- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 23, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

One month ago in Takoma Park, the police found a baby girl in a trash bag.

They named her Maria del Pilar in honor of her Hispanic heritage and for the Virgin of El Pilar. “This was a baby no one loved. This was a child who did absolutely nothing wrong,” said Maj. Daniel Dusseau. Detective Rhone investigated Maria’s case and found the child’s mother.

Despite the rescue, the baby died later that day. Detective Rhone organized the funeral service. “Every detective wants to close his case and provide some closure for the family. Unfortunately, when there is no family, the only closure we can provide is to the infant,” he said.

The department noted that Maria could have been given to a number of organizations - the fire department, a hospital or a church - under Maryland state law. The mother would not have been charged with homicide had she made that decision. On Nov. 17, Maria was buried at a funeral paid for and attended by the Prince George’s officers.

For outstanding service to the community and Maria del Pilar, Detective Nelson Rhone and the Prince George’s County Police are the Nobles of the week.

First, Mr. Seeley tried to take a taxi cab to the nation’s capital. The cab driver, Frederick Bealefeld, dropped Mr. Seeley off and refused to take him to his destination when he noticed that Mr. Seeley was carrying a rifle wrapped in a towel and told police: “there was some mention of landmarks in D.C. - the White House in D.C.” Mr. Seeley then got on the commuter train and Mr. Bealefeld alerted a police officer. The officer pursued and tasered Mr. Seeley. The gunman was caught as he jumped off a 20-foot platform and broke his ankle.

For disturbing the peace and carrying a loaded weapon onto public transportation, Asa Seeley is the Knave of the week.

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