- The Washington Times - Friday, April 21, 2006


Metro to extend Yellow Line

Metro officials have agreed to extend the Yellow Line five additional stops to Fort Totten beginning in January.

Trains will run beyond the Mount Vernon Square station to Fort Totten during off-peak hours and weekends as part of an 18-month pilot program.

Metro’s Board of Directors made the decision at the request of community groups and residents in the Columbia Heights, U Street and Petworth neighborhoods.

The District will pay the nearly $6 million in costs.

In addition, Metro officials have voted to eliminate Red Line trains turning back at the Grosvenor-Strathmore station during off-peak hours and weekends.

Maryland will pay for those costs — projected at more than $2 million.

McCarrick expects to retire soon

After submitting his resignation last year when he turned 75, as required by church law, Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick said he expects to retire soon as archbishop of Washington.

The cardinal must remain in his post, overseeing 560,000 Catholics and 115 schools in the District and Southern Maryland, until Pope Benedict XVI formally accepts his resignation.

“I am getting the sense that this is going to happen soon,” Cardinal McCarrick said Wednesday.

The Vatican has not announced a date for him to step down or given any indica-tion of who would replace him.

Benedict, who marked his first anniversary as pope Wednesday, is expected to follow more closely the official retirement age than did his predecessor John Paul II, who allowed some bishops to remain in their posts beyond the age of 75.

Cardinal McCarrick has served as archbishop for five years. .



Board warns of cuts without new budget

Without a new budget soon, urban and secondary road project funding from the state will be cut by hundreds of millions of dollars.

That’s according to reports delivered yesterday to the Commonwealth Transportation Board on the effects of a legislative deadlock over a new budget.

Transportation Secretary Pierce Homer said that without a new state spending blueprint by June, the board will have to use short-term official revenue projections to fund a new six-year schedule of road construction and maintenance.

Compared to the six-year plan approved last year, a draft of this year’s update shows funding for the state’s primary roads cut from $1.5 billion to $1.2 billion.

Funding for state secondary roads would be cut from $1 billion to about $700 million. The urban system would go down from $900 million to $600 million.


Man charged in killing four family members

A man was charged yesterday with killing his parents and a young nephew and niece, whose bodies were discovered at a mobile home on Virginia’s Eastern Shore almost two weeks ago.

The Accomack County Sheriff’s Office obtained an arrest warrant charging Ronald Shrieves, 32, with four counts of murder.

Mr. Shrieves was being held without bail at the Worchester County Jail in Snow Hill, Md., on charges relating to a pursuit and theft of a pickup truck after the April 7 slayings.

An extradition hearing was set for today.

Mr. Shrieves is accused of killing his parents, Harry Shrieves Sr., 68, and Edna Shrieves, 58, and two of their grandchildren at the couple’s mobile home in Modest Town, a small farming community.

Authorities said Victoria Shrieves had dropped off her children at the home to catch the school bus. When she returned to pick them up, she found the bodies of her parents, her daughter, DeNiya, 4, and her son, Deonte, 14.

Electronic court records show Ronald Shrieves was convicted in Accomack County Circuit Court in April 2003 on one count of distribution of cocaine and sentenced that July to serve six years in prison. Three years were suspended.


15 indicted in meth ring raid

A federal grand jury has indicted 15 persons in a drug ring authorities say distributed up to 50 pounds of methamphetamine, some of it to high school students.

The indictment — unsealed Wednesday — charges men ranging in age from 22 to 45 with conspiracy to distribute the drug. They are from Staunton, Elkton, Waynesboro, Harrisonburg and Mexico.

The indictment charges that beginning in March 2004 the men dealt the highly addictive drug in Rockingham and Augusta counties.

Police told the Daily News Record that they learned of the ring after a bomb exploded on a pickup truck in February 2005, injuring one person.

The man later convicted for that crime eventually told police about the ring.


Supreme Court hears death row appeal

Attorneys for death row inmate Daryl Atkins yesterday urged the Virginia Supreme Court to order a new trial on whether Atkins is mentally retarded.

Attorney Mark Olive said a York County jury that determined Atkins is not retarded should not have been told that a previous jury convicted him of capital murder and sentenced him to death.

He said that information distracted jurors from their sole duty of deciding on his mental status.

Senior Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katherine Baldwin disagreed. She said the jury was entitled to know the ramifications of its decision.

Atkins is the inmate whose case led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling that executing the retarded is unconstitutional.

His case was sent back to the York County Circuit Court to determine if, in fact, he has that disability.


Execution date set for killer of three

An execution date was set yesterday for a man convicted of killing three neighbors in 1996.

Danville Circuit Court scheduled Percy Walton’s execution for June 8.

Walton, 27, was convicted in 1997 of killing Jessie and Elizabeth Kendrick, a couple in their 80s, who were found shot inside their town house in Danville. Police also found Archie Moore, 33, dead inside a closet.

Walton’s mental state has been debated since his trial. A government evaluator once described him as “floridly psychotic.”

“I’ve never seen him have a lucid moment, and I’m his lawyer,” Nash Bilisoly said.

Last month, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 7-6 to affirm a decision by the U.S. District Court in Roanoke that denied claims that Walton is mentally retarded and insane

Mr. Bilisoly said he plans to appeal the 4th Circuit’s decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.



Field narrows to 3 for superintendent

Three finalists remain in the search for the next superintendent of schools in Anne Arundel County.

From a field of 20 applicants, the school board selected Robert E. Schiller, retired state schools superintendent in Illinois who served as an interim schools chief in Baltimore in the late 1990s; Dana Bedden, a superintendent in Lansdowne, Pa.; and Kevin Maxwell, community superintendent of Montgomery County schools.

Each will spend a day in the county next week, meeting with selected parents and community members and interviewing with the board.

The school board is looking for a successor to Eric J. Smith, who resigned last fall.


Lab workers tested for exposure to gas

Four laboratory workers went to a hospital yesterday as a precaution after the third accident in 10 days involving a dangerous chemical at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

The employees of the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center were working with phosgene, a toxic industrial chemical used to make plastics and pesticides, when one of them smelled the gas in the air, Proving Ground officials said.

Emergency workers found that a valve on a cylinder of phosgene was not completely closed as the bottle was moved from one part of the lab to another.

The room was monitored for the presence of phosgene and none was detected.

Last week, two power outages at separate Proving Ground labs put workers at risk for exposure to chemicals including VX and mustard agent.


Boy, 7, molested in restaurant

A 23-year-old Westminster man has been arrested and charged with molesting a 7-year-old boy in the bathroom of a restaurant.

Jasen Anthony Weigman was being held on $350,000 bail at the Carroll County Detention Center on several counts of assault and sexual offenses.

Police said a man accosted the boy Monday in the restroom of a Ruby Tuesday’s, forced him into an empty stall and warned that he would hurt him if he screamed.

After molesting the youngster, the man asked if he could take his photograph. When the boy refused, the man let him leave.

The boy was crying when he returned to his father in the dining area, police said, and helped his father identify the assailant.

Investigators arrested Mr. Weigman on Tuesday evening.

He was charged with second-, third- and fourth-degree sex offenses, second-degree assault, perverted practice and false imprisonment, police said.


Second suspect held in party shooting

A second suspect is in custody in the fatal shooting of a father during his daughter’s Sweet 16 birthday party.

Dwayne Drake, 17, was arrested Wednesday.

He is charged as an adult with first- and second-degree murder in the shooting of Bryant Jones, 42, who was killed last Friday in the 1000 block of North Augusta Avenue.

Police arrested Jamal Charles, 16, the next day and charged him in the killing.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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