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Dad ambushes, kills son jogging with team in San Diego

By Wire services
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 6, 2003

SAN DIEGO - A 14-year-old boy jogging with his high school cross-country team was shot and killed in an ambush by his father, who killed himself hours later in a standoff with police.

William Hoffine, 58, had been in deep debt and was enmeshed in a bitter custody battle with the boy's mother, who had obtained a court order to keep him away.

"For whatever reason, he decided he was going to kill himself and decided his son would be better off dead rather than live without him," police Lt. Mike Hurley said.

Hoffine stepped out from behind a parked van Thursday afternoon and fired several shots at the boy, then reloaded his pistol and fired into the fallen boy's head as his teammates scrambled for cover, witnesses and police said.

Hoffine then drove to a friend's home and spent nearly 10 hours in on-and-off negotiations with police before shooting himself in the head early Friday.

The slain teen, Evan Nash, was a freshman who had started at Point Loma High three days before. In 2001, Evan helped found an after-school nonviolence program named after a college student shot and killed by a 14-year-old gang member, said Alexis Lukas, the program supervisor.

"He really was a young peacemaker," Lukas said.

Man, 79, found after eight days in woods

PORTLAND, Ore. - A 79-year-old man who made it through two heart attacks, two bouts with cancer and a stroke has survived another ordeal: spending eight days lost in the woods.

Duff Kimsey was dropped off Aug. 28 to look for huckleberries, but apparently lost his way in a dense national forest in the Cascade mountains of southwestern Washington. On Thursday, a hunter searching for a downed grouse spotted Kimsey beside a log.

Mike Kimsey said his father was hospitalized in fair condition, dehydrated but apparently otherwise healthy.

"Last night the doctor asked him what he was doing for eight days and he said, "Staying alive,"' the son said.

He said his father told him he found a little water but not much to eat - not even huckleberries.

Duff Kimsey's wife reported him missing when he failed to return on Aug. 28, and a formal search was suspended Monday.

Mike Kimsey said he knew his father would survive. "I never had any doubt, I kept telling everybody, as long as he had his pocket knife and could find some water, he'd be fine," he said.

Parents agree to chemo for son - with conditions

SALT LAKE CITY - A couple accused of kidnapping their cancer-stricken son to avoid chemotherapy agreed Friday to get the treatment for him if a new physician assigned to diagnose the boy recommends it.

The agreement, made official during a juvenile court hearing, offered some resolution to the family's dispute with the state over the government's authority to override parents in life-and-death decisions involving their children.

Daren and Barbara Jensen were charged with kidnapping for taking their 12-year-old son, Parker, out of Utah, where he had been under a court order to start chemotherapy Aug. 8.

At Friday's hearing, which was closed to the public, Juvenile Court Judge Robert Yeates dropped the state's custody warrant for Parker and the arrest warrants against the parents for their disobeying his chemotherapy order. The kidnapping charges remain, however.

Parker had a tumor removed from the soft palate of his mouth June 20, and three hospitals said it tested positive for Ewing's sarcoma, a rare cancer. Doctors say he could die without treatment soon.

The family questioned the diagnosis - later confirmed by hospitals in St. Louis and Los Angeles - and insisted Parker could just as easily die from chemotherapy.

Elsewhere ...

RECALL STILL ON: A panel of federal judges said Friday it would not postpone California's gubernatorial recall vote, removing one of the last legal barriers to the Oct. 7 election. The decision came in two lawsuits that argued Monterey County's hurriedly assembled balloting plans might disenfranchise minority voters.

JUDICIAL BUILDING REOPENS: The Alabama Judicial Building reopened to the public Friday for the first time since a protest over the removal of a Ten Commandments monument began more than two weeks ago.


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