Saturday, January 17, 2009
Hundreds remember family slain Dec. 24
SAN DIMAS, Calif. — Hundreds of people packed a church Friday for the funeral of nine family members killed by a gunman dressed as Santa during a Christmas Eve party. No co ns were on display at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church. Instead, photos of the victims were placed on easels, and their ashes were held in an urn and small boxes at the altar. Friend Eddie Perry talked about each slain member of the Ortega family and called them “the closest family I ever met.” He recalled how the family matriarch, Alicia Ortega, had said she wanted to die before her husband because she couldn’t live without him. “Dios no te oiga!” Joseph Ortega would reply — God doesn’t hear you. Their former son-in-law Bruce Pardo burst into their house and started killing people before setting the house on ﬁre and eventually killing himself. Nine members of the family were either fatally shot or burned: Pardo’s ex-wife, Sylvia Pardo, 46; her parents, 80-yearold Joseph and 70-year-old Alicia; her two brothers, Charles Ortega, 50, and James Ortega, 52, and their wives, Cheri, 45, Pallbearers carry urns containing ashes of the nine victims of the Ortega family, slain on Christmas Eve, at the funeral Mass at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church in San Dimas, Calif., on Friday.
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By the time an ambulance arrived, the boy was able to yank his tongue o the frozen pole. Ambulance personnel explained to the boy’s mother how to care for his bleeding tongue. The 1983 movie is set in a ﬁctional city based on Hammond, the hometown of author Jean Shepherd.
Teacher who taped child’s mouth ﬁred
LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A school board in Indiana has ﬁred a middle school teacher who placed duct tape over a specialneeds student’s mouth to keep him from talking in class. The board of Tippecanoe School Corp. voted Wednesday to cancel Pamela Dahnke’s contract. She was an eighth-grade health and nutrition teacher at Battle Ground Middle School in West Lafayette. Superintendent Scott Hanback says the September taping incident “cannot be tolerated.” The board also says Dahnke failed to implement the student’s program for special needs and that she returned to the school after being told to leave.
was chosen Thursday by the luck of the draw. Kim Toulouse’s ace of clubs beat Chris Sewell’s 10 of spades for a spot on the Verdi Television District board. The two tied in the Nov. 4 election, and Toulouse lost an initial card draw before Washoe County election o cials discovered 47 people had not been allowed to vote. The two candidates tied again after a count of absentee ballots. State law allows candidates to settle ties by either drawing cards or ﬂipping a coin.
and Teresa, 51; Sylvia Pardo’s sister, Alicia Ortiz, 46, and her son, Michael Ortiz, 17.
Man charged with threat to kill Obama
JACKSON, Miss. — A Wisconsin man was arrested Friday in Mississippi after authorities said he threatened on the Internet to kill President-elect Barack Obama. Steven Joseph Christopher, 42, was taken into custody by the Secret Service in Brookhaven, Miss., and charged with threatening to assassinate Obama for what he claimed was “the country’s own good,” federal prosecutors said. The criminal complaint was sealed until Christopher’s appearance in
HAMMOND, Ind. — In a scene straight out of the movie “A Christmas Story,” a 10-year“Yes, I have decided I will old Indiana boy got his tongue assassinate Barack Obama. It’s really nothing personal about the stuck to a metal light pole. Hammond police say the unman,” Christopher said, according to the release. “But I know it’s identiﬁed fourth-grader was able to tell them that a friend dared for the country’s own good that him to lick the pole WednesI do this.” Authorities didn’t say whether day night. Temperatures in the Chicago suburb were around 10 Christopher had weapons, but degrees at the time. the a davit said he wrote in his
federal court. Federal Judge James C. Sumner ordered Christopher held until a bail hearing next Thursday. An a davit from Secret Service Special Agent Kelly Adcox quotes Christopher as saying he has nothing personal against Obama and that he’s not a racist. Authorities said Christopher made the threats Jan. 11 and 15 on the Web site www.alien-earth.
posting that he did not own a gun and needed one donated. Christopher faces up to ﬁve years in prison and up to $250,000 in ﬁnes if convicted. It is unclear if he was living in Mississippi or just visiting.
Burglar drenches dog with toxic cleaners
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — A dog died after being drenched with toxic household cleaners by a burglar in Michigan. Nancy Sheppard was at work Tuesday when someone entered her home in Kalamazoo and poured the liquids over her dachshund mix Lucky. A neighbor noticed Sheppard’s front door open and called the police. Lucky was in a crate, and his food and water dishes were also covered in the cleaning ﬂuids. He died after being rushed to an animal hospital. Police say the burglar took a few dollars’ worth of coins.
From wire reports
Ind. boy gets tongue stuck to light pole
Ace of clubs decides winner of election
RENO, Nev. — The winner of a seat on a Nevada district board
Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC’s “This Week” — David Axelrod, senior adviser to President-elect Barack Obama. CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Lawrence Summers, Obama’s choice for director of the National Economic Council.
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