Digest

April 06, 2007

Ariz. won't try sniper in slaying

TUCSON, Ariz. --John Allen Muhammad, one of two men charged in the 2002 Washington-area sniper shootings, will not be tried for a Tucson killing, a Pima County official said.

There is little point in trying to convict Muhammad in Arizona because he is on death row in Virginia for his role in the shootings, Chief Criminal Deputy Attorney David Berkman said Wednesday.

Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo were arrested after 10 people were killed and three were wounded during a three-week period in October 2002. They were accused of roaming the area with a Bushmaster .223-caliber rifle that they fired from the trunk of a car.

Associated Press

Talbot County

Men killed in plane crash were friends

TRAPPE --The three men killed in a plane crash Wednesday morning on the Eastern Shore were friends heading to Pinehurst, N.C., to play golf, the son of one of the victims said.

Matthew Lomas of Hoboken, N.J., told the Greenwich Time that his father, Richard Lomas, 58, of Stamford, Conn., was killed in the crash. Richard Lomas' business partner, Gregory Doppke of Greenwich, Conn., was piloting the plane, and a friend, Andrew Young of Mahopac, N.Y., was the other passenger, Lomas said.'

Aberdeen

Residents sue over annexation plan

A group of Aberdeen residents who fought for a referendum last year that overturned the annexation of more than 500 acres, have filed a lawsuit against the city's mayor and four of five council members in an attempt to shelve a developer's second annexation request.

Though the city has imposed a moratorium on annexations through June, the residents said they are wary that elected officials might consider the developer's request, which was made last fall.

The suit, filed in Harford County Circuit Court, seeks to bar any consideration of the request, citing unlawful rezoning and a violation of the "will of the voters," who rejected the first plan.

Justin Fenton

Baltimore

Man pleads guilty to weapons deal

A South Asian arms dealer pleaded guilty in federal court in Baltimore yesterday to paying undercover customs agents in Maryland hundreds of thousands of dollars to ship restricted, high-tech weapons to rebels in Sri Lanka and the Indonesian army, prosecutors said.

Haniffa Bin Osman, 55, is the fifth suspect to plead guilty in the case, which culminated in an elaborate sting at a four-star Inner Harbor hotel, a mosque in Laurel and a shooting range in Harford County where the men were allowed to test-fire machine guns.

Prosecutors have said the equipment was to be shipped to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, also known as the Tamil Tigers, and customers in Indonesia, including the army.

Prosecutors said Osman pleaded guilt to conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization and money-laundering. He could get 35 years in prison when he is sentenced June 25.

Four others have pleaded guilty in the case, prosecutors said. A sixth is scheduled to go on trial May 14.

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