- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 28, 2000

West Nile virus victim revealed in New Jersey

TRENTON, N.J. An 82-year-old New Jersey man has died of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus, the first such U.S. death this year, Gov. Christine Todd Whitman said yesterday.
The victim, from Little Falls, died Sept. 14 after falling ill 11 days earlier, the governor said. His name was not released.
West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne illness that for the second straight year has sickened people and killed birds in New England and the mid-Atlantic states.
Health officials say the virus has reached south into the suburbs of Washington. Last week three dead crows found between Washington and Baltimore tested positive for the virus.

Watergate guard dies at 52

AUGUSTA, Ga. Frank Wills, the Watergate security guard who discovered the 1972 break-in that led to President Nixon's resignation, died yesterday. He was 52.
Family friends said Mr. Wills had been ill with a brain tumor for months, the Augusta Chronicle Web site reported yesterday.
Mr. Wills' finding of pieces of tape over a door latch and lock led him to call police to the complex. They found the men whose burglary attempt against the Democratic National Committee would set in motion the conspiracy and obstruction of justice charges that drove out Mr. Nixon.
He later played himself in the movie "All the President's Men."

Officer charged in death of deaf-mute

DETROIT A policeman was charged with manslaughter yesterday in the shooting death of a deaf-mute who approached officers with a rake in his hands.
David Krupinski, 23, fired on Errol Shaw after police were called in a family dispute Aug. 29.
The Detroit News quoted police as saying that Mr. Shaw, 39, did not respond to repeated orders from officers to stop, and that he was holding the rake like a baseball bat. Officer Krupinski shot him twice.
Police Chief Benny Napoleon said that the rake was a dangerous weapon and that allows officers to shoot to kill.
The officer was freed on $100,000 bail. He could get 15 years in prison.
The Detroit NAACP called the shooting "horrifying and sickening." Mr. Shaw was black; the officer is white.

Senator's son jailed on theft charges

LAS CRUCES, N.M. The son of Sen. Rod Grams, Minnesota Republican, has been jailed on charges of theft and evading arrest after he jumped from the third floor of a motel while apparently trying to escape police investigating a stolen car, police said yesterday.
Morgan Grams was being held in the Dona Ana County Jail on $52,000 bail after police Tuesday found him and friend Mark Anderson in possession of a car reported missing in Minnesota and $2,500 in stolen property, said New Mexico state police spokesman Gene Galassini.
This was the latest in a string of run-ins with the law for the 22-year-old. His father said the incidents are tied to a long-standing drug problem.
The elder Mr. Grams, who is in a tight re-election battle, issued a statement expressing "great disappointment" in his son.
"I love Morgan very much nothing will change that," he said. "Even so, I keep reminding myself that my son is an adult, fully responsible for his own actions and subject to any consequences those actions bring."

Homeless man arrested in slaying of boy, 11

PITTSBURGH A homeless man was arrested yesterday in the slaying and sexual mutilation of an 11-year-old Pittsburgh boy.
Joseph Cornelius, 47, was arraigned on a charge of homicide. He was arrested after several witnesses, including an off-duty police officer and nurses from a nearby hospital, reported seeing him with the victim.
The nude body of fifth-grader Scott Drake was found Monday in a vacant lot. He had been strangled and sexually mutilated.
His clothing was neatly stacked next to his body except for one shoe, found about 15 feet away.
Mr. Cornelius declined to answer questions as he was led from the courtroom. He has requested a public defender.

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