- The Washington Times - Friday, February 29, 2008


Student recovers after shooting

LITTLE ROCK — A student injured in a shooting at the University of Arkansas was recovering in a hospital yesterday and campus police said they have a suspect.

James Earl Matthews, 33, a junior studying radio, television and theater, suffered gunshot wounds to his midriff and buttocks and underwent surgery Wednesday.

“The outlook is good” for Mr. Matthews, Chancellor Joel Anderson of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock said at a press conference before a campus-wide assembly.

Mr. Matthews, of North Little Rock, was shot Wednesday on a sidewalk at the university and witnesses saw two men flee in a car.

University Police Chief Brad King said he hoped to have a warrant for one suspect later yesterday. The man, who was not identified, has a criminal record with the Little Rock police but Chief King would not disclose the criminal history.

Chief King said police were still trying to identify the second man.

The police chief declined to discuss what prompted the shooting.


Suspected militant arraigned in robbery

HARTFORD — A suspected Puerto Rican militant pleaded not guilty yesterday to federal charges related to a $7 million robbery of the Wells Fargo armored-car depot in 1983.

Avelino Gonzalez Claudio, 65, is one of more than a dozen suspected members of the Puerto Rican nationalist group Los Macheteros thought by federal authorities to have planned and carried out the heist, one of the largest in American history.

Mr. Gonzalez, who was arrested earlier this month in Puerto Rico, answered “not guilty” to counts of robbery by force of a federally insured bank, conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, the interstate or foreign transport of stolen goods, and conspiracy against the United States.

The robbery in West Hartford was reportedly carried out by Victor Gerena, a Wells Fargo driver recruited by the independence group. Mr. Gonzalez is accused of helping Mr. Gerena and the half-ton of cash escape the United States.

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