- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 27, 2006


Bus driver charged in child-sex case

A Metrobus driver was charged yesterday with having sex with a 15-year-old girl on his bus.

Theophilis Ammon Burroughs Jr., appeared in D.C. Superior Court, where a judge found probable cause to charge him with first-degree child sexual abuse. He pleaded not guilty and was released on the condition that he have no contact with girls under the age of 16, except for his own daughter. His next court appearance is Jan. 16.

Mr. Burroughs and the girl had sexual intercourse on his Route 97 bus in Northeast after its afternoon run Dec. 19, Metro Transit Police said.

The girl told someone what happened and that person helped the girl make a police report, Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said.

Mr. Burroughs had worked for Metro since Nov. 5, Miss Farbstein said.



Authorities break up cocaine ring

Federal authorities charged 11 persons thought to be involved in a Hampton Roads drug-dealing ring that has sold a ton of cocaine worth more than $8 million in the past 13 years.

One suspect, Linwood Parker, is thought to have earned as much as $2.9 million from cocaine sales, authorities said.

Most of the suspects were arrested in the past 10 days. An informant helped the case by wearing a microphone during drug deals in the past year, authorities said.

Drug Enforcement Administration officials worked with state and local authorities on the case.

The informant, who has not been formally charged, was arrested in Norfolk last year during a cocaine deal.

Authorities searched his house, seizing $50,000 and “significant financial records,” according to an affidavit filed by the DEA and the U.S. attorney’s office.

He told DEA officials that in 1993, he began buying cocaine from Naeron Mudie, a Jamaican native who moved to Hampton in the early 1990s to establish a drug trade, the affidavit says.

Mr. Mudie and six others have been charged in a separate indictment with related crimes.

In 2001, the informant began buying cocaine directly from a source in the Bahamas, the affidavit says.

Most recently, the informant told business associates that a large cocaine shipment was due Dec. 17. The shipment was arranged by the DEA, court records show.


Fairfax teen charged in mall stabbing

An 18-year-old from the Kingstowne area of Fairfax County has been charged in a stabbing at Springfield Mall on Tuesday night.

Fairfax County police charged Dashawn Callahan with malicious wounding. He is being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

Police said Mr. Callahan and the victim, identified as a 19-year-old man from the Hybla Valley area, apparently knew each other and may have had an ongoing dispute.

Police say the victim was stabbed in the abdomen inside Lucaya, a women’s clothing store. He remains hospitalized after undergoing surgery that night.



Commission to begin grease education

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission is trying to unclog a problem by educating residents about the hazards of pouring grease down the drain.

The new outreach program will begin next week and increase the number of speakers who visit homeowners associations, classrooms and community groups.

The message? “Can the grease.”

Cooking grease dumped down the drain causes clogs and backups, like the one on Christmas Day that reportedly caused 151 gallons of wastewater to make its way into Rock Creek.

Instead, the WSSC wants people to put cooking grease and fats in containers and put them in the trash.

The commission will be passing out lids to restaurants and other groups that should be used to collect the grease.


Teenager stabbed outside Metro station

A teenager was stabbed last night outside the Prince George’s Plaza Metro station.

A Metro spokeswoman said it happened shortly before 7:30 p.m. after a confrontation between two groups of people outside the station entrance.

The victim, a 19-year-old male, was stabbed in the chest and was in stable condition at a hospital. His jacket was stolen during the attack, but investigators said it was dropped when the assailant ran away.


City to recognize black beach resort

The former Carr’s Beach resort, where thousands of black Annapolitans enjoyed rhythm and blues during the Jim Crow era, will be recognized as part of the Annapolis Charter 300 celebration.

A plaque will be installed at the resort’s former entrance and 16 other sites to reveal more of the city’s history, said Chuck Weikel, the executive director for the celebration.

“It played such an important part in the lives of colored people in Annapolis, Washington, Maryland and Virginia when segregation was in full force,” former Anne Arundel County schoolteacher Phillip Brown, 97, told the Baltimore Sun.

The resort had a Ferris wheel and attracted musicians such as Ray Charles, James Brown, Lionel Hampton, the Shirelles and Little Richard.

The plaque beside the Edgewood Road bike path will include a sidebar on racial segregation but won’t mention Annapolis specifically. A gated community now stands on the resort’s land.

“So much didn’t reach books and classrooms and it helps perpetuate the memories of those times. A lot of people would like to forget, but this will remind others just what it was like,” Mr. Brown said.

The 300th anniversary celebration will end in 2008. The other 16 sites haven’t been chosen yet.


Lawmaker calls for medical center

State Sen. E.J. Pipkin says that Kent Island needs an emergency medical center.

Mr. Pipkin, Eastern Shore Republican, says the chief reason is because Chesapeake Bay Bridge traffic makes the nearest hospital emergency department inaccessible.

To avoid bridge traffic on the way to the closest emergency room in Annapolis, islanders have had to drive south to Easton.

Two county commissioners met recently with officials from Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis but were told that the state has a moratorium on free-standing emergency medical facilities.

Anne Arundel Medical Center is building a new medical facility in Chester, but that center won’t have an emergency department when it opens in 2008.


Study: Carcinogens abundant in air

Maryland’s air has cancer-causing toxins at levels far above what the federal government deems safe, an environmental group said yesterday as part of a push to make Maryland the 11th state to follow California’s stricter auto-emissions standards.

The report released by Environment Maryland, which recently spun off from the Maryland Public Interest Research Group, analyzed data released earlier this year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

It found that the risk of cancer from all air toxins was at least 10 times higher than the EPA standard in each of the state’s 23 counties and the city of Baltimore. The report did not include data on how Maryland’s levels compare with the rest of the country.

The highest levels of toxins were found in Baltimore, where they exceeded the federal standard by a factor of 62.1. That was followed by Baltimore County with 45.3, Montgomery County with 45 and Prince George’s County with 41.

“We’re breathing this stuff at levels that are known to kill people,” said Brad Heavner, state director of Environment Maryland and co-author of the report. “We should require automakers to use advanced technology that is already proven effective.”

Adopting California’s standards would reduce levels of three major pollutants between 57 percent and 79 percent, Environment Maryland said.


Painter works on Bay battle scene

An 18th-century ship battle at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay proved vital to America’s independence from Britain.

Re-creating that battle in a painting will take many times longer than the battle itself did.

Baltimore painter Patrick O’Brien has combed through captains’ journals, letters, signal flag guides and maps of the battle for a painting that is 5 feet wide and nearly 4 feet tall.

Commissioned to hang in the Eastern Shore summer home of a retired Washington-area investor who didn’t want to be named, the painting shows British and French warships firing broadsides at each other at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay in 1781.

The British man-of-war HMS Alcide, with a golden lion figurehead on its bow, blasts its cannons at a French warship. Between them, sailors cling to a shattered mast in the choppy waves.

The French were victorious in the battle, keeping the British out of the Bay.

Because the British couldn’t sail into the Bay, they couldn’t resupply the army of British Gen. Charles Cornwallis.

That helped George Washington defeat the British at Yorktown, Va., in the final battle of the Revolutionary War.

To make sure the painting is accurate, Mr. O’Brien visited the U.S. Naval Academy Museum, where he photographed detailed models crafted by the ships’ architects more than two centuries ago.


Area ranks high in workplace deaths

The Washington area is No. 6 in workplace fatalities among the country’s major metropolitan areas for 2006.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics, in numbers released last week, said the year saw 99 deaths in the region. That is up 18 percent from last year.

Most of those deaths — 54 — were in Virginia. Twelve were in the District and 33 in Maryland.

Officials said the construction boom in Maryland and Virginia could be the reason more workers are dying in those areas.

The top three regions with workplace deaths are New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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