- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 6, 2009

Hearing set for suspended cop

BOSTON | Police have scheduled a termination hearing for an officer suspended for using a racial slur to describe black Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.

The Boston Police Department announced a Jan. 6 hearing for Justin Barrett. The 36-year-old officer was placed on paid administrative leave in July after he was accused of writing an e-mail that called Mr. Gates a “banana-eating jungle monkey.”

Officer Barrett has filed a federal lawsuit against the city claiming his civil rights were violated.

Mr. Gates was arrested in July on a charge of disorderly conduct at his home near Harvard University, sparking a national debate over racial profiling. The charge against him was later dropped.

NYPD: Woman plotted to kill baby

NEW YORK | A New York City woman faces charges that she tricked her husband’s pregnant mistress into taking a drug that would cause an abortion.

Police say Kisha Jones used a doctor’s prescription pad to order the medication. They say she phoned the victim pretending to be from her obstetrician’s office and told her to pick up the drug at the pharmacy and take it right away.

The woman fell for the trick, but the baby survived the premature labor. Authorities say the woman then tried to kill again. They say she sent a tainted liquid to the hospital saying it was breast milk and tried to get nurses to feed it to the baby.

The hospital called police. Mrs. Jones was in custody awaiting arraignment.

Grad student held in professor’s killing

VESTAL, N.Y. | A graduate student has been accused of fatally stabbing a 77-year-old Binghamton University anthropology professor.

Authorities say Abdulsalam al-Zahrani was charged with murder Saturday in the death of Richard T. Antoun on Friday. Broome County District Attorney Gerald Mollen says Mr. Antoun knew Mr. al-Zahrani, a 46-year-old Saudi national, from school.

Mr. Antoun has written several books, including “Understanding Fundamentalism: Christian, Islamic and Jewish Movements,” but Mr. Mollen says there’s no indication of religious or ethnic motivation in the attack.

Police have search warrant in theft

CHICAGO | A member of former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich’s legal team says he has been informed that Chicago police have a search warrant and are looking for eight computers and a safe stolen from offices of two other lawyers in the case.

Attorney Sheldon Sorosky says he was told Saturday morning by another defense team member that police had obtained the warrant.

A police spokeswoman said she could not confirm a search warrant was executed.

Police said Friday burglars broke into the offices of Blagojevich attorney Sam Adam and his son, Samuel E. Adam, and took items that may contain information about the former governor’s case.

Mr. Blagojevich is charged with scheming to trade or sell his appointment to President Obama’s former U.S. Senate seat.

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