Railroad car leaks ammonia; homes evacuated
By TIMES WIRES
Published March 18, 2007
LAKE CITY, MINN. - Anhydrous ammonia leaked from a railroad tank car Saturday, and the fumes led authorities to evacuate several homes in southern Lake City. There were no immediate reports of injuries, the Wabasha County Sheriff's Office said. The leaking car was part of an Iowa, Chicago & Eastern Railroad train operating on Canadian Pacific tracks, railroad officials said. A cap on the tanker car apparently failed, and the leak was capped by Saturday afternoon, state, city and railroad officials said. Anhydrous ammonia can be extremely toxic and may be fatal if inhaled.
Man apologizes for false report
BOULDER, COLO. - A man has apologized for sending hundreds of volunteers on a search for a friend who supposedly got lost but in fact had run away to avoid returning to his Marine unit. The search last August and September for Lance Cpl. Lance Hering, 21, took five days and cost $33,000. Hering is still missing. Steve Powers, 21, was convicted of misdemeanor false reporting and was ordered to write the apology, which he submitted to a court on Friday. Powers also was ordered to serve 200 hours of community service and pay the cost of the search. Hering was in a unit allegedly involved in the April 2005 shooting death of an Iraqi man.
Riner, Va.: Two teens were charged with conspiracy to commit murder after one took a gun to school and at least one discussed shooting the principal and others, authorities said.