- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 28, 2007



Student charged with bomb plot

A Liberty University student pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges of possessing a bomb the night before Rev. Jerry Falwell’s funeral in May.

Mark David Uhl, 19, was arraigned in U.S. District Court in Lynchburg on charges of possessing an unlawful destructive device. A jury trial is scheduled for Aug. 9.

Mr. Uhl was arrested May 21 after Campbell County authorities searched the trunk of his car and found five bombs that state police agents called “homemade napalm.” Campbell authorities said they do not think Mr. Uhl intended to disrupt Mr. Falwell’s funeral services or harm the Falwell family.

At a bond hearing in May, a federal agent said Mr. Uhl had other plans for violence, including a plot with a friend to disrupt a prom at his former high school in Northern Virginia with heated homemade pepper spray.

Mr. Uhl, who is from Amissville in Rappahannock County, is being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Lynchburg.


Woman convicted in boy’s death

A Chesterfield County judge convicted a day-care provider in the death of a 16-month-old boy who was in her care.

Elizabeth Noakes was found guilty Thursday of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Noah Colassaco, who died last October in her home.

Noakes put a heavy flattened dog crate on top of the child’s crib to keep him from standing up. Noah asphyxiated after getting his head caught between the crate and the crib.

The judge called Noakes’ conduct “arrogantly reckless … and inhumane.”

She faces up to 10 years in prison when she is sentenced in October.

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