- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 4, 2009

Kidnapped newborn found in Alabama

NASHVILLE, Tenn. | A newborn boy abducted by a knife-wielding woman posing as an immigration agent was safe in the care of a foster family Saturday and awaiting a family reunion as authorities charged a woman with his kidnapping.

Nashville police said week-old Yair Anthony Carillo was found in good health at a home in Ardmore, Ala., about 80 miles south of Nashville near the Tennessee line. Rob Johnson, a spokesman for the Department of Children’s Services, said it was not known when Yair would be reunited with his mother.

Officials said the baby would remain with the foster family as they made arrangements for Maria Gurrolla, 30, to be reunited with her son.

Man charged in ESPN stalking

CHICAGO | A man accused of taping surreptitious nude videos of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews while she was alone in a hotel room appeared in federal court Saturday and was ordered returned to California.

Michael David Barrett made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys, who ordered him returned to Los Angeles, where charges against him were filed. Judge Keys set another hearing for Monday to determine whether Mr. Barrett will be freed on bond or must go into custody.

Mr. Barrett, 48, was arrested Friday night at Chicago O’Hare International Airport as he arrived from Buffalo, N.Y., the FBI said. He faces federal charges of interstate stalking for taking the videos, trying to sell them to celebrity Web site TMZ and posting the videos online, the FBI said.

Homes evacuated as wildfire nears

PHOENIX | Some residents of the scenic northern Arizona city of Williams spent Saturday away from their homes as a prescribed burn that grew out of control threatened the town known as “the Gateway to the Grand Canyon.”

The U.S. Forest Service said the Twin Fire has scorched about 800 acres and is burning forest undergrowth and ponderosa pines on Bill Williams Mountain.

When the wildfire began threatening homes, the Coconino County sheriff’s office used a reverse 911 system to call residents and tell them to evacuate the southwest corner of Williams, about 120 miles north of Phoenix.

Mayor John Moore said 64 homes were evacuated.

Two finalists left for SCLC president

ATLANTA | The civil rights group co-founded by Martin Luther King narrowed the list of finalists for its next president Saturday to his youngest daughter and an Arkansas judge.

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s board of directors will consider the Rev. Bernice King and Arkansas Court of Appeals Judge Wendell Griffen for the organization’s top spot. They will succeed the Rev. Byron Clay, who has served as interim president since February.

The SCLC will hold elections to select the next president Oct. 29.

King was the SCLC’s first president, serving from 1957 until his death in 1968. His son, Martin Luther King III, was president from 1997 to 2004.

Ms. King, 46, holds master’s of divinity and law degrees from Emory University and is a minister at New Birth Missionary Church in Lithonia, Ga.

Mr. Griffen, 57, was the first black lawyer to work for a major Arkansas law firm when he joined Wright, Lindsay & Jennings in 1979. He joined the Court of Appeals in 1996. He is also an ordained minister.

Dinosaur fossil unsold at auction

LAS VEGAS | Sampson, a fossilized Tyrannosaurus rex, still needs a home after bidders failed to meet the minimum price at a Las Vegas auction.

But Tom Lindgren of Bonhams & Butterfields says the auction house is talking with a number of institutions and individuals, and is confident a sale will be completed in the next couple of weeks.

The auctioneer had hoped Saturday’s bids would top $6 million for the T. rex dubbed “Samson” at the auction. Mr. Lindgren says the highest bid Saturday was $3.7 million.

Experts say the 170 bones discovered about 17 years ago in South Dakota represent more than half the skeleton of a 40-foot-long, 7.5 ton dinosaur that lived 66 million years ago.

Police chiefs back local terror watch

DENVER | Big-city police chiefs are backing an anti-terrorism community watch program to educate people about what behavior is truly suspicious and ought to be reported to police.

Police Chief William Bratton of Los Angeles, whose department developed the iWATCH program, calls it the 21st century version of Neighborhood Watch.

Using brochures, public service announcements and meetings with community groups, iWATCH is designed to deliver concrete advice on how the public can follow the oft-repeated post-Sept. 11 recommendation: “If you see something, say something.”

Program materials list nine types of suspicious behavior that should compel people to call police.

Among the indicators:

- If you smell chemicals or other fumes.

- If you see someone wearing clothes that are too big and too heavy for the season.

- If you see strangers asking about building security.

- If you see someone purchasing supplies or equipment that could be used to make bombs.

The important places to watch include government buildings, mass gatherings, schools and public transportation.

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