- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 16, 2001

Grand jury delayed for three Chester men
PHILADELPHIA Three men whose homes were searched by FBI agents looking for evidence of chemical or biological weapons have had their appearances before a grand jury postponed indefinitely, their attorney said.
The three men, all natives of Pakistan, were also questioned when their suburban Philadelphia homes were searched Nov. 13. They have denied any connection to terrorism.
Irshad Shaikh, Chester city health commissioner, his brother, Masood Shaikh, and Chester city accountant Asif Kazi were originally told they would face a grand jury in Philadelphia on Dec. 20.
Federal prosecutors told Anthony List, the men's attorney, on Friday of the delay. No new date has been scheduled, he said.
"This chills our hopes for a speedy resolution of this matter," he said.

Poll: Half of Americans want bin Laden dead
Nearly half of all Americans believe terrorist Osama bin Laden should be killed rather than captured after seeing the videotape of him boasting of the September 11 attacks, a Newsweek poll showed.
Some 48 percent said they felt the Saudi-born militant should be killed rather than held for trial, while 33 percent of those polled said they did not feel that way.
Nineteen percent said they did not know whether he should be killed.

Three in Gambino crime family convicted
MIAMI Three members of the notorious Gambino crime family were convicted of racketeering and two of them face life in prison for the murder of a stripper, authorities said yesterday.
The U.S. attorney in Miami said Anthony "Tony Pep" Trentacosta, 62, who supervised the South Florida operations of the family that is headed by the jailed John Gotti, was convicted of racketeering conspiracy Friday.
Trentacosta was acquitted of taking part in the 1999 murder.
Frederick Massaro and Ariel Hernandez were found guilty of racketeering charges, conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, passing counterfeit checks and numerous counts of bank fraud.
Hernandez was convicted of the murder of Jeanette Smith, a 22-year-old exotic dancer.
Massaro was also convicted of loan-sharking, and purportedly ordered Miss Smith's killing.
Hernandez and Massaro both face sentences of life in prison. Trentacosta faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.

Woman no longer facing felony charges
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. A woman who registered her pet poodle to vote is no longer facing felony voter fraud charges.
Prosecutors agreed not to charge Wendy Albert on the condition that she stays out of trouble for the next year.
The third-degree felony carries a maximum five-year prison term and a $5,000 fine. Paul Zacks, chief assistant state attorney, said the punishment seemed "a little extreme."

Mother files lawsuit against Wal-Mart
COLUMBIA, S.C. A woman is suing a former Wal-Mart employee and the corporation, charging that the worker fondled her young daughter.
The lawsuit, filed last month, claims Wal-Mart should have known the employee, Bobby Devon Randall, was a convicted sex offender.
When the woman and her daughter, who was 10 at the time, returned to the store to report the Sept. 25, 2000, assault, Wal-Mart gave the girl's mother a $25 gift certificate, according to the suit.
"What kind of message is that to send to a child that something this terrible could be forgotten with a $25 gift certificate?" said David Massey, an attorney for the girl and her mother.
Because of the purported assault, Mr. Randall, 45, was charged in October 2000 with performing a lewd act on a minor, authorities said.
The suit alleges Mr. Randall approached the girl from behind while she browsed through the electronics section.
Mr. Randall was convicted on three counts of indecent exposure for incidents between 1990 and 1999, according to the State Law Enforcement Division

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