- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Mother stoic before remains found

ORLANDO | A Florida woman accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter rarely showed emotion in jail, but became unhinged after she found out that a toddler's remains had been found near her family's home, according to interviews with jail staff released Monday.

A shift supervisor at the jail where Casey Anthony is being held told investigators that Miss Anthony cried and asked for sedatives after learning of the Dec. 11 discovery of the remains. DNA tests completed days later showed the remains belonged to her daughter, Caylee Anthony, who'd been missing for six months.

Orange County Corrections Lt. Tammy Unser told detectives she was surprised by Miss Anthony's reaction because she hadn't shown emotion or asked for any other medication during her time behind bars. Before the request, “she was weird to talk to,” Lt. Unser said. “I don't exactly know how to explain it. Non-emotional would probably be the best way to say it.”


Childhood home may become landmark

HONOLULU | It's no Mount Vernon, but the Honolulu apartment building where President Obama grew up might become a national landmark.

Hawaii lawmakers are pushing to put the 12-story, 1960s-era building on the National Register of Historic Places.

The building is the first childhood home of a U.S. president that's a high-rise rental.

Mr. Obama lived in a 10th-floor apartment in the building from 1971 to 1979, when he graduated from high school.

His grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, rented a unit in the building for 41 years until she died just before Mr. Obama was elected president last year.


Family turns up; parents in custody

OMAHA | A couple on probation for burglary who vanished with their children after being questioned about abuse allegations turned themselves in to authorities Monday, a sheriff said.

County Sheriff Jim Janecek said he met with Matthew and Rowena Schade and their children.

Mr. Schade was arrested on a warrant for a probation violation, authorities said. His wife was being held by order of the Nebraska Department of Probation, the department said. It did not specify a reason.

The release did not address the condition of the two children, ages 8 and 11.

The children will be placed after state officials talk to them.


Wife accuses governor of affairs

RENO | First lady Dawn Gibbons accuses Gov. Jim Gibbons in divorce papers of having extramarital affairs with a former Playboy magazine model and another woman to whom he sent hundreds of text messages last year.

The Republican governor has been untruthful about his “infidelity” with the two women, his estranged wife says in a divorce filing, which was unsealed Monday by a court order in Washoe County Family Court.

The governor has insisted both women were just friends. He filed for divorce last May, citing “incompatibility” with his wife. The couple had been married since 1986.

Mrs. Gibbons identified one of the women in the documents as Kathy Karrasch, who over several weeks in 2007 received more than 860 text messages from the governor on his state cell phone.

The governor publicly apologized last year and reimbursed the state $130. He denied the messages were “love notes.”

The documents identified the second woman as Leslie Durant, who once posed nude in Playboy magazine and is the former wife of ex-Reno Mayor Pete Sferrazza.


Fund manager hit with civil charge

NEW YORK | New York's attorney general filed civil fraud charges Monday against a hedge fund manager who funneled $2.4 billion to Wall Street swindler Bernard Madoff without telling clients where their money was going.

The complaint accuses J. Ezra Merkin, the former chairman of GMAC Financial Services, of concealing his links to Madoff and lying to investors about what he was doing with their money, telling most he was personally investing their cash in things such as distressed debt.

Over the years, Mr. Merkin collected $470 million in fees and performance bonuses from his clients, the suit said. It said many of those customers, which included several large charities and colleges, had no idea where their money really was until December, when Madoff was arrested.

“Merkin duped individual investors, nonprofits and charities into believing he was responsibly managing their investments, when in actuality he was dumping them into history's largest Ponzi scheme,” state Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo said.

Mr. Merkin's attorney, Andrew Levander, called the lawsuit “hasty,” “ill-conceived” and “without merit.”


Demjanjuk to appeal deportation ruling

CLEVELAND | Suspected Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk intends to appeal a U.S. immigration judge's decision that paves the way for his deportation to Germany.

A German arrest warrant accuses the 89-year-old suburban Cleveland man of 29,000 counts of acting as an accessory to murder at a death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland in 1943. He denies involvement in any deaths.

An immigration judge on Monday revoked Demjanjuk's stay of deportation.

His son, John Demjanjuk Jr., said an appeal will be filed by Tuesday with the Board of Immigration Appeals in Falls Church, Va.

The elder Mr. Demjanjuk came to the U.S. after World War II and is seeking to remain in the U.S. because of poor health. He said being forced to travel to Germany would amount to torture.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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