Archive for Thursday, August 23, 2001

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August 23, 2001


Cleveland: BB kills boy in drive-by

A 13-year-old boy killed in a drive-by shooting while picking pears with friends at a garden center was hit with a BB, not a bullet, police said.

At a news conference Wednesday, Mayor Michael R. White displayed a small, round BB that police said had killed Raymond Bozak.

"These type of pellets are in the air rifles and air guns of children across this entire city and entire county and they will kill," White said. "Parents ought to be looking at what their children are carrying, and look at what they are doing with these weapons," White said.

Bozak ran into the garden center and said, '"I think I've been shot,"' owner Fran Cavotta said. "Then he collapsed."

He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Florida: Shuttle returns to Earth

Space shuttle Discovery glided to a landing Wednesday, bringing home three spacefarers who spent nearly six months aboard the international space station.

Russian cosmonaut Yuri Usachev and his American crewmates, Susan Helms and Jim Voss, were weak and wobbly after spending so much time in weightlessness but managed to walk off the shuttle, instead of being carried off on stretchers.

Their homecoming was delayed 1 1/2 hours by dark clouds and rain near the landing strip. When Mission Control finally gave Discovery clearance to land, the three former space station residents cheered so loudly that the four other crew members, seated upstairs, could hear them without the intercom.

South Carolina: Teens accused in attack on federal prosecutors

Four teen-agers have been charged in Monday night's fatal shooting of an assistant U.S. attorney.

All four, ranging in age from 16 to 18, have been charged with murder in the death of Michael C. Messer, 49, of Morton Grove, Ill.

They also have been charged with assault and battery with intent to kill in the shooting of Richard S. Ferguson, 52, of Naperville, Ill.

Messer and Ferguson, both assistant U.S. attorneys, were walking near the USC campus in Columbia when they were shot Monday. Ferguson was treated and released at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital.

Florida: Two suspects in court for political death threats

A man was convicted in federal court Wednesday of threatening to kill President Bush.

Bernard Joseph Grogan, 26, made statements in May that he intended to kill Bush. He faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. A sentencing date has not been set.

Also, a Tampa man was sentenced Wednesday to nearly five months house arrest for threatening to kill former vice presidential nominee Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn.

A federal judge sentenced Curtis C. Fulton to 10 months, but gave him credit for the five months he has spent in a federal psychiatric hospital.

Fulton, 32, pleaded guilty to calling Lieberman's office on Sept. 15, saying he was planning to kill Lieberman for criticizing the entertainment industry.

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