- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 7, 2008

DISTRICT

Man throws powder at Wilson Building

A white powder thrown at the John A. Wilson Building yesterday morning was harmless, investigators said. It appeared to be table salt.

D.C. fire department spokesman Alan Etter said workers were held in their offices at city hall for nearly two hours as a precaution while a hazardous materials team analyzed the powder.

Pennsylvania Avenue also was closed to traffic in front of the building during the investigation.

Mr. Etter said a man walked into the Wilson Building’s lobby about 10 a.m. and threw several ounces of the powder after getting into a confrontation with a security guard. The man then ran from the building.

Absentee ballots accepted in person

Voters who cannot make it to the polls Tuesday for the District’s presidential primary can cast absentee votes in person.

Registered voters who are senior citizens, have physical limitations, are traveling out of town or otherwise cannot make it to the polls can cast their absentee ballots at the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics’ Voter Services Office through Monday.

The board’s offices — Room 250 North of the One Judiciary Square building at 441 Fourth St. NW — will not be open for absentee voting Sunday.

Only voters registered in the Democratic, Republican or D.C. Statehood Green parties can cast a ballot in the primary.

MARYLAND

HAGERSTOWN

Son heard voices before dad’s beating

A man charged in the fatal beating of his adoptive father with a baseball bat told police that he heard voices telling him to kill, according to court records released yesterday.

Christopher A. Thompson, 22, is charged with striking Andrew R. Clever in the head 10 times in their living room in rural Lonaconing and then severely battering the family dog.

The son then called 911 and said, “I need to go to jail. I just killed my father,” charging documents state.

The dog, Star, was hurt so badly that it had to be euthanized, police said.

Mr. Thompson has been held without bail on a charge of first-degree murder since Mr. Clever’s slaying Friday.

Mr. Thompson told police that he had been prescribed medication for obsessive-compulsive disorder, according to court records.

Mr. Thompson told police that on the afternoon of the slaying, he had been having thoughts about killing someone and couldn’t talk himself out of it.

“He stated that he heard the television tell him to ‘do it.’ He also stated that he heard a song that told him to ‘kill him,’ ” Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class Brad D. Williams wrote in charging documents.

Mr. Clever, 49, was an assistant principal at Beall Elementary School in Frostburg. He adopted Mr. Thompson when the boy was 9.

“We loved him — we still love him, but the days ahead are going to be very difficult,” said Mr. Clever’s mother, Dorothy Clever.

She said Mr. Thompson had been in five foster homes before the never-married Mr. Clever, who previously worked as a school psychologist and special education teacher, took him in.

ELKTON

Largest heroin haul found at traffic stop

A state trooper found a record 32 pounds of heroin worth an estimated $4.4 million in a Florida man’s van during a traffic stop on northbound Interstate 95 in Cecil County, Maryland State Police said.

Jose Gomez, 41, of Orlando, was arrested Tuesday morning after he was pulled over for speeding in a 2003 Dodge Caravan.

The trooper suspected criminal activity and called for a drug dog. After the dog indicated that drugs were present, troopers searched the van and found a hidden compartment built into the engine’s fire wall.

It contained 32 pounds of heroin, the largest amount ever found by state police.

Mr. Gomez is charged with heroin dealing and conspiracy charges.

BETHESDA

Man dies in fire; parents escape

A 56-year-old man was killed yesterday morning in a house fire.

Montgomery County fire department spokesman Oscar Garcia said Edward Flaim was found dead on the top floor of the home. His parents escaped safely and had a ladder outside to try to rescue him when firefighters arrived and took over.

Firefighters arrived shortly before 2 a.m. at the two-story home on Rolston Road. Mr. Flaim’s parents were taken to a hospital for evaluation but were expected to be released.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. It was being classified as accidental.

ELLICOTT CITY

Pedestrian killed in pre-dawn darkness

A pedestrian was killed yesterday morning on Route 108, the third such fatality this year, Howard County police said.

Police said a 20-year-old man was walking near Brothers Partnership Court shortly before 6 a.m. when he was struck by a pickup truck driven by a Savage man.

The pedestrian, identified as area resident Brinn Green, was pronounced dead at Howard County General Hospital.

Police think pedestrian error caused the accident. Mr. Green was wearing dark clothing and was walking in the unlit roadway.

VIRGINIA

NEWPORT NEWS

Student charged with having gun

A 16-year-old Woodside High School student was arrested yesterday after bringing a gun to school.

Newport News police spokeswoman Holly Tepper said the student had a .40-caliber Glock handgun in his waistband. The gun did not have a bullet in its chamber, but eight bullets were in the magazine.

A preliminary investigation found that the student brought the gun to school for protection. Police said it was stolen from a Newport News residence.

The teen was charged with possession of a firearm by a minor and possession of a firearm on school property. He was placed in juvenile detention.

ROANOKE

Art museum named for generous donors

Officials of the Art Museum of Western Virginia will change its name to the Taubman Museum of Art when its new building opens in November.

The president of the board of trustees, Edward Murphy, announced yesterday that the museum will be named for the U.S. ambassador to Romania, Roanoke native Nicholas Taubman, and his wife, Eugenia.

The Taubmans have given more than $15 million to the $66 million capital campaign for the contemporary building, the largest single donation.

SUFFOLK

Martial arts beating goes to grand jury

A Suffolk grand jury will consider the case of a martial arts instructor charged with kicking an 11-year-old student more than 200 times, causing internal injuries and possibly breaking a rib.

A Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court judge on Tuesday certified the charges against Susan Bateman, 47, of Hampton to Circuit Court. Miss Bateman was arrested in November and charged with one felony count of child endangerment.

A grand jury will consider the case when it meets later this month.

Police said Miss Bateman issued a challenge during class at a Suffolk dojo to see how many kicks to the abdomen students could take. Students got into a push-up position while Miss Bateman kicked, stopping when the student either said to or went to his or her knees.

FAIRFAX

Man found guilty of 1988 murders

A Fairfax County jury convicted a man on two counts of capital murder for the rape and killing of a young couple near Reston two decades ago.

The jury now will decide whether Alfredo Prieto, 41, should be executed.

Prieto is already on death row in California for the 1990 rape and shooting of a 15-year-old girl. He is also charged in Arlington County with the rape and shooting of another woman in 1988.

Prieto was convicted of raping and killing Rachael Raver and Warren Fulton, both 22, in a wooded area near Reston in 1988.

Prieto first went to trial in May and a jury convicted him of two counts of capital murder, but during the penalty phase a juror said he had been pressured into voting guilty and a mistrial was declared.

RICHMOND

New director picked for hunting, fishing

The board of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries yesterday announced a new director for the troubled agency that oversees hunting and fishing in the state.

Robert Duncan, director of the agency’s Wildlife Division, assumes the role next week. He replaces acting director Mike Bise, who took over after J. Carlton Courter III was fired in November, just a year after he was hired to revive the department.

Mr. Duncan, who lives in Henrico County, joined the department as a game biologist in Southwest Virginia in 1978 and has served as director of the Wildlife Division since 1990.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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