National briefs for Saturday


PHILADELPHIA

Man charged after hitting puppy, driving away

Dogs get hit by cars routinely, but usually the driver doesn’t get booked on a hit-and-run charge and end up in jail.

But that’s what happened to Rashawn Antonio Robertson, 21, of Clifton Heights, Pa., this week.

King, a German shepherd-Doberman pinscher puppy, slipped out the back door of his home and into an alley on Tuesday. He darted into the path of a car and was killed.

The mother of the dog’s owner saw the incident and called 911. Police searched the area and found the car with blood and fresh damage on it. Robertson, denied hitting the dog, became combative with police, was wrestled to the ground and arrested.

He was charged with careless driving, reckless driving, failure to stop, driving under the influence, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, and was taken to the Delaware County jail.

Said Chitwood, “As far as I am concerned, it is a hit and run.”

MOSCOW, RUSSIA

Bolshoi artistic director attacked with acid

The artistic director of Russia’s famed Bolshoi Ballet was attacked by an assailant who threw acid in his face, police and theater officials said Friday. He suffered third-degree burns and damage to his eyes.

Sergei Filin, 42, was about to enter his home in downtown Moscow just before midnight Thursday when a masked stranger called him by his name and then flung the acid, Bolshoi’s spokeswoman Yekaterina Novikova said.

NEW ORLEANS

Former NO Mayor Nagin indicted on corruption charges

Former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin, has been indicted on 21 counts of bribery, money laundering, officials announced Friday.

The charges stem from an ongoing corruption investigation of Nagin’s two terms in office beginning in 2002.

McClatchy News Services

Two former city officials and two businessmen have already pleaded guilty in connection with the scandal.

The businessmen, Frank Fradella and Rodney Williams, both pleaded guilty to bribing the mayor and are expected to testify against Nagin.

In papers unsealed in federal court, District Judge Ivan Lemelle read a summary of the grand jury’s findings. Nagin was charged with 21 counts of bribery, wire fraud, money laundering and filing false tax returns.