- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 6, 2005

Woman, ex-husband die in N.Y. shootings

NEW YORK — A woman and her fiance were gunned down on a busy Manhattan street in a brazen shooting that investigators think was committed by the woman’s ex-husband, who then turned the gun on himself.

Inessa Ivanov, 39, was killed, and John Turco, 56, was critically wounded in the Friday evening shooting at Madison Avenue and 57th Street, police said. The area is known for its posh shopping, including nearby stores Hermes, Burberry and Chanel.

Vadim Ivanov, 43, the purported gunman, was found nearby, mortally wounded with a pistol in his lap and binoculars police think were used to track the victims, police said.

Mr. Turco was taken to Cornell Weill Medical Center in critical condition, police said.

Secretary of state quits in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Secretary of State Kevin Shelley, once a rising political star, struggled to fight back tears as he announced his resignation amid investigations into his handling of federal election funds, questionable campaign contributions and bad workplace conduct.

“During the past several weeks and days, it has become clear to me that the tides of this storm are overtaking this office’s very ability to function effectively for the people of California,” Mr. Shelley said at a press conference Friday outside his San Francisco home with his wife at his side.

He reiterated that he believes he has done nothing wrong, but wanted to step down because the investigations had become too much of a distraction. Mr. Shelley was to testify later this month at a legislative audit committee hearing about his use of millions of dollars in federal elections funds.

The main source of Mr. Shelley’s woes was a December state audit that charged him with poor management of $46 million in federal election funds. He has not been charged with breaking any laws.

Judge allows 2 juries in smuggling case

HOUSTON — A judge in the trial of a New York man accused of driving and abandoning a hot, airless tractor-trailer in the nation’s deadliest human-smuggling attempt agreed Friday to allow two juries in the case.

U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore, in granting the request by defense attorneys for Tyrone Williams, ruled that his trial would begin tomorrow, but prosecutors said they planned to appeal her decision immediately, possibly prompting another delay in the case.

Under Judge Gilmore’s ruling, one jury would decide whether Mr. Williams is guilty or not guilty of any of the 58 counts of harboring and transporting illegal immigrants he faces. If he were found guilty of any charges that carry a possible death sentence, another jury would be chosen for that decision.

The judge decided last week to put the trial on hold while Mr. Williams’ attorneys petition the U.S. Supreme Court to make public details of why their client is the only one of 14 defendants in the case who faces the death penalty in the smuggling attempt, which left 19 illegal immigrants dead.

Mother charged in 3 children’s murder

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The mother of three children found dead in a Huntsville apartment has been charged with capital murder. Nathshay Yvonne Ward, 33, was charged Friday night in connection with the deaths of her son and two daughters, police officials said. She was being held without bail.

Officers found the bodies of Shanieka Y. Ward, 11; Latricia Ward, 9; and Christopher O. Ward, 8, on the floor in three bedrooms Friday, said police spokesman Wendell Johnson. The children had been dead for several days.

Mr. Johnson said relatives told police they had been trying to visit the family for weeks but Miss Ward would not open the door. Officials said utilities in the apartment had been turned off since Jan. 12.

Men charged in deathof 10-year-old girl

BROWNSTOWN, Ind. — Two men have been charged in connection with the abduction and slaying of a 10-year-old girl whose body was found in a creek, authorities said.

Charles Hickman, 20, charged with murder and criminal confinement in the death of Katlyn Collman, told investigators that her abduction was intended to scare the girl into keeping quiet about methamphetamine activities in her neighborhood, prosecutors said. The suspect did not speak to reporters as he was led into a courthouse for a hearing Friday.

Another man, Timothy C. O’Sullivan, 22, and an unidentified 17-year-old boy were awaiting a hearing on charges they reportedly gave false information to officers investigating the case.

Court documents filed by prosecutors said that Katlyn drowned about 15 miles from her hometown of Crothersville. Her body was found Jan. 30. She had last been seen five days earlier as she walked three blocks home from an errand to buy toilet paper.

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