- The Washington Times - Friday, September 24, 2004

Police: Teen used sword in killing

HOUSTON — Police said a teenager used a 2-foot-long sword to kill his neighbor during an argument, then struck the man’s elderly mother before her relatives could seize the weapon.

Jose Alberto Martinez, 18, was charged with murder and aggravated assault in the death of Gabriel Flores, 42. He was jailed yesterday in lieu of $40,000 bail, investigators said.

Police said Mr. Martinez brought the sword from his home at a trailer park to show it to Mr. Flores. The two were drinking together when the argument started, and Mr. Martinez reportedly stabbed Mr. Flores several times before striking Mr. Flores’ mother.

The woman’s name was not released. She was hospitalized in good condition.

Campus cop killed, suspect captured

INDIANAPOLIS — A man fatally shot a Butler University police officer during a confrontation yesterday outside a school field house and fled on foot, authorities said. Police later shot and captured the suspect.

Hundreds of officers conducted a nearly three-hour search before finding a man who matched the gunman’s description about 10 blocks from where the Butler officer was shot, police Sgt. Steve Staletovich said.

As police closed in, they shot the suspect, but authorities did not immediately disclose how seriously he was injured.

The officer, James Davis, was shot once in the head at the school’s Hinkle Field House and was pronounced dead soon after being taken to a hospital, Sgt. Staletovich said. Officer Davis was called to Hinkle on a report of a suspicious person in the building as the Butler women’s basketball team was practicing.

The man was outside the building when Officer Davis arrived. Witnesses reported hearing a single gunshot, then seeing the man pick up a gun and run away, Sgt. Staletovich said.

Great white shark gets tracking device

FALMOUTH, Mass. — Researchers put a satellite tracking device on a 15-foot shark that appeared to be lost in shallow water off Cape Cod, the first time a great white has been tagged that way in the Atlantic.

The device, attached Thursday using a 6-foot spear, will let scientists monitor the animal, which apparently has spent days in a somewhat enclosed area in the Elizabeth Islands.

The shark was first spotted Tuesday, and officials hope it can return to open water on its own. Otherwise, researchers may try to drive it there, said Gregory Skomal, a shark specialist with the state’s marine fisheries division.

Great whites are common in deep waters south of Martha’s Vineyard, but rarely venture so close to the mainland.

‘Beer Belly Bandit’ strikes again

TAMPA, Fla. — The “Beer Belly Bandit” has struck again after a 10-month break, adding to the dozens of bank robberies he has committed in Florida since 2000.

The robber, known for his bulging midsection, hit a bank on Tuesday, pulling a gun on two tellers. It was the first robbery he had committed since November, when he held up a bank in Sarasota, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said. The amount stolen was not disclosed.

Investigators are not sure where the bandit has been for the past 10 months. Jail is one possibility, but police have the bandit’s description and he probably would have been recognized.

The Beer Belly Bandit — also known as the “Band-Aid Bandit,” because he had a bandage on his face in some holdups — has a skin condition on his hands and arms that makes his skin look bleached.

6 counselors fired over inmate beating

STOCKTON, Calif. — Six counselors at a high-security juvenile prison have been fired after an investigation found that two of them used excessive force during a fight with two inmates, and the four others falsified reports about the beating.

The fight, videotaped at the N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility near Stockton on Jan. 20, began between the two youths and two counselors.

On the videotape, broadcast around the country, the two counselors continued to beat the two youths after they were subdued, and other counselors joined in.

Dave Darchuk, president of the counselors’ union, said they were acting in self-defense. The six have appealed their firing.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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