Neo-Nazi Rally Passes Peacefully

TOLEDO -- Members of a neo-Nazi group staged a rally at City Hall on Saturday, two months after plans for an earlier march set off a four-hour riot in which a mob attacked businesses and police.

Hundreds of officers stood guard in the freezing cold to make sure there was no repeat of the October melee. About 30 white supremacists of the National Socialist Movement shouted at counterdemonstrators and held placards, including one reading "White race, stand up and take back your neighborhood."

More than 100 counterdemonstrators showed up, chanting slogans and carrying signs reading "Go home Nazis" and "Stop the hate now." Police kept them behind barricades about 75 yards from the area where the neo-Nazis were cordoned off.

After speaking for an hour, the neo-Nazis left in a caravan of cars, escorted by several police cruisers. Authorities reported no violence.

In October, the neo-Nazis gathered for a march they said was intended to protest gangs and rising crime in a Toledo neighborhood. That set off a four-hour riot in which businesses were burned and looted and bricks were thrown at police and an ambulance driver.

This time, the white supremacists said they wanted to protest how police and the city handled the October confrontation.

Police Chief Mike Navarre said about 700 officers from across northern Ohio, some of them on horseback, were stationed in the downtown area. He said gang leaders and community activists had offered assurances their counterdemonstration would be peaceful as long as the neo-Nazis were kept out of predominantly black neighborhoods -- a key factor in October's disturbance.

About a dozen counterdemonstrators were arrested for minor offenses, Navarre said.

Officer Killed; Actor Is a Suspect

NEW YORK -- An off-duty police officer was killed in a gunfight with two apparent burglars outside his home. Authorities said an actor from "The Sopranos" was a suspect.

Daniel Enchautegui, 28, a three-year veteran, was pronounced dead at a hospital after the 5:15 a.m. shooting, said Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly.

The officer had returned to his Bronx home after finishing a late shift when he heard breaking glass in an unoccupied house next door, Kelly said. The officer called his landlord, then called 911 to report a possible burglary.

Enchautegui grabbed his gun and went outside to investigate. His landlord heard Enchautegui shout, "Police! Don't move!" followed by the sound of gunfire, Kelly said.

The officer was struck once in the chest with a bullet from a .357-caliber revolver. Before collapsing in the driveway, he returned fire and struck both of the suspects -- one twice, the other four times.

One of the suspects was identified by police as Lillo Brancato Jr., an actor who appeared in several episodes of "The Sopranos" as Matt Bevilacqua, a mob aspirant who was killed. Police arrested Brancato as he got into a car.

Steven Armento, who police said was the gunman, was arrested as he ran from the scene.

* NEW YORK -- Transit workers voted to authorize a strike that could idle buses and subway trains if their union and the Metropolitan Transit Authority cannot agree on a contract by midnight Thursday.

* HOLTON, Kan. -- A tour bus carrying the country music group Sawyer Brown slammed into a car on a Kansas highway early Saturday, killing a 24-year-old woman, authorities said. The car apparently ran a stop sign just before it was broadsided by the bus about 7:45 a.m., police said.

* MOUNT HOLLY, Ark. -- A hunter suffered hypothermia and kidney damage after becoming entangled in his deer stand and dangling upside down 30 feet above the ground in sleet for 81/2 hours. Raybon E. Upton was hunting alone Wednesday when his ankle became caught on the deer stand and he slipped. He was trapped there until about midnight when rescuers called by his wife freed him.

-- From News Services