- The Washington Times - Friday, September 2, 2005

Man hinted at church rampage

BROOKFIELD, Wis. — A man who killed seven fellow churchgoers said he was angry with his church and its meeting place was “going to be on the news” weeks before his shooting rampage, according to police records released yesterday.

Terry Ratzmann made the comments three to four weeks earlier as he chatted with a clerk at a hardware store, police Sgt. Jason Pfeiffer said in a report among more than 800 pages of witness statements and other investigative records that describe the March shootings.

Ratzmann killed himself after the shootings.

Pushing attendant nets jail term

DENVER — A man who pleaded guilty to shoving a pregnant flight attendant on a United Airlines plane was sentenced to six months in prison yesterday.

Montgomery Joe Carter, 37, of Gerrardstown, W.Va., also was ordered to pay more than $10,000 in restitution to the airline.

Carter pleaded guilty in June to charges of interfering with a flight crew and assault aboard an aircraft.

An FBI affidavit said Carter had begun drinking before the flight because he was afraid of flying.

Two plead guilty in art theft

ST. LOUIS — Two former employees of an art shipping company pleaded guilty in St. Louis to stealing $4 million worth of paintings and other art works.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the 130 items taken from the company in 2002 included works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Salvador Dali.

Both Biron A. Valier, 36, and Donald R. Rasch, 44, pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to transport stolen goods in interstate commerce, the report said.

The theft was discovered after a man bought eight of the pieces from Rasch, police said.

Apparent gas leak kills three

LOS ANGELES — An apparent gas leak on a cruise ship killed three crew members yesterday, a fire department spokeswoman said.

Seven other persons were sickened, including two ship doctors who were trying to help the others, fire spokeswoman Melissa Kelley said. Passengers were on board the ship but not affected by the leak.

The Royal Caribbean’s Monarch of the Seas is based in Los Angeles harbor and was docked when the methane leak occurred. Raw sewage was the apparent source of the leak, Miss Kelley said.

Satellites to track sex offenders

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Hundreds of paroled sex offenders in Tennessee will be tracked by satellite under a program said to be the largest of its kind in the United States, officials said yesterday.

Next week, Tennessee’s State Probation and Parole Board will fit as many as 650 sex offenders with ankle bracelets and special rechargeable belts to monitor their whereabouts.

The parolees are told to stay away from certain zones around schools, day care centers and former victims, board Executive Director Bo Irvin said.

The $2.5 million pilot program applies to parolees in 11 selected counties with high populations.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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