- The Washington Times - Monday, April 24, 2006



Woman, child killed; 12-year-old arrested

A 12-year-old boy was arrested yesterday in the deaths of a woman and child whose bodies were found yesterday morning, Prince George’s County police said.

The victims, a 9-year-old boy and a 31-year-old woman, were found in an apartment in the 3700 block of Donnell Drive.

Police would not say how they were killed.

Police said they think the suspect was related to the victims, though they were unsure of the relationship. Neither the suspect nor the victims were identified.

The State’s Attorney’s Office will determine what charges will be filed against the boy.


Arrests without charges declining in city

Arrests for minor offenses resulting in people being released without charges have been cut roughly in half since last year, according to city and state statistics.

The high number of arrests that do not result in charges has been a hotly debated point in the city’s struggle with crime.

Statistics from the city’s State’s Attorney’s Office and the state agency that runs the Central Booking and Intake Center indicate that police have made progress in reducing the number of arrests, police said.

Critics have focused on Mayor Martin O’Malley, a Democrat who has made public safety a centerpiece of his run for governor.

As of mid-April, the Baltimore Police Department reported an 11 percent decline in total arrests this year compared with the same period last year.

The state figures show 7,215 persons were booked at Central Booking and 851 persons — 11.7 percent — were released without charges in March.

In March 2005, 23 percent of people arrested were freed without charges, according to the state agency. Figures compiled by the State’s Attorney’s Office show a similar decrease, though the total arrest numbers are usually lower.


University votes to change curriculum

An upcoming vote by faculty at Salisbury University, the Eastern Shore’s largest university, could push forward changes in curriculum that would place students in fewer, more intensive courses each semester.

The vote tomorrow also could make the measurement of student progress different than every other school in the University of Maryland system.

One proposed change would have students graduating upon completing 32 courses, instead of the current system that has them aim for 120 credit hours, the Salisbury Daily Times reported.

Students also could end up taking four courses a semester, instead of the current average load of five courses, which count for three credits each.


9-year-old girl dies after being heard crying

Montgomery County police are investigating the death Saturday night of a 9-year-old girl after she was heard crying in the basement of her home in the 9500 block of Hemswell Lane.

Police said Sabrina Rosenberg had been playing in the basement before 11 p.m. when a babysitter and other children elsewhere in the basement heard her crying. The child’s parents responded from upstairs, but the child became unresponsive. She died at a hospital later that night, police said.


Inmate captured a week after escape

A man who escaped from the Jessup Pre-Release Unit earlier this month was caught in Worcester County last week, police said.

Morris Johnson, 20, was serving a seven-year sentence for robbery when he escaped April 13 by cutting a hole in the fence.

State police turned the case over to the Warrant Apprehension Unit, a consortium of local police agencies that tracks down escapees.

State police from the Berlin barracks apprehended Johnson Wednesday and returned him to the Department of Corrections.

Johnson’s last known address was in Berlin, but details of his arrest or how he got to the Eastern Shore were not released.



Woman, child found after Amber Alert

A woman and her baby were found safe in North Carolina hours after an Amber Alert was issued for them, police said.

Rockingham County, N.C., sheriff’s deputies arrested the baby’s father, Ignacio Rivera Cisneros, 22, about 2:20 p.m. yesterday, Danville police said. The mother and child were not harmed, officials said.

Mr. Cisneros was wanted in the abduction of Briana Goodwin, 18, and their 7-month-old son, Xavion Ishiah Cisneros-Goodwin in Danville. Miss Goodwin and the baby were in a car with a friend Saturday night about 11 p.m. when Mr. Cisneros sideswiped the car, knocking off the side mirror, Danville police said.

The woman driving the car told police she recognized Mr. Cisneros, so she pulled over. She said Mr. Cisneros came to the car and assaulted Miss Goodwin, then took the baby and put him in a red Chevrolet Tahoe. He then came back to the car, grabbed Miss Goodwin by her hair and dragged her to the sport utility vehicle.

The woman told police she didn’t report the incident for about an hour because Mr. Cisneros had threatened her, police said.

Virginia State Police and Virginia Missing Children Clearinghouse issued the Amber Alert just after 9:30 a.m. yesterday.

Someone saw the Tahoe in a parking lot in Reidsville, N.C., and called police.

Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page said Mr. Cisneros led officers on about a 10-minute chase before he surrendered.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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