- The Washington Times - Friday, October 5, 2007

MISSOURI

Prosecutor: Suspect afraid of losing custody

KANSAS CITY — A woman accused of killing a pregnant woman and cutting her baby from her womb was concerned that her ex-husband was threatening to expose her faked pregnancy and get custody of her children, prosecutors said yesterday.

The night before Bobbie Jo Stinnett was killed and her 8-month-old fetus was removed, Lisa Montgomery told her ex-husband, “I’ll show you, I’ll prove you wrong, I’m pregnant,” federal prosecutor Matt Whitworth told jurors in opening statements. The baby survived the incident.

Her attorneys, who plan an insanity defense, painted a picture of a woman who was severely troubled from repeated abuse as a teenager, and who had gone to Mrs. Stinnett’s house intending only to buy a puppy.

The 39-year-old woman has pleaded not guilty.

PENNSYLVANIA

Armored car guards killed during robbery

PHILADELPHIA — A robber shot and killed two armored car guards servicing an ATM outside a bank early yesterday, authorities said.

One man fatally shot the Loomis guards just after 8 a.m. outside a Wachovia bank in northeast Philadelphia, police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson said.

A surveillance tape showed the robber getting out of his car and putting on gloves before he shot a guard who was removing cash from the ATM, Commissioner Johnson said. The gunman then went around the armored car and shot the second guard as the victim tried to unholster his gun, police said.

A black duffel bag filled with cash was recovered behind an off-track betting parlor directly behind the bank, said Officer Raul Malveiro, a police spokesman. Police did not have details on how it got there.

CALIFORNIA

Residents return after landslide

SAN DIEGO — Residents of most of the homes evacuated after a landslide were allowed to return home yesterday, even as dozens of city workers monitored the area for signs of fresh slippage.

Residents of 75 of the 111 homes evacuated after Wednesday’s slide, which destroyed at least two homes in the upscale La Jolla neighborhood, were allowed to go home yesterday morning, Mayor Jerry Sanders said.

Nine homes were unsafe and remained off-limits and another 27 needed to be evaluated further before occupants can return, he said.

Police had spent the night making sure no one entered evacuated properties.

Mr. Sanders, who declared a state of emergency Wednesday, said the White House and the governor’s office had called to offer aid.

Mr. Sanders said the city would hire a forensic geology firm to explore why the land gave way.

FLORIDA

Mother arrested after son kills brother

ORLANDO — A 13-year-old boy accused of killing his 8-year-old brother over a dessert had previously helped hold his sibling down as their mother beat him, authorities said.

Orange County sheriff’s investigators arrested the mother, Tangela Key, on an aggravated child-neglect charge yesterday, a day after claiming Demetrius Key killed his brother Levares Key when she left them alone.

Sgt. John Allen said the mother had repeatedly hit Levares before the boy was killed Saturday. Sgt. Allen said Demetrius and his other siblings held Levares down for their mother.

A detention hearing was set Friday for Demetrius, who remained in custody on a felony first-degree murder charge.

It was not immediately clear how many other children the mother had or who received them in custody. Sgt. Allen said detectives were still determining whether they were treated similarly.

MICHIGAN

Lawyer shot with BB gun

BURTON — Two teens learned the folly of shooting a BB gun at a lawyer, especially when he is a longtime rugby player who goes by the nickname “Dr. Death.”

Michael J. Breczinski was walking to his car Tuesday night outside a Burton, Mich., mall when he heard a loud pop and felt a sting on his neck. The 54-year-old turned to see the smirking teens, ages 14 and 15, hiding their hands.

The teens ran when he asked whether they shot him with a BB gun, Mr. Breczinski told the Flint Journal. As he gave chase, one of the teens pulled a BB gun and shot at him again. Pellets pinged him in the arms and torso, but Mr. Breczinski tackled the teen in a parking lot. The youth got away from the lawyer’s grasp, but both teens were later arrested by police in a nearby restaurant. They are expected to face felonious assault charges.

Mr. Breczinski had to get a tetanus shot for the pellet wounds but said it was the teens who got off lucky. He had taken target practice earlier Tuesday and decided not to carry his .45-caliber Ruger to the mall, he told the newspaper.

“I think God was looking out for them and me,” Mr. Breczinski said.

NEVADA

Court hearing set for Simpson, others

LAS VEGAS — A judge yesterday scheduled a hearing next month for prosecutors to present evidence against O.J. Simpson and five other men accused of kidnapping and robbing two sports memorabilia dealers at gunpoint.

Justice of the Peace Joe Bonaventure Jr. ordered the defendants and their lawyers to attend the hearing on Nov. 8 and possibly the next day.

Rejecting a request from one of the defendant’s lawyers for a later date, Justice Bonaventure said, “I have to consider the state, co-defendants, witnesses [and] the general public.”

Clark County District Attorney David Roger did not oppose the date. He could present evidence behind closed doors to a grand jury before Nov. 8 instead of making it public.

A hearing would allow defense attorneys to cross-examine each witness and present their own witnesses, while a grand jury would not. At the hearing’s conclusion, the judge would be asked whether to bind the case over for trial in state court.

Mr. Simpson’s local lawyer, Gabriel Grasso, confirmed outside court that Mr. Simpson will attend the hearing with his Miami-based attorney, Yale Galanter.

NEW JERSEY

41 arrested in child-porn sweep

TRENTON — More than three dozen people in New Jersey have been charged with sending child-rape photos and videos over the Internet, officials said yesterday.

The arrests cap a two-month investigation in which a state police technology investigations unit combed the Internet for New Jerseyans who distributed such images. Forty-one persons were arrested.

Officials said the photos and videos have been made available worldwide.

The investigation, dubbed Operation Silent Shield, encompassed 15 of New Jersey’s 21 counties and numerous law-enforcement agencies. The arrests began 10 days ago and continued through yesterday, state police said.

Many of the suspects were members of popular social-networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook, authorities said.

NEW YORK

Newsday missing Pulitzer medals

NEW YORK — When three gold medals said to be Newsday’s own Pulitzer Prizes were auctioned off, it was news to the newspaper.

Newspaper officials thought the awards for public service in 1954, 1970 and 1974 were locked away in a company safe. But they apparently were sold at an auction Friday in California for $7,000, $4,500 and $4,000, respectively.

The key to a lockbox within the safe where the medals were supposed to be had been lost, so officials called in a locksmith Tuesday to drill into the smaller box. Not only were the medals missing, but so was a silicone mold used to make reproductions of the awards, the paper said.

Newspaper officials are asking former executives for information about the medals.

Jim Halperin, chairman of the Dallas-based Heritage Auction Galleries, told the paper that the consigner who sold the medals was a coin dealer who had purchased them at an estate sale in Nassau County in 2001, but refused to give the man’s name.

NORTH DAKOTA

Proposal bans guns in campus housing

GRAND FORKS — A University of North Dakota proposal would ban guns in campus apartments. It also would ban knives that aren’t used for cooking.

Gun owners would have to store firearms with the University Police Department. Some students say the proposal would infringe on their rights.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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