- The Washington Times - Friday, August 20, 2004

Mental exam ordered for New Jersey doctor

NEWARK, N.J. — A judge yesterday ordered a psychiatric evaluation for a doctor who told reporters he had an affair with the former aide accusing Gov. James E. McGreevey of sexual harassment.

Dr. Michael David Miller was repeatedly urged by a public defender and Judge Donald Volkert to refrain from speaking during his 20-minute arraignment. He was arrested late Thursday on charges including pretending to be a law enforcement officer.

Despite their efforts, Dr. Miller made remarks including, “I have no law enforcement responsibility in this country whatsoever.”

Dr. Miller, 51, pleaded not guilty to charges of impersonating law officers and public officials, creating false public alarm and making a false report to law enforcement.

The mental evaluation was ordered after Assistant Prosecutor Judy Gagliano listed a series of what she called “bizarre” statements attributed to Dr. Miller, including that he was a CIA operative and that a tenant has al Qaeda ties and would blow up public buildings, including the courthouse where the hearing took place.

Camp counselors killed on trip

SAN FRANCISCO — Two soon-to-be-married Christian camp counselors reported missing earlier this week were fatally shot in their sleeping bags on a remote beach, authorities said.

The bodies of Lindsay Cutshall, 23, and Jason Allen, 26, were discovered Wednesday when deputies rescuing a stranded hiker spotted the crime scene from their helicopter. Both were shot in the head, Sheriff’s Lt. Dave Edmonds said.

There were no signs of sexual assault or robbery, and the possibility of a murder-suicide was ruled out because no weapon was found, authorities said. The bodies were found fully clothed, side by side in sleeping bags near their belongings, which included a Christian book, wedding literature, camping gear and backpacks, police said.

Police believe the couple arrived last Saturday in the area, about 60 miles north of San Francisco, and apparently were camping overnight on Fish Head Beach in Sonoma County.

Both were missionaries who were spending the summer as whitewater rafting guides at a Christian adventure camp about 40 miles east of Sacramento. They were supposed to return to the camp Sunday; they were reported missing Monday.

School raid didn’t violate rights

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A guns-drawn raid at a high school last year did not violate civil rights laws and the case is closed, the Justice Department said.

The decision means there will be no criminal charges, said Andy Savage, a lawyer for officers in the sweep at the Goose Creek high school.

Fifteen officers entered Stratford High School’s main hallway and ordered 130 students to the floor Nov. 5 of last year. They used plastic ties to handcuff 18 students and school officials opened and searched 17 book bags using a drug dog.

Police found no drugs or weapons, but the raid frightened children, provoked marches and lawsuits and brought national press attention and the resignation of the school’s longtime principal.

Civil lawsuits charging students’ constitutional rights were violated still remain, and settlement negotiations recently broke down.

Liver recipient says thanks

HOUSTON — Todd Krampitz got his new liver through an appeal via billboard ads and Internet. Now, the 32-year-old Houston man’s family has posted a new billboard to send out a big “thank you” for the liver donation that saved his life.

Mr. Krampitz was discharged from the Methodist Hospital on Monday after getting the transplant late last week.

After his diagnosis, his family mounted a press campaign, including two billboards along a Houston freeway, and a Web site that detailed his plight and raised awareness about organ donation. Mr. Krampitz and his wife, Julie, also did national interviews.

An out-of-state donor family specified that the liver go to Mr. Krampitz, who was diagnosed with liver cancer in May.

The new billboard went up Wednesday on the Southwest Freeway near Bellfort. It bears Mr. Krampitz’s picture and says, “Thank you! Give the gift of life. Become an organ donor.”

Mr. Krampitz had been given a low priority for a donation, based on what doctors assessed his odds of long-term benefit to be. But the public appeal allowed a direct donation from donor to recipient.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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