- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 29, 2002

County worker fired for crime-photo plan
SAN DIEGO A county employee was fired for purportedly planning to sell crime-scene photographs connected to the murder of 7-year-old Danielle van Dam, according to a Civil Service Commission report.
A spokesman for the District Attorney's Office said prosecutors are deciding whether to file criminal charges.
Esteban Zemacki, a drafter for the Public Works Department, purportedly approached an employee in the county's photo laboratory with a plan to sell the pictures to the media and post them on the Internet, the report said. Mr. Zemacki never obtained the photographs.
Hatfield-McCoy cemetery case set for trial
PIKEVILLE, Ky. Descendants of one of the nation's most famous pairs of feuding families, the Hatfields and McCoys, will face off in court to settle a dispute over access to a cemetery where three slain boys were buried.
"I really hate that we have to go to the court system to settle this," said Bo McCoy of Waycross, Ga., a plaintiff in the lawsuit against a Hatfield descendant who blocked access to the family cemetery.
"We wanted to be gentlemen about it," Mr. McCoy said. "We felt like we had no other choice."
The cemetery, which holds remains of three McCoy boys who were tied to pawpaw trees and executed by the Hatfields in 1882, is too important historically to remain closed to the public, Mr. McCoy contends.
Larry Webster, an attorney for Hatfield descendant John Vance, whose property stands between the cemetery and the nearest road, said the case pits an individual family that wants some privacy against the interests of tourism and economic development officials.
Palestinian arrested at airport
MILWAUKEE A man who was jailed in Israel for providing financial aid to the Islamic militant group Hamas was arrested at a New Jersey airport on his return to the United States, federal prosecutors said.
A criminal complaint filed Monday charges that Jamil Sarsour, 52, structured $25,000 in financial transactions Oct. 22, 1998, the day he left for Israel, to avoid federal reporting requirements for cash transactions in excess of $10,000.
He was arrested at Newark International Airport on Friday.
Mr. Sarsour, a Palestinian from the West Bank, became a U.S. citizen after moving to Milwaukee more than 20 years ago.
He was deported to the United States after his release from prison in Israel, where he was arrested Oct. 23, 1998, with about $9,250 in cash and $63,870 in personal checks, cashier's checks and money orders, prosecutors said.

Suspect in Clinton-era scandal to face charges
MIAMI A Philippine legislator is on his way to Florida, where he faces charges of making illegal campaign donations to former President Clinton and other Democratic politicians.
Facing a U.S. extradition request, Mark B. Jimenez voluntarily left the Philippines on Thursday with two U.S. marshals to face an indictment in the case.
Mr. Jimenez, 55, was flown to Guam on Friday, and Philippine vice consul Charmaine Aviquivil told ABS-CBN television that the lawmaker would spend the night at a federal facility and undergo a medical examination for sleep apnea. It wasn't immediately known when his travel would resume.
Mr. Jimenez was among at least 28 persons charged by a Justice Department task force created by then-U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno in 1997 to investigate accusations of campaign violations.
Four killed, 18 injured as fire burns in hotel
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. Fire spread through the top floor of a small residential hotel in the early morning darkness yesterday, killing four persons and injuring 18 as firefighters pulled dozens more to safety.
When firefighters reached the Sunset Hotel just before 1 a.m., several people were hanging from the windows of the upper floors, fire officials said. Firefighters used ladders to reach more than 30 people, including a 2-month-old, but others were trapped inside, and much of the third floor was engulfed in flames.


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