Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 14th 2014 Contents LAS VEGAS---A Phoenix woman
accused of throwing a shoe some
60 feet toward Hillary Rodham
Clinton appeared aware during
questioning by US Secret Service
agents of the allegation against her,
authorities said Friday.
Alison Michelle Ernst, 36, was
given a misdemeanor disorderly con-
duct summons and freed after she
was booked at the Clark County jail,
according to a Las Vegas police arrest
"Ms Ernst appeared to be in an
agitated state but aware of what she
had just done," the report said.
Ernst could face up to a year in
the county lockup if she is convicted
of violating a county ordinance dur-
ing the Thursday incident at the
Mandalay Bay hotel-casino.
She is accused of bypassing secu-
rity and walking quickly toward a
rope line about six rows from the
front of a conference audience. Police
say she reached into a purse, removed
the shoe and threw it overhand
toward the stage.
Clinton ducked and wasn t struck.
She appeared startled but quickly
cracked a couple of jokes before con-
tinuing her keynote speech to the
Institute of Scrap Recycling Indus-
tries. The audience applauded.
Ernst was ushered by security
guards out of the ballroom with her
hands in the air and sat calmly after-
ward on a sofa in a hallway. She wore
a blonde wig, blue dress and thong
She told an Associated Press
reporter she threw a shoe and
dropped some papers but did not
identify herself or explain the action.
Security officers ushered reporters
and photographers away.
A jail booking photo, taken later,
shows Ernst with short brown
hair. She couldn t immediately be
It wasn t clear if she had a lawyer.
Brian Spellacy, Secret Service
supervisory special agent in Las
Vegas, said an orange and black ath-
letic shoe was recovered from the
Clinton has Secret Service pro-
tection because former presidents
and their spouses are covered for
their lifetime, Spellacy said.
Authorities said Ernst wasn t a
credentialed conference attendee and
wasn t supposed to have been in the
ballroom, which had more than 1,000
Audience members wore large
conference identification badges and
were asked to present photo iden-
tification for entry to Clinton s
Clinton, the former first lady and
Democratic senator from New York,
has been traveling the country giving
paid speeches to industry organisa-
tions and Democratic Party groups.
She said in San Francisco on Tuesday
that she was seriously considering a
The incident reminded some of
former president George W Bush
dodging shoes thrown by an Iraqi
journalist during a news conference
in Baghdad in December 2008. Shoe-
throwing is considered an insult in
Arab cultures. (AP)
Woman accused of tossing
shoe at Clinton released
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VERACRUZ---A passenger bus
slammed into a broken-down truck
and burst into flames, killing at least
36 people yesterday in southern
Mexico, the Veracruz state
Both state and federal officials said
that four people survived the crash,
which occurred shortly after
midnight in the southeastern state of
A communique from the state civil
defense agency said the victims were
business people from the region.
The agency's emergency director,
Ricardo Maza Limon, said that
victims apparently burned to death
inside the bus.
The federal highway department,
which earlier gave the death toll as
34, said the three-axle bus was on a
highway when it struck a five-axle
tractor-trailer that had broken down
and was parked along the roadside.
Via Twitter, Mexican President
Enrique Pena Nieto sent a message
of condolences to the families of
those who died. (AP)
probing the disappearance of
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370
suspect that the co-pilot of the
jetliner tried to make a call with
his cellphone after the plane was
diverted from its scheduled route,
Malaysia s New Straits Times
reported sources as saying on Sat-
The newspaper cited unidentified
investigative sources as saying the
attempted call from co-pilot Fariq
Abdul Hamid s phone was picked
up by a cellphone tower as the
plane was about 200 nautical miles
northwest of the west coast state
That was around where military
radar made its last sighting of the
missing jet at 2.15 am local time
on March 8.
"The telco s (telecommunications
company s) tower established the
call that he was trying to make. On
why the call was cut off, it was
likely because the aircraft was fast
moving away from the tower and
had not come under the coverage
of the next one," the New Straits
Times cited a source as saying.
Government officials could not
immediately be reached for com-
ment on the report.
The New Straits Times quoted
acting Transport Minister Hisham-
muddin Hussein as saying that the
report needed to be verified.
But he appeared to cast doubt
on the report by saying: "If this
did happen, we would have known
about it earlier."
The New Straits Times cited sep-
arate investigative sources as saying
that a signal had been picked up
from Fariq s cellphone, but that it
could have resulted from the device
being switched on rather than being
used to make a call.
Malaysia is focusing its criminal
investigation on the cabin crew and
the pilots of the plane---53-year-
old captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah
and 27-year old Fariq---after clearing
all 227 passengers of any involve-
ment, police have said.
Investigators believe that some-
one with detailed knowledge of
both the Boeing 777-200ER and
commercial aviation navigation
switched off the plane s commu-
nications systems before diverting
it thousands of miles off its sched-
The search for the missing jet-
liner in the southern Indian ocean
resumed on Saturday, amid fears
that batteries powering signals from
the black box recorder on board
may have died. (Reuters)
A man accused of harassing a neighbour and her disabled children for the past 15 years sat at a street
corner yesterday morning with a sign declaring he's a bully, a requirement of his sentence.
Municipal Court Judge Gayle Williams-Byers ordered Edmond Aviv, 62, to display the sign for five hours
yesterday. It says: "I AM A BULLY! I pick on children that are disabled, and I am intolerant of those that are
different from myself. My actions do not reflect an appreciation for the diverse South Euclid community
that I live in."
Malaysia flight's co-pilot
tried to make cellphone call
Bus hits truck on Mexico highway; 36 reported dead
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