Archive for Saturday, October 27, 2001


October 27, 2001


California: Air traffic controller guilty in bank heists

A San Francisco air-traffic controller pleaded guilty in Oakland Friday in a string of bank robberies carried out by a stocky holdup man dubbed the Robust Robber.

Rick Lee Davis, 43, the president of the traffic controllers' union local, had been struggling with personal and financial problems when he went on the crime spree.

He pleaded guilty to six counts of bank robbery and could get up to 120 years in prison at sentencing Feb. 15.

Davis was arrested Aug. 3 after nine Bay Area-bank robberies during 10 months.

California: Rodney King admits guilt in drug case

Rodney King, whose videotaped beating by police led to the 1992 Los Angeles riots, pleaded guilty Friday to drug-related charges and was ordered to spend a year at a live-in treatment center.

King, 36, admitted to three misdemeanor counts of being under the influence of PCP and one count of indecent exposure.

King was arrested earlier this month for allegedly driving while under the influence of a psychedelic drug. He also faced two counts of being under the influence of PCP after arrests in August and September.

He faces a Nov. 20 hearing for allegedly violating probation in a domestic abuse case.

San Francisco: Syphilis cases triple

The rate of syphilis infection in San Francisco has nearly tripled since 1998 with the largest increase occurring among gay and bisexual men a trend that has alarmed local health experts by suggesting a breakdown in safe sex practices.

Officials say that 116 cases were reported through September, compared with 71 in all of 2000.

The agency's findings will be presented today at a meeting here of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

South Carolina: Ex-guard sentenced in Susan Smith sex case

A former guard was sentenced Friday to three months in jail for having sex in prison with Susan Smith, who is serving a life sentence for drowning her two sons in a lake in 1994.

Circuit Court Judge Lee Casey Manning also sentenced Houston Cagle to five years' probation and 250 hours of community service.

Cagle pleaded guilty in August to having sex with Smith and another inmate last year at the Women's Correctional Institution in Columbia.

More than a dozen Corrections Department guards and employees have been charged with having sex with inmates or smuggling drugs since a state investigation began last year.

Two prison guards, including Cagle, and three other Corrections workers have pleaded guilty to having sex with inmates.

Alabama: Museum pays $492,000 for 'Rosa Parks bus'

A Michigan museum has paid $492,000 at an Internet auction for a bus whose owners say was the one on which Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man in 1955.

Steve Hamp, president of the Henry Ford Museum, called the bus "the most important artifact in civil rights history" even as some wondered if it is the actual vehicle.

No bus number was written down on police records when Parks was arrested, and there have been questions over the years as to whether it would be possible to identify the vehicle.

HONOLULU: No expense spared in recovering bodies

Going to unprecedented lengths to make amends to Japan, the Navy has devoted more than $60 million and thousands of hours to recovering the bodies of nine Japanese men and boys killed when a surfacing U.S. submarine sank their fishing boat.

As of Friday, divers had recovered eight of the bodies from the wreck of the Ehime Maru.

The USS Greeneville ripped through the hull of the Ehime Maru on Feb. 9.

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