- The Washington Times - Friday, October 26, 2001

Slaying suspect held in Britain

HOUSTON The suspect in the 1974 deaths of two Mormon missionaries was ordered detained in Britain for a possible retrial in Texas using new DNA evidence, a prosecutor said.

Robert Elmer Kleasen, 69, was serving a prison sentence in Britain for weapons violations, but was set for release Nov. 1.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said Kleasen was ordered detained until an initial extradition hearing is held.


Woman found guilty, aided terrorist group

CHARLOTTE, N.C. A woman who married a man accused of helping provide money and military equipment to the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah has been convicted of conspiring to violate U.S. immigration laws.

A federal court jury Wednesday found Jessica Yolanda Fortune, 30, of Lexington, N.C., guilty of conspiring with her husband, Chawki Youssef Hammoud, to break immigration laws.

Fortune is among six women accused of entering sham marriages to help men facing serious charges evade immigration laws. Prosecutors say Fortune married Mr. Hammoud, a Lebanese native, in 1994 so he could receive a green card.


Reputed mob associates face racketeering rap

NEW YORK Eight reputed Bonnano organized-crime family associates were indicted yesterday on 53 counts of racketeering, including weapons sales, drug-dealing and loan sharking, prosecutors said.

"The defendants sold 185 weapons to an undercover police detective who posed as an extremely violent drug dealer," Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau said.

Among those arrested were the criminal enterprise's reputed leaders, Fred Kuletsky, 62, of Mountain Vernon, N.Y., and his son, Michael, 39, of Yorktown, N.Y.

"Michael Kuletsky and another member of the crime family, Thomas Londrey, auditioned for a role on the TV series '[The] Sopranos,' but were not accepted," Mr. Morgenthau said."But they made our team."


Georgia killer dies by injection

JACKSON, Ga. A man who murdered a convenience-store clerk during a 1982 robbery became the first Georgia inmate to die by injection last night.

Terry Mincey, 41, had been set to die in the electric chair until Oct. 5, when the Georgia Supreme Court ruled the chair violated the state constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

The electric chair used to put 441 Georgia inmates to death over the past 77 years was replaced by a gurney.

Mincey was strapped down as technicians inserted a needle into his arm.


Anthrax survivor says he is chosen by God

MIAMI A 73-year-old Florida tabloid newspaper worker who survived inhalation anthrax, which is deadly 90 percent of the time, said he was chosen by God as an example to humanity, a newspaper reported yesterday.

Ernesto Blanco, who was released from a Miami hospital Tuesday, told the Miami Herald he wants to go back to work at the mailroom of American Media Inc., the Boca Raton-based publisher first struck by anthrax.

"God chose me as an example, to serve as spokesman to humanity not to be afraid," Mr. Blanco said.


Ex-detective pleads guilty to theft ring

CHICAGO The Chicago Police Department's former chief of detectives pleaded guilty yesterday to federal charges that he ran a multistate jewel-theft ring.

William Hanhardt, 72, pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy and one count of conspiracy to ship stolen jewels across state lines.

He could be sentenced to 25 years in prison and fined at least $500,000.

Prosecutor John Scully told U.S. District Judge Charles S. Norgle Sr. that Hanhardt's first theft was in 1984, two years before he retired from the police force.

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