- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 16, 2009


Yale apologizes for ‘Killer’ e-mail

NEW HAVEN | Yale University officials are apologizing for an e-mail notifying students about a job-search workshop named “Killer Cover Letters” that was sent out as police investigate the killing of a graduate student.

The e-mail was distributed Monday, the same day the chief medical examiner’s office identified a body found in a university laboratory building as that of 24-year-old Annie Le. She went missing last week, and her body was found in a wall Sunday.

Philip Jones, assistant dean of Yale College, sent another e-mail to students later Monday apologizing for the earlier message. He said the workshop’s title is common, but its use was inappropriate at the time. Mr. Jones says it was not the university’s intention to cause more distress.

No arrests have been made in Miss Le’s killing.


Plane-crash plotter to appear in court

NOBLESVILLE | A money manager who tried to fake his own death in a Florida plane crash will make a video appearance in court to face Indiana felony charges stemming from his financial dealings.

An initial hearing for 28-year-old Marcus Schrenker is scheduled before a Hamilton County magistrate Tuesday afternoon.

Mr. Schrenker faces 11 counts of securities fraud. Indiana prosecutors say Mr. Schrenker sold clients a nonexistent foreign-currency fund, created false account information and used their money for personal expenses.

A federal judge in Pensacola, Fla., last month sentenced the suburban Indianapolis man to four years in prison on charges related to the Jan. 11 plane crash.


Police: Fake cop stops mayor

SHREVEPORT | Police say a man impersonating an officer with a flashing red light in his car has been arrested after he pulled over the wrong driver - the mayor of Shreveport.

Police think the suspect was using the in-dash light to maneuver through traffic Monday night in northwest Louisiana. Mayor Cedric Glover says he pulled over when the car drove behind him, but the fake officer then sped away.

Mr. Glover says he followed the car and called police. Daniel Niederhelman, 21, of Shreveport, has been charged with impersonation of a peace officer.

Police seized the light and a handgun from Mr. Niederhelman’s holster. Authorities say Mr. Niederhelman works for a private security company, but wasn’t authorized to use the light.

Booking records did not list an attorney for Mr. Niederhelman.


Commuter train crashes; 15 hurt

BOSTON | A commuter train crashed into a bumper at the end of a track in Boston, leaving 15 riders with minor injuries.

Fire department spokesman Steve MacDonald said 15 to 20 people were treated for minor injuries Tuesday.

MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said the train from Worcester was entering South Station at a “very low rate of speed” when it hit the rubber bumper and stopped suddenly. He said some people standing next to exits fell.

Mr. Pesaturo said the engineer told investigators he was mistaken about the train’s length, and that caused him to misjudge the distance to the end of the platform.

Mr. Pesaturo said distractions such as cell phone use or texting were not factors. The engineer will be tested for alcohol and drugs.


Police eye brother of slain teenager

CHARLOTTE | Police said Tuesday they were investigating whether the 36-year-old brother of a pregnant teenager killed at a school bus stop fathered the girl’s baby.

Royce Mitchell was also being questioned in the death of his sister, Tiffany Wright, 15, who had been adopted by Mitchell’s parents. However, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police spokesman Bob Fey characterized Mr. Mitchell as a person of interest rather than a suspect.

Tiffany, an 11th-grader at Hawthorne High School who was eight months pregnant, was shot early Monday while she waited at a school bus stop in north Charlotte. She later died at a hospital. Police have said the slaying stemmed from a domestic dispute.

Her baby was delivered at Carolinas Medical Center hours after the shooting. The child had been in critical condition Monday. A hospital spokeswoman declined to provide the baby’s condition Tuesday.


Financier Stanford gets public defender

HOUSTON | Jailed Texas financier R. Allen Stanford wanted former White House political adviser Karl Rove’s attorney to represent him against charges he bilked investors out of $7 billion.

But instead he’s getting a public defender.

During a brief court hearing Tuesday, U.S. District Judge David Hittner appointed the federal public defender office in Houston to represent Mr. Stanford after his previous attorney, Dick DeGuerin, indicated he no longer wanted to be on the case.

Mr. DeGuerin told Judge Hittner he still wanted to withdraw, in part because he has no assurances he’ll be paid. But Washington-based lawyer Robert Luskin, whom Mr. Stanford wants to hire, also wants these same assurances.

Judge Hittner asked Mr. Stanford whether he had any funds to hire a lawyer.

“I don’t know the answer to that, your honor,” Mr. Stanford replied.

Judge Hittner then made the lawyer change.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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