Mr. Abdullah was married and had 10 children.


School backs off deal for free campus

BOSTON — An Arizona college has backed out a deal for a free 217-acre campus in Massachusetts, citing unanticipated costs and significant resistance from the town.

Grand Canyon University informed the Oklahoma-based owners of the Northfield campus last week, five weeks after they were named the recipient after an extensive search.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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