- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 8, 2001

Unexploded bombs found on campus
HOUGHTON, Mich. Michigan Technological University is offering a $2,000 reward for information on two unexploded bombs that were found on campus.
Campus police discovered the bombs about 3:30 a.m. Monday during a routine campus search near the U.J. Noblet Forestry Building and the U.S. Forest Service Engineering Laboratory. Work at the labs include genetic-engineering research for the forest products industry.
A state police bomb squad defused and removed the bombs. No injuries were reported. State and federal authorities were investigating yesterday.

Muslim is accused of church vandalism
LOS ANGELES A Muslim fundamentalist has been arrested and charged with vandalizing statues at Roman Catholic churches in two cities, authorities said.
Emad Ibrahim Saad, 35, of Los Angeles, appeared in court Tuesday and was being held on $70,000 bail. He was charged with vandalism of a place of worship.
Police believe Mr. Saad decapitated a Virgin Mary statue, cut off the hand of a statue of St. Rita and hauled away another statue of Father Junipero Serra all at St. Augustine Church and School in Culver City on Oct. 28. Muslim magazines were found at entrances to the church, along with fliers reading, "Allah is the only true God."

Death penalty sought in shooting of Sikh
MESA, Ariz. A prosecutor plans to seek the death penalty for a man accused of killing an Indian immigrant after the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Frank Roque, 42, is accused of shooting Balbir Singh Sodhi as he stood outside his Mesa convenience store Sept. 15. Mr. Sodhi wore a turban and a beard as part of his Sikh faith.
Mr. Roque is quoted in police reports as saying "all Arabs had to be shot" and he wanted to "slit some Iranians' throats."

Teen-age rapist gets 15 years
TAMPA, Fla. A 13-year-old boy convicted of rape in a trial here that garnered international media attention was sentenced yesterday to 15 years in prison, to be followed by a 15-year probationary period.
The boy was 12 when he raped a 44-year-old woman in front of her children, at a local park.
Tavaris Knight was convicted in September as an adult on sexual battery with threats of force charges. The judge ordered that the boy be sent to a special facility in the juvenile justice system for sex offenders.

Coach arrested for hitting referee
SARASOTA, Fla. The head of an anti-violence group was arrested for punching a referee during his 7-year-old son's flag football game.
Trevor Harvey, 34, coach of his son's team, had yelled at the referee several times during Saturday's game and was penalized twice for unsportsmanlike conduct. After complaining the game was getting too rough, Mr. Harvey then charged onto the field.
Mr. Harvey, who weighs 270 pounds, had to be pulled off referee Tony Kormansek, police said.

Charges dropped against police officer
CINCINNATI Prosecutors dropped an involuntary manslaughter charge yesterday against a police officer who was acquitted last week of assaulting a black man who died in police custody.
Hamilton County prosecutor Mike Allen had been considering whether to retry Officer Robert Jorg, 30, on the felony charge. But he said no one has come forward with more details about what happened the night Roger Owensby Jr. died last fall.
Officer Jorg was acquitted of misdemeanor assault, but jurors deadlocked on the involuntary manslaughter charge. Prosecution witnesses varied widely in their testimony about what they saw that night.
Mr. Owensby, 29, died when police wrestled him to the ground and handcuffed him after he fled attempts to question him about drug trafficking.


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