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Driver strikes 40 at street festival

Mon., June 4, 2007

Neighbors and rescue personnel threw children out of the path of a speeding car that plowed through a crowded street festival, preventing more serious injuries than the 40 people struck, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty said Sunday.

A 4-year-old boy with a broken leg was the only person still hospitalized a day after a woman’s car sent people and strollers flying, leaving debris and injured bodies strewn in her wake.

Authorities believe the driver, Tonya Bell, of Oxon Hill, Md., was going about 70 mph when she tore through Unifest, a church-sponsored street festival in southeast Washington.

Bell was treated for an ankle injury and was in police custody.

Marcellus Jackson’s father saved the boy’s life by throwing him out of the way of the speeding car, Fenty said. The father, Vincent Hayes, was then hit by the speeding car head-on but was OK.

Officials were still waiting for toxicology results, but Police Cmdr. Patrick Burke confirmed that some witnesses said Bell may have been smoking something and laughing as she drove through the crowd.

Memphis, Tenn.

Officers’ dispute leaves one dead

A domestic dispute between two off-duty police officers who had been romantically involved left one dead and the other injured, authorities said.

Memphis police Officer Jeremy Kyle kicked in the door of his ex-girlfriend’s house, said Steve Shular, spokesman for the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department.

Officer Teresita Watson told detectives that Kyle walked into her bedroom and pointed a gun at her and another man who was with her.

The other man shot Kyle in the chest, detectives said. Kyle died at the scene.

A bullet also grazed Watson’s stomach as she struggled to disarm Kyle, deputies said. She was treated and released from the hospital Sunday.

Watson’s three children, ages 3, 5 and 9, were upstairs at the time of the shooting and were not harmed, deputies said.

Both were patrol officers at the same precinct but worked under different commands, said police Sgt. Vince Higgins.


Flynt seeks stories of officials’ trysts

Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt offered $1 million Sunday to anyone who could provide proof of an illicit sexual encounter with a high-ranking government official.

In a full-page advertisement in the Washington Post, Flynt asked for “documented evidence of illicit sexual or intimate relations with a Congressperson, Senator or other prominent officeholder.” He said he would pay up to $1 million for material that could be verified and published in Hustler.

The publisher took credit for the demise of Rep. Bob Livingston, R-La., who admitted he had had extramarital affairs after word got out that Flynt was investigating him. Livingston announced his resignation in December 1998, days before he had been expected to become speaker of the House.

From wire reports


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