- The Washington Times - Friday, August 11, 2006



Judge’s retirement cancels hearing

A misconduct hearing has been canceled for a Prince George’s County judge because he retired this month.

District Judge Richard A. Palumbo was accused of violating judicial standards in several cases — including his handling of a hearing in September for Yvette Cade, in which he rescinded a protective order against her estranged husband.

About a month later, the husband set Mrs. Cade on fire. She survived but suffered severe burns.

Roger Hargrave was sentenced to life in prison earlier this year.

Judge Palumbo sent a letter to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. last month saying he planned to retire Aug. 4 because of health problems.

The misconduct hearing had been scheduled for Aug. 28 and 29.


Man pleads guilty to animal cruelty

A man who prosecutors said was training pit bulls to fight in his filthy basement has pleaded guilty to animal-cruelty charges.

Emmanuel A. Powe, 31, of Frederick, faces up to a year in jail and $4,000 in fines for his conviction on four counts of neglecting dogs in his care.

Six other counts were dropped under a plea deal announced Wednesday in Frederick County District Court.

Powe, who was paid to board some of the dogs, relinquished his animals to the Frederick County Division of Animal Control and returned the others to their owners.

Of the 10 dogs Powe was caring for, six had to be euthanized because they were too vicious to be adopted, authorities said.


Missing students found in home

Two of 11 Egyptian exchange students who failed to show up for their college program were found at a home in Dundalk yesterday, the FBI said.

El Sayed Ahmed Elsayed Ibrahim and Alaa Abd El Fattah Ali El Bahnasawi — both 20 — are now in custody.

The FBI said both men were arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

A third man was detained by police yesterday at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport when he tried to book a flight to Montana.

All are being held on administrative immigration violations because they did not report on time to their monthlong program at Montana State University.

None of the students is considered a terrorism risk, and FBI officials stressed that there are no ties between the Egyptians and the suspected terror plot broken up by British authorities yesterday.

Three other students were arrested Wednesday. The other five men are being sought.


City raises funds to buy plane

The Hagerstown Aviation Museum is seeking donations to help it bid on and buy a Fairchild C-82 “Flying Boxcar” that was built in the city in 1945.

The plane would become the centerpiece of a planned exhibit hall at a museum commemorating Fairchild Aircraft Manufacturing Corp.’s 55-year history in the area.

The relationship ended in 1984, when the last A-10 “Warthog” rolled off the production line.

Museum President Kurtis Meyers said organizers hope to raise $200,000 by next Friday for the auction scheduled for Aug. 23 in Greybull, Wyo.


Teen testifies in sex trial

A 17-year-old girl testified yesterday that she had a sexual relationship with her youth pastor.

The girl, who was not identified, said she had a sexual relationship with Joshua Lawson, 30, pastor of New Life Apostolic Church.

He was charged in February with having sex with the girl, who was 16 at the time.

The girl testified that the relationship started after she baby-sat Mr. Lawson’s children one night.

“I didn’t know what to do,” she said. “I was speechless.”

She later told her uncle, who is a police officer, leading to the arrest.

Mr. Lawson’s trial will conclude today.


Town to block strip club

Wicomico County could be home to the first strip club in the lower Eastern Shore, but Willards officials are considering blocking it.

Bill Steiner, owner of a nude club in Pasadena, has proposed building a similar club in Willards in eastern Wicomico.

Soon after Mr. Steiner announced his plans, the city planning and zoning commission proposed an ordinance prohibiting adult-oriented businesses.

A public hearing on the proposal is set for Sept. 5.


Illegal fireworks put to use

The Hagerstown Fire Department has come up with a novel way to dispose of 1,600 confiscated illegal fireworks — a fireworks show.

Assistant City Fire Marshal Richard Miller said that mortars will be fired tomorrow at Municipal Stadium after a Hagerstown Suns minor-league baseball game.

The show will provide entertainment and education for 900 poor and disabled children who are scheduled to attend the game as a charity event.



Court nixes policy on school fliers

A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that Montgomery County’s school system’s policy governing distribution of fliers is unconstitutional because it offers no protection against viewpoint discrimination.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond said that the policy gives the school system unlimited authority to exclude any group from a program that allows private groups to send fliers home with public school students.

The case was brought by the Child Evangelism Fellowship, a Christian group barred from sending materials home with children.

School officials feared using public facilities to distribute the fliers could amount to an unconstitutional government advancement of religion.


Bomb squad disposes of explosive

A bomb squad removed a bottle of nitroglycerin from a garden shed yesterday and safely detonated it.

Residents of a home on Burrows Avenue called the city’s fire marshal to report they had found a bottle containing nitroglycerin in their father’s effects.

The bottle reportedly had been in his possession since the 1940s and he had always handled it very carefully, authorities said.

Police evacuated about 10 houses and sent a robot in to remove the bottle.

It was placed in hole and detonated by a countercharge by the state police bomb squad.


Killer faces life sentence

Jurors recommended a life sentence yesterday for a man convicted of fatally shooting a bank employee last year.

Theodore Vincent Carter, 44, will be sentenced Nov. 13.

He was convicted yesterday of killing Thomas Laurendeau, an employee at a Wachovia Bank branch, in March 2005.

Carter walked into the bank, marched directly to Mr. Laurendeau’s desk and shot him five times. He did not try to rob the bank and did not say anything.

Prosecutors said Carter was angry over previous dealings with the bank and Mr. Laurendeau.

They said Mr. Laurendeau had refused to open a bank account for Carter and had not given Carter a key to a safe-deposit box.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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