- The Washington Times - Friday, August 18, 2006


Ex-NBA player remains in jail

Former NBA player Lonny Baxter will remain in the D.C. Jail at least until Wednesday while his attorney presents more information to the court.

Mr. Baxter’s attorney requested a delay in a bond hearing that was set for yesterday.

A D.C. Superior Court judge scheduled Mr. Baxter’s next court hearing for Aug. 23.

A native of Silver Spring, Mr. Baxter, 27, faces weapons charges following his arrest Wednesday in the District. He and a companion were stopped by uniformed Secret Service officers.

Officers found spent shell casings on the floor of the vehicle and recovered a handgun from the center console of the Land Rover that Mr. Baxter was driving, authorities said.

Mr. Baxter could face seven years in prison if convicted of a charge of carrying an unlicensed handgun.

Mr. Baxter is a former University of Maryland star who was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the second round of the 2002 draft. He played for Maryland from 1998 to 2002. He also played briefly with the Washington Wizards.

He signed a one-year deal earlier this month with an Italian pro team.



Two women rescued from burning vehicle

An early morning brush fire turned into a rescue operation when fire department personnel discovered a burning vehicle might have led to the blaze.

The incident began about 3:45 a.m. yesterday when a motorist reported the brush fire in the 6500 block of Baederwood Lane.

Members of the Montgomery County fire department found a vehicle burning at that location and discovered that two young women were trapped inside the overturned vehicle.

Firefighters were able to cut the women out of the burning vehicle.

The women, who were thought to be in their late teens or early 20s, were taken to Baltimore Shock Trauma Hospital for treatment of burns, broken bones and other injuries.

Montgomery County police are investigating the incident.



Agency OKs disaster assistance loans

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine said the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved his request for disaster assistance in Northern Virginia.

The request was approved for homeowners, renters and businesses flooded in late June, in the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William, and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church.

The action means they can apply for low-interest loans.


Family testifies at penalty hearing

A man convicted of the random killings of a Richmond family cried yesterday as his mother described details of a horrific childhood the defense hopes will convince a jury to spare his life.

Ricky Gray, 29, was convicted Thursday of five counts of capital murder in the New Year’s Day slayings of Bryan and Kathryn Harvey and their two young daughters.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the sentencing phase of the trial.

Gray’s relatives testified yesterday that his childhood was marred by physical and sexual abuse, and that he became hooked on drugs. Gray told police he was high on PCP the day he killed the Harveys.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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