Bombing Suspects Charged
With Targeting Americans
The U.S. government has charged a Colombian and unidentified accomplices with trying to kill Americans in grenade explosions that wrecked two crowded Bogota restaurants in 2003.
A federal indictment unsealed yesterday in Washington said the attacks were to retaliate for the death of a rebel leader by Colombia's military. The indictment charges Arturo Montano, 26, with the attempted murder of U.S. nationals, conspiracy and use of a weapon of mass destruction in the Nov. 15, 2003, attacks. A Colombian woman died, and five Americans and 68 other people were injured.
Montano and several conspirators, the indictment says, sought to target Americans in retaliation for the military's killing the previous month of Edgar Gustavo Navarro, or "El Mocho." Navarro was described as a deputy commander in a major unit of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. The group, FARC, has been designated a terrorist organization by the United States since October 1997.
Mayor in Utah Is Accused
Of Misusing Public Funds
SALT LAKE CITY -- The mayor of Utah's most populous county was charged with misusing public funds by placing a county employee at a nonprofit group as a bookkeeper to assist her daughter, the group's chief financial officer.
The two felony charges mean Salt Lake County Mayor Nancy Workman (R), who is seeking reelection in November, will be placed on paid administrative leave.
Last week, a panel of four prosecutors from neighboring counties said it had found "sufficient credible evidence" for charging Workman with misusing $17,000 in taxpayer funds. She could be sentenced to as long as 15 years in prison if convicted.
Workman has denied any criminal intent but has acknowledged using Health Department funds to hire a bookkeeper for the South Valley Boys and Girls Club.
* CHARLOTTE -- A Pakistani man arrested while videotaping the city's skyline pleaded not guilty in federal court to six non-terrorism-related charges. Kamran Akhtar, 35, of New York is charged with two immigration violations -- refusing to leave the country after being ordered to do so and using a false document -- and four counts of lying to investigators. He faces up to 55 years in prison if convicted on all counts.
* GENEVA, Ohio -- A man opened fire with a semiautomatic rifle on the town's main thoroughfare as residents headed for work, wounding three people. Michael J. Harwood, 32, of Madison, Ohio, was killed. Police Chief Dan Dudik would not confirm that Harwood killed himself, but he said no one else fired any shots.
* STANFORD, Calif. -- A 6-month-old boy kept alive almost two months on a miniature heart pump not approved for use in the United States underwent successful heart transplant surgery, and doctors said he should make a full recovery. Miles Coulson suffered damage to his heart shortly after his birth March 30. Doctors at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University persuaded the Food and Drug Administration to let them import from Europe a device called the Berlin Heart.
-- From News Services