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6A STATE SATURDAY. AUGUST 5. 2006 POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL Man who killed friend in fire faces Texas murder charge Th Associated Press SYRACUSE A man who set fire to a farmhouse to kill a friend in 1998 is facing another murder charge in a 1991 Texas slaying. Lawrence Tutt, 36, is accused in Texas of beating and strangling a 65 - year - old man whose death was featured on the "Unsolved Mysteries" television show in 1992. He was indicted after being connected to the murder through pNA evidence, authorities said. "It's sad to think he's done this New boating while drunk law will take effect Sunday The Associated Press ALBANY Beginning Sunday, operating a boat while drunk will get you the same stiff penalties as an arrest for drunken driving. Supporters of the bill passed by the Legislature in June and signed into law in July by Gov. George Pataki note 28 percent of fatal boating accidents involved alcohol in 2004, the latest year for which statistics are available. "Boating while intoxicated is at least as dangerous as driving while intoxicated because the sun increases the effects of alcohol," said Denna Cohen, president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving on Long Island. Under the new law, a first con - , viction for boating while intoxicated would be a misdemeanor with a sentence of up to a year in jaiL instead of 90 days in years past The fine would also increase tp'a maximum of $1,000 from $500. Second charge now a felony A second conviction hi 10 years would be a Class E felony, carrying up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. A third conviction in 10 years would be a Class D felony with a sentence of up to seven years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. The maximumiine for boating while ability impaired will rise to $500 from $350. A second conviction in five years would carry a fine of up to $750 and 30 days in jail. "Boating while intoxicated is not a harmless activity and how it will be treated in the serious manner it needs to be," said Sea John Flana - gan, a Long Island Republican who co - sponsored the bilL "This law will give marine law enforcement and prosecutors the necessary, tools to maintain an aggressive posture against BWI and BWA! violators," said Assemblyman Thomas DiNapoli, a Nassau1 County Democrat who also sponsored the measure. to another family, but it's in keeping with his character," said Carrie Freitag, whose brother, William Freitag, died in the Skaneateles fire inl998. "I'm not surprised," she said. 2Glyear to Irfe An Onondaga County Court jury convicted Tutt of second - degree murder, second - degree arson and criminal impersonation. He was sentenced to the maximum penalty of 25 years to life in state prison. STATENEWS In that case, Tutt killed the 29 - year - old Freitag as part of a scheme to avoid a drug conviction Tutt had used Freitag's name when he was arrested on marijuana smuggling charges in New Mexica Local prosecutors contended he set the Skaneateles fire to kill Freitag and make authorities think the drug smuggler was dead. Prosecutors said Tutt removed smoke alarms in the house and used camp stove fuel to set the fire in an attempt to kill everyone in 'It but 's sad to think: he's done this to another family, t it's in keeping with his character. Carrie Froltag sister of murder victim the residence. After being convicted and sentenced, Tutt was sent west to finish a federal drug sentence. On his way back to New York in September 2001, he overpowered an unarmed guard, commandeered a prison transport vehicle and sped away down a highway in Ohio. He was recaptured about 10 miles away and is serving a prison sentence in Ohio for escape. Texas authorities said they would seek to have Tutt returned to Texas to face trial Cor the death of EJ. Henderson in 1991. Hen dersori was found beaten and strangled in his Washburn, Texas, home, and his pickup truck later turned up in Illinois. Carrie Freitag said her brother's life might have been spared if Tutt had been caught sooner. She takes comfort that Tutt isn't likely be a free man again, given his multiple sentences. "I wasn't looking forward to fighting the parole release in 25 years," she said. "But he's taken care of that all on his own." NORTHERN & WESTERN NY 3 accused of throwing objects off overpass WATERTOWN, Jefferson County State police arrested three men early Friday and charged them with throwing debris including a full - size sofa off an overpass ont6 an interstate highway. A motorist driving north on Interstate 81 called police just after 1a.m. when an object tossed from an overpass - On County Route 91 shattered his windshield. Troopers said two vehicles were struck last week from the same overpass in the Town of Ellisburg. When troopers arrived on the scene Friday, they found a sofa in the southbound lanes of the highway, a main thoroughfare with Canada. They also found rocks and beer bottles on the roadway, A short time later, troopers stopped a vehicle and arrested Dee Smith, 19, of Adams; Justin Wor - thingtbn, 19, of Woodville; and Wesley Cowart, 20, of Eillisburg. Dee and Cowart were each charged with two counts of first - degree reckless endangerment and three counts of third - degree criminal mischief, all felonies. Wor - thington was charged with one count of each crime. Tests of Tappan Zee span show Invasion of worms TARRYTOWN, Albany County If they ever build a new Tap - pan Zee Bridge, they might want to make it wormproof. 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