- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 27, 2006

NEW YORK

Bouncer faces new charges

NEW YORK — A bar bouncer accused of killing a graduate student in February was charged yesterday with abducting another college student in the fall while posing as a law-enforcement officer.

Darryl Littlejohn, 41, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on charges of kidnapping, assault, robbery and criminal impersonation.

He already was in custody without bail and had pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the death of Imette St. Guillen, a Boston native enrolled in the graduate program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

OHIO

Officer hurt in airport shooting

CLEVELAND — A man arguing with workers at a Cleveland Hopkins International Airport ticket counter grabbed a police officer’s gun and shot a patrolman before being killed by another officer yesterday, authorities said.

The patrolman was shot twice in the chest and was in critical condition, Cleveland Public Safety Director Martin Flask said.

The man was involved in a disturbance earlier yesterday morning in an airport parking garage, Mr. Flask said.

The man tried to buy a ticket at the Delta Air Lines counter. After arguing with a Delta employee, he went to the adjacent United Airlines ticket counter and purchased a ticket to Chicago, then got involved in the confrontation with the officers, he said.

The patrolman, Steve Walker, 52, was alert and talking to his wife yesterday afternoon, said Dr. Charles Yowler, a trauma physician at MetroHealth Medical Center.

FLORIDA

Tax break given for storm gear

TALLAHASSEE — Florida is giving its shoppers a 12-day break this spring from sales taxes on flashlights, generators and other items they might need for the coming hurricane season.

Gov. Jeb Bush, a Republican, signed legislation yesterday meant to encourage people to prepare early for what forecasters predict will be a stormy summer and fall.

The tax-break period, from May 21 to the start of hurricane season June 1, includes breaks on both the small items, such as batteries and radios, and the bigger ones, including generators up to $1,000 and window protection up to $200.

The tax break is expected to cost the state $34 million in lost tax revenue and cost local governments about $7 million.

GEORGIA

Mild flu season omes to end

ATLANTA — This year’s flu season draws to a close as one of the mildest in recent years, partly because the vaccine was a good match for this winter’s most common virus.

Overall flu and pneumonia deaths were below those of a typical flu season, and health officials say fewer than two dozen children’s deaths were reported.

The one exception to the overall good news is a nasty outbreak of a different flu virus that hospitalized more than 30 children in Houston.

In about half of the states, reports of flulike illness are sporadic or virtually nonexistent now, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

Flu was widespread in only five states — Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, New York and Rhode Island — the week of April 9-15, the most recent data available.

ILLINOIS

Man gets life in murder plot

CHICAGO — A Chicago man was sentenced to life in prison for a bizarre plot in which a homeless man was killed so his body could be passed off as a federal defendant, who was trying to fake his own death.

Harry Rand, 49, was sentenced Wednesday for setting up the victim, William White, 47, who had been his friend.

Prosecutors say Mr. White was suffocated in 2001 by the federal defendant, Joseph Kalady, who later died in prison.

Mr. Kalady was facing trial on charges of operating a fraudulent document mill and had hoped to fake his death by having his brother falsely identify Mr. White’s body as his, prosecutors said.

KENTUCKY

7 face charges for uprooting display

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS — A professor and six students at Northern Kentucky University were charged with uprooting 400 crosses meant to represent unborn babies in a pro-life display, prosecutors said.

Professor Sally Jacobsen and six students face misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and theft by unlawful taking, prosecutor Justin Verst said. Miss Jacobsen also is charged with encouraging students to participate in the destruction, Mr. Verst said.

The crosses were pulled from the ground and thrown into trash cans across campus on April 12.

Miss Jacobsen will plead not guilty, said her attorney, Margo Grubbs.

She was put on leave last week and will retire at the semester’s end. Disciplinary action against the students will be decided after the court process is complete, said Kent Kelso, NKU’s dean of students.

MASSACHUSETTS

Same-sex fairy tale prompts lawsuit

BOSTON — Two sets of parents filed a lawsuit yesterday against a Massachusetts town and its public school system after a teacher read a homosexual-themed fairy tale to children without notifying them first, their attorneys said.

The lawsuit against Lexington, a suburb about 12 miles west of Boston, seeks unspecified damages after the book “King & King” was read to a classroom of about 20 children, most of whom were 7 years old.

It also charges that the school broke a 1996 Massachusetts law requiring that parents be notified of sex-education lessons. It names Lexington Superintendent of Schools Paul Ash and several other school and town officials.

Lexington officials were not available to comment. Mr. Ash told Reuters this week that the school was under no legal obligation to inform parents that the book would be read.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

New law protects presidential primary

CONCORD — New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch yesterday signed legislation designed to protect the state’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary even as Democrats moved ahead on changing the calendar.

The law gives the secretary of state additional flexibility in adjusting the filing period for candidates running for president. The secretary of state already is directed by state law to set New Hampshire’s primary at least seven days ahead of any similar contest.

National Democrats, concerned about the homogeneity of voters in the early voting states, have announced plans to change the calendar by adding one or two caucuses after the Iowa caucuses but before the New Hampshire primary.

New Hampshire leaders argue that the state is unique in giving unknowns a shot at the presidency while subjecting all candidates to its skepticism.

NORTH CAROLINA

Paratrooper pleads guilty in porn case

FORT BRAGG — An Army paratrooper pleaded guilty yesterday to engaging in sex acts on a military-themed homosexual pornographic Web site after a judge denied a request to dismiss the case.

Pfc. Richard T. Ashley, one of seven members of the 82nd Airborne Division charged with appearing on the site, faces up to a year in prison, forfeiture of two-thirds pay for one year, reduction in rank and a bad conduct discharge.

Ashley, with a military attorney and a civilian attorney, appeared calm in court yesterday. His family sat behind him in the courtroom as the judge questioned him about his plea.

Ashley, Pfc. Wesley K. Mitten and Pvt. Kagen B. Mullen were charged with pandering, sodomy and wrongfully engaging in sexual acts over the Internet for money. Pfc. Mitten and Pvt. Mullen, who also faces adultery charges, have pleaded not guilty.

TEXAS

Brothers continue to recycle card

ABILENE — Glendell Smith should have been able to recite word for word the greeting on one of the cards he expected for his 63rd birthday yesterday.

After all, the card has been showing up each year for 42 years.

His brother, Everett, 65, who lived in El Paso and worked as a barber, first sent Glendell the card in 1964. Everett bought it for 15 cents and mailed it for a nickel.

Glendell, who was a student at McMurry University in Abilene at the time, mailed it back for Everett’s birthday in February 1965.

The brothers have always added messages to the card, which is now laminated. When there was no more space, they added handwritten notes. Now, there are six small note pages attached.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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