Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Deputy fatally shoots teen in Compton

COMPTON | Detectives are investigating the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy by a sheriff’s deputy in Compton.

Sheriff’s Detective Steve Blagg said Monday the boy had a handgun when he was shot Sunday afternoon. Detective Blagg would not say whether the unidentified teen threatened the deputy or how many times the deputy fired.

Detective Blagg said the deputy, whose name has not been released, was on routine patrol.

The boy was pronounced dead at a hospital.


Police: 12 hurt in party shooting

MIAMI | As many as three gunman stormed a birthday party on the edge of downtown Miami and opened fire early Monday, shooting 12 people and causing a chaotic scramble as people tried to flee, authorities said.

Three of the wounded were hospitalized in critical condition, police spokesman Detective William Moreno said. Another person fleeing the home was struck by a vehicle and was in stable condition.

The assailants were wearing all black and opened fire with automatic weapons at about 12:45 a.m. Shell casings from an AK-47 and two pistols were found, police said.

It was not clear whether the shooting happened in the home or outside what authorities described as a block party.

Police roped off about four blocks with yellow tape in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood, a run-down area in the shadows of downtown’s glistening skyscrapers. Crime-scene trucks were parked along the street as detectives searched for a motive.

“There’s a lot of casings,” police Chief John Timoney said.


Man pleads not guilty to killing coach

PARKERSBURG | The man accused of killing a high school football coach pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

Coach Ed Thomas was fatally shot June 24 in a weight room in front of about 20 students at Aplington-Parkersburg High School in northeast Iowa.

Mark Becker, 24, a former player, pleaded not guilty in a written plea Thursday.

Online court records show that Mr. Becker demanded a speedy trial, which means he will have to stand trial within 90 days. No trial date was set.

Mr. Becker remains in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on a $1 million cash bond.

Mr. Thomas coached for 34 years in the community about 80 miles northeast of Des Moines and had guided several players to the NFL.


Detroit mayor taps ex-rival as top cop

DETROIT | Mayor Dave Bing said he is bringing in one-time political opponent and Wayne County Sheriff Warren Evans as Detroit’s third police chief in less than a year.

Mr. Bing said at a news conference Monday morning that the 60-year-old Sheriff Evans will replace James Barren, who was fired Friday. Mr. Barren was brought out of retirement and appointed chief in September by then-Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr. after Ella Bully-Cummings retired.

Mr. Bing, Mr. Cockrel and Mr. Evans were among the field of mayoral candidates in a February primary to complete the term of Kwame Kilpatrick, who resigned in September as part of a plea to two criminal cases. Mr. Bing defeated Mr. Cockrel in a May runoff.

Sheriff Evans has been in office since 2003.


Programmer charged with stealing data

NEWARK | Federal authorities have charged a computer programmer in New Jersey with stealing trade secrets from his former employer, Goldman Sachs.

The FBI said Russian-born Sergey Aleynikov, 39, of North Caldwell downloaded software and sent computer codes to an Internet account in Germany. The FBI arrested Mr. Aleynikov on Friday at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Mr. Aleynikov’s attorney, Sabrina Shroff, said Monday she wasn’t ready to comment and would not confirm whether her client had made bail.

An FBI affidavit says Mr. Aleynikov used his personal passwords to download data from Goldman Sachs in early June.

Mr. Aleynikov resigned June 5 from his $400,000-a-year job at Goldman Sachs.


Wallet stolen in ‘82 found in tree

NEW YORK | Money doesn’t grow on trees, but a tree-care supervisor in New York City’s Central Park found an old wallet inside a dead one.

The blue leather wallet had been stolen by a pickpocket 27 years ago. It was found in the hollow of a dying cherry tree. It was near where Ruth Bendik had hers swiped while she watched the New York City Marathon in 1982.

The 69-year-old Upper East Side resident said the only thing missing was $20 in cash. Her credit cards were still there. So were her student ID from the Columbia University Teachers College and an employee ID from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

The park worker said he found the wallet last week under five feet of compost. Police tracked down Ms. Bendik the next day.


Contaminated water at base spurs suit

RALEIGH, N.C. | A woman whose husband was stationed at a North Carolina military base has filed a lawsuit claiming the government knowingly exposed hundreds of thousands of Marines to contaminated drinking water.

Lawyers said Monday that the lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for 45-year-old Laura Jones. She has lymphoma and now lives in Iowa, according to the suit.

The woman’s attorneys contend that chemicals in water at Camp Lejeune have caused health problems including cancers, reproductive disorders and birth defects. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

A government report earlier this month found tainted water at Camp Lejeune between the 1950s and 1985 cannot definitively be linked to health problems.

A Marine Corps spokesman did not immediately return a message seeking comment.


Man pleads not guilty to killing son

ST. JOHNSBURY | A Vermont man charged with killing his son on the first day of spring turkey-hunting season has pleaded not guilty.

Kevin Kadamus, 45, of Lyndon entered his plea Monday to a manslaughter charge.

Mr. Kadamus’ brother-in-law, Tom Loftus, said Mr. Kadamus will suffer for the rest of his life for accidentally shooting his 17-year-old son, Jacob, on May 1. The family calls it a hunting tragedy.

Police said it is a tragedy, but the law doesn’t provide exemptions when family members are involved. They said the father violated an important rule of hunting by not identifying his target before shooting.

The St. Johnsbury courtroom was packed with about 150 supporters of Mr. Kadamus.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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