- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 23, 2009


Report: Killer left note about spree

DOTHAN | A letter released by investigators shows the man blamed for last month’s killing spree in southern Alabama wanted people to pay for making him and his mother suffer.

In the letter obtained by the Dothan Eagle, Michael McLendon, 28, wrote that he fatally shot his mother while she slept because she was sick, perhaps with lung cancer. He wrote that he killed her dogs, too, because she wanted to die with the animals.

Authorities said McLendon fatally shot 10 people before killing himself March 10. The letter to a family member was found in a mailbox near his home.

McLendon said he had planned the shootings for later but went ahead because his mother was suspended from her job.

He wrote that his mother had suffered enough, and so had he.


Agent: Jailed doctor ‘on radar’ in bombing

LITTLE ROCK | An Arkansas doctor arrested on suspicion of owning high-explosive grenades is a “person of interest” in the February bombing that critically injured the chairman of the state medical board, a federal agent said Wednesday.

Dr. Randeep Mann is among a number of people who remain “on the radar” for the unsolved bombing that nearly killed Dr. Trent Pierce outside his West Memphis home, said Grover Crossland, resident agent in charge of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Little Rock office.

Mr. Crossland told the Associated Press that other doctors disciplined by the state board also remain under examination in the ATF’s investigation.


Body-part scheme netted $1.5 million

LOS ANGELES | Prosecutors said a man made about $1.5 million from a conspiracy with a school official to resell human body parts donated to the University of California medical school.

Deputy District Attorney Marisa Zarate said during opening statements Wednesday that Ernest Nelson, 51, devised the scheme with former UCLA cadaver program director Henry Reid in 1999.

Mr. Nelson is accused of buying hundreds of body parts from Reid. He has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit grand theft, grand theft and grand theft of personal property.

Defense attorney Sean McDonald said Mr. Nelson ran a reputable business but Reid was corrupt.

Reid pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit grand theft and was sentenced to more than four years in prison.


Player: Supplement likely killed horses

WEST PALM BEACH | A member of a Venezuelan-owned polo team said a supplement likely killed 21 horses before a match last weekend in Florida.

Juan Martin Nero, of Lechuza Polo, told the Argentine newspaper La Nacion the horses were given a commonly used supplement known as Biodyl that contains a combination of vitamins and minerals.

He said the drug is often given to horses, but was likely tainted at a lab.

The horses began collapsing Sunday as they were unloaded from trailers before one of the sport’s top championships at the International Polo Club Palm Beach.

Mr. Nero said five horses that did not get the supplement were normal.


GM to shut many plants up to 9 weeks

DETROIT | Two people briefed on the business plan said General Motors Corp. will close most of its U.S. factories for up to nine weeks this summer because of slumping sales and growing inventories of unsold vehicles.

The people did not know exactly when the shutdowns would occur, but both said they will include the usual two-week closure in July to change from one model year to the next. Neither person wanted to be identified because workers have not been told of the shutdowns.

GM spokesman Chris Lee would not comment other than to say that the company notifies employees before making any production cuts public.

GM is living on $13.4 billion in government loans and faces a June 1 deadline to restructure or seek bankruptcy protection.


Man arrested in worker slayings

CINCINNATI | A man was in custody in Mexico Wednesday in the December 2007 killings of four Mexican construction workers who were beaten and methodically stabbed in the heart at the Ohio apartment they shared, the FBI said.

FBI spokesman Mike Brooks identified the suspect as Santiago Moreno, 34, a Mexican citizen who was arrested Monday. Exactly where in Mexico he was arrested was not made available.

The bodies of the four illegal immigrants he is accused of killing were found in their apartment in suburban Sharonville after they had not reported to work for several days.

The four men lived together in the sparsely furnished apartment, sleeping on mattresses on the floor while sending thousands of dollars to relatives in Mexico, officials have said. It was not clear whether Mr. Moreno also lived in the apartment.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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