- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 25, 2004

Religious order to pay millions to settle suits

CONCORD, Calif. — A Roman Catholic religious order has agreed to pay $6.3 million to settle lawsuits brought by three former students who were sexually abused at an elite private school in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The largest of the three settlements, $4 million, would be one of the biggest in California for a plaintiff in a clergy sexual abuse case, attorneys and victim advocates said Friday.

The abuse occurred when the plaintiffs, now in their 30s and 40s, attended the Concord school operated by the Christian Brothers religious order.

The order had transferred the abuser to Concord even though he was known to have had relationships with “sexual overtones” at another school, according to a 1968 letter from a Christian Brothers provincial leader, which the order turned over as part of the lawsuit.

Shelter gets $35,000 gift for Christmas

DENVER — Residents of Samaritan House didn’t know what to expect when the bearded, middle-aged man parked his sport utility vehicle in front of the downtown homeless shelter Christmas Eve.

The man walked into the building, pulled out a thick roll of $100 bills and began passing them out to each of the approximately 300 residents.

When he was finished, he had given out $35,000.

“It was like seeing Santa Claus and God all at once,” said William Chengelis, who has lived at the shelter since November.

The man said he had once been homeless and knew what it was like to be in need. He did not identify himself and said only that he lived in Denver and had also distributed money at a Las Vegas shelter.

Man held in stabbing of grandmother

NEW YORK — Police were holding a man in the stabbing death of his 88-year-old grandmother, killed shortly after she prepared Christmas Eve dinner.

Alexander Philpotts, 25, called police to tell them he had stabbed his grandmother, Rebecca Philpotts, with a knife, the New York Times reported.

When police arrived, they found the woman dead in her bathroom with more than 30 stab wounds, officials said. The suspect told investigators he believed his grandmother was trying to poison him.

Mr. Philpotts was arrested and taken to jail.

Doctor accused of illegal abortions

MIRAMAR, Fla. — A doctor whose license was revoked for botching abortions, including leaving fetus parts inside a patient, was arrested on charges he continued to perform the procedures.

Robelto A. Osborne, 44, turned himself in to police Wednesday and was released on bond. He was charged with practicing medicine without a license, a third-degree felony.

The state Department of Health contacted police about Mr. Osborne last month after receiving an anonymous tip about him performing abortions at A Gyn Diagnostic Center in Miramar.

Mr. Osborne’s medical license was revoked in August after state regulators determined he failed to perform necessary preoperative procedures, did not treat a severe uterine perforation and did not return calls to his emergency phone line.

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