- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 2, 2008


Slain anchorwoman was sexually assaulted

LITTLE ROCK | A television anchorwoman killed in her home had been sexually assaulted and beaten so badly in a suspected burglary that her jaw shattered, and she broke a hand while trying to fend off her attacker’s blows, her parents said Monday.

“This monster stole my daughter’s innocence,” said Patti Cannady, the mother of Anne Pressly, on NBC’s “Today.”

Police Lt. Terry Hastings did not dispute her remarks and those of her husband, Guy, but declined to offer specifics about the attack. Police and prosecutors have refused to say whether Miss Pressly, 26, was sexually assaulted during the Oct. 20 attack in Little Rock.

Miss Pressly, an anchorwoman for KATV, died Oct. 25. An arrest warrant used to pick up Curtis Lavelle Vance, 28, was released Monday but doesn’t mention a sexual assault.

Mr. Vance remains in jail without bond.


Armored-truck guard dies in mall shooting

MIAMI | An armored-truck guard was fatally shot at a suburban Miami mall Monday, and police were searching for two gunmen.

Police did not release a motive for the shooting inside the Express clothing store at the Dadeland Mall. Fire and police officials had surrounded a Dunbar armored car parked in front of the mall.

Witnesses said they heard gunshots and described shoppers screaming and running through the mall.

The guard was airlifted and pronounced dead at a hospital, Miami-Dade Detective Aida Fina-Milian said. Another person was hurt, but the specific injury was not announced.


Hudson relative arrested in killings

CHICAGO | Police arrested the estranged brother-in-law of Jennifer Hudson on Monday in the deaths of the entertainer’s mother, brother and young nephew, taking him from a prison where he had been held on a suspected parole violation.

William Balfour was arrested at Stateville Correctional Center and released to detectives as he awaited formal charges in the shooting deaths of the singer and Oscar-winning actress’s relatives, said Chicago police spokeswoman Monique Bond.

Until Monday, police had identified Balfour, 27, only as a “person of interest” in the investigation. He had not been charged by Monday evening, said Andy Conklin, a spokesman for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

The bodies of Miss Hudson’s mother, Darnell Hudson Donerson, and brother, Jason Hudson, were discovered Oct. 24 at the family’s home on the South Side of Chicago. The body of 7-year-old Julian King was found three days later in a sport utility vehicle on the West Side. All three had been shot.

Police took Balfour into custody the same day the bodies of Mrs. Donerson and Mr. Hudson were discovered. After 48 hours, Balfour was taken by the Illinois Department of Corrections on the suspected parole violation.

Balfour served seven years for a 1999 attempted-murder and vehicular-hijacking conviction.


Ex-mayoral aide pleads guilty

DETROIT | The woman whose relationship with former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick led to his downfall broke her silence Monday, shedding tears as she pleaded guilty.

Christine Beatty, 38, a former aide to Kilpatrick, accepted a four-month jail sentence in exchange for admitting to obstruction of justice charges for her actions in a lawsuit brought by two police officers. The officers claimed Kilpatrick retaliated against them when they suspected wrongdoing by members of his inner circle.

Sexually explicit text messages between Kilpatrick and Beatty, published in January by the Detroit Free Press, contradicted witness-stand denials that they were having an affair. Both were married at the time.

Beatty’s jail sentence will begin Jan. 5. With credit for good behavior, she could be free in 100 days.


Passenger fatally stabs bus driver

NEW YORK | A man fatally stabbed a city bus driver over being denied a free ride, then escaped on foot Monday in the first killing of an on-duty New York City bus driver in more than a quarter-century, authorities said.

The man got on the bus in Brooklyn shortly after noon, swiped an invalid fare card, sat down and asked for a free card to change routes.

The driver, Edwin Thomas, told him he couldn’t get a transfer because he hadn’t paid. The attacker then punched him and stabbed him in the torso in front of other passengers, police said.

The attacker fled, and Mr. Thomas, 46, was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.


College adviser ran prostitute raffle

COLUMBUS | An Ohio State University academic adviser and a real estate agent held a $10-a-ticket raffle that offered an evening with a prostitute who is also a child sex-abuse caseworker, police said.

Christopher S. Johnson, 33, an academic adviser at OSU’s School of Nursing, organized the raffle through a Craigslist.com chat board, police said. Real estate agent Rusty Blades, 42, held the invitation-only party at his house in October for the participants.

Both Mr. Johnson and Mr. Blades were charged with promoting prostitution. A judge set bail Saturday at $50,000 for Mr. Blades and $25,000 for Mr. Johnson.

OSU spokesman Jim Lynch said that Mr. Johnson was placed on unpaid leave and that the school will investigate whether he improperly used his computer.

Police Detective Jeffrey Ackley identified Vanise Dunn, 31, as the prostitute involved in the raffle. She has worked at Franklin County Children Services since 2000, and court records show she was charged with prostitution Nov. 12 for purportedly soliciting a vice detective.

Miss Dunn has been on paid leave since her arrest, said a spokeswoman for Franklin County Children’s Services.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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