- The Washington Times - Monday, August 31, 2009

DISTRICT

Arraignment scheduled in museum shooting

A white supremacist charged with killing a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in U.S. District Court.

James von Brunn, the 89-year-old suspected shooter, was indicted in July on seven counts, including first-degree murder, bias-motivated crime and killing in a federal building. Four of the charges make him eligible for the death penalty, if he’s convicted.

Authorities say Mr. von Brunn fatally shot museum guard Stephen T. Johns on June 10.

Mr. von Brunn was shot in the face by other guards but survived. He has been hospitalized since the shooting.

Woman arrested in restaurant slaying

Metropolitan Police have arrested Shanika Robinson, 26, of Capitol Heights, in connection with the death of a pizza restaurant owner. Authorities said she was charged with first-degree murder while armed.

Miss Robinson is accused of killing Shahabuddin Rana, 44, of Silver Spring, whose body was found Aug. 18 inside the Pizza Mark in Northeast Washington. Mr. Rana and his brother owned the restaurant.

Police said Mr. Rana suffered lacerations and blunt-force trauma.

Investigators said that robbery may have been a motive in the attack.

MARYLAND

SILVER SPRING

Man found dead outside his home

Montgomery County Police said detectives are investigating the death of a man found outside his home in the 900 block of University Boulevard in Silver Spring.

Clarence Rankine, 63, apparently had been shot several times, police said, adding that a handgun was recovered at the scene. Police are looking into whether two men who were treated for gunshot wounds at a nearby hospital early Sunday may be connected to the death.

BALTIMORE

Home bat invasions on the rise

A city animal-control official said reports of bats getting into homes are up this summer.

Bob Anderson, Baltimore’s director of the Bureau of Animal Control, said Friday that five of 60 bats captured this summer were infected with rabies. While that’s not unusual, Mr. Anderson said that what concerns health department officials is the high number of complaints — more than 100 this summer — of bats getting inside houses.

Mr. Anderson said bats are inquisitive creatures that can squeeze through cracks as small as a quarter of an inch wide.

Residents who find a bat in their home should trap it in a room and seal the door closed with towels before calling 311 so animal control can trap the bat.

SILVER RUN

Guinness says pet is oldest rabbit

Guinness World Records has recognized a Carroll County pet as the world’s oldest living rabbit.

Owner Jennifer Russell said she received confirmation earlier this month. She figures Heather is between 15 and 16 years old. The rabbit was adopted in 1995 with papers saying she was 2 years old. Guinness says most rabbits live to be 6 to 8 years old.

According to Guinness, the oldest rabbit on record was a wild rabbit named Flopsy, who lived to be 18 years, 10 months in Tasmania, Australia, in the 1960s.

Miss Russell said Heather was “a diva” in her prime, growling if the cat got too close. Heather is still sassy, but spends her days resting on a comforter, munching on hay and enjoying the sun.

SILVER SPRING

Vehicle strikes, drags 2 women in 20s

Montgomery County Police said a black sport utility vehicle or pickup truck struck two women and dragged them about 100 feet before fleeing the scene.

Police said two Silver Spring women, ages 22 and 29, were struck while they crossed Capitol View Avenue shortly after 10 a.m. Saturday.

Authorities said the vehicle dragged the 22-year-old for about 113 feet and then ran over her. The other woman was dragged about 83 feet before losing contact with the vehicle. The driver then fled the scene.

Both women were taken to a hospital. Authorities said the women’s injuries are serious, but not life-threatening.

Police are asking anyone with information to call 301/279-8000.

SALISBURY

Perdue to close two hatcheries

Perdue Farms Inc. said it is closing poultry hatcheries in the towns of Showell and Bishopville in Worcester County.

The closings — to occur next year — are part of a restructuring effort that will eliminate 36 jobs in the county and expand hatcheries in Salisbury and Kenly, N.C.

Speaking for Perdue, Julie DeYoung said the hatchery expansions are part of a $3.7 million upgrade that aims to make operations more efficient.

The expansions will affect one of two Salisbury hatcheries, where Miss DeYoung said production will increase by 40 percent.

VIRGINIA

MONTEREY

State boundary dispute disrupts wind farm plans

A West Virginia county official says final site maps for Virginia’s first wind-powered electric generation project are wrong.

Martin Saffer, president of the Pocahontas County Commission, says the state boundary shown on Highland New Wind Development’s maps doesn’t match U.S. Geological Survey maps. Highland County is in Virginia.

Based on the geological maps, Mr. Saffer says Highland is planning to build one, perhaps two of its 19 wind turbines in West Virginia. If that’s true, he says, Highland needs approval from West Virginia regulatory agencies.

Highland says it used Global Positioning System technology to chart the Allegheny Mountain crest that divides the two states.

Work began earlier this month on the $60 million wind farm, capable of producing 38 megawatts of electricity.

RICHMOND

Suspect arrested in campus shooting

Jimar Jewell, 21, of Richmond, was arrested Sunday by city police about a block from Virginia Union University, where a student was shot in the leg.

Mr. Jewell was charged with malicious wounding and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

University police Chief David Horace said the victim was shot three times shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday outside Newman Hall, but declined to release the student’s name, citing the ongoing investigation.

The student was in stable condition at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, also in Richmond.

Chief Horace said Mr. Jewell and two other men got into an argument with the victim outside the dormitory.

Police said a weapon discarded during a foot chase was recovered.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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