- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 1, 2009

CALIFORNIA

Marine spared prison for killing detainee

CAMP PENDLETON | A Marine was spared prison time Wednesday for dereliction of duty in killing an Iraqi detainee during a battle to recapture the city of Fallujah.

A military judge reduced Sgt. Jermaine’s Nelson’s rank from sergeant to lance corporal after ruling out a bad conduct discharge for the 28-year-old New Yorker.

Navy Capt. Keith Allred sentenced Lance Cpl. Nelson to 150 days in prison, but a previous plea agreement ruled out incarceration. Under court-martial rules, he got the less-severe punishment. The judge didn’t know terms of the agreement until after announcing his sentence.

The lance corporal pleaded guilty Tuesday to dereliction of duty after the government dropped a murder charge. He remains an active Marine, eligible for an honorable discharge.

FLORIDA

Anthony wants charge dropped

ORLANDO | Attorneys for a Florida woman charged with killing her 2-year-old daughter want to prevent prosecutors from seeking the death penalty and are asking that charges against her be dropped.

Casey Anthony’s attorneys filed the motions Wednesday, a day after the State Attorney’s Office released hundreds of pages of documents related to the case.

Miss Anthony’s attorneys said that, given the evidence, prosecutors can’t prove first-degree murder was committed or that Miss Anthony, 23, ever abused her daughter, Caylee.

Miss Anthony has pleaded not guilty and claimed that a baby sitter kidnapped Caylee.

INDIANA

Plane crashes in a field

ALBANY | A single-engine plane crashed into an Indiana field Wednesday after the pilot, who was seen slumped over, lost consciousness and the aircraft started flying out of control, officials said.

Military officials do not think the crash was terrorism-related but said the pilot may have had a health problem or been experiencing a lack of oxygen. After air traffic controllers lost contact with the pilot, F-16s from Indiana National Guard intercepted the plane and followed it for about an hour until it crashed.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Rod Russell said the pilot, who was the only person aboard the plane, died in the crash.

No one on the ground was injured in the crash, and no other details were available about the pilot.

MASSACHUSETTS

No bomb found on plane

BOSTON | Authorities said they found no bomb on a plane that was inspected at Boston’s Logan International Airport after a threatening note was found.

The American Airlines plane and luggage were searched Wednesday by police and a dog after a note reading “Bomb on board, Boston-Miami” was found on a bathroom wall.

Airport spokesman Phil Orlandella said the plane was given the all-clear about 4 p.m.

He said passengers on Flight 1318 were transferred to another plane heading for Miami. The threatened flight had come from Dallas, and the note was found during the preboarding process in Boston.

MINNESOTA

Incendiary device found outside school

PRINCETON | A suspicious package found outside a high school Wednesday contained an incendiary device, an eastern Minnesota school superintendent said.

Princeton schools Superintendent Rick Lahn said he learned that in a meeting with police Chief Brian Payne. Mr. Lahn said the chief couldn’t give him details but told him it was “very suspicious and it contained some explosive material.”

Mr. Lahn said he doesn’t think it was a large device and doesn’t know what kind of damage it could have done.

NEW YORK

Men being watched in terror probe

NEW YORK | A “handful” of men in New York are possible associates of the chief suspect in a suspected plot to use homemade bombs to attack New York City commuter trains, and investigators have them under heavy surveillance, law enforcement officials said Wednesday.

Investigators are hunting for additional suspects and expect to make more arrests than just the chief suspect, 24-year-old Denver airport shuttle driver Najibullah Zazi, according to an official who declined to discuss when that might happen or how many people are under scrutiny.

Another official said the men under surveillance are no longer considered a threat because the plot was thoroughly disrupted. Both officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation continues.

NORTH CAROLINA

Ammunition seized from terror suspect

RALEIGH | Federal investigators have searched the home of a North Carolina terrorism suspect and seized counterterrorism literature, ammunition and portable electronics.

A search warrant released Wednesday shows agents searched the home of Anes Subasic, who was living in Holly Springs with his father. Investigators Friday gathered flash storage devices, cell phones and a case of CDs, some labeled in Arabic and some labeled “September 11, 2001.”

The warrant said Mr. Subasic had a concealed handgun permit. Agents reported taking boxes of ammunition, knives and an empty box for a “super sniper” rifle scope.

Mr. Subasic is one of eight North Carolina suspects accused of plotting international terrorism. He is in federal custody.

TENNESSEE

Newborn snatched from mother’s home

NASHVILLE | A newborn snatched from a Nashville home was missing and his mother recovering from stab wounds. She reported being attacked when she struggled with the female kidnapper posing as an immigration agent, authorities said Wednesday.

The mother, Maria Gurrolla, 30, told reporters she had never seen the woman before she showed up at her door Tuesday evening. She said the woman got a knife from the home and stabbed her several times.

Miss Gurrolla is at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she was being treated for her wounds and a collapsed lung.

She said she did not see the woman take the baby because she ran to a neighbor’s home to get help. When she returned, her 3-year-old daughter was unharmed, but her son was gone.

TEXAS

Family of Americans killed in crash sue

HOUSTON | The families of the two Americans killed in the crash of an Air France flight off the South American coast in June have filed a lawsuit in a Houston federal court.

The lawsuit contends that Air France and Airbus, the plane’s manufacturer, knew the aircraft had defective components.

A Houston-area couple, Michael and Anne Harris, were two of the 228 people killed aboard Air France Flight 447 when it crashed en route from Brazil to France in June.

Also named as defendants in the lawsuit filed Wednesday are Honeywell International Inc., Rockwell Collins Inc. and Thales SA. The companies manufactured various components related to measuring airspeed and altitude. The suit alleges these components were defective.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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