Navy captain today of derelic-'tion of duty for turning away a boatload of Vietnamese refugees. The refugees later resorted to cannibalism to survive. But the jury acquitted Capt Alexander Balian, 48, of Los Angeles, former skipper of the Dubuque, of ordering one refugee shaken off the ropes as he tried to climb aboard the warship, an amphibious transport dock bound for the Persian Gulf.
Balian had been accused of refusing to take aboard his vessel more than 80 refugees found drifting in the South China Sea on June 9. Some survivors said they had killed and eaten some of their comrades before Filipino fishermen rescued them June 27 after 37 days at sea.
The jury all Navy captains found Balian guilty of dereliction of duty for failing to conduct an adequate inspection of the refugee boat; determine whether their sail was adequate; conduct appropriate medical examinations of visibly dehydrated refugees; provide necessary navigational equipment; provide adequate food and clothing to the naked; take refugees aboard or see to it that they were taken aboard or assisted by a Navy supply ship in the area.
The prosecution contended that Balian had abandoned the refugees in his rush to resume his voyage. Navy," the prosecutor, Lt. Raymond Carlson, said in his closing arguments. It was an interruption to his mission. Fischer, 22, of west St. Louis County, is charged with kidnapping in the abduction Dec. She was released unharmed the next day. Fischer's preliminary hearing is scheduled for March A fire last week near Wentzville that killed two children was caused by faulty wiring, an official with the state fire marshal's office said Thursday.
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Firefighters had originally suspected that a kerosene heater started the blaze, which gutted a farmhouse at i Hepperman Road, west of Wentzville in St. Chad Crump, 9, and Lori Marshall, 16, perished in the fire, on Feb. A bum pattern on the ceiling Joists and floor joists in the attic and beaded electrical wires indicated that the fire was caused by a short circuit. A man from Berkeley was killed Thursday morning on Interstate 55 in south St.
Louis County after he apparently fell asleep while driving. The victim was identified as Willie R. Copeland, 57, of the block of Jackson Avenue. The one-car accident occurred at 2: The following incidents were among those reported to police departments in the St. Louis metropolitan area or that involved action in one of the area's courts: Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed on Thursday the convictions of Armando Padilla, William Chippas and James Percheitte on charges of possessing cocaine with intent to distribute.
The men, all from the Miami area, were found guilty of conspiring in to bring five kilograms of cocaine to St.
Percheitte was sentenced to 35 years in prison. Chippas was sentenced to 30 years in prison, and Padilla was given a year sentence. But the appeals court ordered U. District Judge Clyde S. Cahill, who presided over the jury trial, to resentence the defendants. The coart directed Cahill to consider a parole provision that had yet to take effect at the time of the defendants' conspiracy. Authorities said the appeals court ruling was unlikely to change the defendants' sentences.
A man accused of abducting his former girlfriend and tions by police that Kunce and the Stevens family practiced black magic and "channeling" supposedly a means of communicating with the spirits of other people, including the dead. Kunce testified Thursday that he had met Carl Stevens once before Stevens "went down" in May , referring to Stevens' death.
He said he had held conversations with Stevens, although he did not explain how. Carole Stevens, 43, a registered nurse, testified that she did not believe that her husband was dead, even though he collapsed on May 12, , and shown no breathing, heartbeat or pulse.
Police found his shriveled body in a. Carole Stevens pleaded guilty last year of forgery and failure to report a death to a coroner. She is serving two years' probation. On Tuesday, Roberts dismissed a misdemeanor charge against Kunce of failing to report a death to a coroner because, the judge said, the month statute of limitations had expired.
By Charles Bosworth Jr. Kunce was convicted of forgery Thursday by a jury here for his involvement in what has been called the "Knoxville mummy case. A jury in Knox County Circuit Court convicted Kunce of signing a power-of-attorney document in as a witness to the signature of Carl Stevens. Carole Stevens testified that she had forged her husband's name and used the document to refinance the mortgage on the family's home.
Kunce could face up to five years in prison when he is sentenced in about a month by Knox County Circuit Judge Daniel J. Roberts, who presided over the three-day trial.
Assistant State's Attorney Jonathon Schlake of Knox County said he had yet to decide whether he would seek imprisonment or probation. Kunce had no comment His attorney, John Pepmeyer, said he would file motions challenging the verdict Pepmeyer said Kunce had committed no illegal acts.
The trial shed little light on allega Sioux Inmate Sues To Stop Haircut A federal appeals court was asked Thursday to prevent Missouri prison officials from cutting the hair of Robert Iron Eyes, a prisoner whose Sioux religion holds that hair is a gift of the Great Spirit Iron Eyes Is scheduled to get a haircut Monday at the Farmington Correctional Center, where he is serving a three-year sentence for burglary.
Todd Iveson, Iron Eyes' court-appointed attorney, wants the 8th U. Circuit Court of Appeals here to save his client's hair. In a suit filed by Iron Eyes, U. District Judge William L.
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Hungate ruled in October that Iron Eyes, under the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of religion, had a right to grow his hair long.
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