- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 12, 2002

Marshals arrest 'Most Wanted' fugitive
The U.S. Marshals Service has arrested one of its "15 Most Wanted" fugitives, capturing a suspected drug smuggler as he purchased a ticket for the movie "The Sum of All Fears" at a Long Beach, Calif., movie theater.
Darrell Bellamy was taken into custody Monday afternoon by deputy U.S. marshals assigned to the Los Angeles regional task force who had received information about Mr. Bellamy's whereabouts a few hours earlier from deputy marshals in Oklahoma.
Mr. Bellamy was added to the Marshals Service's 15 Most Wanted list in April at the request of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tulsa, Okla. He was wanted in connection with a drug-smuggling ring dating to 1993 that is responsible for distributing more than 330 pounds of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana, plus crack cocaine in several states.

Independent probe into September 11 urged
Clutching photos of loved ones lost, relatives of September 11 victims gathered yesterday outside the Capitol to urge an independent investigation into the terrorist attacks.
Nearly 100 parents, siblings, children and other relatives cheered lawmakers who want an independent commission to investigate the events that led to the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history.
"We are on a mission to prevent the events of September 11 from ever occurring anywhere on our planet," said Katy Soulas of Far Hills, N.J., whose husband, Tim, died at the World Trade Center. "To do that we must investigate every crack these terrorist snakes slither through."

Sikh man charges cops with discrimination
NEW YORK A Sikh man has filed a federal discrimination complaint against the New York Police Department, saying he was fired during his training period because he would not shave his beard or remove his turban, signs of his religious faith.
Amric Singh Rathour, 25, had applied to be a traffic-enforcement agent with the NYPD last year. He was sworn in as an officer June 18, according to the complaint filed Monday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Mr. Rathour was fired Aug. 27.

Police refocusing missing-girl probe
SALT LAKE CITY The city's police chief said yesterday that detectives are refocusing their investigation into the disappearance of Elizabeth Smart on those who know the 14-year-old girl and vowed to the unidentified suspect: "We are going to get you."
"If you've got Elizabeth, you'd better release her now," Chief Rick Dinse told reporters on the seventh day of the investigation.

Democrats sue Bush over ABM Treaty
Thirty-one House members filed suit against President Bush yesterday in an effort to block the president from withdrawing from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
The United States officially leaves the treaty tomorrow, six months after Mr. Bush announced his intentions to do so, and the Pentagon is ready to begin work the next day on underground silos for missile interceptors in Alaska.
Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, Ohio Democrat, the lead plaintiff, said the president does not have the authority to unilaterally withdraw from a treaty and should seek Congress' consent.

Shoe-bomb suspect gets one count tossed
BOSTON A judge threw out one of nine charges yesterday against a man accused of trying to blow up a jetliner with explosives in his shoes, ruling that an airplane is not a vehicle under a new anti-terrorism law.
The charge attempting to destroy a mass-transportation vehicle was filed under the USA Patriot Act, which Congress passed after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Richard C. Reid still faces eight charges, including attempted murder and attempted destruction of an aircraft.
U.S. District Judge William Young said he looked to a legal definition of vehicle drafted by Congress in an earlier law, known as the Dictionary Act. That defines a vehicle as something used as a means of transportation on land.

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