Archive for Thursday, September 6, 2001

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September 6, 2001


Michigan: Investigation ordered in camp shootings

The Justice Department will investigate the fatal shootings of two men by authorities during a five-day standoff at a campground for marijuana advocates.

An FBI agent shot Rainbow Farm owner Tom Crosslin on Monday after authorities say he pointed a gun at the agent, one of a number of law-enforcement officers surrounding the campground.

Police said Crosslin's roommate, Rolland Rohm, was shot Tuesday as he left a burning building on the property and aimed a gun at a state police officer.

The federal review is focusing on a second shot allegedly fired at Crosslin by an FBI special agent, said Mark Courtade, head of the criminal division of the U.S attorney's office in Grand Rapids. The agent was questioned by FBI officials, The Detroit News reported Wednesday.

Miami: Wave of Cuban migrants hits Florida over holiday

About 200 Cubans tried to reach Florida over the holiday weekend in what federal agents say is part of a trend of organized smuggling.

Only 107 Cubans made it to shore, landing in the Florida Keys. They said they paid up to $8,000 to be smuggled, according to the Border Patrol. Last year agents picked up 131 migrants over Labor Day weekend.

Coast Guard officials said they intercepted an additional 82 Cubans over the weekend and have now picked up more than 2,750 this year.

Officials noted that calm seas, good weather and hundreds of boats packing the waters off the keys might have tempted more smugglers to bring people over.

Federal policy generally lets Cubans who reach U.S. soil stay. Those who are intercepted at sea are usually sent back to Cuba.

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