- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 5, 2008

ARKANSAS

School shooter faces drug charge

LITTLE ROCK — Jonesboro school shooter Mitchell Johnson, already facing sentencing on a federal weapons charge, was arrested on a charge of misdemeanor drug possession, police said yesterday.

Johnson, 23, was arrested Saturday night at a convenience store where he worked as a clerk, Bentonville Police Lt. Jon Simpson said. Officers went to the store after receiving a call that someone lost a credit card there and the card had been used at the store by someone else, Lt. Simpson said. Authorities found a bag containing marijuana in Johnson’s pocket, but he was not charged with using the stolen credit card, Lt. Simpson said.

A federal jury convicted Johnson last week of possessing a gun while being a user of or addicted to a controlled substance stemming from a New Year’s Day 2007 arrest.

In 1998, Johnson, then 13, and Andrew Golden, then 11, were convicted in juvenile court of shooting at classmates and teachers at Jonesboro Westside Middle School in northeastern Arkansas, killing an English teacher and four students.

OHIO

Ex-police officer begins trial in strangling

CANTON — A former police officer went on trial yesterday on charges he strangled a woman who was pregnant with his child, dumped her body, then lied to investigators as crews of thousands searched for her body.

The 2½-year-old son of the victim, Jessie Davis, gave investigators some of their first clues after his mother disappeared, saying: “Mommy’s in the rug.”

Bobby Cutts Jr. was feeling the pressure of his crumbling marriage to another woman, financial debt and supporting several children, Stark County assistant prosecutor Chryssa Hartnett said in her opening statement at Mr. Cutts’ trial.

Mr. Cutts’ attorney, Fernando Mack, told jurors that prosecutors did not have any evidence that Mr. Cutts killed Miss Davis.

CALIFORNIA

Skiers found safe after winter storm

SAN FRANCISCO — Two skiers who disappeared near Lake Tahoe during a winter storm were rescued yesterday morning after they burrowed into snow caves and huddled together for warmth, authorities said.

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