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WOMAN SURRENDERS, FACES CHARGES IN HIT-AND-RUN DEATH

A woman was charged in the hit-and-run death of a longtime civilian employee of the city's police department, officials said.

Tracy A. Bohanski, 38, of Schenectady, was charged Tuesday with one felony count of leaving the scene of a fatal accident. She was released on $15,000 bail.

Police said Raymond Jeffes, 51, was walking on a road near his home Saturday when he was struck by a vehicle. A passing motorist saw his body and alerted police. Jeffes worked as a custodian at the department for nearly 30 years.

Bohanski surrendered to police Tuesday with her attorney present, Detective Lt. Jack Falvo said.

F. Stanton Ackerman, Bohanski's lawyer, said his client was distraught about the accident.

"She didn't know what she had done," he said. "She thought that she had hit an animal, an object, a deer."

Third teen pleads guilty
in torching of homeless man

NEW YORK (AP) -- The youngest of three teenage boys accused of setting a homeless man on fire has pleaded guilty to manslaughter, the Manhattan district attorney's office said Wednesday.

Robert Velasquez, 14, entered the plea in State Supreme Court in Manhattan on Tuesday.

Walter Eakman, 47, died one day after the three youths torched his clothing as he slept in a stairwell at the Chelsea Houses complex on West 25th Street on May 13.

Police said Eakman was ablaze five to 10 minutes before a passer-by doused him with water and put out the fire. Eakman had burns over 72 percent of his body.

The other two youths entered guilty pleas last week.

Luis Medina, 16, of the Bronx, pleaded guilty to manslaughter, and Jario Gil, 15, who lives in the Chelsea Houses project, pleaded guilty to murder. State Supreme Court Justice Michael Corriero said he would sentence Medina to 13 years in prison and Gil to six years to life.

When the judge asked Gil why he set Eakman afire, the youth replied, "I don't really know."

All three teens gave police videotaped statements in which each blamed the others for the actual torching. The sources said the youths attacked Eakman because he bumped into one of them and didn't apologize.

DWI suspect found hiding
in container of liquid manure

CORNING (AP) -- A suspected drunken driver was arrested after he was found hiding in a cow barn submersed in liquefied manure, police said.

James Hoke, 36, of Campbell, ran away from his car Tuesday after he was stopped on a rural road near Corning, State Police said.

A police dog tracked Hoke to a cow barn, where he was fished out of a liquefied manure storage area.

Hoke was charged with driving while intoxicated and various traffic violations. A hearing was set for Monday.

Liquefied manure is not toxic, but the gas it gives off is, Arkport farmer Ed Merry told the Evening Tribune of Hornell in Wednesday's editions.

"That stuff tends to linger on your skin," Merry said. "He'd be easy to find now."

N.Y. City wants more time
to introduce 10-digit dialing

ALBANY (AP) -- Citing the World Trade Center attack, the state and New York City asked Wednesday for more time to introduce 10-digit numbers for all local telephone calls in New York City.

In a petition to the Federal Communications Commission, New York officials said it would be difficult if not impossible to meet the original timetable for implementing the new dialing rules within the next 10 months.

They asked for a 14-month waiver of the effective date of the 10-digit-number system. The new deadline would be September 2003 instead of August 2002.

New Yorkers already use 10-digit dialing when they telephone other boroughs. The FCC rule would apply for those placing local calls within the same borough, and also for the so-called "overlay" numbers that have been introduced because the city is running out of phone numbers within its 212 and 718 area codes.

The area code number 646 has joined 212 in Manhattan, and 347 is the overlay elsewhere in the city.

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