Originally created 03/15/03

Across the Southeast



Woman is prematurely deemed dead - twice

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -Emergency officials are investigating the actions of a rescue crew who pronounced a Florida woman dead of an apparent suicide attempt, though she was discovered alive about two hours later.

Kathryn Hancock-Julien, presumed dead, was on the way to the Jacksonville medical examiner's office Tuesday when a forensic investigator noticed her chin move and police said she appeared to be alive.

The woman was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead again after doctors tried to resuscitate her.

A short time later, she was seen breathing. She was pronounced dead for a third - and final - time after another failed resuscitation attempt.

The internal investigation will focus on whether the rescue crew attempted to resuscitate Ms. Hancock-Julien and why it made the choice, fire department spokesman Tom Francis said.

Nuclear weapon plant is allowed to restart

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. -The Y-12 nuclear weapons plant will be allowed to resume full operations for the first time since a 1994 safety order, the government announced Friday.

"For us, this is a momentous event after eight years, five months and 19 days," said Bill Brumley, the Oak Ridge head of the National Nuclear Security Administration, who signed papers authorizing the restart.

The Department of Energy facility remanufactures warhead parts for the MX missile system and serves as the nation's chief storehouse for weapons-grade uranium.

Feds say man lied about bomb dogs' abilities

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -The federal government Friday arrested a businessman who had provided it with purported bomb-sniffing dogs that were allegedly unable to detect even 50 pounds of dynamite.

Russell Lee Ebersole, 43, was in custody Friday awaiting arraignment next week on fraud and other charges.

Mr. Ebersole is accused of lying about the qualifications of his dogs and their handlers and faking certifications. He did business with several federal agencies, including the State Department and the Federal Reserve.

Mr. Ebersole, the owner of Detector Dogs Against Drugs and Explosives near Winchester, Va., was paid $700,000 for work for the agencies in 2001 and 2002.