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Probation for corruption

By wire services
Published November 19, 2003

NAPLES - A development attorney was sentenced to two years' probation and fined $50,000 after interrupting his trial to plead guilty to misdemeanor charges in the Stadium Naples public corruption case.

Leo Salvatori pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to report cash transactions Monday after his jury was seated.

Authorities dropped felony charges of racketeering, racketeering conspiracy and unlawful compensation.

Salvatori, 47, is the eighth of 10 defendants to plead to reduced or related charges in an investigation that touched three county commissioners, a former county manager, developers and ESPN founder Bill Rasmussen.

Stadium Naples was to be a spectator golf course arena, home to the Senior PGA golf tournament. Defendants were accused of giving payoffs to public officials in exchange for influence over commission votes on the project.

School bus hijacked

MIAMI - A man was arrested Tuesday after hijacking a school bus carrying 38 students and demanding to be taken to a stadium to save kids from terrorists, police said.

There were no injuries, and the students were escorted back to Hialeah Miami Lakes High School, police said. Jovanta Frazier, 20, boarded at a regular bus stop shortly after dawn and rode with the students for at least 47 blocks, police said. Frazier was taken into custody without incident. He was unarmed.

Investigators were not immediately sure what Frazier meant about stadiums, children and terrorists. They said he also said he wanted to be taken to meet rapper Tupac Shakur and get his autograph. Shakur died in 1996. He has been charged with 39 counts of false imprisonment, officials said.

Child porn bust nets one

TALLAHASSEE - A Florida Department of Corrections worker was charged with 97 counts of child pornography possession after images were discovered on his state computer.

Stanley Swift, a system programmer, was arrested at his Jefferson County home Monday night after a four-month investigation. He was being held Tuesday in the Leon County Jail and was not available for comment. The investigation began after the Department of Corrections received an anonymous letter. Florida Department of Law Enforcement computer crime investigators then found the material on the computer.

Swift resigned during the investigation. He apparently downloaded the images from the Internet, said FDLE spokeswoman Kristen Perezluha. Possession of child pornography is a third-degree felony that carries a maximum of five years in prison.

Bomb test rescheduled

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE - The Air Force will again test MOAB, the Massive Ordnance Air Blast, on Thursday after canceling Tuesday's test because of bad weather, said Air Force spokeswoman Lisa Swan.

The 21,000-pound bomb, which contains 18,000 pounds of explosives, was first tested March 11, eight days before the United States invaded Iraq. It shook windows miles away and sent up a huge mushroom cloud. Air Force officials said one role for the bomb is as a psychological weapon, but it has yet to be used in combat.

It is being eyed as a replacement for the 15,000-pound BLU-82, known as the "Daisy Cutter," that was used in Vietnam to clear jungle for helicopter landing zones. It also was dropped in the 1991 Persian Gulf War to clear minefields and more recently to blast caves believed to be hiding terrorists in Afghanistan.

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