- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 16, 2006


Man charged in fatal stabbing

A Southeast man has been charged in a fatal stabbing last month.

Anthony Glennmont, 22, of the 1900 block of Minnesota Avenue Southeast, was arrested Monday and charged with second-degree murder while armed.

At about 1:20 a.m. July 30, police found John Stapleton III, 25, of the 600 block of 14th Street Northeast in the 1700 block of Benning Road.

He had been stabbed several times in the chest.



Voter Web site starts operations

Maryland voters who want to know who gives money to political candidates or what the money is used for have a new tool.

A voter Web site run by the University of Maryland Baltimore County started operating yesterday. The site (https://mdelections.umbc.edu) allows users to search and sort through political candidates using available financial disclosure data in an easier-to-use format.

The Web site also gives candidates room to post photos; short biographies; descriptions of their backgrounds, beliefs and interests; and links to campaign Web sites. Some candidates posted profiles on the Web site within an hour of its going live.

Voters also can find whether they are registered to vote and get directions to their polling places.

State elections officials paid $259,000 for the creation of the Web site. All state and federal offices are included on the site, from Congress to the state legislature.


Suspect sought in restaurant stabbing

Baltimore County police are looking for a man they think was involved in the stabbing and robbery of a restaurant manager.

Police are looking for David Theodore Burton, 28, of an unknown address. He is described as white, 6 feet, 4 inches tall and weighing 225 pounds.

The stabbing occurred Monday morning as the manager was leaving the Denny’s restaurant on Bel Air Road with a bank deposit.

The manager, Michaele Frederick, 51, of North East, needed emergency surgery and is in critical condition at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.


Deputies cleared in July shooting

Two Cecil County deputies who shot a North Carolina man in July have been cleared of wrongdoing.

Michael T. Warner, 37, shot at the officers first, investigators decided.

“They only shot because they were being shot at,” Maryland State Police Sgt. Dave Sexton told the Cecil Whig.

Mr. Warner survived the shooting but hanged himself in his prison cell.

The deputies, who were not named, have been on administrative leave since the shooting.


School secretary charged with theft

Carroll County school officials said an employee was arrested and charged with stealing more than $200,000.

Superintendent Charles I. Ecker said financial secretary Wendy Sue Bowers is suspected of keeping two sets of books. The money was stolen over six years from school accounts.

Miss Bowers is accused of doctoring receipts from fundraisers and athletic events and keeping the difference. The central office noticed the discrepancies this spring.

She had a bail review hearing yesterday afternoon.


Teen pleads guilty in fatal shooting

A teen pleaded guilty to first-degree murder during an attempted robbery, prosecutors said.

Alphonso Jones, 17, of Forestville, could be sentenced to life in prison for the Feb. 6 fatal shooting of Avel Monroy, 31, of Hyattsville.

Mr. Monroy and four co-workers were renovating a house in the 3000 block of Maygreen Avenue in District Heights. While taking a lunch break on the front porch at about 2 p.m., they were approached by Jones and three other young men, who robbed the workers. As the robbers ran, Jones turned and fired a sawed-off shotgun at the workers, killing Mr. Monroy.

Mr. Monroy was pronounced dead at the scene.

Jones also was convicted of illegal use of a handgun. He will be sentenced Sept. 29.


I7 dead cats found in home; 50 euthanized

Howard County animal control officers, responding to complaints about a suspicious odor coming from a home, found 75 cats — 17 of which were dead.

Authorities said 58 cats found Thursday at the home in the 7300 block of Swan Point Way were alive but critically ill. A veterinarian decided that 50 of the cats were in such poor condition that they would have to be euthanized.

The eight surviving animals, including five kittens, are being treated for malnutrition, viral infections and other illnesses.

Animal control officers are discussing charges with the state’s attorney’s office.



Mother who put girls in trunk gets 6 months

A Stafford County woman was sentenced Monday to six months in jail for keeping her children in the trunk of a rental car during a drive from Alabama to Virginia last summer.

Cheryl Ann Schoonmaker-Brown, 39, was convicted in April of endangering two of her daughters after she put them in the trunk of a cramped four-door sedan during the trip, which lasted more than eight hours.

At the Monday hearing, Loudoun Circuit Court Judge Thomas D. Horne said putting the girls in the trunk was nothing short of “criminal.” He ordered her to serve one year in jail on the misdemeanor charge, with all but six months suspended.

Mrs. Schoonmaker-Brown drove her infant daughter, her three school-age girls and a family friend to her ex-husband’s home in Aldie on July 1, 2005. The Nissan Sentra she had rented was too small so, prosecutors said, she asked two of her daughters — then 8 and 10 — to take turns in the trunk.

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

Loudoun Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Alejandra Hammack said the trip was part of a pattern of “poor parenting.”

In June, Stafford authorities charged Mrs. Schoonmaker-Brown with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor after she was accused of leaving the 11-year-old home alone to baby-sit for her infant sister, Miss Hammack said.

Mrs. Schoonmaker-Brown expressed regret before she was sentenced and said her parenting skills have improved since enrolling in a parenting class.

“I sat down with [my children] and said, ‘I need your help to be the parent I need to be,’” she said.

Schoonmaker-Brown will remain free on $10,000 bond pending an appeal, her attorney said.


Federal courts to try gang cases

State, federal and local officials are working together to crack down on gang activity in the Shenandoah Valley.

A state prosecutor will be able to take cases to federal court to punish gang members with stiffer penalties than those available in state courts.

At a press conference outside the Central Shenandoah Criminal Justice Training Academy, U.S. Attorney John L. Brownlee swore in Phil Figura as his special assistant.

Mr. Figura is an assistant to state Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell, who assigned him to investigate violent gangs in the Shenandoah Valley using multijurisdictional grand juries.

David Graham also was appointed as an anti-gang crime analyst who will help coordinate gang prosecutions.

Officials said the FBI has identified six gangs in the valley. The largest is MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha, which officials estimate has 1,500 members in Northern Virginia.

The area covered under the initiative stretches from Rockbridge to Shenandoah counties.


Woman, 72, found dead at home

A 72-year-old woman known for her kindness to neighbors was found dead in her home Monday evening.

Marion Barbara Marshall, 72, of the 6600 block of Bostwick Drive, was found by a friend about 6:10 p.m.

Initial investigation and autopsy reports showed that Miss Marshall’s death was due to trauma. Detectives said there was no sign of forced entry.

Anyone with information should call 703/691-2131.


Demolition under way in hospital project

Work crews are demolishing buildings that once housed Eastern State Hospital patients.

The demolition is the first half of a $60 million project to create new facilities for mentally ill geriatric residents.

It is part of a plan to modernize Eastern State and shrink the amount of building space that the mental hospital uses — from about 200 acres to about 80 acres.

The hospital’s assistant director, Marty Kline, said the demolition began three weeks ago and will continue through late September.

The new center will open in March 2008 and will house 150 patients who are 65 or older. More buildings will be torn down that year.

Another center and an administrative building, scheduled to open in 2010, will house 150 patients ages 18 to 64.

Mr. Kline said it is cheaper to build buildings than to try to bring the 50-year-old buildings up to code.


Tent placement blamed for Jamboree deaths

Three persons who saw four Boy Scout leaders fatally shocked at a national gathering last summer in Caroline County did not recall signs warning of high-voltage power lines nearby, according to investigative documents.

But a photograph included in the documents shows a sign warning of the danger. And one Boy Scout from an Alaska troop said he noticed the overhead electrical lines before a metal tent pole touched them.

The accident occurred July 25, 2005, the first day of the National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill.

The Army released the documents this month in response to a federal Freedom of Information Act request by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The Army previously found no criminal wrongdoing.

The four victims were helping two workers from Tents and Events Inc., a Fishersville company that has since closed.

Boy Scouts officials have said that the organization provides troop leaders with a diagram suggesting how tents can be placed, but that individual troop leaders decide where to put the tents.


Virginia Zoo names new director

Officials have tapped the director of a small Indiana zoo to lead the Virginia Zoo as it embarks on an $18 million expansion.

Greg Bockheim, 40, built animal exhibits and a veterinary hospital, established a zoo conservation fund and began fundraising events during five years as director of the Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend, Ind.

The Potawatomi Zoo is small-er than the Virginia Zoo but has more animals on exhibit.

“He comes from a much smaller zoo, but we think he was the best fit for the job,” said Carolyn Betz, president of the Virginia Zoological Society. “He’s very enthusiastic, and the things he brings to the table are just the things we need.”

The Virginia Zoo expansion will include an animal hospital, a playground and exhibits for tapirs, lemurs and gibbons. The new exhibits are expected to open beginning in 2008.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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