- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 31, 2002

Kidnapped boy found safe

SAN DIEGO A 9-year-old boy who was kidnapped from his home earlier this week was found safe at a campground yesterday, and his mother and an unidentified man were arrested, authorities said.

Nicholas Farber was found in Jamul, about 80 miles southwest of his Palm Desert, Calif., home, said San Diego County sheriff's Lt. Lisa Miller.

"We have great news. We have Nicholas; he is safe," Riverside County sheriff-elect Bob Doyle said at a news conference in Palm Desert.

Nicholas was taken from his father's home about 2 a.m. Wednesday, after two men broke into the Palm Desert house and attacked the father.

The boy's mother, Debra Rose, and her former roommate, Carla Bender, had been named suspects in the boy's kidnapping. Police did not say whether they believe the man found with Nicholas participated in the abduction.

Teen killed knocking on doors for church

CHARLOTTE, N.C. A Seattle teenager who was knocking on doors to offer costume jewelry in exchange for donations to her church was found dead in an apartment, and a 21-year-old neighbor was charged with murder.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police declined to say how Jin-Joo Byrne, 18, died. Her body was found Thursday in a building next to the one where the suspect, Eugene DeMorris Evans, lives. Neighbors told the Charlotte Observer that Mr. Evans was the last person seen talking to the teen before she disappeared Wednesday.

Miss Byrne and another young Unification Church member had been going door-to-door together, then decided to split up. Miss Byrne did not meet her chaperone as planned and was contacted via walkie-talkie, police said.

Immigration grows by 20 percent

Legal immigration to the United States grew 20 percent from fiscal 2000 to 2001, passing the 1 million mark for the first time since 1991, according to new figures from the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

More than 60 percent of the new immigrants 653,259 were granted adjustment of status by the INS, which means they had already been living in the United States legally on a visitor's visa or were here illegally, having overstayed a visa or entered the country illegally.

The rest of the immigrants 411,059 obtained their visas abroad from the State Department.

The INS attributed the increase in immigration to the agency making headway on a backlog of applications. There was a backlog of 970,000 cases after fiscal 2001, which ended Sept. 1, 2001.

Mexico accounted for about one-fifth of new immigrants. India was a distant second, accounting for 6.6 percent, while China came in third at 5.3 percent.

Report: Trio attempted extortion on news analyst

A former host of CNN's "Crossfire Sunday" and regular contributor to CBS' "This Morning" said he was threatened with extortion by a Fairfax County woman he paid for sex, according to Virginia court records.

Bob Beckel, a political analyst who managed Walter Mondale's 1984 presidential campaign, was asked to pay the woman $50,000 or she would go public, according to a search warrant filed Aug. 26 in Alexandria Circuit Court.

Mr. Beckel told the Northern Virginia Journal on Thursday that he cannot comment on the case because it is still under investigation.

Officer Joyce Utter, Montgomery County police spokeswoman, told the paper that Mr. Beckel was the victim of extortion at his Bethesda home after contacting a woman on a Web site. Police have arrested Angela Anglin, Eric Holland and Abdullah Hamid in connection with the case.

Bushes' home to be auctioned

MIDLAND, Texas A West Texas home where both President Bushes once lived is for sale on EBay, the Internet auction site.

Asking price for this little bit of history? Just $250,000.

Mackey Ervin, who is selling the house for mother-in-law Wilma Haynes, said yesterday that the comfortable suburban home built by former President George Bush and his wife, Barbara, in 1958 was drawing lots of interest.

The Bushes and their children, including the current president, stayed in the four-bedroom, three-bath home for two years before moving to Houston.

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