Soldier indicted in explosives, weapons thefts

Published January 18, 2007

Indictments accuse an Army Special Forces soldier of illegally storing weapons and explosives and trying to get them into the United States from Afghanistan.

David Neal Kellerman, 44, of Broward County, in custody since August, was indicted in December by a federal grand jury on charges related to weapons, ammunition and explosives found on his boat in Fort Lauderdale and in storage facilities. A grand jury on Tuesday added accusations that he tried to import explosives and high-powered firearms from Afghanistan, where he was a sergeant first class attached to the 20th Special Forces Group at Bagram Airfield. Some of the weapons allegedly were disassembled and hidden in ordinary items.

Kellerman's attorney, Daniel Koleos, said Wednesday the items found in Afghanistan were part of Kellerman's ordinary "combat load" and those in Broward County were just "battlefield souvenirs."


Ex-teacher gets prison for molesting student

A former Brevard County teacher convicted of molesting a former student has been sentenced to 70 years in prison.

Daniel Cliatt, 30, was also sentenced in Circuit Court Tuesday to a lifetime of probation.

He pleaded guilty in November to 13 counts of sexual battery and child molestation.

The former Endeavour Elementary School teacher was arrested in April 2005 after another teacher reported seeing an inappropriate encounter between Cliatt and the boy. Cliatt told investigators he engaged in sexual relations with the boy and another student during after-school tutoring sessions.


Seminoles push in court for Vegas-like slots

The Seminole Tribe of Florida asked a federal judge to force the Interior Department to issue regulations allowing its casinos to have Las-Vegas style slot machines.

The tribe filed court papers Tuesday in Tallahassee seeking the move, which would put its casinos on a par with four Broward County parimutuels that already have so-called Class III-style slot machines. The tribe's casinos currently have Class II slots, which work on a bingo-like system where players vie against each other instead of the house.

The Interior Department had set a November 2006 deadline for the state to negotiate a gaming agreement, or compact, with the tribe. The compact would allow the tribe to have the slots, likely in return for money from slots revenue and regulatory oversight. But the state and tribe didn't reach a deal, leading to the tribe's court action.

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist sent a Jan. 8 letter to Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne asking the department to hold off on any action so his administration could enter talks with the tribe.