The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 11, 2001 · Page 6
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A6 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2001 NATION THF SALINA JOURNAL BRIEFLY • CRIME Judge won't dismiss 1963 murder charges ;: BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— A -judge refused to dismiss murder '.charges Tuesday against two former Ku mux Klansmen in the 1963 church bombing that kiUed four black girls, but he agreed to : sever the cases and delay the trial of one defendant who is ailing. Circuit Judge James Garrett, ruling from the bench at a hearing, said he was postponing the trial of 71-year-old Bobby Frank : Cherry for "medical reasons." Garrett said the trial of the other defendant, Thomas Blan- tpn Jr., 62, would begin Monday as scheduled. • The blast on Sept. 15,1963, a : Sunday morning, killed Denise McNair, 11; and Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley and Car; ole Robertson, aU 14. Police shooting sparlts violence CINCINNATI — Police fired bean bags and rubber buUets to quell demonstrators who broke windows downtown Tuesday in a protest over the police shooting of an unarmed black man. , It was the second day protesters ran through the streets, and police in riot gear formed protective cordons around City HaU : and nearby police headquarters. Some officers were on horseback. About 50 people threw rocks . and bottles at windows, police Lt. Ray Ruberg said. Several were arrested. No one was reported injured. The confrontation came four days after Timothy Thomas, 19, was fatally shot as he ran from a police officer trying to arrest him on 14 warrants. Thomas, Cincinnati, had been wanted for misdemeanors and traffic violations, including driving without a license and failing to wear a seat belt. . The FBI on Tuesday opened a civil rights investigation and wUi forward its findings to the Justice Department, said FBI splokesman Ed Boldt. He said a ruling is not expected for months. Mental patient kills nurse, injures two PORT ST LUCIE, Fla. — A man being checked into a psychiatric hospital beat a nurse to death and injured two patients early Tuesday authorities said. Alberto Serrano, 33, was arrested on murder charges in the death of Alda Ellington, 47, a nurse at privately run Savannahs Hospital. Serrano also was charged with attempted murder in the beatings of two female patients. One, 75, was admitted to a medical hospital for treatment; the other, 64, was treated at the hospital and released back to the psychiatric facility Serrano was alone with Ellington while being processed when he attacked her about 2 a.m., sheriff's spokesman Mark Weinberg said. Serrano then attacked the patients, whose rooms were nearby he said. "With his own bare hands and with no apparent provocation he committed these acts," Weinberg said. "We do not know of any precipitating factors." Serrano was arrested and jailed without bail. Three killed in crash at Texas bus stop SAN ANTONIO — A car occupied by burglary suspects crashed during a police chase Tuesday killing two people at a bus stop and the car's driver Police said the suspects' vehicle was traveling at high speed when it jumped the curb at the bus stop south of downtown, hitting the two people. KTSA radio reported the speeds reached more than 80 mph. The car continued into a convenience store parking lot, where it slammed into a van, killing the car's driver, said Sgt. Gabriel Trevino, a police spokesman. One of the suspects ran but was caught shortly afterward, while the other remained in the car, which was mangled by the accident. Both suspects were taken to a hospital. Their names were not released. The van's occupants did not suffer serious injuries. One dead, one injured in collapse FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A scaffolding coUapse dropped two workers 70 feet Tuesday kUltng one and seriously injuring the other. The workers were applying stucco to the outside of a high- rise when the scaffolding feU. The worker who was killed was thrown off the platform as it fell. The other man rode it to the ground. Mountain lions lurk near Colorado town BOULDER, Colo. — MicheUe Doucet never expected her early morning walk would end in a fight between her German shepherd and a mountain lion. Along a stretch of road in Fourmile Canyon surrounded by dense vegetation, a mountain lion leapt from a hiding spot Saturday onto Doucet's 5-year-old dog. And her dog, Stoli, fought back. Doucet's dog survived the attack. There have been a number of mountain lion sightings recently, prompting Colorado Division of Wildlife rangers to monitor the cats' activity near Boulder So far they aren't worried about the cats' behavior. They are, however, asking people to report sightings. From Wire Service Reports Eminem hit with weapons rap Rappper must seek counseling and submit to drug tests By The Associated Press MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. — Rap star Eminem was sentenced to two years' probation Tuesday for carrying a concealed weapon. The charge carried a maximum sentence of five years in prison, although Macomb County Prosecutor Carl Marlinga said earlier that he would seek no more than six months "because he has no record and there was no serious injury" As part of his probation, Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Antonio Viviano ordered the Grammy winner to undergo counseling and submit to drug testing. He will be allowed to travel within the continental United States for work. "In this case, the weapon was not loaded and there was no direct danger to human life," Viviano said, agreeing to accept a pre-sentencing report that recommended the rapper receive zero to three months in jail. Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III, pleaded guilty to the charge in February as part of an agreement with prosecutors who dropped a charge of assault The Associated Press Marshali IViathers ill, known as rap star Eminem, was sentenced to two years probation for carrying a concealed weapon. with a dangerous weapon in return. Eminem could have changed his mind after hearing what sentence he would receive. At the advice of his attorneys, Eminem made no statement in court. He stood silent between his attorneys in a dark suit and tie. "Mr Mathers is a self-made man. He has overcome many obstacles," his attorney, Wally Piszczatowski, told the judge before he handed down the sentence. "He has the ability to overcome this problem as a minor setback." Eminem was charged following a June 4 confrontation outside a Warren nightclub. Police say Eminem struck a man he says he saw kissing his estranged wife, Kim. The rapper, also known as "Slim Shady" is no stranger to the legal world. Eminem also faces charges in Oakland County that he ille- We Didn't Become ttie World's Fastest Growing Cruise Seiler by Simply Providing The Best People & Lowest Price... CRUI$E.COM "' INTERNE! PRICING • TRAtHIIONAl SERVia Ty Beanie Babies DESIGNS by www.designsbycunningham.com H-800-253-2010 528 Kenwood Park Drive 827-5581' gaily possessed and brandished a concealed weapon during a confrontation with Douglas Dail of Insane Clown Posse, a Detroit-based rap group, in nearby Royal Oak. That happened hours before his Warren arrest and has not yet been resolved. Mathers and his wife — who have a five-year-old daughter — filed for divorce and worked out a deal in March that gives Em­ inem their $450,000 Clinton Township home and wife, Kim Mathers, $475,000 in cash to purchase one for herself. The agreement also gives the couple joint legal and physical custody of their daughter, Hailie Jade. 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