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Correctional officer found dead in prison chapel

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By Octavio Abea
A female prison guard was fatally strangled at a Washington prison while alone on duty Saturday, authorities said.
Officer Jayme Biendl, 34, was found in the prison chapel and was not responding. She was declared dead on the scene, reported CNN. According to KGW Biendl was the only guard in charge of the chapel and the inmates that were present. Her boyfriend said the chapel was the place she was most worried about, because she often described it as overwhelming.
CNN reports that Byron Scherf is the only suspect at the moment. He was discovered in the chapel lobby claiming he was trying to escape during the routine head count, but changed his mind.
Scott Frakes, the superintendent, is hard pressed to find that his system did not call for her immediate search when she was attacked. Union Secretary Tracey Thompson points out sacrifices that have been made for the financial situation as a serious problem, reportred KGW.

Analysis of the lead and its function for the story

By Octavio Abea
In this story by The Washington Post The lead reads: Twenty-five people were arrested for trespassing Sunday as hundreds protested outside a strategy session of conservative political donors at a resort near Palm Springs, authorities said.
This lead takes on the challenge of fitting in a lot info needed in order to give the article just enough context. The biggest element here is the actual news itself. If you go on to read the rest of the article you see that there is a history to these protests at this specific event at this specific resort, but that isn't the news. The news is that these people were arrested. For that reason the second part of the lead is said as if in passing as opposed to the first half which is much more descriptive.
The elements this lead keeps detailed are the why, when and where. Everything else is kept pretty much general. You can see that there is no specific time, the lead doesn't tell you that the protests took place over two days, and "strategy session" could really mean anything.
This is your basic, clean hard news lead that sticks to the action.

By Octavio Abea
A settlement was reached in a lawsuit against Champlin Park High School Sunday allowing a lesbian couple to walk in the Snow Day's event.
The Star Tribune reports that Desiree Shelton and Sarah Lindstrom, the couple who filed the lawsuit, were able to reach an agreement with Champlin Park High School after a mediation session that lasted for six hours.
The conflict sparked after the two were elected to be in the school's royalty court. Their plan was to walk as a couple, but they were denied and were told by the school that participants could only walk alone or with an adult, according to the Pioneer Press.
The school, in an attempt to make everyone comfortable, ended up isolating Shelton and Lindstrom. Shelton told the Star Tribune how now "[she's] feeling great about this whole situation" which shows both parties are now satisfied with the results.
Mary Olson, district spokeswoman, told the Pioneer Press that they strive to keep communities inclusive as well stick to the objective of honoring students.

By Octavio Abea
A California man has been jailed and is now facing felony charges for allegedly trying to bomb the Islamic Center of America, said Dearborn officals Sunday.
Reuters reports that Roger Stockham, 63, was arrested outside of the one biggest mosques in the nation in Dearborn Monday for making terrorist threats and being in possesion of class C explosives with an unlawful intnent. Stockham could serve 35 years once tried.
Haddad, the Dearborn police chief, told the Detriot Free Press that Stockham was already known by other departments in different parts of the country so his threats were taken very serioulsy.
This attack is seen as a "bias-motivated attack" by Dawud Walid, the executive director of the Michigan branch of the Center on American-Islamic Relations, reports Reuters.
Police were tipped off by an employee at a bar who overheard the threats made by Stockham, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Reuters reports that Stockham's bond has been set at $5000,000 and is awaiting his trail on Feb. 4.

Somalis to be tried for piracy in South Korea

By Octavio Abea
Five Somalis accused of priacy were flown to South Korea Sunday after being captured by special forces on a hijacked cargo ship.
The Samho Jewelry was hijacked by Somali pirates Jan. 14 only to be taken back by South Korean special forces after killing eight of the hijackers and rescuing all of the crew members, according to The Associated Press.
The five men were flown to Seoul and will be tried for maritime robbery and attemped murder, reports BBC News.
Although the entire crew aboard the cargo ship was rescued the captain was dealt a non-lethal gunshot wound to the stomach, The Associated Press reported.
The men, who first claimed to have had no involvement in the hijacking, say they were just following orders and were not the ones who shot the captain, says BBC News.
Officer Eum Jin-kyung told The Associated Press that even though they captured the pirates in the Arabian Sea it is with their code to prosecute foreigners who commit crimes against their citizens.

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