CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2003 |
Los Angeles detectives in Guam are expected to return today with a fugitive accused of abusing two boys under his foster care in 1998, officials said. Domingo Ramon Cruz, 55, pleaded guilty to molesting the boys, ages 5 and 10, but was granted probation in 1999. Prosecutors successfully appealed the decision, but Cruz had fled to the Philippines, where he eluded police by dressing as a woman.
January 13, 1987 |
The corruption trial of former Gov. Ricardo J. Bordallo opened Monday in U.S. District Court with 81 prospective jurors being interviewed and none seated. Bordallo, 59, is charged with extortion, bribery and wire fraud for allegedly accepting more than $140,000 in payoffs while he was governor.
December 20, 2005 |
A long-awaited audit released Monday by the Guam public auditor has concluded that court officials in the U.S. territory apparently circumvented bidding requirements to secretly hire lobbyist Jack Abramoff to fight a proposal to reorganize the Pacific island's judicial system. According to the audit, bids were required for contracts in excess of $10,000. The payments to Abramoff, which totaled $324,000, were made in 36 checks issued to Laguna Beach lawyer and lobbyist Howard Hills.
May 4, 2008 |
Barack Obama defeated Hillary Rodham Clinton by seven votes in the Guam Democratic presidential caucuses Saturday. The count of more than 4,500 ballots took all night. Neither candidate campaigned in the U.S. island territory in person, but both did long-distance media interviews and bought campaign ads. The count, completed this morning, showed that Obama's slate received 2,264 votes to Clinton's 2,257. That means the candidates will split the four pledged-delegate votes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1994 |
With a weathered thumb, William Putney traced on a map the route his Marines took through Guam during World War II and paused, tapping the spot where 25 members of his special forces lie buried in a remote jungle. "That's no place for war heroes," Putney said. "They deserve better." These fallen troops were the dogs of war: Doberman pinschers and German shepherds that sniffed out mines, carried messages, scouted trails and guarded camp during the gritty liberation of Guam in 1944.
July 25, 2004 |
The 1940s a cappella tune crackles from the local radio station: "Sam, Sam, oh dear Uncle Sam, won't you please come back to Guam." It is a call that the Pentagon is answering with a resounding "yes." After three decades of troop reductions, the U.S. military has quietly begun ramping up its presence on this remote Pacific island. And most residents are putting out the welcome mat, hoping that a renewed commitment from Uncle Sam will revive the U.S. territory's slumbering economy.