- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 17, 2006


Crime scene evidence altered, police say

D.C. police said they think crime scene evidence was cleaned after a D.C. lawyer was stabbed to death inside a home in Northwest earlier this month.

According to an affidavit, The Washington Post reported yesterday, police have used chemicals and an artificial light to find traces of blood on the walls, floors, a door frame and a sofa bed where Robert Wone’s body was found.

Police said Mr. Wone, 32, was spending the night at the house because he did not want to drive back to his home in Oakton.

Capt. C.V. Morris said that officers did not see a lot of evidence that they should have seen at the home.

The court documents also said that police have taken a computer from the office of Joseph Price, who is one of the owners of the town house. The computer was taken to look for e-mails to and from Mr. Wone.

Gas leak in building forces evacuation

A gas leak at an office building in downtown yesterday caused authorities to evacuate the building.

The incident began about 3 p.m. near the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and L Street Northwest.

A crew from the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority was working nearby when natural gas began leaking into the lower floors of a building in the 1200 block of Connecticut Avenue.

Gas readings in the building’s sub-basement prompted a precautionary evacuation.

Utility crews and a hazardous- materials team from the D.C. fire department completed their work a couple of hours later.

A fire department spokeswoman said that once the gas was vented, workers were allowed to retrieve their vehicles from the parking garage.



Police shut down brothel at condo

Montgomery County police have arrested two women on charges of prostitution at a brothel in Rockville.

Police said an undercover officer visited the brothel — called Oriental Spicy and located in a private condominium at 12038 Chase Crossing Circle — on Aug. 8 after making a phone appointment by using an advertised telephone number.

After knocking on the door, the officer talked with a woman about “what services he could expect,” and then paid the woman in advance.

Officers then entered and searched the condo, finding documents, cell phones, more than $600 in cash and items associated with sexual activity.

Officers arrested Ping Wang, 47, of the 200 block of Congressional Lane in Rockville, and Kyung Ae Lee, 33, of the 1500 block of Massachusetts Avenue in the District.

Miss Wang was charged with one count of prostitution, and Miss Lee was charged with two counts of prostitution.

Police said officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement have placed a detainer on Miss Lee, meaning she could face deportation.

The arrests were not related to yesterday’s federal investigation of five brothels in the District.


Pit bull found after two days

Montgomery County Animal Services officers found a pit bull yesterday that had been sought since Monday morning.

A resident of a home in the 18200 block of Darnell Drive found the male dog in the back yard just after 7 a.m. Animal Services contacted the owner, who retrieved the dog.

On Monday morning, police officers and Animal Services officers were called to the 17700 block of Little Haven Lane for two aggressive pit bulls. An Animal Services officer tried to capture one, but it turned on the officer.

The officer was able to escape without being injured, and the dog took off.

The dogs are owned by a person who lives in the 18000 block of Wagon Wheel Court.

A resident found the first dog, a female, on Monday and drove it to the animal shelter in Rockville, where it was left. The dog was returned to the owner.

The owner was issued civil citations for allowing an animal to run at large. The charge carries a potential $100 fine.


School system stops flier distribution

Montgomery County schools will suspend temporarily the distribution of all fliers from outside organizations after a court ruling last week that concluded the school’s flier policy was unconstitutional, officials said yesterday.

Fliers from groups such as the Parent-Teacher Association, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts can be displayed at school but not sent home with students in their backpacks.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond ruled Thursday that the previous system was unconstitutional because there were no safeguards against viewpoint discrimination.

The decision is the latest in the dispute between the Montgomery school system and evangelical Christian groups that were blocked from sending home fliers in student backpacks. The system concluded that the materials were too religious in nature.

The Child Evangelism Fellowship of Maryland sued the county after trying for five years to gain approval for fliers inviting students to take part in its Good News clubs.

“Opening the floodgates on backpack distribution would overwhelm our staff and turn them into professional backpack stuffers instead of professional educators,” said Larry A. Bowers, chief operating officer for Montgomery County schools.

The Board of Education is planning to revise the policy this fall.


Suspect arrested in stabbing

A man wanted in the stabbing and robbery of a restaurant manager was arrested yesterday morning in Gloucester County, Va., Baltimore County police said.

David Theodore Burton, 28, was arrested with his girlfriend, Sarah Lynn Higgins, 20.

Detectives had learned that Mr. Burton once had a Virginia license with a Gloucester County address and asked authorities there to look for him.

Mr. Burton was arrested when a deputy driving out of a police station there spotted a 1991 white Nissan matching the description of the vehicle seen leaving the Maryland robbery.

Mr. Burton is accused of stabbing Michael Frederick, 51, of North East, on Monday as Mr. Frederick was leaving a Denny’s in the 8000 block of Belair Road with a bag of cash receipts. Mr. Frederick was stabbed several times. He remains hospitalized.

Mr. Burton and Miss Higgins both are charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and armed robbery. Mr. Burton also is charged with grand theft.


Man charged with killing girlfriend

A Montgomery County man was charged yesterday with first-degree murder in the May shooting of his girlfriend.

Ernest Todd Botelho, 38, of Rockville, was arrested Tuesday at his home on charges contained in a grand jury indictment, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office said.

Frederick County Circuit Judge G. Edward Dwyer Jr. set Mr. Botelho’s bail at $500,000.

Mr. Botelho also is charged with a weapons offense in the May 7 shooting of Joy D. Buttrey, 34, at the town house they shared. Miss Buttrey was killed by a single shot to the back of the head, prosecutors said.



Former deputy pleads guilty to drug charge

A former Greensville County deputy sheriff pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Timothy W. Williams, 35, of Emporia, faces five to 40 years in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 15 by U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson.

Williams admitted confiscating a kilogram of cocaine during a February 2004 traffic stop, then passing the cocaine along to two conspirators who altered the content of the drug before returning what was left of it to Williams for submission to the state crime lab. Williams was paid $1,800 for his role in the conspiracy, prosecutors said.

Williams was a deputy for about six years, Greensville County Sheriff Wyatt Lee said.


Toddler dies after assault

A 3-year-old girl died early yesterday morning after she was severely assaulted, Prince William County police said.

Authorities said Nevaeh Wanzer was brought to a hospital by her mother Sunday afternoon with brain and internal injuries.

Police arrested the mother’s boyfriend, Fateh Shafeek, 30, and charged him with felony child abuse and aggravated malicious wounding. He is being held without bail.

The commonwealth’s attorney will seek murder charges in the case during the next grand jury session.


Gun cases double under federal initiative

U.S. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales said federal prosecutions of firearms charges have more than doubled in the Western District of Virginia thanks to an initiative aimed at reducing gun violence.

Mr. Gonzales visited Roanoke yesterday to meet briefly with members of the Project Safe Neighborhoods task force. It includes representatives from 25 local, state and federal law-enforcement agencies.

Mr. Gonzales said law enforcement’s biggest obligation is to create environments where children can feel safe.

Officials said that from 1996 to 2000, federal gun prosecutions in the district averaged 87 a year.

Since the inception of the project in 2001, they have averaged 193 annually. There were 215 firearms cases prosecuted in 2005, and 144 have been filed so far this year.


Fisheries panel caps menhaden catch

A regional fisheries commission agreed yesterday to cap the commercial catch of menhaden in the Chesapeake Bay to give scientists time to assess the health of the tiny but important bait fish.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted unanimously to set the limit through 2010, commission spokeswoman Tina Berger said.

With few changes, the commission adopted a cap announced this summer by Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, an agreement he worked out with the industry. The annual catch will be limited to 109,020 metric tons, with flexibility for years when the catch is up or down.

The cap represents the average annual harvest over the most recent five-year period.

“Once they land or harvest that amount, the fishery is closed for the season,” Miss Berger said.

The commission will take public comment on the proposal and schedule a final vote for mid-October, she said.

A strong menhaden population is key to the Bay’s health, helping filter its waters, feed game fish such as striped bass and bluefish, and serve as bait for blue crabs.

Virginia is one of the last states that allows such industrialized fishing on the East Coast.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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