- The Washington Times - Friday, April 28, 2006

DISTRICT

Officials warn D.C. school leaders

Federal officials said a “high risk” designation for the D.C. Public Schools could jeopardize the school system’s eligibility for federal funds.

Rep. Thomas M. Davis III, Virginia Republican, said the city schools continue to be plagued by management problems, violence, substandard achievement and other problems.

Despite $120 million in federal education aid last year, a top Department of Education official said the school system continues to struggle with managing its federally funded programs.

During a congressional hearing called to examine the city’s education system, officials praised D.C. Public Schools Superintendent Clifford B. Janey who took over the post in 2004.

They said his willingness to take on the challenges deserves praise.

Mr. Janey said improvements are being made in technical support, budgeting and management.

MARYLAND

UPPER MARLBORO

Man found guilty in burning of wife

A Prince George’s County man was convicted yesterday of trying to kill his estranged wife, who was set on fire last year at the cell phone store where she worked.

Jurors, who deliberated for more than seven hours over two days, found Roger B. Hargrave, 34, guilty on all charges against him — attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder and assault.

The attack happened Oct. 10, when Hargrave walked into a T-Mobile store in Clinton, poured liquid on Yvette Cade’s head from a soda bottle, then chased after her — lighting a match when she fell to the ground outside.

Mrs. Cade, 32, suffered burns to more than 65 percent of her body and has undergone more than a dozen surgeries. She sat in the front row with relatives as the verdict was read. Though she did not outwardly react, her mother wiped away tears, and some relatives embraced.

Outside Prince George’s Circuit Court, Mrs. Cade’s father, Hugh Cade, indicated he was willing to forgive Hargrave for the attack.

“We wished this had never happened, but God has all power,” Mr. Cade said. “The Bible says love is the greatest commandment, and we must forgive to be forgiven.”

Hargrave faces up to life in prison for the attempted-murder convictions.

The assault charge carries a maximum sentence of 25 years. Circuit Court Judge William D. Missouri scheduled sentencing for June 2.

ANNAPOLIS

Board to choose new school chief

Anne Arundel County school board members are expected to decide on a new superintendent next week.

The three finalists met this week with board members, parents and local officials.

Robert Schiller, Dana Bedden and Kevin Maxwell are the remaining candidates.

Mr. Schiller retired as the state superintendent in Illinois and served as an interim schools chief in Baltimore in the late 1990s. Mr. Maxwell is an official in the Montgomery County school system in Maryland. Mr. Bedden is a superintendent in Lansdowne, Pa.

The school board is looking for a successor to Eric Smith, who resigned last fall.

HAGERSTOWN

Teams search for missing plane

The Civil Air Patrol continued searching yesterday in a rugged section of south-central Pennsylvania for the pilot of a small airplane that disappeared three days earlier.

Search planes and ground teams focused on a 16-mile stretch between the Franklin County communities of Fort Loudon and Chambersburg, said Maj. Wes LePre of the Civil Air Patrol’s Maryland Wing, which is overseeing the effort.

Authorities said signals relayed automatically to a cellular communications tower in nearby St. Thomas, Pa., indicated that a cell phone belonging to pilot David K. Weiss, 72, of Bethesda, is in that area.

Mr. Weiss’ last contact with air traffic controllers was at 12:17 p.m. Tuesday.

He took off from Maryland’s Gaithersburg Airport about noon Tuesday on a routine “proficiency flight,” needed to maintain his pilot’s certification. He was due back in Gaithersburg at 2:30 p.m. in his blue-and-white Cessna 172 with tail number N7604G.

BALTIMORE

Two indicted in officer shooting

A Baltimore grand jury has indicted two persons in the shooting of an undercover Baltimore police officer last month.

The indictments charge 20-year-old Jobrea Lodge, and 20-year-old Sherray Douglas, who also goes by Brittaney Johnson, with attempted first-degree murder, attempted robbery with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a deadly weapon.

Court documents say on March 30, Mr. Lodge and Miss Douglas shot city police Detective Dante Hemingway and tried to rob him.

Both are being held without bail at the Baltimore City Detention Center.

An arraignment is scheduled for May 24 before Judge John Glynn.

Police said Detective Hemingway remains hospitalized and is recovering.

VIRGINIA

BLACKSBURG

Student indicted in freshman’s death

Twenty-year-old Virginia Tech student Aaron Pierce has been indicted for involuntary manslaughter in the death of fellow student Brian McCloskey.

Investigators think Mr. Pierce hit Mr. McCloskey, 18, while driving a borrowed sport utility vehicle, then left the scene.

Mr. McCloskey was a freshman from Olney. He was found unconscious Nov. 5 along a bike trail in Blacksburg. He died five days later.

During their investigation, police seized a Ford Excursion they think Mr. Pierce may have been driving when he hit Mr. McCloskey.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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