- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 5, 2002

Evidence disclosed in slaying of girl
SAN DIEGO A man went on trial yesterday for the slaying of 7-year-old Danielle van Dam with prosecutors saying he kidnapped her from her canopied bed in a quiet suburban neighborhood and strangled or suffocated her out of a lust for girls.
Deputy District Attorney Jeff Dusek, in a sometimes chilling and graphic opening statement, told jurors that violent pornography found in the home of David Westerfield, 50, would tell them all they needed to know about his motive in abducting and killing Danielle.
Mr. Westerfield, a self-employed design engineer, is charged with kidnapping, murder and possession of child pornography and faces the death penalty if convicted.

Court ruling reverses shoplifting badge order
LEBANON, Pa. A woman who had been ordered to wear a badge that read "convicted shoplifter" can throw away the label, a state court ruled.
The Superior Court said the 4-inch red badge was not "reasonably related" to Regina Zimmerman's rehabilitation.
Zimmerman, 27, already had been convicted three times of shoplifting when she admitted in January 2001 to taking hair care and facial products worth $66 from a grocery store.
Besides demanding she wear the badge, Judge Bradford Charles sentenced her to one year of probation and ordered her to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation. Zimmerman had never worn the shoplifting badge, instead having others do her shopping after she left prison.

Four sentenced in deadly holdup
COLUMBIA, S.C. Four teen-agers were given prison sentences of at least 35 years yesterday for their parts in the slaying of a federal prosecutor from Chicago who was shot during a holdup in August.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Messer, 49, was in town for a training session at the University of South Carolina for federal prosecutors.
Cichey L. Mayo, 18, was sentenced to 47 years behind bars, and Willie James Murphy, 17, received 43 years on charges including murder and armed robbery. Bryan Murray and Abram Braveboy received 35 years for the armed robbery and other crimes.

NASA presses for shuttle launch
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Weather again could pose a problem for the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour, but NASA will try again today after almost a week of delays, the U.S. space agency said yesterday.
The latest weather forecast gives the shuttle a 40 percent chance of getting off the launch pad on its mission to the International Space Station to deliver a new crew.
NASA will aim for a launch at 5:22 p.m. EDT today.

Air defense command practices hijack drill
DENVER Two jets packed with military personnel pretending to be civilians took off in the West yesterday in a twin hijacking drill designed to improve coordination among U.S. and Canadian agencies.
Fighter jets from the North American Aerospace Defense Command scrambled to respond to the simulated hijackings and were to run through several scenarios, including one that involved shooting down the planes.
"We're prepared to do it, trained to do it and ready to do it, but we'd much rather it be the source of last resort," said Marine Maj. Mike Snyder, a NORAD spokesman. "But make no mistake, we're ready to do it."
The scenario was planned before the September 11 terrorist attacks, but Maj. Snyder said the events that day helped officials fine-tune the exercise, which involved more than 1,500 personnel from the United States and Canada.

Man admits draining toilet rebate program
NEW YORK A man who helped New York run its low-flush toilet rebate program pleaded guilty to his role in draining $1.3 million out of the water-conservation project, federal prosecutors said yesterday.
The Manhattan U.S. attorney's office said Frank Rizzo, 31, of Jamesburg, N.J., had worked for Volt Viewtech, which administered the program for the city. Rizzo pleaded guilty to a range of charges Monday in Manhattan federal court.

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