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Sunday, April 10, 2005; Page A16

Border Watch Volunteer In Arizona Is Dismissed

TUCSON -- A civilian border-watch group dismissed a volunteer who made an illegal immigrant pose for a mocking photograph.

Organizers of the Minuteman Project said that although authorities determined the man had not illegally detained the immigrant, he still violated the group's procedures. They added that the volunteer had given the immigrant $20 and fed him during Wednesday's encounter.

The project, which has organized round-the-clock shifts to watch for illegal activity along a section of the southeastern Arizona border throughout April, has set a policy requiring its members to avoid physical contact with illegal immigrants, organizers said in a news release.

Authorities said Bryan Barton of San Diego and two other volunteers spotted the immigrant on Wednesday along a highway about 10 miles north of the Mexican border. On its Web site, the Minuteman Project said the volunteer believed the man was in distress from lack of food and fluids, and gave him cereal and milk. He posed for a picture next to the immigrant while holding up a T-shirt imprinted with the words "Bryan Barton caught an illegal alien and all I got was this lousy T-shirt," and gave him $20 as a federal agent arrived to take the man into custody.

NEWTON, Kan. -- Gregory Moore, 46, barricaded himself inside his house for hours before surrendering to authorities Saturday after allegedly killing Harvey County sheriff's deputy Kurt Ford, 38, and wounding Hesston police detective Chris Eilert, 33, police said. The officers had barged into Moore's house after hearing a woman being struck.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Murray James Jones, 41, was arrested on charges he kidnapped his girlfriend's 8-year-old granddaughter, then raped and killed her, authorities said. Jessica Rae Delatorre's body was found near Fulton, about 70 miles west of Sioux Falls, authorities said. Police said the suspect led them to the body.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Broward County sheriff's detective Joe Isabella, 34, was fired after being charged with falsifying documents in police reports. He is the third official charged in the state attorney's 17-month probe into allegations that Broward deputies closed cases by attributing them to people who could not have committed the crimes.

NEW YORK -- Ronald Popadich, 44, of Garfield, N.J., pleaded not guilty to charges that he hit 25 people with his car in Midtown Manhattan three years ago, killing one of them.

CHICAGO -- Robert Royko, 41, a son of the late newspaper columnist Mike Royko, was arrested Friday after he allegedly walked into a bank with a device rigged to look like a pipe bomb and demanded a bag of cash, authorities said. A bank guard knocked the device from the suspect.

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- West Point cadet Tracey L. Rivers of Superior, Wis., faces four years in military prison and dismissal from the Army after pleading guilty Thursday to indecent assault on one female cadet and breaking into the rooms of three others while they slept.

MARBLEHEAD, Mass. -- Gerald Amirault, who spent 18 years in prison after being convicted of raping eight children at his family's Fells Acres day-care center, was hired by Citizens for Limited Taxation, according to an official of the anti-tax group. Amirault, 51, was released on parole last year.


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