- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 10, 2001

Hutchinson named to drug agency
President Bush yesterday nominated Rep. Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas Republican, a House prosecutor in former President Clintons impeachment trial, to head the Drug Enforcement Administration.
White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said Mr. Bush chose Mr. Hutchinson because "the president wants to have somebody at the DEA … who is committed to fighting the war on drugs."

Two indicted in race riot death

YORK, Pa. — Two more former gang members were charged yesterday with murder in the shooting death of a young black woman during a race riot in the summer of 1969.
Rick Lynn Knouse, 48, and Gregory Harry Neff, 53, are identified in court papers as former members of a white street gang called the Girarders who fired at Lillie Belle Allens car as her family drove down a city street on July 21, 1969.
Two weeks ago, two members of another white street gang called the Newberry Street Boys were also charged in her death.

Ex-lawyer guilty of shooting spree

PITTSBURGH A jury convicted a former immigration lawyer yesterday of killing five persons in a shooting spree last year in which he drove through the suburbs selecting nonwhite victims.
Richard Baumhammers, 35, also was convicted of eight counts of ethnic intimidation in the rampage that left a sixth victim paralyzed. The jury took three hours to convict him on five counts of first-degree murder in the April 28, 2000, shootings.
He displayed no emotion as the verdicts were read.
Baumhammers, who is white, shot his Jewish neighbor, two men from India, two Asian men and one black man as he drove through suburbs of Pittsburgh, stopping twice to vandalize synagogues. The defense admitted that he killed the victims, but maintained that he was delusional and didnt know right from wrong.
Baumhammers could receive the death penalty. Jurors will return today to start hearing testimony in the punishment phase of the trial.

Cincinnati cop pleads not guilty

CINCINNATI — A white policeman, indicted for the shooting death of a black man that touched off days of violence last month, pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor charges yesterday.
Stephen Roach, 27, did not appear when his lawyer, Merlyn Shiverdecker, entered two written not guilty pleas for him in Hamilton County Municipal Court.
Mr. Roach was indicted Monday on charges of negligent homicide and obstructing official business in the April 7 shooting of 19-year-old Timothy Thomas.

Bush signs election-reform bill

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Gov. Jeb Bush signed Floridas elections-reform package yesterday in the county that was ground zero in the disputed presidential election eventually won by his brother.
The governor signed the bill surrounded by faces familiar from the drawn-out election battle, including Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris and Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Theresa LePore, designer of the infamous "butterfly ballot."

Bombing trial wraps up

NEW YORK — Invoking the name of an African woman killed in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies, a prosecutor urged jurors yesterday to "give her justice" by convicting four accused terrorists.
Jury deliberations are expected to begin today.
The four have pleaded innocent to charges they participated in the nearly simultaneous attacks on embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Aug. 7, 1998. The blasts killed 224 persons, including 12 Americans, and injured thousands of others.


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