- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 19, 2005

Fort Stewart puts out alert for fake soldier

FORT STEWART, Ga. — Officials at Fort Stewart have warned families of deployed soldiers to be on the lookout for a man posing as a casualty notification officer.

Officials said the man falsely told the wife of a 3rd Infantry Division solider that her husband had been killed, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported yesterday.

The woman became suspicious of the man and contacted her family readiness group. She soon discovered that her husband is alive and well.

“We believe this is an isolated incident,” said Lt. Col. Robert Whetstone, a spokesman for 3rd Infantry Division.



The case was being investigated yesterday by military police.

Ex-employee accused of killing co-worker

TAYLOR, Mich. — A man who had just been fired from his job at a paper plant returned to his workplace with a handgun and shot two colleagues, killing one of them, authorities said.

The suspect, identified only as a 31-year-old Detroit man, was expected to be arraigned today , police Lt. Frank Canning said yesterday.

Police in the Detroit suburb were called Friday afternoon and told that an employee was firing shots in the International Paper Co. plant, said police Sgt. Mary Sclabassi.

She said the gunman had just been dismissed because the company wasn’t satisfied with his performance. The man went to his vehicle, got a handgun, returned to the building and shot the supervisor who fired him. He then shot a woman who tried to intervene, Sgt. Sclabassi said. The woman died and the supervisor was in stable condition, police said.

Man pleads guilty to faking voter cards

DEFIANCE, Ohio — A man pleaded guilty to charges he filled out phony voter-registration cards in the names of Mary Poppins, Dick Tracy, Michael Jordan and George Foreman.

Chad Staton, 22, faces up to a year in prison and $2,500 fine on each of 10 counts of false registration at his sentencing April 13. He pleaded guilty on Thursday.

Election officials spotted the phony registration forms and notified the Defiance County sheriff, who arrested Staton in December. Officials said Staton had fraudulently filled out more than 100 forms.

A woman told authorities she gave Staton cocaine in exchange for registering voters for the November election. Rather than getting legitimate voters, Staton filled out the phony forms, authorities said.

Large exotic cat on the loose

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — A large exotic cat — possibly an African lion — might be roaming the rural countryside near the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, authorities said Friday.

Professional trackers were brought in to hunt for the animal after several sets of tracks, far too large for native bobcats or mountain lions, were found on a ranch not far from the hilltop library.

Officials warned residents in the area to be wary and to keep their pets indoors.

A ranch caretaker Tuesday reported glimpsing a large cat, possibly a lion, dart into the brush. At least two other persons within a quarter mile of the ranch reported seeing the cat, which officials estimate might weigh 600 pounds.

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