- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 27, 2006



Man hit by Taser had bad heart, drugs

Two Washington County sheriff’s deputies returned to active duty yesterday after a state medical examiner found that a man who died after they used a Taser on him had a bad heart and was under the influence of cocaine.

Dr. Ana Rubio concluded that Theodore Rosenberry, 35, of Hagerstown, died of “cardiac arrhythmia during police restraint associated with cocaine intoxication.” The manner of his death was not determined.

Lt. Mark Knight said the deputies used a Taser to subdue Mr. Rosenberry on March 24 when he became combative as they tried to handcuff him for questioning about an attempted break-in at a closed hardware store. A person had called police after seeing Mr. Rosenberry — who stood 6-foot-2 and weighed 280 pounds — throw himself against a plate glass window of the store just west of Hagerstown, he said.

Lt. Knight said the autopsy revealed that Mr. Rosenberry had an enlarged heart.

Lt. Knight said the deputies followed procedure in use of the Taser. He said independent reviews of their actions by the Washington County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office were continuing.


Jury sees video of gasoline attack

A woman who was badly burned by flaming gasoline in October sat quietly in court yesterday while a video of the events that caused her injuries was shown to a jury.

Yvette Cade even offered tissues to a relative who wept as the surveillance video was shown in a Prince George’s County courtroom.

Roger B. Hargrave is on trial on attempted murder and assault charges in the Oct. 10 attack at the T-Mobile store where Mrs. Cade, his former wife, worked.

The tape shows liquid being poured on Mrs. Cade seconds before she is seen on fire.

The judge recessed the proceedings for the day after the 90-second video was shown.

The testimony phase of the trial is expected to conclude today.


Two officers indicted in separate incidents

A Baltimore grand jury has indicted two city officers on theft and extortion charges in separate incidents.

Baltimore State’s Attorney Patricia Jessamy’s office said Officer Che Christopher Jackson, 35, of Randallstown, is charged with felony theft. He is accused of taking four wheels worth $1,800 from a vehicle seized in an investigation and putting them on his vehicle.

Officer Walter Jackson-Hill, 36, of York, Pa., is charged with two counts each of bribery, extortion by a government employee and misconduct in office. He is accused of taking money twice in exchange for helping someone to resolve a criminal case.


Boy had loaded gun at school, police say

Police have charged an Old Mill High School student with bringing a loaded gun to school yesterday morning.

Anne Arundel County police said Davon Odems, 16, brought the loaded 9 mm handgun in his backpack. No one was hurt.

The teenager told police that he was carrying the gun for protection. Police said investigators are trying to determine how he got the gun and who owns it.

The youth has been charged as an adult with possession of a concealed deadly weapon on school property, possession of a handgun and carrying a concealed deadly weapon.


Man who played dead charged in killing

A man who was shot during an argument with friends played dead until the two other walked away, then shot them both, killing one, police said.

Tamar Cutler, 22, apparently was arguing with two men Monday when he was shot in the buttocks by Evrin Holden, 19, Pocomoke City Police Chief J.D. Ervin said.

Chief Ervin told the Salisbury Daily Times that Mr. Holden and Decellus Hardy, 19, then kicked Mr. Cutler to see whether he was alive.

When Mr. Cutler appeared lifeless, the two men walked away. As they did, Mr. Cutler apparently rose and shot both, the chief said. Mr. Holden was killed; Mr. Hardy was shot in the arm.

Chief Ervin said Mr. Cutler will be served a warrant for first-degree murder when he is able to appear in court.


Truck driver killed when pinned in crash

The driver of a recycling truck was killed yesterday when it overturned, Howard County police said.

Police said Alan David Carr, 41, of Baltimore, was killed in the crash about 8:15 a.m. at Buckskin Lake Drive and Folly Quarter Road. His passenger, Humberto Ramon-Yanez, 35, of Hyattsville, was not injured.

Investigators said the truck struck a curb as it traveled down a hill and flipped onto its side. Mr. Carr was ejected and pinned under the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The truck is owned by J & J Trash Removal.


Search area narrows for Bethesda pilot

Authorities narrowed their search for a missing pilot from Bethesda to Franklin County, Pa., a Civil Air Patrol spokesman said yesterday.

Maj. Wes LePre said unanswered calls to the cellular telephone of pilot David K. Weiss, 72, are routed through a cell phone tower in St. Thomas, Pa., indicating that he may have gone down near there, perhaps intending to land at the airport in Chambersburg, about eight miles east.

Maj. LePre said 10 planes and more than two dozen people on the ground were searching for Mr. Weiss, whose last con-tact with air traffic controllers was at 12:17 p.m. Tuesday.

Mr. Weiss took off from Gaithersburg airport about noon Tuesday on a routine “proficiency flight” needed to maintain his pilot’s certification. He was due back in Gaithersburg at 2:30 p.m. in his blue-and-white Cessna 172.

Maj. LePre said Mr. Weiss landed at Frederick Municipal Airport and took off again before disappearing. He was thought to be traveling alone.



Mother guilty of driving with girls in car trunk

A Stafford woman was found guilty yesterday of putting two of her children in the trunk of a rental car during a drive from Alabama to Virginia in the summer.

A Loudoun County Circuit Court judge found Cheryl Ann Schoonmaker-Brown guilty of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She originally was charged with felony child abuse and child cruelty, but the charges were downgraded to a single misdemeanor count.

Mrs. Schoonmaker-Brown faces a maximum one year in jail and fines.

Authorities said she was driving her four children and a family friend to her ex-husband’s home in Aldie on July 1. But she had rented a Nissan Sentra that was too small, so she required her daughters, ages 8 and 10, to take turns in the trunk during the eight-hour drive.

The next day, the girls told their father what had happened, and he called police.


NAACP chairman to teach again at UVa.

Julian Bond will stick around for one more year to teach at the University of Virginia.

The chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People earlier had announced his retirement. He has taught at the university for 15 years.

“I was more than happy at UVa. — wonderful students and wonderful colleagues in a won-derful atmosphere,” Mr. Bond, 66, wrote in an e-mail, the Daily Progress reported yesterday.

Mr. Bond and his wife live in the District and commute to Charlottesville for three days each week. The travel was a chief cause of his decision to retire, he wrote.

But he “jumped at the chance” to teach a two-hour class once a week.

President John T. Casteen III said Mr. Bond also has accepted an appointment in the Carter G. Woodson Institute for Afro-American and African Studies, an interdisciplinary teaching and research center, as well as a fellowship in the Shannon Center for Advanced Studies.

Mr. Bond, who has served as national chairman of the NAACP since 1998, also is a professor at American University in the District.


Metro posts bus maps at shelters, rail stations

Metro is adding bus maps to its shelters and rail stations.

Metro has begun installing about 900 of the maps — which it calls more user-friendly — at a cost of more than $1 million.

The fiberglass, color-coded maps include regional street maps with a marker that reads: “You Are Here.” They also include all the bus services available from a particular location, rather than a single route.

Rail stations, commuter rail lines, landmarks and other points of interests also are highlighted with information about how to get there by bus.

Metro Board Chairman Gladys W. Mack said recently that her top priority would be improving Metrobus, which she describes as “one of the most vital services” the agency provides.

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