- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 26, 2008


New charges against Alamo

LITTLE ROCK | An attorney for jailed evangelist Tony Alamo said his client has been indicted on eight new federal charges.

Mr. Alamo has previously pleaded not guilty to federal charges in Arkansas that he took minors across state lines for sex.

Attorney John Wesley Hall Jr. wouldn’t give specifics Tuesday on the new charges in a sealed indictment but said they were similar to the existing counts.

U.S. Attorney’s spokeswoman Debbie Groom wouldn’t comment on the new indictment Tuesday in Little Rock.

FBI agents arrested Mr. Alamo in September after his rural compound was searched.

Arkansas child-welfare officials have seized 26 children associated with the Alamo ministries, citing allegations of beatings and sexual abuse.


Storm forces residents to leave

LOS ANGELES | Residents sandbagging their homes were urged to leave Tuesday as a storm approaching from the Pacific brought a threat of floods and mudslides to areas of Southern California scorched bare in recent wildfires.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered state agencies to prepare to aid local organizations in case of disaster.

“The state stands ready to help local governments protect lives and property,” he said.

A low-pressure area about 700 miles off the coast was heading northeast and could bring an inch of rain through Thanksgiving and up to 4 inches in the mountains, said Stan Wasowski, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in San Diego.


Shooting suspect waives extradition

MONROE | A California man accused of fatally shooting his estranged wife and another man in a New Jersey church Sunday had been renting a room a few miles away for two weeks beforehand, authorities said Tuesday.

The accused gunman, Joseph Pallipurath, 27, will soon return to New Jersey after waiving his right to extradition in Georgia, where he was arrested Monday night at a motel.

The Sacramento, Calif., man is suspected of fatally shooting his wife, Reshma James, 24, inside the St. Thomas Syrian Orthodox Knanaya Church in Clifton, a suburb about 15 miles west of Manhattan.

Also killed was Dennis John Mallosseril, who maintained the church’s Web site.

Witnesses said he tried to intervene.

A third person, Mrs. James’ cousin, Silvy Perincheril, 47, was shot in the head and was hospitalized in critical condition.


Three girls found after mother is killed

SAGINAW | Three young girls whose disappearances set off a nationwide Amber Alert after their mother was found slain at their home were found safe Tuesday, authorities said.

A tip from a motorist who heard the alert led Michigan state police to a car where the girls and their father were riding around noon, authorities said.

Police Lt. Tammy Luty said the father, Jose Olguin, was in custody but had not been charged; he can be held for at least two days without charges being filed.

Police found the body of Erica Olguin, 32, at her Saginaw home Monday after she failed to pick up her 11-year-old son at school.

Authorities said Tuesday they hadn’t determined the cause of her death but that it was a homicide.

Police then issued the Amber Alert for her daughters, Victoria, 3; Lilliana, 5; and Elena, 9. They and Mr. Olguin were found about 25 miles from Saginaw in Rush Township.


Escort booking agent gets probation

NEW YORK | A woman accused of helping arrange trysts between pricey escorts and their customers has been sentenced to one year of probation for her role in the prostitution scandal that forced Eliot Spitzer to step down as New York’s governor.

Tanya Hollander of Rhinebeck, N.Y., pleaded guilty on Aug. 25 to conspiracy to violate the travel act. It’s against the law to cross state lines while furthering an illegal business.

All four employees of the Emperors Club VIP who were arrested in March have admitted their roles in the illicit enterprise.

Mr. Spitzer resigned March 12 after court papers referred to him as “Client-9,” a man who met a prostitute on Feb. 13 in a Washington hotel.


Foundation to slow growth in grants

SEATTLE | The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest philanthropic foundation, expects to slow the planned growth in its grant making in 2009 in response to the troubled economy.

The foundation said payouts will grow by about 10 percent in 2009, a smaller growth than previously planned.

Started by the Microsoft Corp. co-founder and his wife in 1994, the foundation has the international goals of overcoming hunger, poverty and disease. In the United States, its focus is on education.

The foundation had an endowment valued at $35.1 billion as of Oct. 1, down $800 million from June, according to the Seattle Times.

As the foundation explores its options, Chief Executive Officer Jeff Raikes said employees have been asked to cut expenses. But he said the foundation will remain focused on education initiatives in the United States and fighting extreme poverty in developing countries.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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