Man sentenced in Seattle terror plot; Colo. parolee linked to prison chief’s death

March 25, 2013
WASHINGTON
Man sentenced in Seattle terror plot

A man who plotted to attack a Seattle military complex with machine guns and grenades was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison.

Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, 35, also was ordered by U.S. District Judge James L. Robart to be supervised for 10 years after his release.

Abdul-Latif, also known as Joseph Anthony Davis, pleaded guilty in December to conspiracy to murder U.S. officers and conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction.

— Associated Press

colorado
Parolee linked to prison chief’s death

Gun evidence links a Colorado parolee fatally shot in Texas with the death of Colorado’s corrections’ chief, investigators said Monday.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said that “unique and often microscopic markings” found on shell casings in Texas and Colorado lead investigators to conclude that the gun Evan Ebel used to shoot at authorities in Texas was the same gun used to kill Tom Clements at his home on Tuesday.

It had been known that the casings found at both scenes were of the same caliber and brand, but Monday’s announcement was the first time Colorado investigators made a direct link between Ebel and Clements’s death.

What remained unknown though was why Clements was killed when he answered his front door last week and whether Ebel acted alone.

— Associated Press

arkansas
Governor vetoes voter photo ID bill

Gov. Mike Beebe on Monday vetoed a bill proposing that citizens show photo identification before casting a ballot, citing risks it could disenfranchise voters, the governor’s office said.

Supporters of the proposal, who say it would eliminate the possibility of fraud, plan to override the veto by Beebe (D). That would require a simple majority in a vote in each chamber of the Republican-dominated state legislature. The bill previously passed 22-12 in the state Senate and 51-44 in the House.

Should the bill become law, Arkansas would join the nearly three dozen U.S. states that have similar voter ID measures, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

— Associated Press

mississippi
Lawmaker killed herself, policy say

A Mississippi lawmaker died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head while visiting the home of a former state legislator, police said Monday.

State Rep. Jessica Upshaw, 53, was found dead Sunday at former represenative Clinton Rotenberry Jr.’s home in Mendenhall, a suburb of the capital city of Jackson.

Upshaw, a Republican from the coastal city of Diamondhead, had served in the state legislature since 2004, according to the Mississippi Legislature’s Web site. She also worked as a lawyer.

The Clarion-Ledger reported that Upshaw, who was not married, and Rotenberry, who was divorced, were thought to have been dating for several years. Rotenberry lost his seat in 2007.

— Reuters

pennsylvania
Four people stabbed inside Target store

Four people were stabbed Monday evening inside a Target store in Pittsburgh, including a 16-year-old girl who is in critical condition, police and hospital officials said.

Officers were called to the store in the East Liberty section of the city shortly after 5:30 p.m. Monday. Police say a suspect was arrested at the scene.

A hospital official said the teenage girl was taken to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in critical condition. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that other injuries were described as moderate to minor, and a police officer was treated for exposure to pepper spray.

— Associated Press

utah
Man killed emulating YouTube stunt

A 22-year-old man was killed trying to swing through the opening of a 110-foot-tall sandstone arch in a stunt made so popular on YouTube that state authorities recently banned the daredevil activity by commercial outfitters.

Kyle Lee Stocking of West Jordan left too much slack in the rope he was using, and it sent him crashing into the sandstone base of Corona Arch near Moab, Grand County sheriff’s officials said. He died Sunday afternoon.

Viral videos have bolstered the activity, which involves swinging wildly from ropes through arch and canyon openings. One video titled “World’s Largest Rope Swing” has racked up more than 17 million views on YouTube since it was posted in February.

“Pendulum” swinging is a relatively new form of recreation in Utah’s canyon lands, which see plenty of injuries and deaths from rock climbing and Base jumping, which involves leaping from a fixed object with a parachute. On March 13, another man, Zachery Taylor, was killed rappelling at Tear Drop Arch in Utah’s Monument Valley.

— Associated Press

new jersey
Powerball winner validates ticket

The lone winning ticket for a $338.3 million Powerball jackpot was validated Monday at a liquor store where it was purchased, but lottery officials said they don’t yet know the winner’s name.

The ticket holder went to Eagle Liquors in Passaic and had the ticket validated around 4:30 p.m. for the fourth-largest jackpot in Powerball history, the New Jersey Lottery said.

The numbers drawn Saturday were 17, 29, 31, 52, 53 and Powerball 31. A lump sum cash payout would be $221 million, or about $152 million after taxes.

— Associated Press

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