- - Thursday, April 8, 2010

ARKANSAS

Boy, 16, accuses mom of Facebook slander

ARKADELPHIA — A 16-year-old Arkansas boy is claiming in a criminal complaint that his mother slandered him on his Facebook page.

Denise New of Arkadelphia is charged with harassment and her son, whose name has not been released, is asking that his mother be prohibited from contacting him.

Authorities say the boy lives with his grandmother, who has custodial rights.

Mrs. New said she thinks she has the legal right to monitor her son’s activities online and that she plans to fight the charges.

CALIFORNIA

Injunction would bar gangs from Skid Row

LOS ANGELES — Authorities are trying a new legal tactic to keep gang members from selling drugs on Skid Row.

Officials said Wednesday they are seeking a first-of-its-kind injunction that would bar members of 31 gangs from entering the downtown district populated by thousands of homeless people.

The move targets 80 individuals and is aimed at reducing rampant drug sales in the impoverished area. It still needs a judge’s approval.

Gang members barred from Skid Row could face up to six months in jail if they violate the injunction.

NEW YORK

Navratilova diagnosed with breast cancer

NEW YORK — Tennis great Martina Navratilova has been diagnosed with a noninvasive form of breast cancer and her prognosis is considered excellent.

Navratilova said in a phone interview Wednesday that a routine mammogram in January found a lump, and a biopsy the following month determined it was ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS. The nine-time Wimbledon women’s singles champion had a lumpectomy in March and will start six weeks of radiation therapy next month.

“It was such a shock for me,” Navratilova said. “It was my 9/11.”

OHIO

Site allows Somalis to report crime online

COLUMBUS — U.S. law-enforcement agencies, community leaders and an anti-crime group announced a new Web site Wednesday that allows Somali immigrants to report crimes in their native language.

The project’s goal is to help Somalis overcome a suspicion of police borne of corruption in their homeland and to crack down on illegal activity ranging from street crime to terrorist recruiting. The site was announced in Columbus, the city with the nation’s second-largest Somali population, but will accept tips from anywhere in the U.S.

Somali concerns about crime have increased in Columbus recently and reached new levels after the unrelated slayings of two Somali immigrants in the past year.

Somalis are also worried about the recruiting of young men by overseas terrorists. More than a dozen people have been charged in an ongoing federal investigation in Minnesota into the travels of as many as 20 young men who went to Somalia to fight.

Somalis accessing the new Web site can submit crime tips anonymously. Central Ohio Crime Stoppers will translate the tips and send them to police.

Somali groups also are working with the U.S. Marshals Service to distribute information in the Somali language about wanted fugitives. The FBI is also cooperating.

From wire dispatches and staff reports