- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 20, 2008

Boy fatally stabbed at high school

NEW YORK — A 15-year-old boy was stabbed during an after-school robbery at a suburban high school and died at a hospital early yesterday, authorities said.

Michael Alguera was playing handball Friday with two friends on a court at Hempstead High School when they were confronted by as many as nine persons, some of them masked, police in Long Island’s Nassau County said.

The attackers, possibly gang members, robbed the boys of a cell phone and an MP3 player, then stabbed Michael in the torso, police said. He died at Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre, officers said.

The boy’s companions, ages 15 and 16, were not hurt.

No one had been arrested, police said.

Two indicted in cross-burning case

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Two white men accused of burning a cross on a black family’s front lawn were indicted on hate-crime charges Friday.

Christopher Hudak, 20, of Cortlandt, and Ryan Martin, 19, of Montrose, were charged with criminal mischief as a hate crime, which carries a maximum prison sentence of seven years, District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced.

The two men are accused of setting fire to a 4-foot-high cross on Nov. 21 outside the home of Clara and Wesley Artope in Cortlandt.

The Artopes’ 15-year-old son had been in a fight earlier that day with Mr. Hudak’s sister at Hendrick Hudson High School.

Calls to Mr. Hudak’s attorney, Albert Manfredonia, and Mr. Martin’s attorney, Michael Burke, were not returned.

Anti-gun leader enters gun-charges plea

LOS ANGELES — A former gang member who founded an anti-violence group called No Guns has pleaded no contest to federal weapons charges.

Hector “Big Weasel” Marroquin, 51, and co-defendant Sylvia Arrellano, 25, entered pleas Thursday for three counts of manufacture, distribution and transport for sale of an unlawful assault weapon.

Marroquin founded No Guns in 1996, ostensibly to reduce gang and gun violence. The group received $1.5 million from the city as a subcontractor on anti-gang efforts but its contract was canceled last year after authorities learned that Marroquin had hired relatives, including his son, Hector “Little Weasel” Marroquin.

The son is an acknowledged 18th Street gang member who pleaded no contest in June 2007 to home-invasion robbery and was sentenced to nine years in state prison.

Town gets donation from Iceland

BISMARCK, N.D. — A small North Dakota town is getting a bit of foreign aid to help build its community center: a $75,000 donation from Iceland.

Officials in Mountain, a northeastern North Dakota community with a rich Icelandic heritage, told Iceland Prime Minister Geir Haarde about the $1.3 million community center project when he came to the town last year for the 108th annual August the Deuce Icelandic Celebration. It commemorates the beginning of Iceland’s journey to independence from Denmark.

“The ongoing effort by our family and friends in North Dakota to preserve and honor their rich and unique Icelandic heritage, history and culture is an inspiration to the people of Iceland,” Mr. Haarde said. “We recognize the necessity of this project and the commitment of those who are involved … and we feel that it is important for us to assist them in their efforts.”

Hawaiians reach deal on ceded lands

HONOLULU — More than 200 acres of land that belonged to the Kingdom of Hawaii before the U.S. took control a century ago will be returned to native Hawaiians, according to terms of a $200 million tentative settlement announced Friday.

The agreement, which still has to be approved by the Legislature, is intended to end a long-running dispute over ceded lands.

The land to be turned over includes about 80 acres of the Big Island resort area on Banyon Drive in Hilo, which is currently occupied by several hotels and a golf course.

Under the deal, three commercial and industrial properties on Oahu and the Big Island worth $187 million would be transferred to the state agency created to look out for native Hawaiians.

The state government also would make a $13 million cash payment to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. OHA, whose trustees voted Thursday 9-0 to accept the deal, would continue to receive $15.1 million in ceded-land revenues each year, the same amount it currently gets by law.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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