WASHINGTON: Archives inspector accused
The longtime inspector general for the National Archives and Records Administration was placed on administrative leave with pay following allegations of professional misconduct made by a federal agent on his staff, officials said. Paul Brachfeld, 54, was placed on leave Sept. 14 by Archivist of the United States David Ferriero, according to sources with detailed knowledge of reviews of Brachfeld's conduct. Agent Greg Tremaglio was himself placed by Brachfeld on administrative leave after a dispute, the sources said. Tremaglio's complaint, read to The Washington Post by a congressional source, included allegations that the inspector general altered audits, provided sensitive law enforcement information to reporters for CBS News's "60 Minutes" before law officials approved its release, made derisive comments about transgender people, and used vulgar language with female staff. Brachfeld denies the allegations.
OKLAHOMA: Held in plot to bomb churches
A man with a long history of mental illness has been charged with plotting to attack dozens of churches after a hotel maintenance worker spotted the makings of Molotov cocktails in a trash bin and alerted police. Gregory Arthur Weiler II, 23, of Elk Grove Village, Ill., was charged under a state anti-terrorism law enacted after the federal building bombing in Oklahoma City in 1995. Weiler was arrested after a motel worker in Miami, Okla., spotted bottles and other suspicious items, a police affidavit says. Bomb-making materials were found in his room with a list of 48 churches and a hand-drawn map of the churches.
TEXAS: Mom glued toddler to wall
A Dallas woman who super-glued her little daughter's hands to a wall beat the girl so badly that she suffered bleeding on her brain, a doctor testified Monday during a sentencing hearing. Elizabeth Escalona, 23, faces up to life in prison after pleading guilty to attacking Jocelyn Cedillo, 2, last September. She attacked the toddler over potty training problems, police said.