Monday, June 14, 2004


Sniper killed after shooting three

IRVINE — A sniper opened fire Saturday at a rural Southern California recycling center, wounding a worker and a deputy, then fled before being killed hours later in a shootout with deputies firing from a helicopter.

The helicopter pilot was wounded in the leg, but all three victims were expected to survive, Orange County sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino said.

Officials had not determined a motive for the sniper, an unidentified middle-aged man wearing green Army-style fatigues, firing on employees at the Baker Canyon Green Recycling Center.


Mayor says all are Puerto Rican for day

NEW YORK — Tens of thousands of people lined Fifth Avenue in a sea of red, white and blue yesterday to celebrate all things Puerto Rican in one of the city’s biggest, loudest and most raucous parades.

On a day when Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg declared everyone Puerto Rican “by mayoral order,” thousands thronged the streets, trying to catch a glimpse of passing celebrities and dancing to the heavily amplified floats blasting salsa and merengue music.

“This is our family, so we’ve come to be with our family,” said Michael Rivera, 33, who traveled with his wife and two children from Lawrence, Mass., to the parade. “We don’t have so much of this in Lawrence, so I brought my family down to see some of their culture.”


Pregnant woman wounded in shooting

SELMA — Police arrested a man who they say fired gunshots during his son’s birthday party at a McDonald’s restaurant, wounding his girlfriend’s pregnant sister and sending customers scrambling for cover.

Witnesses told police that Lorenzo Walker, 22, had argued with the victim, Latoya Powell, before the shooting Saturday. Six bullets struck two cars parked nearby, Selma police said.

“He was shooting sideways,” John Green told the Selma Times-Journal in yesterday’s editions. “He wasn’t aiming; he was just shooting.”

Miss Powell, who was shot in the neck and upper body, was taken to a hospital in fair condition. A hospital supervisor declined to update her condition yesterday.


Food fight turns into melee

WATERBURY — A school food fight that started with fruit cup turned into a mealtime melee, serving up a full plate of arrests and injuries.

Seven seventh-graders were arrested after a spat in a middle-school cafeteria left two teachers and a detective with minor injuries Wednesday.

The incident began at West Side Middle School after a girl dumped a fruit cup over a boy’s head, police said. The two started fighting, then other students joined in, some jumping on tables and throwing food, police said.

Three girls and four boys ranging in age from 12 to 14 were arrested on charges including breach of the peace, assault and inciting a riot. All seven were released to their parents after promising to appear in juvenile court.


Justice urges lawyers to push democracy

CHICAGO — Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy says America’s security hinges on “the acceptance of the idea of freedom” and urged lawyers over the weekend to promote democracy internationally.

“It’s an imperative of our moral security,” Justice Kennedy said in a speech at an American Bar Association (ABA) ceremony dedicating the group’s new headquarters in downtown Chicago.

On Saturday, Justice Kennedy praised the work the ABA has done to spread democracy in other countries, but suggested that the group “find ways to increase the resources you devote to this by at least tenfold.”


Monks receive $27 million

ST. MEINRAD — They still tool around these gently rolling green hills in the same sturdy Chevys. They still wear their same black robes. Their rooms are spartan as ever and are still called cells.

Not much can change the monks of St. Meinrad Archabbey, who have taken a vow of poverty. Not war, not peace, and certainly not money. Not even a gift of nearly $27 million.

So when the Rev. Lambert Reilly, leader of the archabbey, recently announced that two longtime benefactors — both elderly women — had willed St. Meinrad’s nearly $27 million, the monks were grateful and surprised, but not inclined to celebrate.

The money will be used for St. Meinrad. Some will go for scholarships, and it also will help raise teacher salaries, renovate dormitories for the seminarians and make other improvements, including a new $5.2 million retreat center.


Doctor won’t treat lawmaker’s daughter

JACKSON — A plastic surgeon declined to treat the daughter of a lawmaker who opposed limits in damage lawsuits against doctors in Mississippi.

Kimberly Banks said she went to Dr. Michael Kanosky’s office Wednesday seeking to have scars removed from third-degree burns she suffered while cooking earlier this year.

“He asked me who I worked for and then asked me who my father was,” Miss Banks told the Associated Press. “I told him Earle Banks. He told me, ‘I can’t see you because your father is against tort reform.’”

Dr. Kanosky has said, as an active opponent of damage suit limitations, he was simply behaving ethically and referred Miss Banks to other plastic surgeons.

Miss Banks, who said she will file a complaint with the state, told a TV station that she was upset and left Dr. Kanosky’s office without the list of other surgeons.


Officials probe missing pelicans

MEDINA — Wildlife officials estimate that about 27,000 American white pelicans have abandoned their summer nesting grounds at a national wildlife refuge north of here. The question is why — and where they went.

Left behind were thousands of eggs, which are unlikely to hatch, officials say. The Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge is the home of the largest known nesting colony of white pelicans in North America.

Officials suspect some kind of disturbance — human or animal — because some of the remaining birds appear more skittish than usual, said Kim Hanson, refuge manager of the Arrowwood complex, which includes Chase Lake.


Porn mogul, son plead guilty

AUSTIN — Dozens of adult video stores across Texas will be shut down now that a porn mogul and his son have pleaded guilty to skirting millions of dollars in taxes, federal officials said.

John K. Coil, 62 — accused of avoiding up to $5 million in corporate and income taxes — admitted in a plea deal that he mailed fraudulent tax returns and transported obscene materials. His son, John A. Coil, 23, admitted making false statements on a tax return.

Both men entered their pleas on Friday.


Illness claims life of search dog

ST. PAUL — Calamity Jane has died.

Not the hard-drinking, cross-dressing woman of the West infamous for her rough and raucous life. It’s time to mourn the bold bloodhound that made a name for herself in two high-profile searches for missing women.

Denny Adams of Conde, S.D., said his search dog, Calamity Jane, died Wednesday.

The dog was involved in the long winter search for slain University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin, whose remains were found this spring. Calamity Jane also assisted in finding the remains last month of Erika Dalquist, a Brainerd, Minn., woman who was missing for more than a year.

The hound became ill after she accompanied Mr. Adams to a memorial service for Miss Dalquist two weeks ago, he said.


Gay student’s killer to appeal conviction

LARAMIE — The lawyer for one of the men convicted of murdering homosexual college student Matthew Shepard says his client was denied effective legal assistance during trial.

Russell Henderson’s lawyer has filed a motion saying Henderson’s rights were violated because public defenders did not tell him of the rights he would lose and those he would keep if he pleaded guilty. Henderson, who is serving two life sentences, pleaded guilty in 1999 to felony murder and kidnapping to avoid a possible death sentence.

Lawyer Tim Newcomb, who did not handle Henderson’s defense at trial, is seeking to have Henderson’s sentence reduced.

A state district judge will hold a hearing on Mr. Newcomb’s motion tomorrow in Laramie.

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