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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, April 5, 2006 - 3

Pom Pon Club to
* hold tryout meeting
The Porn Pon Club is holding an
informational meeting about tryouts
today at 9 p.m. in room 2105 of the
Michigan Union. All are welcome,
but students who were involved in
dance or cheerleading in high school
are encouraged to attend.
Prof to lecture on
historical context
of HIV epidemic
Medical School Prof. Powel Kazanji-
an will speak on HIV today at 3 p.m. in
Auditorium I of the Henry F. Vaughan
Public Health Building. He will be lec-
turing on the HIV epidemic as it relates
to past epidemics.
Doctor to explore
* discrimination
against smokers
Jennifer Stuber will speak on the
negative attitudes attached to smoking
in her lecture titled "Stigma and Smok-
ing: Misguided Strategy or Public
Health Achievement?" Stuber works
with Columbia University and the New
York Academy of Medicine research-
ing discrimination and its relationship
with poor health.
H igh-schooler
suspected of
assault at CCRB
A student was assaulted Monday
night while playing basketball at the
Central Campus Recreation Build-
ing, the Department of Public Safety
reported. The student was taken to
the University Hospital emergency
room to be treated for facial inju-
ries at about 10 p.m. The suspect is
believed to be a Pioneer High School
student, but he fled the scene before
police arrived. Police have been
unable to locate him.
Burning popcorn
triggers fire alarm
A fire alarm was set off in Alice
Lloyd Residence Hall at about 10 p.m.
Monday night, DPS said. An investiga-
tion concluded the alarm was triggered
by burnt popcorn.
Car mirrors stolen
on North Campus
Two sideview mirrors were stolen
from a vehicle parked in a North Cam-
pus lot, DPS reported. The theft took
place sometime early Monday morning.
Police currently have no suspects.
Flag thief hits

South Quad
Someone stole three flags from
South Quadrangle Residence Hall
sometime during the weekend, DPS
reported. Police currently have no
In Daily History
Rent control voted
down despite high
student turnout
April 5, 1985 - Ann Arbor voters
resoundingly defeated a ballot proposal
yesterday that would have instituted rent
controls in the city. Many students, as
well as Democratic city council mem-
bers, supported the proposal.
Despite higher-than-normal student
turnout, the proposal failed by a two to
one margin.
Opponents of the proposal said rent
controls would lead to higher property
taxes for homeowners and the conver-
sion of apartments into condominiums.
The vote reaffirmed past opposition to
rent control, said Jim Morris, a spokes-
man for the anti-rent-control group Citi-
zens for Ann Arbor's Future.

Gory details
of k illing spree
come to light

Woman on trial for
murder tells investigators
she helped fiance kill man
FLINT (AP) - The 19-year-old
woman accused in a series of mur-
ders and robberies in southeastern
Michigan told investigators that she
helped drag Winfield Johnson after he
had been shot so that her fiance could
strangle him, a detective testified.
Samantha Bachynski is charged
with first-degree murder along with
her fiance, Patrick Selepak, in John-
son's Feb. 21 killing. Her preliminary
exam continued yesterday in 67th Dis-
trict Court in Flint and is scheduled to
resume April 11, court spokeswoman
Dena Altheide said.
Bachynski and Selepak also face
charges in Macomb County in the
killings of Melissa and Scott Berels of
New Baltimore.
On Monday, Bachynski sobbed as
Detective David Dwyre of the Gen-
esee County Sheriff's Department
testified about her statement.
Dwyre said Bachynski told him that
Selepak shot Johnson, 53, twice when
he tried to escape from his Vienna
Township home after learning that the
couple, whom he had allowed to stay

with him, were wanted in the Ber-
elses' deaths.
She then helped Selepak drag the
injured man, and Selepak placed a bag
over his head and choked him to death,
Dwyre said Bachynski told him.
Bachynski said she poked Johnson
in the ribs with a knife to make sure
he was dead and then helped Selepak
wrap the body and put it in the vic-
tim's truck, covering it with garbage
and a mattress, according to Dwyre's
Bachynski said she and Selepak had
gone to the Flint gay bar where they
met Johnson as part of a plan to find
an older man to use for money while
they hid from police after the New
Baltimore killings, Dwyre testified.
Selepak slept with Johnson while he
and Bachynski stayed in his home and
plotted his robbery, according to the
Dwyre said Bachynski also told
him about her role in the New Bal-
timore killings, saying she helped
choke Melissa Berels and injected
Scott Berels with bleach up to a
dozen times in several unsuccessful
attempts to kill him. He finally died
after she tugged on a belt wrapped
around his neck as Selepak used his
hands to choke him.

Woman discovers she

owns half a

D*amond merchant
held at gunpoint

Police are searching for
two men in connection
with the robbery
- Two men were being sought after
robbing a gem merchant of $250,000
worth of diamonds, Northville police
The merchant, whose identity has
not been released, was robbed at
gunpoint yesterday morning in the
parking lot of a motel in the Detroit

Police say the suspects knew the man
was carrying a cache of diamonds.
"It appears they knew his travel
plans and knew he had the dia-
monds," Chief John Werth told The
Detroit News. "He deals in diamonds
locally. He's been coming here for
about three years."
The victim, of Karkur, Israel,
wasn't injured, but one of the sus-
pects stuck a semiautomatic hand-
gun against his ribcage.
The suspects fled in the merchant's
rented red Mazda, which police
located about 20 minutes later.

Genesee County
woman will sell the half
acre, but wants back taxes
Anna Rudolph recently learned that the
quiet, unobtrusive folks down the road
have been using her land.
She can't exactly kick them off,
Rudolph, 83, owns half of a 1-acre
historic cemetery in Genesee County's
Mundy Township, her daughter Mar-
lene Brookman said she recently dis-
Rudolph, who lives two doors down
from the cemetery, said she'd be happy
to deed to the township her half of the
cemetery, which is being restored by
Her daughter agreed - with a caveat.

"The township
cemetery," Brookn
Journal for a rece
mother has been pa
all these years. Th
be repaid."
Township officia
that Rudolph owr
Hope Cemetery,,
lished in 1836. I
been unable to lo(
ing that the towns
other half.
"It may turn out
owns none of the c
attorney Jack Belze
Belzer said that if
Rudolph, she deser
sated, and paying f
believes she has ovc
be the best solution
"She's certainly

should have the measure of remuneration," he said.
nan told The Flint Rudolph said she inherited about
nt story. "But my 20 acres from her father in 1973. She
ying taxes on it for thought she knew where the boundar-
e back taxes should ies lay.
But when Brookman, an auditor,
ls say it's possible looked over her mother's deeds, she
ns part of Mount concluded that her mother owned part
which was estab- of the cemetery, where the family took
n fact, they have walks and had picnics when Brookman
cate a deed show- was a child.
hip even owns the "I thought, 'Ooh, I've solved a mys-
tery,' " she said.
that the township For his part, Belzer said he still is
emetery," township sorting out the cemetery's tangled
r said. ownership history.
f the land belongs to The ownership questions have come
ves to be compen- up as the township is organizing a cem-
her the amount she etery cleanup for May.
erpaid in taxes may "We're going to clean up not only
the physical grounds but also the legal
entitled to some grounds," Belzer said.

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