- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 3, 2006


Lawyer killed in Northwest

A lawyer for a D.C. nonprofit group was fatally stabbed in Northwest late Wednesday, police said.

Robert Wone, 32, of Oakton, was found inside the home in the 1500 block of Swann Street in Northwest at 11:49 p.m. suffering from apparent multiple stab wounds to the body.

He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Police are investigating the case and have not released any more details.

Mr. Wone was the general counsel for Radio Free Asia, which broadcasts news to Asian countries that do not have free press.

Before working for Radio Free Asia, Mr. Wone worked at the law firm Covington & Burling.

“We are devastated,” said Radio Free Asia’s communications director, Sarah Jackson-Han, adding that Mr. Wone had only been with the corporation for about a month.

Suspicious device closes Wilson Bridge

Authorities temporarily closed Interstate 95 at the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge after a suspicious device was found early yesterday in the Potomac River.

The hourlong closing, which began at 7:15 a.m., caused rush-hour traffic to back up in both directions.

The suspicious item was determined to be a weather-monitoring device.

Construction crews working on a second span for the new bridge found the device and were alarmed because it appeared to have batteries and attached wires, Maryland State Police spokesman Sgt. Thornnie Rouse said.

The workers alerted Metropolitan Police, and the region’s law-enforcement agencies worked to close the bridge, Sgt. Rouse said.

It was not clear how the device ended up under the bridge.



Gang member pleads guilty

A Beltsville man pleaded guilty yesterday to a gun charge in federal court.

Jose Pena Aguilar, 24, pleaded guilty to use of a firearm as part of a racketeering enterprise in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Aguilar is one of 19 members of the violent street gang MS-13 who were indicted last year under federal racketeering charges.

Prosecutors will recommend he be sentenced to 10 years in prison at a hearing Sept. 11.

Aguilar already is serving a 20-year sentence in Maryland state prison for attempted murder.

On April 20, 2003, Aguilar drove a getaway car and stored a gun used to kill a rival gang member in Langley Park, according to a statement of facts that were part of Aguilar’s plea.

On June 10, 2003, he and other MS-13 members tried to kill another rival gang member outside High Point Senior High School in Beltsville. Aguilar used the same gun to shoot the victim in the chest, prosecutors said.

He is the second MS-13 member to plead guilty in the broad racketeering indictment last August as federal prosecutors employed a law normally used for organized crime.

Juan Lopez pleaded guilty to conspiracy to take part in a racketeering organization in June.


Woman sentenced for embezzlement

A woman was sentenced to nearly four years in prison for defrauding her former employer of more than $860,000, federal prosecutors announced yesterday.

Bryn D. Phillips, 30, was sentenced to 46 months in prison for the scheme, in which she admitted she transferred more than $708,000 from her employer, Old Mutual Financial Network, into bank accounts she controlled between October 2002 and December 2004.

Phillips also admitted to using a corporate credit card to obtain $152,702.46 in cash, personal property and services between September 2003 and January 2005.

More than $465,000 was recovered during the investigation of the scheme, and U.S. District Judge William M. Nickerson ordered Phillips to forfeit an additional $404,000, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.


Two men accused of firing at officers

Anne Arundel County police arrested two men yesterday morning and charged them with shooting at several undercover officers.

Police said Mark S. Milligan Jr., 23, of the 700 block of 208th Street, and Randy L. Davis, 30, of the 1700 block of Shady Side Drive in Edgewater, were charged with first-degree assault, two handgun violations and two narcotics violations.

The officers were conducting surveillance in the area of 208th Street in Pasadena at 1:30 a.m., when the two men confronted them and began following them in a pickup truck.

As they followed the detectives, they fired several shots with a handgun, police said.

The officers requested assistance from patrol officers who stopped the truck on Route 10 and arrested the two men.


Boy drowns near pier

Searchers recovered the body of a 7-year-old boy who drowned near a pier in Dorchester County.

The sheriff’s office said Matthew Smullen was reported missing near Toddville Road.

Searchers and a dive team from Cambridge found the body Tuesday in 6-foot-deep water about 8 feet from a pier, across the road from his home.


Police identify body in chimney

A body found wedged in a chimney at an elementary school was identified as a teen who went missing last week in the neighborhood, Baltimore County police said.

Police spokesman Bill Toohey said the medical examiner used fingerprints to identify the body as that of Zachary Miller, 19, of the 900 block of Winsap Court.

Mr. Toohey said there were no signs of injury or trauma.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is trying to determine the cause and manner of Mr. Miller’s death.

Maintenance staff at Riverview Elementary School found the body yesterday while investigating a strong odor in the area.

Mr. Miller was last seen July 26.

He disappeared after reporting to police that he was robbed July 20 of $30 and a pocket knife and was warned not to tell police about the incident, Mr. Toohey told the Baltimore Sun.


Sewage spills into stream

Harford County officials said 2,400 gallons of sewage spilled near a stream in Bel Air yesterday.

The spill occurred at the stream behind Bennett Place in the Foxborough Farms area of Bel Air.

The sewage came out of a manhole cover due to an obstruction in a nearby sewer pipe. A Maryland Golf and Country Club worker discovered the spill about 8 a.m.

It was flowing at a rate of 10 gallons per minute.

County public works employees were able to stop the flow after 11 a.m.

They posted warning signs cautioning people to avoid contact with water in the area for at least 15 days.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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