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April 15, 1992

Man in Reagan incident freed

An anti-nuclear protester who marched onto a stage in Las Vegas where former President Ronald Reagan was speaking and shattered a crystal statue at his feet has been released from jail to await trial on federal charges.

U.S. District Judge Lawrence Levitt ordered Richard Paul Springer, 41, freed on his own recognizance late yesterday and set a hearing for May 4 on a charge of threatening a former president. If convicted, he faces up to three years in prison. Mr. Springer, a resident of Arcata, Calif., rushed onto a podium while Mr. Reagan was accepting an award from the National Association of Broadcasters Monday, grabbed a two-foot-tall trophy and smashed it to the floor.

Prison destroyed A 16-year-old boy charged with killing five members of his family later told a friend, "I did it," according to a criminal complaint filed in Wisconsin yesterday.

Bruce Brenizer told the friend that killing five people "sounded worse than it actually was," according to the complaint. Young Brenizer of Cushing, Wis., was arrested last May 18 in the deaths of his father, Rick Brenizer, 35, the father's live-in girlfriend, Ruth Berentson, 31, their daughter Crystal, 5, and Ms. Berentson's daughters Heidi, 10, and Mindy 7.

Officials busted:

Two Palmview, Texas, city officials have been arrested for allegedly trying to buy 700 pounds of marijuana that had been confiscated by police and was scheduled for destruction.

Mayor Pro Tem Ramiro Vela and police Commissioner Rodolfo Rodriguez were arrested Monday for allegedly arranging to substitute hay for the marijuana before it was burned, said Lupe Trevino, coordinator for a multi-agency drug task force. Mr. Vela and Mr. Rodriguez had offered a task force informant $50,000 for the marijuana, which was being held by the city, Mr. Trevino said.

7-year-olds charged:

Rape charges are pending against two 7-year-old boys in Indianapolis who allegedly attacked a first-grade classmate in a public school restroom.

The boys, whose names were not made public because of their age, were arrested Monday, appeared in juvenile court and were released to their parents for formal home detention during further court proceedings. The alleged attack occurred during school hours March 26 at a school in a working-class neighborhood on the city's east side. The prosecutor said the 6-year-old girl "was able to give what we feel is a very clear statement about what happened."

Food poisoning:

Poisoning caused by bacteria sometimes found in soft cheeses, delicatessen food and undercooked meat sickens 1,850 Americans and kills 425 of them each year, a federal study estimates.

Most victims are pregnant women, the elderly or people whose immune systems have been weakened by factors such as cancer treatment, drugs to fight rejection of transplanted organs, AIDS or steroids. The bacterium, Listeria monocytogenes, has been known to cause clusters of listeriosis disease among groups of people eating contaminated foods.

Dead dogs:

An Arizona dog breeder was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $25,000 yesterday for criminal littering in the dumping of dead greyhound dogs in a citrus orchard.

Glen Eugene McGaughey, 64, also was ordered to complete 400 hours of community service at the Arizona Humane Society, said Judge Ronald Reinstein of Maricopa County Superior Court. Mr. McGaughey was forced to close his greyhound operation after the discovery of 143 dog carcasses in a Chandler Heights citrus grove in January.

For the record:

The United States has stopped transmitting TV Marti to Cuba in daytime hours amid heightening tensions in the electronic war between Washington and Havana. . . . The first 20 barrels of arsenic trioxide that slipped off the deck of a freighter in violent seas in January were hoisted yesterday from the floor of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Cape May, N.J.

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