Dix 5 defense rests

Defense attorneys rested their case yesterday after calling only two witnesses in the federal conspiracy trial of five men accused of plotting to kill soldiers at Fort Dix. U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler was expected to discuss legal issues with the jurors today.

Final arguments will be heard Monday and the jury could get the case Tuesday.

The accused, Mohamad Shnewer, Serdar Tatar and the brothers Dritan, Eljvir and Shain Duka, are charged with conspiracy to kill military personnel and attempted murder.

Worker suffers facial trauma

A Mays Landing, Atlantic County, man is being treated for severe facial trauma after being impaled in an industrial accident Tuesday, police said. Egg Harbor Township police say they arrived at the Atlantic Expo building, on English Creek Avenue, about 7: 46 p.m. Tuesday to find Kenneth Langdon, 42, unconscious and lying in a pool of blood. Police believe that Langdon fell onto a metal pipe while he was working. He was being treated at Atlanticare AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center.

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Child-sex suspect released

A federal magistrate in Philadelphia has ruled that Andrew Mogilyansky, 38, a wealthy Russian-born entrepreneur, can be let out of prison while he awaits trial on international child-sex charges.

Mogilyansky is charged with traveling to orphanages in his native country to molest young girls and hire them out as prostitutes. Magistrate Carol Sandra Moore Wells said yesterday that Mogilyansky can await trial on house arrest.

Cardinal's party set for Tuesday

Cardinal Justin Rigali, archbishop of Philadelphia, will host the 53rd annual Cardinal's Christmas Party Tuesday, at the Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel, for approximately 400 children who received services this year from community or residential agencies of Catholic Social Services.

- Staff and wire reports