State News of National Interest
The Associated Press
Jul. 03, 2006
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ An attack in which a patient nearly killed a worker at the Riverview Psychiatric Center last winter has led to a comprehensive review of security. A national expert has been hired to evaluate security from top to bottom, said former Maine Chief Justice Daniel Wathen, who monitors the state hospital's compliance with a 1990 court order.
HARDYSTON, N.J. (AP) _ A black bear that attacked a golf course groundskeeper was captured and later euthanized, state officials said. George Petta said he first saw the bear a few weeks ago while working and had tried to avoid the bruin since then. But his luck ended when the bear struck him, leaving Petta with a bloody face and torn shirt.
AIKEN, S.C. (AP) _ A woman died after she ran her husband off the road then lost control of her own car and crashed into a tree off of state Highway 302, Aiken County officials said. Virginia Cantara, 36, chased her husband's car after he picked up their children from her home. Thomas Cantara's car was forced off the road and overturned, investigators said. He suffered minor injuries and the children were unhurt.
HUNTINGTON, W. Va. (AP) _ It was more than just school pride that prompted Marshall University graduates JoAnn Elmer and Bill Adkins to get married on campus. Elmer, who became JoAnn Adkins on Saturday, is the fifth-great-granddaugher of John Marshall, the first chief justice of the United States and the man for whom the school is named.
MOLINE, Ill. (AP) _ An antique tractor auction raised more than $6,000 for Makenzie Jo Tank, 3, who suffers from an inoperable brain tumor. The seventh annual John Deere Collectors Center Tractor Auction sold 60 antique tractors Saturday. Some of the proceeds will go toward Tank's medical bills.
WALFORD, Iowa (AP) _ Filming of ``The Final Season'' resumed Saturday, one day after a helicopter crash killed a cameraman and critically injured the producer and pilot. Roland Schlotzhauer, 50, died in the crash Friday. Producer Tony Wilson, 49, and helicopter pilot Richard Green, 72, remain in critical condition. ``The Final Season'' is based on the real-life story of the 1991 Norway High School baseball team.
SAN LUIS, Ariz. (AP) _ Smugglers are becoming more violent in their attempts to sneak immigrants past the Mexican border. Some Border Patrol trucks have metal grates to protect against rock-throwing smugglers. The Border Patrol's Yuma sector is on pace to exceed the 123 assaults on agents reported last fiscal year.
HONOLULU (AP) _ The largest cake in Honolulu's history was served Sunday to celebrate the city's 100th birthday. The cake was 15 feet long and 18 feet wide, enough to serve 10,000 people. The downtown celebration also served foods including sugarcane shrimp, sushi, ribs and hot dogs. There was also live entertainment, educational activities and tours of the city hall.