July 24, 2001 |
A U.S. citizen convicted of selling nuclear arms parts to Israel has been arrested in Spain after 16 years on the run, police said Monday. Richard Kelly Smith, 71, escaped before being sentenced in the U.S. on 15 counts of exporting nuclear arms technology and 15 counts of falsification of documents. He was picked up two weeks ago in Malaga on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain, where he had been living since 1985, police said. Spain's High Court will now consider whether to extradite him.
December 12, 1988 |
The president of the Church of Scientology and 10 other members arrested in an investigation of alleged fraud and tax evasion have been released on more than $1 million bail, their lawyer said Sunday. A judge's order releasing church President Heber Jentzsch, an American, and the others came Saturday after facts were presented that "corrected" some allegations against the group, said the lawyer, Jose Luis Chamorro. Jentzsch, 53, a native of Salt Lake City, lives in Los Angeles.
April 6, 1988 |
An American photographer who insisted that he was duped by a drug ring was convicted Tuesday of drug trafficking and sentenced to six years and one day in prison despite a personal plea on his behalf by U.S. Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III. A three-judge tribunal of the Barcelona Provincial Court said the prosecution proved that Conan Owen, 23, of Annandale, Va., knew there was cocaine in the suitcase he carried on a flight from Santiago, Chile, to Barcelona on March 13, 1987.
July 15, 1990 |
A 21-year-old American woman suffered a fractured skull in the running of the bulls Saturday, the final day of the weeklong San Fermin festival, a hospital spokesman said. Stephanie Kern was in serious condition after she was knocked down by a bull during the run at the festival made famous by author Ernest Hemingway, the spokesman said. Kern, who will be a college senior in Conway, S.C., and her mother arrived in Pamplona on Wednesday.
January 5, 1991 |
When Audie Norris, a former Portland Trail Blazer, left the Italian league to play in Spain in 1987, everyone told him he had made a foolish mistake. Spanish basketball was bush. Coaches, players, sportswriters warned him, "You are just going to fade away in Spain." But the 30-year-old, 6-foot-9 American from Mississippi has hardly faded away. His team, Barcelona, the Spanish champions, now ranks with the tops in Europe.
July 14, 1995 |
A young American on his first trip abroad joined the street frenzy of Pamplona's running of the bulls Thursday, only to fall onto the cobblestones and be fatally gored by a charging 1,100-pound bull. Matthew P. Tassio, 22, of Glen Ellyn, Ill., died at Navarra Hospital shortly after he was lacerated in the midsection by the long horns of one of six fighting bulls in the run made famous by Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises."