Tuesday, October 6, 2009


One in custody in gunman sighting

TAMPA | Someone reported a man with a gun and a bomb near the library at the University of South Florida on Monday, and police had one person in custody.

There were no immediate reports of shots fired or injuries, and it was not clear whether the person in custody was tied to the original report and whether that report was real or a hoax.

Campus police said they asked the Tampa police bomb team to investigate the belongings of the person taken into custody.


ESPN stalking suspect makes bond

CHICAGO | An insurance executive accused of secretly making nude videos of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews apparently uploaded videos of other unsuspecting nude women to the Internet, a federal prosecutor said Monday.

Michael D. Barrett, 47, was ordered released on $4,500 bond but was ordered to wear an ankle monitoring bracelet, to adhere to a strict curfew and not to use the Internet. He is due in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Oct. 23 to face federal charges of interstate stalking. Mr. Barrett is accused of trying to sell the videos to Los Angeles-based celebrity gossip site TMZ.

Mr. Barrett continues to be a danger to Miss Andrews and “a danger to other women,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Grimes told U.S. Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys during Mr. Barrett’s bond hearing Monday.


Doctors among first to get vaccination

INDIANAPOLIS | A group of Indiana health care workers is among the first in the nation to be vaccinated against the swine flu.

Officials in Indiana and Tennessee set events for Monday to administer nasal-mist doses of the swine flu vaccine to doctors, nurses, emergency medical workers and other health care professionals who work directly with patients.

Indiana’s first dose was administered to Dr. Charles Miramonti, an emergency room physician at Wishard Memorial Hospital in Indianapolis. He was given the FluMist vaccine in front of a bank of television cameras at an event attended by Gov. Mitch Daniels.

Initial shipments of the nasal-mist vaccine are so small that in most cases they’re being reserved for health workers.


No death penalty for bomb suspect

NEW YORK | The U.S. government has decided not to seek the death penalty against a Guantanamo detainee charged in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa.

A letter released Monday advises a federal judge that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. told prosecutors not to seek the death penalty in the New York trial of Ahmed Ghailani. His trial is scheduled for September 2010.

Authorities said he was a bomb-maker, document forger and aide to Osama bin Laden. The attacks at embassies in Tanzania and Kenya killed 224 people, including 12 Americans.

Ghailani was brought to the U.S. in June. The Tanzanian was captured in Pakistan in 2004 and was held at the detention facility for terrorism suspects at the U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, since 2006.


Governor delays two executions

COLUMBUS | Gov. Ted Strickland on Monday delayed the state’s next two executions to allow a full review of lethal-injection procedures, the latest in a series of unprecedented capital punishment developments in Ohio.

Mr. Strickland ordered the reprieves for condemned inmates Lawrence Reynolds, scheduled to be executed Thursday, and Darryl Durr, scheduled to die next month, in the midst of a legal battle over Reynolds’ execution.

Mr. Strickland said the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction needed more time to finish updating its protocols for dealing with long delays in finding suitable veins on inmates.

The surprise announcement Monday came as the U.S. Supreme Court was weighing whether to allow Reynolds’ execution, for strangling his 67-year-old neighbor in 1994, to proceed. Earlier Monday, a panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had delayed the execution, citing problems with the planned Sept. 15 execution of Romell Broom.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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