- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 8, 2006


Worker accused of stealing $100 bills

An employee at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing appeared in federal court yesterday on charges of stealing 10 sheets of $100 bills.

David Faison of Largo waived a preliminary hearing and was released from jail on his own recognizance.

A date has not been set for his next court appearance. If found guilty, he faces up to 10 years in prison or a $250,000 fine.

According to court documents, Mr. Faison distributed paper stock at the bureau’s printing facility and had access to the area where $100 bills are printed.

Most of the sheets that were stolen contained 32 uncut, partially printed bills. The bills were missing serial numbers and Treasury seals.

Investigators recovered bills from casinos in Delaware, New Jersey and West Virginia. Some bills also were recovered from Mr. Faison’s home.

Senate OKs billto exhume killer

The U.S. Senate has approved a bill that would force the removal of a convicted killer’s remains from Arlington National Cemetery.

The measure involving the cremated remains of Hagerstown resident Russell Wagner is part of a veterans’ benefits bill the Senate passed last week. A companion House bill is awaiting action by the chamber’s Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Wagner was an Army veteran who died of a heroin overdose last year in prison while serving two life sentences for the 1994 stabbing deaths of Daniel and Wilda Davis in Hagerstown.

At the request of Wagner’s sister, his remains were placed at Arlington in July 2005.

Federal law at the time allowed murderers who were eligible for parole to be buried at Arlington. That law has since been changed.

First spire risesat memorial

Construction of the first of three soaring spires that make up the U.S. Air Force Memorial in Arlington was completed yesterday.

The 70-foot-tall, hollow, stainless-steel top piece completes the assembly of the memorial’s shortest spire, which reaches 201 feet.

The tallest spire will reach 270 feet.

The other two spires are scheduled to be installed Friday and Aug. 18.

Military officials said the memorial, which can been seen from Interstate 395, already is attracting visitors.

The memorial is along Columbia Pike on a promontory overlooking the Pentagon and adjacent to Arlington National Cemetery.

The memorial is scheduled to open to the public Oct. 15.


Rains, warm waters blamed for bacteria

Health officials in Anne Arundel County, Md., are warning people to stay out of the region’s natural waters for two days after a major rainstorm to reduce the risk of infection.

That goes double for people with an open cut or sore or if the water temperature exceeds 80 degrees.

There have been several reports this year of infections that have sent swimmers to the hospital, and a D.C. businessman died in June after he exposed a cut on his leg to bacteria in the Chesapeake Bay.



Nurse had checked on murder suspect

Medical records revealed new details yesterday in the trial of a state prison inmate who is accused of fatally shooting a correction officer guarding his hospital room.

The records show that two hours before the incident, a nurse checked on the patient and found nothing amiss.

Washington County Hospital records show the nurse found Brandon Morris, 20, awake in his bed with his leg shackle on.

Morris is scheduled to stand trial starting Oct. 23 on charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping, carjacking and other offenses stemming from the slaying of Officer Jeffrey Wroten in January and the abduction of a taxicab driver.

The documents do not explain how Morris freed himself or got Officer Wroten’s revolver, but they do provide new details about why Morris was admitted and his treatment.

Records show Morris told hospital workers that he had been stabbed and underwent surgery to remove a sewing needle so deeply imbedded in his right side that it had pierced his liver.


D.C. officer sentenced for insurance fraud

A D.C. police officer was given a suspended sentence yesterday for filing a false insurance claim.

Calvin L. Roots, 40, of Forestville, was placed on two years of probation and ordered to pay $3,059 in restitution to State Farm Insurance.

Roots reported his 1993 Chevrolet pickup truck stolen to the insurance company in September, saying that it had 80,400 fewer miles on the odometer than it had and that the truck was equipped with an extended cab and V-8 engine.

He also said it was equipped with an expensive stereo system.

The vehicle identification number indicated that the truck actually had a conventional cab and a V-6 engine. Additionally, the company that was supposed to have installed the stereo system said the invoice was false.

Roots agreed to resign from the Metropolitan Police Department as part of a plea bargain.



British man jailed in road-rage case

A British citizen remained jailed after his arraignment yesterday on charges that he killed a man with his pickup truck during a road-rage altercation outside Washington Dulles International Airport.

Indeshaw Adenaw, 31, of Gaithersburg, is charged with second-degree murder, aggressive driving and driving with a suspended license.

Police say Mr. Adenaw ran over Charles Vo, 50, of Sterling, Va., on the access road approaching the airport Saturday night.

At yesterday’s brief arraignment in Loudoun County General District Court, no new details emerged about what started the confrontation.

Authorities have said Mr. Adenaw’s pickup struck Mr. Vo after the victim had pulled off to the side of the road and got out of his van, but they do not know why he got out of his vehicle.

Mr. Adenaw is a British citizen living with permanent-resident status in the United States and runs a Web site design business.

A bail hearing is set for tomorrow.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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