- The Washington Times - Friday, December 29, 2006



Foster mom probed in child’s death

The foster mother of a toddler who was killed two weeks ago faces an investigation that she violated rules about leaving foster children with an unauthorized adult.

Kyla Edwards, 2, was killed Dec. 19 while her foster mother was out of town. When the mother, who has not been identified by authorities, returned home, the girl was unresponsive. The mother’s boyfriend, Edson Lamont Brown, faces murder charges.

Police said the child died of internal bleeding. Two other foster children in the home have been removed, but the mother has not been charged with a crime.

The Wicomico County Department of Social Services said the mother ignored a department request that officials be notified when a child is left with someone other than a licensed day care provider.

Kyla’s grandmother, Cathy Wharton, told the Salisbury Daily Times that she was seeking custody of the girl and that she may sue the department over her death.

“All I can do is fight so her death was not in vain,” Miss Wharton said. “I’m going to expose this. If it saves another child, then I’ve done something.”

A spokesman for the department said authorities did not know a man was living with the foster mother.


Police impersonator charges driver $15

A female police impersonator pulled over a driver and told him that he could pay a fine “the easy way or the hard way,” driving off after the man gave her $15, Baltimore County police said.

The woman wore a revolver on her hip and had a flashing red light on her dashboard when she pulled over a driver near Arbutus on Dec. 18.

She asked the man for his driver’s license and registration. When he told her he didn’t have them, she said he would have to pay a fine of $25, indicating that she preferred to be paid on the spot, police said.

The man told her he had only $15 and gave her the money. She walked back to her car and drove away.

Baltimore County police officers never accept payments of any kind for violations or citations, a police spokesman said. All traffic citations must be processed in court, the spokesman said.

The woman is described as white, 35 to 40 years old, 5-foot-6 and thin, with red or brown hair covered with a dark blue Stetson-style hat. She was wearing light blue pants with a black stripe and a light blue shirt with silver badge and a gold nameplate.


Man dies in custody after struggle

A man died in police custody after assaulting several people and struggling with officers, Anne Arundel County police said.

Police said Steven Ellison, 24, of Pasadena, went to a house in the 400 block of Center Street late Wednesday night and apparently became delusional and violent. He assaulted four persons there before officers arrived, police said.

The first officer to arrive tried to handcuff Mr. Ellison, but he put up a violent struggle. Five additional officers arrived and helped place handcuffs on Mr. Ellison. That is when he stopped breathing, police said. Mr. Ellison was pronounced dead at Baltimore-Washington Medical Center.

An autopsy is planned.


Tossing lit cigarette leads to charges

A Trappe man is facing criminal charges after police said he threw a lit cigarette at an officer in the parking lot at Dorchester General Hospital.

Officers from the Cambridge Police Department responded to the parking lot for a report of a disorderly subject.

Police said that when officers tried to talk to Terry Saville, 56, he threw a lit cigarette at an officer.

Mr. Saville was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, failure to obey a lawful order, second-degree assault, disturbing the peace and resisting arrest.

He was released on his own recognizance pending trial.


Jail security chief charged with assault

The man in charge of security at the Wicomico County jail is facing charges of assaulting his longtime girlfriend and her adult daughter on Christmas Eve.

County officials said Col. William Young, 61, has been placed on paid leave.

Charging documents say Col. Young hit the woman in the mouth after she kicked over a coffee table at his home on West Main Street in Salisbury. He held her down and pulled her hair. When he freed her, she phoned her daughter for help. According to the charging documents, the daughter arrived and was shoved twice by Col. Young.

Salisbury police charged Col. Young on Christmas Day with two counts of second-degree assault.



Ferry set to greet 1 millionth rider

The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry has carried cars and passengers across the James River since 1925.

Transportation officials think that sometime today, the 1 millionth vehicle will drive aboard the ferry for the 20-minute ride.

At the height of the tourist season, 3,000 to 4,000 people ride the ferry each day.

The numbers drop to about 2,000 a day in the winter.

Virginia Department of Transportation officials are preparing for today’s event — which they expect to take place at about 9:30 a.m. on the Scotland side of the river.

The lucky driver will receive a certificate, balloons and other assorted gifts.

VDOT has run the ferry since 1945. It is the only 24-hour ferry in Virginia.


11 die in accidents on Christmas weekend

Eleven persons were killed in 10 traffic accidents over the Christmas holiday weekend, state police said yesterday.

State police counted the holiday traffic period from 6 p.m. Friday to midnight Tuesday.

Last year, 12 persons died in highway crashes in Virginia over the Christmas holiday.


Woman attacked by two pit bulls

A 24-year-old Charlottesville woman was hospitalized after being attacked by two pit bulls in Nelson County.

Chief Deputy John Dixon with the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office said the woman was attacked while walking in Faber on Tuesday morning. The department has not released her name.

The woman was hospitalized at the University of Virginia Medical Center and was treated for bites on her arms, hands, face and legs. She was released the next day.

Deputy Dixon said another woman drove by and saw the dogs attacking the victim in a ditch beside the road. The good Samaritan threw items from her car at the dogs, driving them away, then helped the victim into her car and called police.

The two dogs were seized by an animal control officer and are being held at the Nelson County Animal Shelter.

Deputy Dixon said charges against the dogs’ owner are pending.


Man indicted as drug kingpin

A southwestern Virginia man was indicted on federal drug kingpin charges in an oxycodone ring that also swept in eight other defendants.

Donald Elbert Horton Jr., 47, of Raven, was indicted on charges of engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise between Dec. 1, 2005, and May 1, 2006, as well as possession of a firearm and conspiring to possess cocaine and oxycodone, a pain reliever, authorities said Wednesday.

Six others face lesser drug charges and two others were charged with perjury.

The charges carry maximum sentences of five to 20 years in prison.

Tazewell County Commonwealth’s Attorney Dennis Lee, who is serving as a special U.S. assistant attorney, offered no further details of the case.

From wire dispatches and staff reports



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