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Volume 110, Issue 100
Sniper Manhunt Yields 2 Arrests
AP PHOTO/PIERCE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE
John Allen Muhammad, shown
here in a 1995 booking mug,
was arrested Thursday morning.
To Work to Ease
By Alex Granados
A plan being developed by student
leaders to improve student relations
with town residents might ease the ten
sions that led to a nine-month-long
ban on duplex construction.
The program is a joint project
between the Graduate and
Professional Student Federation and
the executive branch of student gov
For the moment, the program is still
only an idea in the minds of Student
Body President Jen Daum and GPSF
President Branson Page.
Police stand outside the Banzai ride at the State Fair on Thursday,
where an attendant died after the ride's car hit him.
N.C. State Fair Employee
Killed in Ride Accident
By Emma Burgin
Assistant State & National Editor
RALEIGH - Forty-one-year-old
Ervie Allen, an Amusements of
America employee, was killed
Thursday morning in an accident on
the Banzai ride at the N.C. State Fair.
At about 10:55 a.m., Allen, who is
from Philadelphia, was on a platform
below the ride when he slipped and
was struck by one of the cars on its
One other person -a 15-year-old
Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass. There is no such a thing as concealment.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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closing time at the end of daylight-saving time.
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Ballistics link gun found in suspects' car to the shootings
The Associated Press
ROCKVILLE, Md. - One of the United States’
most extraordinary manhunts culminated Thursday
in the arrests of an Army veteran and a teenager,
asleep at a roadside rest stop - perpetrators, authori
ties believe, of a bloody, three-week sniping spree that
left 10 people dead and multitudes paralyzed by fear.
John Allen Muhammad, 41 - arrested with 17-year
old John Lee Malvo - appeared in court and was
ordered held without bail. Both, said Montgomery
County Police Chief Charles Moose, are considered
suspects in the sniper attacks.
The two were arrested without incident by mem
bers of the sniper task force at a rest stop in Frederick
County, Md., 50 miles northwest of Washington, D.C.
The time was 3:19 a.m.
A gun found in the suspects’ car -a Bushmaster
AR-15 rifle - had been linked by ballistics to 11 of the
14 shootings, including one in which no one was
injured, said Michael Bouchard, an agent with the
federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
Thus far, the plan calls for pam
phlets and packets to be given to stu
denft when they decide not to recon
tract with campus housing.
Information on noise ordinances,
how to dispose of furniture and rules
regarding keeping animals will be
among the items included in the pack
ets. This information is expected to
help students who are living on their
own for the first time.
“We shouldn’t think (students) intu
itively know how to live in a commu
nity,” Page said. “We want the town to
know we are willing to work with
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girl - was injured in the accident. She
was in the car that hit the attendant but
walked away with only several bmises.
“It was a tragic accident,” said Mike
Blanton, assistant commissioner of the
N.C. Department of Agriculture, which
is responsible for organizing the fair. “It
appears as though (Allen) got in the path
of the Banzai ride while it was operating
and a foot rest struck him in the head.”
Investigators said they assume the
blow to the head to be the cause of
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The AR-15 is the civilian form of the M-16 military
assault rifle. Asa soldier, Muhammad received a
Marksmanship Badge with expert rating - the high
est of three ratings - in use of the M-16, according to
Army records. Police also found a scope and tripod in
the car, a law enforcement source said.
Muhammad, a veteran of the Gulf War, convert
ed to Islam, according to The Seattle Times. The
Times quoted federal sources as saying he and Malvo
had been known to speak sympathetically about the
hijackers who attacked the World Trade Center and
the Pentagon. But there was no indication, authorities
said, that they were linked to al-Qaida or any terror
In handcuffs and a green prison jumpsuit,
Muhammad appeared Thursday in a Baltimore fed
eral courthouse patrolled by a dozen federal marshals
armed with high-powered rifles.
Muhammad is due back in court Tuesday on a fed
eral firearms charge stemming from a 2000 court order
in Tacoma, Wash., that barred Muhammad from
harassing or using force against an ex-wife and children.
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Because some faculty take academic integrity issues into their own hands and many students don't
understand the honor system, officials are working to make UNC's judicial system more respected.
Proposals Aim to Imbue
Honor System With Respect
By Rob Leichner
Faculty members ignore it because they
think it’s ineffective. Students don’t make an
effort to understand its intricacies because
they think it lacks significant meaning.
This common lack of respect for UNC’s stu
dent-run honor system prompted Chancellor
James Moeser to appoint a task force of stu
dents and faculty last year to review the system.
Now, the Committee on Student Conduct
is reviewing the task force’s proposed changes,
which address faculty involvement, student
awareness and integrity issues.
According to the Instrument of Student Judicial
Governance, the document written in 1974 that lays out
the tenets of the Honor Code and Honor Court proce
dures, faculty are required to “take all reasonable steps”
to enforce the Honor Code.
The instrument states that students are required to
“obey and support the enforcement of the Honor Code.”
This includes obeying the Campus Code, which is the
part of the Honor Code that prohibits actions that would
“impair significantly the welfare or the educational
opportunities of others.”
Violations of the Campus Code include alcohol and
More Than Apu
Students discuss Indian-
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HONOR COURT REVIEW
■ The final part in
a four-part series
looking at a review
of UNC's student
“Sometimes I have thought it would be difficult to
prove a case to the court’s satisfaction, so I just confront
the student directly,” Turchi said.
He said that he respects the ideas the code stands for but
that he does not think the Honor Court does an effective job
of enforcing and promoting these ideas.“l can’t tell you I
have ever sent a case to the Honor Court,” Turchi said. “I
think the prevailing attitude of the economics department is
that we don’t send cases unless there is a slam-dunk case.”
The Department of English reports all of its students’
possible violations to the Honor Court, said department
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U.S. District Court Magistrate Beth P. Gesner
made no mention of the sniper killings. Muhammad
spoke little during the 10-minute hearing. When
Gesner asked if he understood the charge, he quietly
answered, “Yes, ma’am.”
Malvo, a citizen of Jamaica, is considered by the
court to be a juvenile, and all of his proceedings are
closed. Police said he is being held as a material wit
ness, pending charges, and they did not identify him.
A law enforcement official, speaking on condition
of anonymity, outlined developments that led to the
On Oct 17, a Montgomery County, Md., public
information officer received a call from someone they
now believe was the sniper. The caller referred to a rob
bery-homicide in “Montgomery” - not, in itself, enough
to prompt authorities to call police in that Alabama city.
The next day, a priest received a call from some
one who mentioned a crime in Montgomery, Ala. It’s
unclear whether the caller referred to the sniper
killings, but the conversation prompted the priest to
call the hotline. Authorities put the two calls together.
Evidence from a Sept 21 robbery attempt outside a
liquor store in Montgomery, which killed one employ
ee and wounded another, then led police to the men.
drug violations on campus, vandalism and
harassment of other students.
All possible violations of either code must
be reported to the student attorney general or
to the dean of students, both of whom ulti
mately charge students and decide their guilt
Some faculty members said they report all
possible violations, but others said they do not
trust the Honor Court to adequately deal with
the situations. Boone Turchi, professor of eco
nomics, said he is aware of several cheating
cases that have been dismissed from the Honor
Court because of technicalities.
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Burn victim David Creep's son,
Tyler, (left) and wife, Jackie, attend
a news conference Thursday.
David Creecy was
burned in Bali attack
By Meredith Craig
“Just focus on this,” he told his brother.
Marc Creecy, brother of Bali bomb
ing victim David Creecy, held a photo
graph taken in September of David
Creecy and David Creecy’s wife, Jackie,
for David Creecy to see in his bed in the
intensive care unit at the N.C. Jaycee
Burn Center at UNC Hospitals.
This show of
optimism is just
one of innumer
able displays of
support and love
that have taken
place since David
Creecy, 49, sur
vived the blast of a
terrorist bomb in
Bali made of com
by groups alleged
ly tied to al-Qaida
occurred Oct. 12
and killed more
than 200 people in
Creecy, a resident of the Outer Banks, was
in an Irish pub during the blast and had to
fight his way out, Marc Creecy said.
Michael Peck, the bum center’s
director, who is in charge of David
Creecy’s care, had been consulting by
phone with those in Singapore caring
for him since the day of the bombing.
David Creecy arrived in Chapel Hill
on Sunday after a MedEvac flight from
Singapore brought him to Raleigh-
Durham International Airport.
Peck said in a press conference
Thursday at the N.C. Women’s Hospital
that David Creecy, who has second
degree bums covering 60 percent of his
body, is not unstable in any way despite
being fisted in critical condition because
of the intense level of care he requires.
“His biggest challenge is, number
one, dealing with the pain of the bum
wounds and, number two, coming to
terms with his loss of strength and
endurance,” Peck said.
He also said physical and occupational
therapy will be integral to David Creecy’s
recovery as soon as his wounds heal.
Norma Mills, general counsel for
state Sen. Marc Basnight, was central to
arranging for David Creecy’s return to
the United States. “She is now, and
always will remain, a cherished member
of our extended family,” Marc Creecy
said at the press conference.
The Creecy family also praised David
Creecy’s three traveling companions
from the Outer Banks for their frantic
and dedicated search for him after the
bombing. “They did all this while they
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David Creecy's Wife