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NEWS BRIEFS
ADRIAN, Mich.
Robbertrieswoman's
clothes, escapes in
just boxers and cap
Police say a burglar broke into an
Adrian home before fleeing in only
his boxer shorts and a pink baseball
cap. The Daily Telegram reported
the 25-year-old Detroit man broke
into the home through a front win-
dow and removed valuables from
the woman's bedroom.
Police said he was surprised by
the home's residents and fled on
foot wearing the woman's baseball
cap and his boxer shorts.
He was arrested a short distance
away and told an officer his clothes
were taken by several girls, whom
he was chasing. His clothes were
found nearby.
He was charged with home
invasion, larceny in a building and
cocaine possession.
DULUTH, Minn.
La-Z-Boy from
drunk driving case
to be auctioned
A motorized La-Z-Boy used by a
man who pleaded guilty to driving
it drunk is going up for auction. But
police said interested bidders need to
keep it off the streets. The chair, pow-
ered by a lawnmower engine, comes
equipped with a stereo, cup holders
and lights.
Police inProctor, innorthernMin-
nesota, put the seized chair up for
auction on eBay yesterday. The pro-
ceeds will go to the police, state and
the prosecutingattorney.
But Chief Walter Wobig cautions
that the chair isn't "street legal," so
any buyer should stick to the living
room- or atmost aparade.
The former owner, Dennis LeRoy
Anderson, pleaded guilty this month
to operating the chair while intoxi-
cated. His family is also auctioning
on eBay an autographed photo of him
riding the La-Z-Boy to help with his
fees.
GRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP, Mich.
Remains of missing
man identified on
Lke Michiganbeach
t a e M c i a e c.Police say technicians used DNA
from a Wisconsin man's twin broth-
er to identify him after his remains
washed up on a Lake Michigan
beach.
Mike Scaffidi of Hartland, Wis.,
had been missing since July 2005,
when he and three other men were
. thrown from a powerboat that over-
Wturned about two miles southwest
of Holland. A 20-year-old Rhode
Island man died and the other pas-
sengers were rescued.
The 42-year-old Scaffidi's
remains were discovered July 15,
2008 in Ottawa County's Grand
Haven Township, about 15 miles
north of the crash site.
Sheriff's Lt. Mark Bennett says
samples of the remains were sent to
a forensic laboratory at the Univer-
sity of North Texas, where Scaffidi's
DNA was matched with that of his

identical twin.
Family members are arranging
for a funeral in Wisconsin.
DALLAS
Law permitting
children to view
pornography under
fire in Texas court
A 1970s-era Texas law that al-
lows parents to show "harmful ma-
terial" to their children has come
under fire after a prosecutor said
he couldn't file charges against a
man accused of forcing his 8- and
9-year-old daughters to watch
hardcore online pornography.
Randall County District Attor-
ney James Farren has asked the
Texas attorney general's office to
review his decision not to pursue
charges in the case, which has
prompted at least one lawmaker to
vow to change the state's public in-
decency law.
"Our hands are tied. It's not our
fault. I have to follow the law," Far-
ren said yesterday. "The mother of
the victims in this case was less
than happy with this decision,
which I understand. We were less
than happy with the statute."
The law apparently was meant to
protect the privacy of parents who
wanted to teach children about
sex education, but it states clearly
that parents can't be prosecuted
for showing "harmful material" to
their children.
- Compiled from
Daily wire reports

Prescription
drug bust nets
322 people

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, center right, poses for photos beside Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Meh
mood Qureshi, center left, and two unidentified people in front of the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan, Thursday.
Clinton: Pakistan
I - 1 alags ina-QaIdahuni

. Police officers put
stop to multi-state
drug trafficking
s LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - More
than 300 people were arrested and
200 more targeted in a crackdown
on a multi-state prescription pill
pipeline, a bust that Kentucky offi-
cials said yesterday was the largest
in the state's history.
Police officers fanning out across
mostly eastern Kentucky this week
AP had arrested 322 people bymidafter-
noon inpursuit ofabout 500suspects
who face charges related to illegal
trafficking of prescription drugs,
officials said at a newsconference.
Kentucky State Police Com-
missioner Rodney Brewer said
the roundup, a joint state-federal
effort, comes after a three-year
investigation and is "striking at
the heart of major drug traffick-
ing organizations and crippling
illegal prescription drug pipelines
ive that are running from Florida into
tan Kentucky."
bal Authorities have not identi-
fied a leader in the drug traffick-
m," ing but did pinpoint one suspect
an- who allegedly headed a group of13
nd other accused traffickers.
n." Thatgroup,whichoperatedfrom
the 2005 to 2008, traveled to Pennsyl-
trt- vania, Ohio and Florida to obtain
ght methadone and oxycodone pills to
put sell in eastern Kentucky, authori-
rhy ties said. The group's alleged leader
re. faces at least 20 years and possibly
has life in prison if convicted.
sia, Kentucky uses an electronic
her prescription monitoring program
to try to prevent abuses.
est Shelley Johnson,aspokeswoman
ing for the state attorney general, said
er- after the state started the system,
ate. many residents migrated to other
in states, particularly South Florida,
to obtain multiple prescriptions
bad from pain clinics. and sold the pills,
iki- she said.

"We are well aware that due
to other states not having similar
systems, we have pipelines that
are emerging to bring too many of
these addictive substances into our
Commonwealth," Kentucky Attor-
ney General Jack Conway said.
Because Florida was the largest
of just a handful of states without
such tracking, it had become the
nation's leading supplier of pre-
scription drugs obtained for illicit
purposes.
A bill signed this year by Florida
Gov. Charlie Crist would set up
such a system, designed to crack
down on so-called "doctor shop-
ping" by addicts and drug dealers
who flock to Florida from through-
out the Southeast.
Federal Drug Enfotcement
Administration officials say South
Florida's Broward County, where
doctors wrote prescriptions for more
than 6.5 million oxycodone pills
from June to December 2008, is the
nation's top supplier of the narcotic.
In Kentucky, Brewer said that
the number of illegal pills pur-
chased or confiscated as part of
the state police investigation num-
bered "in the tens of thousands."
He said authorities had not yet
determined a street value for the
seized pills.
Last year, 877 deaths.in Ken-
tucky were caused by prescription
drug overdoses, Brewer said.
Bob McBridewiththe U.S.Attor-
ney's Office said he is unaware of
charges against any doctors in the
investigation.
Brewer said the majority of the
state-level charges were for traf-
ficking in controlled substances,
offenses that could land people in
prison for up to 20 years-if con-
victed.
McBride said the federal charges
includeconspiracytodistributecon-
trolled substances and distribution
of controlled substances - mostly
methadone and OxyContin- as
well as money laundering.

In blunt statements,
Clinton pressures
Pakistan to uncover
terrorist hideouts
ISLAMABAD (AP) - U.S. Sec-
retary of State Hillary Rodham
Clinton chided Pakistani officials
yesterday for failing to press the
hunt for al-Qaida inside their bor-
ders, suggesting they know where
the terror leaders are hiding.
American officials have long
said that al-Qaida mastermind
Osama bin Laden and senior lieu-
tenants of the network accused in
the Sept. 11 attacks operate out of
the rugged terrain along the bor-
der with Afghanistan.
But Clinton's unusually blunt
comments went further in assert-
ing that Pakistan's government
has done too little about it.
"I find it hard to believe that
nobody in your government knows
where they are and couldn't get
them if they really wanted to,"
Clinton said in an interview with
Pakistani journalists in Lahore.
"Maybe that's the case. Maybe
they're not gettable. I don't know."
There was no immediate reac-
tion from Pakistani officials, but
the thrust of Clinton's comments
were startling, coming after

months of lavish public comments
from her and other American offi-
cials portraying Pakistan's lead-
ers as finally receptive to the war
against militants inside their own
country.
As a political spouse, career
public official and recently as
a diplomat, Clinton has long
showed a tendency toward blunt-
ness, sometimes followed by a
softening of her comments. But
her remarks about Pakistan's lack
of action against al-Qaida comes
at a particularly sensitive moment
- amid a major Pakistani offen-
sive against militants and a deadly
spate of insurgent violence.
With Pakistan reeling from
Wednesday's devastating bomb-
ing that killed more than 100
people in Peshawar, Clinton
also engaged in an intense give-
and-take with students at the
Government College of Lahore.
She insisted that inaction by the
government would have ceded
ground to terrorists.
"If you want to see your terri-
tory shrink, that's your choice,"
she said, adding that she believed
it would be a bad choice.
Richard Holbrooke, the special
U.S. representative on Afghani-
stan and Pakistan, told reporters
that Clinton planned to meet late
yesterday with the army chief,
Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, to

get an update on the offens
that began Oct. 17 against Talib
forces in a portion of the tri
areas near the Afghan border. .
"We want to encourage thet
Holbrooke said of the Pakist,
is. "She wants to get a firstha
account of the military situatio
During her exchange witht
Pakistani journalists, one repo
er asked Clinton why the fi
against terrorism seemed to
Pakistan at the center and w
other countries couldn't do mo
Clinton noted that al-Qaida I
launched attacks on Indone
the Philippines and many otl
countries over the years.
"So the world has an inter
in seeing the capture and kill
of the people who are the mast
minds of this terrorist syndica
As far as we know, they are
Pakistan."
On Clinton's flight to Islamal
after the interview with Pa
stani journalists, U.S. Ambas
dor Anne Patterson said Clinto
remarks approximate what
Obama administration has t
Pakistani officials in private.
"We often say, 'Yes, there ne
to be more focus on finding th(
leaders,"' Patterson said. "I
other thing is, they lost toni
of much of this territory in rec
years, and that's why they're
South Waziristan right now."

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Detroit ex-mayor pleads for
lower payments on restitution
Kilpatrick lays

finances bare, claims
bills are mounting
DETROIT (AP) - The personal
finances of Kwame and Carlita
Kilpatrick - and relationships the
disgraced ex-Detroit mayor had
with five of the city's most promi-
nent businessmen - were laid
wide open as he tried to persuade
a judge tolower monthly payments
on a $1 million restitution.
Outside of $914,000 still owed
the city as part of pleas in two
criminal cases, Kilpatrick testified
yesterday in Wayne County Cir-
cuit Court that he still owes attor-
neys $650,000 and eventually has
to repay personal loans totaling
$240,000.
The loans from Roger Penske,
Jim Nicholson, Dan Gilbert and
Peter Karmanos were given in
installments beginning Feb. 4 -
the day after Kilpatrick's release
from jail.
It also was disclosed yester-
day that billionaire Ambassador
Bridge owner Manuel Moroun
gave the former mayor's wife and
three sons a $50,000 gift.
Prosecutors are trying to prove
that Kilpatrick has not reported
all of his income and finances as
ordered by Judge David Groner.
He is accused of trying to circum-
vent the order by putting money
into various accounts bearing his
wife's name.
During questioning, Kilpatrick
said he signed over $150,000 in
checks from the four businessmen
to Carlita Kilpatrick, and testified
to having no knowledge of her
finances. He also testified that he
doesn't know if she has a job.
Kilpatrick said he was not sure
who is paying the rent on the cou-
ple's mansion in an affluent Dallas
suburb.
"I guess it's a leased home and

DAVID GURALNICK/E
Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick listens during court proceedings Thurs
day at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit.

I'm not party to that lease," he
said. "I assume my wife is paying
the rentbecause I'm not."
Kilpatrick is a salesman for
Covisint, a Texas-based subsid-
iary of Compuware Corp., which
is headquartered in downtown
Detroit. Karmanos is Compu-
ware's chairman and CEO.
Penske is CEO of Penske Auto-
motive Group. Nicholson is presi-
dent and CEO of PVS Chemicals
Inc. Gilbert, founder and chair-
man of Quicken Loans Inc., owns
the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers.
Each had done business with
the city or weredeeply involved in
activities there during Kilpatrick's
six years as mayor.
Compuware's headquarters is in
the city's downtown, and Gilbert
announced during Kilpatrick's
tenure that he would move Quick-
en Loans' headquarters from Livo-
nia to downtown Detroit.
Kilpatrick was charged with

perjury following the January
2008 release of sexually explicit
text messages he shared with his
former chief of staff. Those mes-
sages contradicted testimony
Kilpatrick had given in an earlier
police whistleblowers' lawsuit.
He resigned as mayor in Sep-
tember 2008 after pleading guilty
to obstruction of justice and plead-
ing no contest to assault. He spent
99 days injail.'
Gilbert admitted yesterday in a
statement that he and other busi-
ness leaders made personal loans
to Kilpatrick.
"In our view it was important for
the City, and the entire region, that
the Mayor leave office as soon as
was practical," Gilbert said in the
statement. "The belief was that the
Mayor would make the decision to
leave office sooner knowing that
a loan would be made available to
him for the welfare of his family at
some time in the near future."

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