- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 3, 2009

CALIFORNIA

Mayor chastised over gay remarks

VALLEJO | Vallejo’s mayor is under fire from demonstrators who gathered on the steps of City Hall to protest his remarks that gays will not go to heaven.

Dozens of protesters waved rainbow flags and held signs demanding separation of church and state before Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Some called for Mayor Osby Davis’ resignation.

Mr. Davis told the New York Times last month that gays are “committing sin and that sin will keep them out of heaven.” He later apologized, saying his remarks were taken out of context.

The New York Times also released audio of the interview with Mr. Davis. In it, Mr. Davis said he prays for gays to see the “error in their ways.”

NEW YORK

Soldier charged in fatal stabbings

EVANS MILLS | Authorities said they’ve arrested a Fort Drum soldier in Ohio in the stabbing deaths of two fellow servicemen at an apartment near the northern New York Army post.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department said Waide James, 20, and Diego Valbuena, 23, each had multiple stab wounds.

County prosecutor Cindy Intschert said at a press conference that a warrant has been issued charging Joshua Hunter, 20, with two counts of second-degree murder. Police said he was arrested early Wednesday at an undisclosed location in northeastern Ohio and is awaiting extradition proceedings.

The bodies were found Tuesday in an apartment complex housing mostly military families near the main entrance of Fort Drum, the 10th Mountain Division’s home base.

OHIO

Suspect’s old home searched for bodies

CLEVELAND | A home outside Cleveland where a suspected serial killer once lived was searched by FBI agents and cadaver dogs Wednesday for any remains in addition to the 10 female bodies and skull found at his more recent home nearby.

Agents led two search dogs around the East Cleveland property where Anthony Sowell, 50, lived before going to prison for 15 years for a 1989 attempted rape. The search inside and outside the house didn’t immediately turn up remains, FBI spokesman Scott Wilson said.

The current owners, who aren’t connected to the Sowell family, have cooperated, Mr. Wilson said.

Police in East Cleveland began reviewing three unsolved slayings from 1988 and 1989 after Sowell was arrested and his background in East Cleveland emerged.

RHODE ISLAND

Prosecutor refuses Breathalyzer test

WARWICK | A police chief in Rhode Island said his department is investigating whether a federal prosecutor used his position to get out of a DUI charge after he failed field sobriety tests and refused a Breathalyzer test.

Warwick Police Chief Stephen McCartney said Wednesday that Assistant U.S. Attorney Gerard Sullivan was stopped early Thanksgiving morning for driving erratically. He told the officer he had been drinking. When asked how much, he replied “too much.”

Chief McCartney said Mr. Sullivan said several times he is a prosecutor and knows the chief.

Mr. Sullivan has been charged with refusing a breath test, but not DUI. Chief McCartney said it’s typical to charge people who refuse a breath test with DUI.

TEXAS

Fort Hood suspect faces more charges

FORT WORTH | The Army has charged the suspect in the Fort Hood shooting spree with 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.

The charges are in addition to the 13 premeditated murder charges filed against Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan in the Nov. 5 massacre at Fort Hood.

The Army said the attempted murder charges filed Wednesday are related to the 30 soldiers and two civilian police officers injured in the shooting at a soldier processing center on the central Texas post.

Maj. Hasan’s attorney, John Galligan, said the additional charges may not affect Maj. Hasan’s punishment if he is convicted, because premeditated murder carries the death penalty.

Authorities haven’t said whether they plan to seek the death penalty.

VERMONT

Captain blamed for pirate attack

MONTPELIER | Some crewmen who were aboard the American cargo ship hijacked by pirates last April now say their captain ignored repeated warnings to stay at least 600 miles off the African coast.

Records obtained by the Associated Press show that maritime safety groups issued at least seven advisories warning of pirate attacks in the days before outlaws boarded the Maersk Alabama in the Gulf of Aden, about 380 miles offshore.

A piracy expert and the ship’s second-in-command said Capt. Richard Phillips had the prerogative to heed the warnings or not.

Capt. Phillips, who lives in Underhill, declined to comment.

WASHINGTON

More charges seen in police shooting

SEATTLE | Authorities are continuing to pursue people they think helped Maurice Clemmons evade capture after the fatal shootings of four police officers over the weekend.

Clemmons was fatally shot Wednesday by a Seattle police officer.

Prosecutors are expected to charge a man they think was Clemmons’ getaway driver after the shootings at a coffee shop. They said Darcus Allen is a convicted killer who served time with Clemmons in an Arkansas prison.

Two women accused of giving Clemmons first aid and transportation may also be charged. Authorities say Clemmons’ aunt was arrested for allegedly treating his injuries from the shooting and making arrangements to get him to other locations. An acquaintance of Clemmons was also arrested.

LOAD COMMENTS ()

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide