Abduction suspect asks for psychiatric evaluation

An attorney for the man accused of abducting University of Virginia student Hannah Graham said Friday that he wants his client to be evaluated to determine his sanity.

Attorney James Camblos made the request at an arraignment for Jesse L. Matthew Jr., 32, in Fairfax County Circuit Court, where he’s charged in a sexual assault unrelated to Graham’s disappearance and death.

Matthew is charged with abducting a 26-year-old woman in Fairfax City in September 2005 and assaulting her. He also is charged with attempted capital murder in the case.

In Charlottesville, he has been charged with abducting Graham with the intent to defile.

At Friday’s hearing, the judge took no action on Camblos’ request for a psychiatric evaluation, deferring it until a later date.


Judge frees veteran who crossed border with guns

A Mexican judge on Friday ordered the immediate release of a jailed U.S. Marine veteran who spent eight months behind bars for crossing the border with loaded guns.

Family spokesman Jonathan Franks told The Associated Press on Friday that the judge decided to release retired Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, 26, an Afghanistan veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder whose detention brought calls for his freedom from U.S. politicians and veterans groups.

The judge released him without making a determination on the charges against Tahmooressi, who said he took a wrong turn on a California freeway that funneled him into a Tijuana port of entry with no way to turn back.


High waves flood portions of scenic Lake Shore Drive

Winds gusting up to 65 mph caused Lake Michigan waves to slam into the Chicago shoreline, sending water onto part of Lake Shore Drive.

The waves slowed traffic and prompted the cancellation of a Halloween attraction.

Parts of the scenic highway were flooded Friday, leading to some lane closures. Traffic was backed up for miles.

The high waves prompted Navy Pier, one of Chicago’s top tourist attractions, to close its eastern end. Navy Pier officials also canceled a haunted house that’s located on a barge.

– From news service reports