- The Washington Times - Friday, November 25, 2005

Mexico is to extradite accused killer to U.S.

DENVER — A man accused of killing a Denver police officer can be extradited to the United States, the consulate general of Mexico said.

Raul Gomez-Garcia was charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder in the death of Detective Donald Young and the wounding of Detective John H. Bishop in May while the men were working off-duty as security for a party.

He has been jailed in Mexico since he was captured there in June.

The suspect has 15 working days to appeal, the Mexican consulate said in a news release Thursday. If he does not, he could be returned to Colorado before the end of the year, Denver district attorney’s spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough said.

Man said to steal loads of Legos

PORTLAND, Ore. — Agents had to use a 20-foot truck to cart away the evidence from a suspect’s house — mountains of Lego bricks.

William Swanberg, 40, of Reno, Nev., was indicted by a grand jury Wednesday, accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of the colorful plastic building blocks from area Target stores.

Target estimates Mr. Swanberg stole up to $200,000 worth of the brick sets from their stores in Oregon, Utah, Arizona, Nevada and California. The Legos were resold on the Internet, officials said.

Attempts to reach Mr. Swanberg at a county jail, where he was being held on $250,000 bail, were unsuccessful. It wasn’t known whether he had an attorney.

Teens help catch man accused of theft

MALVERNE, N.Y. — Two 14-year-olds filming a student documentary helped catch a man stealing money from a church’s donation boxes, police said.

John Scimeca, 45, was charged with two counts of larceny and one count of possession of burglar’s tools in the thefts from Our Lady of Lourdes Church, authorities said.

The students were working on their documentary at the church Nov. 13 when they recorded a man purportedly tampering with a donation box. They turned the tape over to police.

A week later, the father of one of the students saw what appeared to be the same man enter the church, police said. He grabbed a camcorder from his car, returned to the church and saw the man take bills from two donation boxes, they said.

Couple awarded $60.9 million in suit

HIALEAH, Fla. — A federal judge has awarded $60.9 million to a couple whose son was severely brain damaged when born in a Navy hospital two years ago.

The award is believed to be the largest ever under the Federal Tort Claims Act, which allows private citizens to sue the federal government for the negligent conduct of its employees.

Raiza Bravo and Oscar Rodriguez, a Navy serviceman, accused doctors of waiting too long to perform a Cesarean section to deliver their son at the Mayport Naval Station obstetric clinic.

Kevin, now 2, cannot see, speak or swallow. His muscles are rigid, and he cannot move his arms and legs. He cannot respond to any stimulus except pain, and doctors say he will not live past age 21.

Feds arrest Ohio man, begin deportation

CLEVELAND — Federal authorities arrested an Islamic religious leader yesterday as they began the process of deporting him for lying about ties to terrorist groups.

Imam Fawaz Damra, the spiritual leader of Ohio’s largest mosque, was convicted in June 2004 of concealing ties to three groups that the U.S. government classifies as terrorist organizations when he applied for U.S. citizenship in 1994.

That conviction was upheld in March, clearing the way for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to begin deportation proceedings.

Damra, 44, was arrested early yesterday without incident, the immigration office said.

Gay man seeks spousal right in court

NEW YORK — A homosexual man charged with helping his lover loot a wealthy school district has asked a judge to rule that state law protecting spouses from having to testify against each other also applies to same-sex partners.

Stephen Signorelli, fighting charges that he stole at least $219,000 from the Roslyn, N.Y., school district, is seeking to bar testimony by his longtime companion, Frank Tassone, the district’s former superintendent.

Auditors say that in all, $11.2 million was taken from the Long Island district, and state Comptroller Alan Hevesi has called the case “the largest, most remarkable, most extraordinary theft” from a school system in American history.

From combined wire and dispatch reports

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