- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 17, 2006

DISTRICT

Fire destroys family’s home

A fire early yesterday morning forced seven residents from their Brookland home in the 2100 block of Monroe Street Northeast.

The fire started at about 4:45 a.m. in a bedroom of the single-family home. The residents were outside when firefighters arrived, officials said. A 19- and 34-year-old man and a 17-year-old woman were taken to George Washington University Hospital for treatment of burns and smoke inhalation. A woman took three boys — 4, 10 and 12 — to Washington Children’s Hospital to be examined for possible smoke-related injuries. Officials said an overloaded extension cord caused the fire. The damage was estimated at $450,000.

Man charged with burning woman

D.C. police have charged a man with dousing a female acquaintance with a liquid and setting her on fire yesterday morning.

Police spokesman Sergeant Joe Gentile said Terrance James, 48, is charged with assault with intent to kill and domestic violence. He was taken into custody and treated for burns to his hands and face.

The unidentified 45-year-old woman was critically burned yesterday in an apartment located in the 5000 block of D Street Southeast.

Fire Department spokesman Alan Etter said that when D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services crews arrived at the building around 10:30 a.m., they discovered the woman suffering from second- and third-degree burns over 60 percent of her body. She is being treated in the burn unit at Washington Hospital Center.

Fatal shooting in Northwest

A D.C. man was fatally shot early yesterday morning at Ninth and French streets in Northwest, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

The victim has been identified as Preston Johns, 29, of the 3500 block of Hayes Street Southeast. He was found with a gunshot wound to the throat at about 3:15 a.m.

VIRGINIA

RICHMOND

Well-to-do gang wreaks havoc

A gang from affluent families and neighborhoods in the city’s West End and western Henrico County has been on a 1-year rampage, authorities say.

They say the so-called “World War Crew” is responsible for vandalism, robberies and at least a dozen violent assaults. Police recently seized computers, weapons and other items from 15 homes, and officials expect indictments against some of the 15 to 30 gang members.

The investigation was prompted by calls to police by the parents of reputed victims. One person was beaten badly enough to get a concussion and have memory loss, officials said.

ALEXANDRIA

MS-13 member gets life for murder

A member of the MS-13 gang has been sentenced to life plus 10 years for the murder of another gang member.

Wilfredo Montoya Baires, 27, was convicted in September of murder in aid of racketeering, conspiracy and firearms charges in the August 2004 death of Jose Escobar, 22.

He was sentenced Friday by Judge T.S. Ellis III. Two other men, Wilfredo Lopez-Lopez and Fredy Escobar, were sentenced to 10 years for their role in the killing.

Prosecutors said Baires and Lopez-Lopez sought an order from gang leaders for the murder of Jose Escobar because they thought, falsely, he was an informant. Prosecutors say Baires and Fredy Escobar confronted Jose Escobar inside a Manassas home, where Baires shot and killed Jose Escobar.

MARYLAND

SALISBURY

City agrees to fine for sewage discharge

Salisbury has agreed to a minimum $10,000 fine for improperly discharging and maintaining sewage sludge for nearly 20 years.

City officials signed an agreement last month with the Maryland Department of the Environment.

The fine relates to the city’s Lagoon 2 at its wastewater treatment plant.

A short-term permit was granted for the lagoon to operate for a few months in the 1980s. But the state found the city continued to use the lagoon as a holding area.

If city officials fail to correct the problem by July 20, they must pay at least $40,000 more and an additional $100 a day for noncompliance.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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