- The Washington Times - Friday, December 28, 2001

Missing toddler found in West Virginia
CHICAGO A toddler who was taken from a Greyhound bus station on Christmas Eve has been found unharmed in West Virginia, and FBI officials say they have charged a woman with her kidnapping.
Sixteen-month-old Jasmine Anderson was found at a residence in Williamson, W.Va.
Shelia Annalee Matthews, 33, was charged with one count of federal kidnapping. Police said Miss Matthews told her boyfriend she had a baby while he was in prison.
"When she went to the Greyhound station that night, she was looking to abduct a baby," said Philip Cline, chief of detectives for Chicago police.
Police said Miss Matthews and her boyfriend took the toddler to his relatives' house in Chicago on Christmas Day and posed for a photo with the girl. They left for West Virginia the next day. The boyfriend is not considered a suspect.

Cuban spy gets life prison term
MIAMI A Cuban spy who dug ditches and fixed vents for six years while counting planes at a Navy base in the Florida Keys received a life prison sentence yesterday.
Antonio Guerrero was one of 14 secret agents reportedly assigned by Havana to infiltrate U.S. military bases and exile groups in South Florida.
Although no agent got any American secrets, Guerrero worked to warn Havana about signs of a U.S. invasion of Cuba. He reported on military flights, aircraft and changes of command at Key West Naval Air Station.
In a 15-minute speech before sentencing, Guerrero, 43, a U.S. citizen, rejected the verdict as a "sacrilege" from "a jury incapable of handing down justice."

Company to manage Philadelphia's schools
HARRISBURG, Pa. A judge yesterday refused to block the hiring of a company to help run Philadelphia's troubled schools in what would be the nation's biggest experiment in school privatization.
The judge denied a request to bar the city's new school-reform commission from contracting with Edison Schools Inc., the nation's largest for-profit education company.
Last week, the state took the first step in the privatization plan by assuming control over the 210,000-student school system, which is struggling with a $216 million deficit, low test scores and chronic teacher shortages.

AIDS agency leader charged with fraud
RALEIGH, N.C. The founder of a local AIDS agency has been charged with 10 felony criminal counts that he misused federal money intended for clients disabled by HIV.
James M. Wise of Selma, N.C., is accused of stealing undisclosed amounts of money, mail fraud and Social Security fraud. If proved, those charges carry a maximum sentence of 60 years in prison and a $2.5 million fine.

Dog-pack attacks New York joggers
NEW YORK A pack of dogs attacked two joggers on a Queens boardwalk, critically injuring one of them, police said. A homeless man who said he owned one of the animals was arrested.
One of the joggers was bitten on his face and arms Wednesday. A hospital reported he was in "very, very critical condition."
The dogs two pit bull terriers, two Rottweilers and a German shepherd mix later were chased away by two bystanders. Officers then tranquilized the dogs with darts and turned them over to animal-control authorities.

Police officer killed in training exercise
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. A police officer was shot to death yesterday during a training exercise that was not supposed to involve live ammunition.
Police Chief Gary Dias said the officer was shot by a fellow officer with a rifle as a 12-member SWAT team took part in a hostage drill in a parking lot.
The officer with the rifle was sedated and taken to a hospital, apparently because of shock. The chief said the SWAT team officers were all veterans of the force and staged drills at least once a month.

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