NATION IN BRIEF: Man who fled from Dahmer charged in death

Man who fled from Dahmer charged in death

MILWAUKEE -- The man who led Milwaukee police to serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer 20 years ago is charged with recklessly endangering safety in the death of a homeless man who drowned after he was thrown off a bridge.

Fifty-two-year-old Tracy Edwards and 44-year-old Timothy Carr are accused of arguing with Johnny Jordan, picking him up and throwing him off a downtown Milwaukee bridge on Tuesday.

In July 1991, Tracy Edwards escaped from Dahmer's apartment, a handcuff still dangling from his wrist, and led police to him.

A criminal complaint filed Friday says that after the 43-year-old Jordan went in, Carr jumped in from the riverbank. Police later got Jordan and Carr out of the water.

AWOL soldier defiant in first court appearance

WACO, Texas -- An AWOL soldier accused of plotting to launch an attack on Fort Hood was defiant during his first court appearance on Friday, yelling out the name of the Army psychiatrist blamed in the 2009 deadly shooting rampage at the same Texas base.

Federal prosecutors charged 21-year-old Pfc. Naser Abdo with possessing a destructive device, two days after he was arrested at a motel about 3 miles from the front gate of Fort Hood. He told authorities he planned to construct two bombs in the motel room using gunpowder and shrapnel packed into pressure cookers and then detonate the explosives at a restaurant frequented by soldiers, court documents released Friday said.

Abdo, who had requested conscientious objector status because his Muslim beliefs prevented him from fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, refused to stand up during Friday's hearing when everyone in the court was asked to rise for the judge.

Jeffs threatens court with Biblical repercussions

SAN ANGELO, Texas -- A polygamist group leader says unless his trial on sexual assault charges is halted, those involved will face ''sickness and death.''

Warren Jeffs has been representing himself against accusations he sexually assaulted two underage girls. He spoke for nearly an hour Thursday, while objecting to testimony about evidence FBI agents seized from his group's compound in Texas.

After District Judge Barbara Walther overruled his objection, he told her he had to read a statement from God.

Walther dismissed the jury, and the head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints read a statement saying God demanded the trial end or ''sickness and death'' would come to all involved.

Wyo. deputy missing in river hailed as hero

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- A sheriff's deputy missing since he swam into a swollen eastern Wyoming river to help a struggling girl was hailed as a hero Friday, as the search continued and an official revealed the girl had jumped in the waterway because she was upset with her boyfriend.

Converse County Deputy Bryan Gross, 29, swam into the North Platte River in the town of Douglas to try to help the girl at about 5 p.m. Thursday, Undersheriff Don Schoenleber said.

Gross went into the high-flowing river from one side while several others swam in from the other, Schoenleber said.

The girl had entered the waterway near the Douglas Yellowstone Bridge, which joins both sides of Douglas, 50 miles east of Casper.