- - Sunday, January 23, 2011


Kidnap-case mom surrenders to FBI

HARTFORD | A North Carolina woman who raised a child stolen 23 years ago from a New York hospital surrendered to authorities on a probation violation charge Sunday, and she was to appear in federal court to face kidnapping charges, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

Ann Pettway surrendered Sunday morning to the FBI and Bridgeport police on a warrant from North Carolina, where she’s on probation because of a conviction for attempted embezzlement, FBI supervisory Special Agent William Reiner said. She turned herself in days after a widely publicized reunion between the child she reared, now an adult, and her biological mother.

Pettway received two years of probation last June after she took items from a store where she worked, which is considered embezzlement under North Carolina law, state correction spokeswoman Pamela Walker said. Under terms of her probation, she wasn’t allowed to leave the state.

Department of Correction officials there tried repeatedly to contact her after finding out investigators wanted to question her in the 1987 abduction of Carlina White.


State lawyer warned before blog firing

ANN ARBOR | A former assistant state attorney general who was fired after being accused of harassing the gay student assembly president at the University of Michigan was previously warned about using state resources for anti-gay attacks on politicians, according to details of a report published Sunday.

A report compiled by the attorney general’s office said Andrew Shirvell was warned last February after sending e-mail to a former state representative and others that included a gay slur, said AnnArbor.com, citing the report that it obtained.

The warning came two months before Mr. Shirvell started a blog that criticized student assembly president, Chris Armstrong, as a racist with a “radical homosexual agenda.” The e-mail was listed among the eight reasons for Mr. Shirvell’s firing.

A message seeking comment was left Sunday with Mr. Shirvell’s attorney, who has said the actions were constitutionally protected as free speech. The Associated Press also left a message on Sunday with the attorney general’s office seeking a copy of the report.


Robbery suspects arrested in snow

KANSAS CITY | Three teens accused of robbing motorists stuck in the snow have been caught after - ironically - they got stuck in the snow themselves.

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