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GALLAUDET FRESHMAN CHARGED IN 2 SLAYINGS AT UNIVERSITY

A freshman at Gallaudet University, the nation's only liberal arts university for the deaf, was charged Tuesday with killing two fellow students over the past five months.

Police Chief Charles Ramsey said robbery was the motive in both killings.

He said Joseph M. Mesa Jr., 20, of Barrigada, Guam, was to be arraigned today on two counts of felony murder in the deaths of Benjamin Varner and Eric F. Plunkett.

The students were killed in the dormitory next to the one where Mesa lived.

Varner, 19, of San Antonio, was found dead of multiple stab wounds Feb. 3 in a fourth-floor dorm room of Cogswell Hall. Plunkett, 19, of Burnsville, Minn., also a freshman, was found beaten to death in the same dorm Sept. 28.

The killings shocked Gallaudet, which was established in 1864 as the country's only four-year liberal arts university for thehearing-impaired.

Man says machete attack was attempt 'to be poetic'

YORK, Pa. (AP) -- The man accused of using a machete to terrorize children and employees at a rural elementary school says he went to the school "to be poetic."

"Once I walked in the school, all I can remember was color, color, color . . . and then sitting in a chair," William M. Stankewicz told the York Daily Record in a jailhouse interview. "The anger . . . maybe I should have committed suicide. I don't know."

Stankewicz, 55, a former history teacher in Baltimore, said he remembered little of the Feb. 2 attack. He is charged with entering a kindergarten classroom wielding a machete and injuring three women and 10 children.

Stankewicz said he came to York County from Tennessee, where he had lived with his mother, because "I was out of my mind with anger. I was irrational over my life being destroyed."

He said he was angry over the treatment he was given by York County authorities when his fourth wife, now remarried, sought a protection-from-abuse order, the newspaper reported Tuesday.

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