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Man Accused Of Kidnapping, Torturing Wife
HAWTHORNE A Southern California man is accused of torturing his estranged wife to get her to sign divorce papers and give him her assets.
Hawthorne police said Friday that Mohammad Hanafi faces several felony counts, including kidnap and torture.
Police Lt. Michael Ishii says the wife was kidnapped and tortured for five days. Hanafi is accused of binding and gagging his wife then shocking her with a Taser at a home in Hawthorne. Ishii says she was moved to a home in Los Angeles and escaped early last week to a neighbor’s home, where she called police.
Hanafi surrendered this week. Police are searching for Kisasi Liggins of Los Angeles, who is accused of helping Hanafi restrain his wife.
Protestors find offense in Nagin receiving an award for recovery
01:35 AM CDT on Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday evening Mayor Ray Nagin will be honored for what some are calling his courage and leadership during the New Orleans recovery. The award ceremony is being held in a ballroom at the top of the Ritz Carlton.
It’s not only constituents who are upset by the award, but also the president of the City Council. It all started with the invitation to the ceremony, mailed out by the mayor’s personal photographer, Bernardo Wade, who is actually responsible for planning the whole thing.
Inside the invitation, it says a group chaired by Wade, called the Excellence in Recovery Host Committee, recognized Nagin for his courage and leadership. It also says they’ll recognized Katrina survivors.
On the back, it lists about 50 individuals who make up the committee, which include civic leaders, as well as politicians. One of the group’s co-chairs is City Council President Jackie Clarkson, but she opted not to attend.
Clarkson says when she was asked to serve on the committee she was never told it was to honor the mayor, she thought it was purely to recognize survivors. She says it’s not appropriate to recognize the mayor or any other elected official.
Nagin was presented the award by retired Lt. General Russell Honore, the man whom led federal troops into New Orleans following the storm.
When asked about the controversy, Nagin said he feels the ceremony is being misunderstood. He says while he may have been used as a headliner for the award, there are others who will also be recognized tonight. Nagin, however, wouldn’t say whether he thought he deserved the award.
“There’s going to some debate about that, but I’m here to accept it on behalf of myself and all the people that have struggled throughout the recovery.”
The mayor was quick to point that the ceremony was a private affair and used no public funding.
“This committee, that’s a private committee decided to give me an award, so I really don’t see a big deal about that.”
Feds Charge Inmate After White Powder Mailing
Marc Harold Ramsey Put His Name On Threatening Letter
Federal prosecutors have filed charges against a jail inmate alleging he sent a threatening letter and white powder to a Colorado campaign office for Republican presidential candidate John McCain.
According to an affidavit, the letter included the statement “Senator McCain, If you are reading this then you are already DEAD! Unless of course you can’t or don’t breathe.”
The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office says Marc Harold Ramsey, an inmate in the Arapahoe County Jail, mailed the letter. He’s been in jail since 2007 on felony charges of menacing, harassment and assault.
He now faces a charge of knowingly mailing a threat and faces at least five years in prison if convicted.
Authorities said Ramsey wrote both his name and “Arapahoe County Jail” on the letter.
A total of 17 staffers went through decontamination tents as a precautionary measure after the letter and white powder were found.
The powder was not dangerous.