Fla. Man Charged in Pit Bull Attack

STUART, Fla. -- A mental health counselor with a history of assault arrests ordered his two pit bulls to attack some people who were riding out Hurricane Frances inside their office building, police said. Two people were bitten and one dog was stabbed.

Ryan C. Moore, 54, who treats anger-management problems and addictions, was arrested Friday and charged with aggravated battery. He allegedly released his dogs with the command "Go get them" while he and the others were riding out the storm Sept. 4-5.

William E. Schoonmaker, who operates an insurance agency in the building two doors from Moore's office, suffered deep bites to his stomach, face, throat and hands, and Sabrina Stuart was bitten on one leg, police said. Stuart called 911 while the dogs roamed loose for an hour, but police could not respond because of the storm.

"We were all trapped inside our offices, even though we wanted to get into the hallways where we felt it would be safer away from the glass windows," Stuart said. "Bill had a bunch of wounds, and I got my first-aid kit and bandaged him up as best I could."

Stuart said she armed herself with a hammer and someone stabbed one of the dogs.

Moore fled the building during the storm and police found him in his stalled car. Moore, who has been arrested on charges of domestic violence, sexual assault and aggravated assault with a weapon, was released Friday after posting $100,000 bail.

Runoff Likely for Honolulu Mayor

HONOLULU -- Duke Bainum outspent Mufi Hannemann in Honolulu's most expensive mayoral race but apparently did not win enough votes in Saturday's primary to claim the office outright.

With all but a few hundred electronic votes counted, Bainum received 79,945 votes to Hannemann's 74,572 votes. Neither won 50 percent of the vote, which would have meant outright victory.

Bainum spent more than $2.8 million on his campaign and Hannemann $1.2 million, but the former Democratic members of the City Council likely will find themselves in a runoff in the Nov. 2 general election. Former mayor Frank Fasi (R), who spent $4,000, finished third with about 10 percent of the vote.

Meanwhile, Sen. Daniel K. Inouye won the Democratic nomination to seek an eighth term. In the Republican Senate primary, Cam Cavasso, a former state representative, took the lead with 43 percent.

* SYLVANIA, Ga. -- A sheriff in eastern Georgia illegally used inmate labor for private purposes, including making repairs at his home and working on his reelection campaign, the Augusta Chronicle reported. Sheriff Mike Kile of Screven County also routinely sent inmates to work at local churches, private organizations and the homes of his deputies, a violation of state law, the newspaper said. District Attorney Richard Mallard said he would look into the report.

-- From News Services