September 2010 Archives

Inmate Plans to Kill Dakota County Attorney

An imprisoned Inver Grove Heights man has been charged with plotting to kill a Dakota County Attorney, a Dakota County Judge, and to harm a woman who testified against him in court.

John Stephen Woodward, 47, offered another inmate $10,000 to kill his neighbor, Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom, Dakota County Judge Rex Stacey, and a woman who helped convict Woodward of selling methamphetamines in 2007, according to the Pioneer Press.

On Wednesday Woodward was charged in Rice County with two counts of premeditated first-degree murder and on one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree assault, according to the court document.

Woodward plotted to kill Backstrom in December with Oak Park Heights inmate, Thomas Jackson, and to kill Stacey next summer, according to the Star Tribune. If both killings were successful, then the woman who testified against Woodward would be attacked.

Woodward's release from prison was scheduled for May 2013 after being convicted of selling methamphetamines in 2007, according to the Star Tribune.

If Woodward is convicted, then he may face up to twenty years in prison.

Attribution: Lohan Posts Bail and Spends Less Than a Day in Jail

The article was written by Associated Press writer Anthony McCartney, and it was distributed via the Star Tribune.

This article uses 7 sources. There are 6 sources named throughout the article, but 3 of them are reported based on court documents. They include Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elden Fox, attorney Shawn Chapman Holley, and Judge Patricia Schnegg.

The information attributed to Judge Fox is from the sentencing of Lindsay Lohan. Lohan's Attorney Shawn Chapman Holley filed an appeal, and Judge Schnegg made a ruling regarding the appeal. Therefore, the information can be attributed to court documents. All of the documents from these sources was paraphrased throughout the document.

Steve Whitmore of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is the spokesman regarding Lohan's release from jail. The writer also paraphrases the details of Lohan's release early in the story. was attributed with reporting Lohan's release first.

Lohan's tweets were quoted, and director Matthew Wilder was also quoted.

The legal sources are clumped together at the beginning of the story, and then it shifts to Lohan's tweet and Wilder's quote. By doing this, the readers learn the details and history of Lohan's legal issues, and then he puts it in a bigger context. He addresses how Lohan's legal issues will affect her career from this point forward.

The attribution is also ordered this way because the details of the court documents are the most important in this story. Some people may not care about how this affects Lohan's career, which is why it is at the end of the article.

Attributing it any other way would be confusing to the reader. The information regarding Lohan's recent release from jail needs to be first, then how she ended up in this situation, and finally, how she moves forward from her legal proceedings. Therefore, McCartney attributes this article in an effective way for the reader.

Freed American Hiker Meets With Iranian President

The freed American hiker met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in New York on Friday to plead for the release of the two American men still imprisoned in Iran.

Sarah Shourd, 32, and her mother met with President Ahmadinejad at the United Nations in New York to discuss the release of the two men, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, who are still imprisoned in Iran after 14 months, according to the Pioneer Press.

The New York Post quoted Shourd as saying, "I just want to thank Mr. Ahmadinejad for this gesture of allowing my mother and I to meet with him and for the mothers of Shane and Josh. It was a very gracious gesture and a good meeting."

According to the BBC, the three Americans have continuously claimed that they had accidentally hiked over the border from Iraq into Iran.

Lindsay Lohan Leaves Jail After Probation Violation

Lindsay Lohan was sentenced and released from jail on Friday for violating her probation.

Lindsay Lohan was released from the women's jail in Lynwood, Calif. after her $300,000 bail was posted, according to E! Online.

Lohan was sentenced to be held in custody until her hearing on Oct. 22 and denied bail for failing her court-ordered drug test on Sept. 17., according to People Magazine.

A Los Angeles judge overturned the ruling that denied Lohan bail Friday afternoon because her attorney filed an appeal that stated Lohan was "unlawfully denied bail," according to another article from People Magazine.

Within 24 hours of Lohan's release she must be fitted for a SCRAM alcohol-monitoring bracelet, according to E! Online.

Lohan's hearing for her probation violation is scheduled for Oct. 22.

FBI Searches 5 Antiwar Activists Homes and Office

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The FBI searched the homes of 5 anti-war activists and 1 office on Friday in Minneapolis.

The home of 5 anti-war activists and the office of an anti-war organization were searched in connection with what is "called a probe of activities concerning the material support of terrorism," according to the Star Tribune.

The Pioneer Press quoted FBI Special Agent Steve Warfield of the Minneapolis office as saying, "There is no imminent threat to the community, and we're not planning any arrests at this time."

The federal search warrants allowed FBI agents to seize computers, cell phones and documents from the anti-war activists' homes and office, according to the Star Tribune.

The FBI is investigating possible connections to Colombia and Mideast terrorists organizations, according to the Pioneer Press.

Missing Shoreview Man Found in Las Vegas

The Shoreview man who said he was kidnapped by two men has been found in Las Vegas, Nev.

Matthew William Anderson, 29, who was last seen at his job at the Rosewood Village Condominiums in Roseville on Sept. 17 was found in a construction building near downtown Las Vegas, according to the Star Tribune.

Anderson withdrew $1,000 from his bank account on Sept. 17. According to the Pioneer Press, Anderson appeared to be alone when he withdrew the money.

The Star Tribune said, "The investigation revealed that Anderson left Minnesota on his own volition and traveled to Nevada via Chicago."

Anderson was hospitalized, but police are not commenting on the details of the hospitalization, according to the Pioneer Press.

NBC Universal CEO Announces His Departure From the Company

The CEO of NBC Universal announced his departure from the company when the takeover by Comcast Corp. is finalized.

Jeff Zucker, NBC Universal CEO, announced to employees Friday that he would leave his position at NBC when the takeover by Comcast is finalized.

Comcast agreed in December 2009 to purchase NBC Universal from General Electric Co., according to the New York Times. The deal is expected to be finalized in December.

According to the Star Tribune, Zucker was told by Steve Burke, the CEO of Comcast, that a change would be made when the deal was finalized.

The Star Tribune quoted Zucker as saying, "I did not want to be a guest in my own house."

Zucker has only worked at NBC, where he began his career as a producer of the "Today" show.

Leads: US Woman Detained in Iran for 13 Months Speaks

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The featured lead is from an Associated Press article written by Karen Matthews and distributed via the Pioneer Press.

The lead features the who, what and when. The who of the article is the American woman that recently arrived home after being imprisoned in Iran, and her name is not detailed in the lead because she is not a household name. Many people know Sarah Shourd as the woman "held in Iran for 13 months and accused of espionage," which is how the lead describes her, however, Matthews provides the reader with a general but yet specific description that sets the reader up for the quote from Shourd.

The detailed quotation from Shourd reveals that she and two men were wrongfully accused of espionage is the what of the lead.

The when, which is Sunday, plays a minor role in this lead, because Matthews leaves us wondering how the accusations of espionage of three Americans by the Iranian government are a misunderstanding.

Matthews chose to include a quote from Shourd because it was one of the first times she has been able to speak publicly since returning to America. The news coverage leading up to this moment has been speculation of the diplomacy between America and Iran for the release of the men and woman, and also speculation by family members of the accused.

Matthews does not include where Shourd was speaking in the lead, because it is not as important as what was being said.

Even if readers have not heard about the detainment of three Americans in Iran, then they will most likely continue reading because of our current relationship with countries in the Middle East.

Shoreview Man May Have Been Kidnapped Friday

The Ramsey County Sherrif's Department are looking for a Shoreview man that may have been kidnapped Friday.

Matthew William Anderson, 29, of Shoreview was last seen Friday at his job at the Rosewood Village Condominiums in Roseville, according to the Star Tribune.

The Pioneer Press reported that he called his wife at 6:59 p.m. Friday. Anderson said in the call that he thought they had taken him somewhere in Iowa, but police traced his cell phone to the Wisconsin Dells area.

Anderson is driving a 2001 Pontiac Montana that is maroon, and has the license plate 922 DUZ, according to the Pioneer Press.

The Star Tribune reported Sunday that Anderson's car had been found in Chicago, but there was still no sign of Anderson.

Police are still asking anyone with information regarding this case to call the Ramsey County Sherriff's Office at 651-266-7322.

Lindsay Lohan Admits to Screwing Up After Failing Drug Test

Lindsay Lohan announced via Twitter that she failed her court-ordered drug test Friday.

Lohan, 24, tweeted, "Regrettably, I did in fact fail my most recent drug test and if I am asked, I am prepared to appear before judge Fox next week as a result."

According to the Star Tribune, Lohan was sentenced in July to three months in jail and three months in rehab, but only served 23 days at the Los Angeles County Jail in Lynwood, Cailf., and stayed in rehab for 23 days.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Lohan has two random drug testings per week.

"This was certainly a setback for me but I am taking responsibility for my actions and I'm prepared to face the consequences," said Lohan via another tweet Friday.

Six Men Arrested on Charges of Terrorism Linked to the Pope's UK Visit

Six men were arrested Friday in London on charges of suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism that are linked to Pope Benedict's four-day trip to the United Kingdom.

The men were street cleaners that worked for Veolia Environment Services, and their ages ranged from 26 to 50 years old, reported the BBC. The BBC also reported that Veolia Environment Services has a contract with the Westminster Council, which is an area in London that the pope would be visiting on Friday.

According to the New York Times, threats against the pope were not elaborated on by British Police. The pope's schedule did not change following the arrest of the six men.

The New York Times and the BBC both reported that five men were arrested early Friday morning, and the sixth man was arrested at 1:45 p.m. British Summer Time.

Police have not found any hazardous materials after searching locations connected with the six arrests in London.

Johns Hopkins Hospital Doctor Shot by Gunman

A 50-year-old gunman shot a doctor in the stomach at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore after learning about his mother's condition and becoming emotionally distraught, according to Associated Press writer Alex Dominguez.

The Associated Press also reported that the gunman, Paul Warren Pardus, shot a Johns Hopkins physician Thursday on the eighth floor of the Nelson building, then killed his mother, Jean Davis, and himself after more than a two hour standoff.

Johns Hopkins Hospital is not releasing the name of the doctor due to confidentiality policies, but the doctor is expected to survive.

The New York Times reported that the hospital was locked down for over two hours Thursday as Pardus remained in his mother's room. Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III spoke with the New York Times and said, "Mr. Davis was down on the floor, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound, and that his mother was also unresponsive in her bed."

The New York Times refers to the gunman as Warren Davis, however, according to CNN, Warren Davis was the initial identifier of the gunman.

This case is being treated as a murder-suicide.

Cottage Grove Woman Sentenced for Bank Robbery

A 30-year-old Cottage Grove woman was sentenced Monday in Minneapolis for robbing a Wells Fargo bank in 2009, according to the Star Tribune.

Ma Myrrelli Juanillo Asuncion was sentenced to 18 months in prison on one count of robbery for robbing a Wells Fargo bank in Maplewood on Aug. 29, 2009.

The Star Tribune reported that Asuncion entered the bank located at 2945 White Bear Ave. and stole $2,487.

The South Washington County Bulletin reported that Asuncion passed a note to the bank teller that said her children would be harmed if she did not receive $15,000. The bank teller gave Asuncion all of the money in the drawer, and Asuncion handed the teller another note that said she was being forced to commit robbery.

Asuncion pleaded guilty on Jan. 21, and was sentenced to 18 months in prison on one count of robbery on Monday by United States District Court Judge David S. Doty, according to both the Star Tribune and the South Washington County Bulletin.

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