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Chelsea Clinton Admirer Pleads Not Guilty To Gun Charges

Meanwhile, the first daughter rejoins her parents on Martha's Vineyard


WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Aug. 27) -- Vladimir Zelenkov, the Ukrainian immigrant who mailed love letters to Chelsea Clinton accompanied by copies of his gun permit, pleaded not guilty today to three weapons-possession charges in Washington, D.C., Superior Court.

None of the charges filed against Zelenkov were related to his attempts to contact the first daughter. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office said it was still "too early to tell" whether any harassment charges will be filed against Zelenkov.

At the prosecuting attorney's request, Judge Mildred Edwards ordered that Zelenkov undergo a forensic screening for competency and set a Sept. 4 hearing date to review the results.

The judge will also consider the government's request for pre-trial detention at next week's hearing.

According to court records, Zelenkov was arrested on July 2, 1996, by Arlington County, Va., police on an outstanding felony warrant. During interviews, Zelenkov told detectives and Secret Service agents that he bought a handgun and ammunition while he was in New Jersey and brought the weapon to Washington and placed them in a bank safety deposit box.

Zelenkov signed a "consent to search" statement and surrendered a key for the safety deposit box, court papers say. Secret Service agents went to the First Union bank one block from the White House, opened the box and found one Beretta .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun and 156 rounds of ammunition.

Meanwhile, Chelsea Clinton returned to Martha's Vineyard today to rejoin her parents on their vacation. She arrived at the Martha's Vineyard airport and was met by an unidentified young man. Chelsea did not answer when asked what her plans were while she's on the island. She hopped in a car with New York license plates driven by the young man and they departed the airport followed by a car with Secret Service agents inside.

Chelsea spent the first part of the presidential vacation with her parents, but flew back to Washington last week to visit with school friends.

CNN's Mike Ahlers contributed to this report.

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