- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 9, 2002

Ex-police chief testifies in Skakel case
NORWALK, Conn. A retired police chief testified yesterday that he unsuccessfully sought an arrest warrant for the older brother of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel in the 1975 murder of a 15-year-old neighbor girl.
Thomas Keegan, retired from the Greenwich force, said he presented an affidavit in 1976 to the prosecutor's office seeking the arrest of Thomas Skakel on murder charges in the beating death of Martha Moxley.
Prosecutors rejected the request, saying there was not enough evidence to establish probable cause, said Mr. Keegan, who was a police captain at the time and a lead investigator in the case.
Martha was beaten to death with a golf club on Oct. 30, 1975. Michael Skakel was also 15 at the time. Thomas Skakel was 17. The brothers are nephews of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel.

Priest pleads guilty to pornography charges
ST. LOUIS A Roman Catholic priest pleaded guilty yesterday to federal child pornography possession charges after he was caught in an FBI sting.
The Rev. John P. Hess faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced July 26.
Federal prosecutor Ray Gruender said Father Hess became a suspect during a nationwide FBI sting called Operation Candyman focusing on child pornography traded over the Internet.

First lady to visit France, Hungary, Czech Republic
First lady Laura Bush will travel to France, Hungary and the Czech Republic from Monday to May 22 on a trip set to include a radio address to Afghanistan and a speech to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, the White House said yesterday.

Panhandling banned at tourist attractions
KEY WEST, Fla. Weary of beggars harassing tourists for money, officials in Key West have banned panhandlers from three of the easygoing island city's most popular attractions.
Homeless beggars and hustlers will be issued warnings by city police or code-enforcement officers until signs are posted in the next month or two in newly created "no panhandling or solicitation" zones, Mayor Jimmy Weekley said.
The mayor spearheaded the ordinance to be enforced in Mallory Square, the end of Duval Street and the area known as the Southernmost Point after similar measures passed in two other Florida tourist destinations, St. Augustine and Fort Lauderdale.
Violators will face civil fines of up to $500 and potential city jail time for "begging or asking or soliciting money or goods for charity or personal gain, whether by word, bodily gestures, signs or other means."

13 sailors arrested on drug charges
SAN DIEGO Navy investigators arrested 13 sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz on drug charges.
The 12 men and one woman arrested Monday faced charges involving the use or distribution of Ecstasy or methamphetamine, Navy spokesman Cmdr. Jack Papp said yesterday.


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