- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 6, 2007

MARYLAND

GREENBELT

Man kills himself after police standoff

A barricade situation ended yesterday when a man police wanted for shooting his wife in the arm killed himself inside the family’s home.

Police said the man, who was not identified but was 44 years old, was discovered at about 5 p.m. after officers had spent much of the day negotiating with him. The standoff began at about 9:30 a.m. after the man shot his wife in the arm. Her injuries were not life-threatening.

The shooting appeared to stem from a domestic dispute. Officers had been called to the house Friday night for reports the couple was arguing.

Police said the couple’s three children were safe.

TOWSON

Dormitory evacuated after morning fire

An early-morning fire that investigators think was deliberately set forced the evacuation of a high-rise dorm at Towson University yesterday.

Deputy State Fire Marshall W. Faron Taylor said the fire started about 4:15 a.m. yesterday in an elevator in the 13-story Residence Tower.

He said all students got out safely and no one was injured.

FOREST HILL

Woman picks cash over giant cow

Given a choice between a giant, 2-ton fiberglass cow and more than $18,000 in prize money, Kim Karas thought really, really hard, fought off temptation — and chose the cash.

Her children — Steven, 10, and Daphne, 7 — were lobbying hard for the cow.

Mrs. Karas was the grand prize winner Friday in a contest marking the 75th anniversary of the Turkey Hill Dairy, based in Conestoga, Pa.

VIRGINIA

ARLINGTON

Police arrest man for child sex assault

Police said yesterday they had arrested a man for the sexual assault of a toddler in the Douglas Park neighborhood of South Arlington.

Pedro Pablo Marquez, 52, of no fixed address, was charged with abduction with intent to defile, forcible sodomy, and failure to register as a sex offender in connection with an incident that occurred at about 2 p.m. Friday.

Police said a woman inside a restaurant in the 3600 block of Columbia Pike heard her 3-year-old daughter scream and found her partially clothed in a restroom. The little girl told her mother she had been assaulted by Marquez, who was standing nearby. Witnesses at the scene detained Marquez until police officers arrived to investigate the incident.

FREDERICKSBURG

Title change ahead for game wardens

Beginning July 1, Virginia game wardens will get a new title: conservation police officers.

The name change better describes the wardens’ modern duties, which primarily involve law enforcement, officials say. The General Assembly approved the change this year.

Col. Mike Bise, chief of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ Law Enforcement Division, said the public generally doesn’t understand what the state’s 180 game wardens do.

In Virginia’s forests and fields, game wardens make their share of arrests for offenses such as driving under the influence and drug possession. They must also deal with wildlife that strays into suburban areas.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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