The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, January 16, 2002 - 7
Murder suspect Longo arrives in U.S.;
could get death for killing his family
NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) - Christian
Michael Longo, the former Ypsilanti man
accused of killing his wife and three chil-
dren and dumping their bodies into coastal
waters, arrived yesterday night at Portland
International Airport on a commercial flight
Longo was to be transported to the Lin-
coln County Jail in Newport, about a 2 1/2-
hour drive. He scheduled to be arraigned
today on aggravated murder charges.
Longo waived extradition during a brief
appearance in Harris County Court in
"He knew eventually he would have to go
back," said Jeff Ludwin, Longo's court-
appointed attorney in Houston. "He seemed
very alert and was aware of the charges
Longo will appear at the Lincoln County
courthouse, where he will be charged with
aggravated murder, District Attorney Ber-
nice Barnett said yesterday. The day before,
Barnett said she has decided whether to pur-
sue the death penalty for Longo, but that
she would not announce her decision until
Longo appears in court with a lawyer.
"It's extremely satisfying to have that per-
son caught," Barnett said during a news
Longo made little effort to hide his identity,
keeping his hair blond and using the name
"Michael Longo," his middle and last names.
Longo is accused of killing his wife and
three children and ditching their bodies into
coastal inlets between Dec. 19 and Dec. 27.
Longo fled from San Francisco Internation-
al Airport to Mexico on Dec. 27, using a
credit card obtained from a Newport man.
Longo was arrested at a beach camp Sun-
day night in Tulum, a resort town 60 miles
south of Cancun. A Montreal woman
noticed his picture and remembered having
seen him at a hostel in Cancun between
Dec. 27 and Dec. 29.
Longo is charged with aggravated murder
in the deaths of his wife, MaryJane, and chil-
dren, Zachary, 4, Sadie Ann, 3, and Madison,
2. The FBI placed him on the agency's "Ten
Most Wanted Fugitives" list on Friday.
Mexico abolished the death penalty in
1932, and normally does not extradite sus-
pects to the United States if they would face
execution. But after he was arrested, Longo
agreed to leave Mexico voluntarily, said
Charles Mathews, special agent in charge of
the FBI in Oregon.
Longo had since lived in a grass hut at
the Cabanas Santa Fe beach camp in Tulum
with another man who did not know he was
a fugitive, the FBI said. Longo made little
effort to hide his identity, keeping his hair
blond and using the name "Michael Longo,"
his middle and last names.
Longo was taken into custody by about
20 Mexican law enforcement officers and
FBI agents from the U.S. Embassy'in Mexi-
co City. Longo was wearing Bermuda
shorts and tennis shoes, authorities said.
Inside his cabana, police found a credit card
that belonged to his wife, and notes he had
scribbled about local Mayan ruins.
Longo had been staying at the hostel
where the Montreal woman met him, but
Longo left after other guests reported that
some money had been stolen.
Federal agents placed Longo in state cus-
tody for extradition to Oregon. Kesha Handy,
spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office in
Houston, said federal agents helped with
Longo's arrest and transport as a courtesy..
Longo, who owned a construction clean-
ing business in Ypsilanti, moved with his
family to the Newport area about three
months before the bodies of his wife and
three children were found in the inlets.
On Dec. 19, a little boy's body was spot-
ted floating in a shallow coastal inlet near
Waldport. No one claimed the child, and
three days later, a little girl was found in the
On Dec. 24, family members in Michigan
identified the children as Zachary and Sadie
Divers found the bodies of MaryJane and
Madison two days later in a marina in New-
port. Authorities charged Christian Longo
with aggravated murder and launched a
A Dodge Durango that Longo allegedly
stole from an Oregon car lot was found at
the airport, and Longo had been spotted in
San Francisco twice in late December.
Longo is named in six lawsuits seeking
more than $30,000 and is wanted on two
warrants in Michigan for probation viola-
tion and a larceny charge. When the Longos
moved west last year, they reportedly left
behind $60,000 in debts.
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among University students and would not affect the U.S.
"MSA should only deal with issues that we can directly
impact and change," Nolan said.
"While it is an issue the students feel strongly about, if
MSA would take a stance on every issue students feel
strongly about, we would have 100 resolutions every
week, and all we would do is fight these issues instead of
focusing on what we can change," he added.
LSA Rep. Kristin Harris, co-sponsor of the MSA reso-
lution, said University students should debate U.S. politics
because of the impact government policies have on every-
"It's a very real political situation, and for us as a body
not to recognize that is foolish," she said.
Regardless of debate over the need for an MSA resolu-
tion regarding Haddad, the issue of his detainment has
generated tremendous local attention.
Last week, the Ann Arbor City Council passed a similar
resolution, and two members of Congress, Rep. Lynn
Rivers (D-Ann Arbor) and Rep. John Conyers (D-Detroit),
have spoken out against Haddad's detainment.
While numerous student constituents came to the meet-
ing in support of the resolution, no one opposed Haddad's
right to a fair trial.
LSA senior Eric Feldman was the only constituent who
opposed the resolution.He said the issue of Haddad's trial
is divided between protection of civil rights and national
security, and MSA does not have enough information
about the legal proceedings or constitutional knowledge to
make a judgment.
"You have been asked to interpret the constitution, to try
the U.S. government as if you are a jury," said Feldman.
At the meeting, MSA also passed a resolution providing
funding to the V-Day College Initiative, which on Valen-
tine's Day holds an annual rally against violence to
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teamwork between us is going extremely well."
University spokeswoman Julie Peterson said she is not
aware that the Presidential Search Committee will make any
announcements at tomorrow's meeting concerning the
vacancy left by Bollinger, who stepped down Dec. 31.
Regent Olivia Maynard (D-Goodrich) said the regents
'will have a closed meeting with the Presidential Search
Advisory Committee tomorrow morning to discuss the
search for the next University president.
"I think there is a plan this week for the regents to get
together with the advisory committee for the first time,"
said Regent David Brandon (R-Ann Arbor). "That will be-
an important step forward."
The regents are also going to vote on an addition to the
Bentley-Historical Library, which houses historical records
on the state of Michigan. The addition will add 53,000 lin-
ear feet of shelving and cost an estimated $1 million.
"For quite a while we've been running out of space for
historical University records," said Bentley Library Associ-
ate Director Bill Wallach. "I don't have any way of know-
ing how the regents will vote, but we are hopeful."
Ala. college has
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - At least 48 people connected to
Spring Hill College have tested positive for tuberculosis less
than three weeks after an African graduate student died of the
disease. More than 500 students, faculty members and others
at the 1,500-student Roman Catholic school were tested Fri-
day, and more positive cases could show up as people get their
results, said Belinda Baggett, a spokeswoman for the city
Health Department. Testing continues this week.
Investigators suspect people testing positive may have con-
tracted the bacteria from Benedict Lenjo, a 28-year-old stu-
dent from Kenya who died Dec. 28 in his dormitory room.
Those who knew Lenjo said he had lost weight, was
chronically fatigued and had a severe cough. He was not
getting any medical treatment and officials said they do not
know how he contracted the disease.
People testing positive for tuberculosis will be given
chest X-rays and antibiotics if further signs of the disease
are found, officials said.
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achieve that vision will be provided and
implemented by the appropriate organi-
zations," he added.
Rick Buhr, owner of Good Time
Charley's, agreed that the area has seen
better times. Pointing out the fact that
there is a dearth of retailers, he said
there is currently "no reason for local
people to come here and there's no rea-
son for out-of-towners to come here."
Buhr added that restaurants, which
typically pay higher rents than retailers,
are more attractive to landlords. Also,
the lack of adequate parking has not
helped in recent years.
Bergang noted that the group intends
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the next 20 years that will ensure the
area will be a viable, healthy, commer-
cial district that appeals to all segments
of the population."
UROP students working on the pro-
ject have been pleased with the experi-
ence thus far.
"I definitely believe the project has
allowed me to enhance my business
education," said LSA freshman Savina
"I have found all my long hours in
class really paying off for what is now a
real-life application of solving econom-
ic problems," she said.
Molnar said he expects to conclude
the project at the end of this year with a
public presentation of results and the
publication of a final report. Research
on the South University area began in
Singh added that she hoped to see
"greater economic success and stability
of businesses in the area. If we can
accomplish this, South University will
represent a newly developed 'down-
town' with a welcoming atmosphere for
both residents and visitors of the area."
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"I would describe it as a bump in the
road," Dixon said. "I think the initiative
is all on track."
He said his office window affords a
view of the progress of the construc-
tion on the Life Sciences Institute,
which is op schedule and within bud-
get. The institute facility is expected to
be finished early in the fall semester.
The University is also in the process
of recruiting and hiring faculty for the
"That will go on unabated pretty
much as scheduled," Dixon said.
White said it is not likely Emr's deci-
sion will impact prospective faculty.
He said the $700 million venture holds
a great deal of incentive in itself, and
the University's constant commitment
to the life sciences supplements that.
CHANNEL "it's something
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