- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 7, 2006


Gallaudet to choose interim president

Gallaudet University yesterday announced three finalists for the position of interim president — a search that became necessary after the university revoked its incoming president’s contract in response to student protests in October.

The board of trustees at the nation’s premier school for the deaf will meet this weekend to choose a leader for the next 1 to two years while the school conducts a separate search for a permanent president, spokes-woman Mercy Coogan said.

The board will announce its choice Sunday.

The three candidates are Robert Davila, a former assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services who worked at Gallaudet for 17 years in teaching and administrative positions; William Marshall, chairman of the university’s department of administration and supervision; and Stephen Weiner, a professor in the department of communication studies. All three men are deaf.

The interim president will not be considered for the permanent position, Miss Coogan said.

Students and faculty members protested for weeks — at times shutting down the campus — over the appoint-ment of Provost Jane K. Fernan-des to the president’s post.

The protesters said Mrs. Fernandes was a divisive leader who would not be able to address the school’s lack of diversity, declining enrollment and low graduation rates.



Pastor fatally shot in front of church

A pastor was fatally shot yesterday morning in front of his church.

The Rev. Milton Moore, 50, was shot at about 7 a.m. as he was entering the Warriors for Christ Ministries in the 2400 block of Brooks Drive.

He was shot in the upper body and died at a hospital about nine hours later.

Warriors for Christ ran a shelter and food pantry in the building a block north of Suitland High Schools and Drew Freeman Middle School.

People were running on the track at the time of the shooting.

Late last night police were still looking for the assailant and a possible motive.

Police said some people reported hearing an argument near where Mr. Moore was found, but they don’t know if it involved him. Others said they heard multiple shots fired.

Police officers were canvassing the area yesterday and interviewing Mr. Moore’s friends and family to try to determine whether this was an intentional attack.


Black bear found killed in mountains

Maryland Natural Resources Police are investigating the killing of a black bear out of season in Frederick County.

Officers responding to a call Nov. 25, the first day of the firearm deer season, found the bear fatally shot on private property in the Catoctin Mountains just west of Cunningham Falls State Park, Sgt. Ken Turner said.

Maryland’s black bear hunting season ended Oct. 24. It is illegal to kill a bear out of season except to defend the lives of people or domestic animals.


Horse roundup completed

The Humane Society of Washington County has completed its roundup of dozens of sick and underfed horses at a farm near Sharpsburg, five days after animal-control authorities seized the property.

A report on the Windrinker Farm investigation will be sent to the state’s attorney’s office for consideration of possible charges, the Humane Society said. Farm owner Barbara K. Reinken has denied mistreating the animals.

The Humane Society said workers and horse-rescue volunteers finished their work late Tuesday. They removed 52 of the 74 living horses found on the 33-acre farm. One died en route to veterinary care, and investigators found the remains of 10 horses on the property, the group said. No horses were euthanized.

Of the 10 dead animals found on the farm, two were in the field, three had been buried and five were skeletal remains, the Humane Society said.

Remains of at least four horses were sent to a state large-animal laboratory in Frederick for necropsies, a Humane Society spokeswoman said.

The group requested donations to the Sharpsburg Horse Rescue Medical and Rehabilitation Fund to help meet the animals’ needs.


State losing money on federal inmates

A state legislative audit shows Maryland is losing money by housing federal prisoners.

The auditors found the state has been collecting $132 a day from the federal government for each prisoner, but the cost of housing each one has increased since 1999 to $162 a day.

The audit states Maryland’s losses are $3.5 million over the past four years. Auditors recommended the state renegotiate its federal contract every year. State correction officials agreed with the audit findings and said they will look into the feasibility of annual renegotiations.


Fishing yacht struck by piling sinks

A sport fishing yacht was completely under water in the Wicomico River after it was struck by a piling yesterday morning, Coast Guard officials said.

A diesel barge, the Tug Merrimac, hit the piling about a half-mile from the Quantico Wharf about 1:45 a.m. The piling then struck the port bow of Snoopy II, a 46-foot yacht.

No one was injured and about two gallons of fuel leaked out, authorities said.



FBI agent killed in training exercise

An FBI agent was killed yesterday during a training exercise at Fort A.P. Hill.

Supervisory Special Agent Gregory J. Rahoi, 38, of Wisconsin, was shot yesterday afternoon. He was flown to Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Va., where he later was pronounced dead, the FBI said.

Mr. Rahoi joined the FBI in 1997 and had served with the Hostage Rescue Team for the past six years.

The last time someone died during live-fire training at Fort A.P. Hill was in December 2000, base spokesman Ken Perrotte said.

The Army fort hosts about 60,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines annually at the 76,000-acre post’s live-fire ranges and other training facilities. Federal agencies also use the facilities on a regular basis, the FBI said.


5,500 motorists ticketed in crackdown

State police say nearly 5,500 motorists were ticketed last week in a crackdown on speeders.

The crackdown took place Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 on Interstates 81 and 95. Police say four such operations this year have resulted in more than 26,000 summonses, traffic arrests and criminal arrests on the highways.

In the operation last week, more than 2,700 motorists were ticketed or arrested for speeding, and nearly 600 were cited for reckless driving.

The majority of the remaining tickets were for equipment violations. Police also charged six motorists with drunken driving and made 62 arrests on drug and felony charges. They issued tickets for 262 seat-belt violations.


Sailor gets 12 years for espionage

A Navy petty officer was sentenced yesterday to 12 years in prison for stealing a military laptop and peddling its contents to a foreign government.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Ariel J. Weinmann admitted guilt to espionage, desertion, larceny and destruction of government property before a military judge at Norfolk Naval Station earlier this week.

The Salem, Ore., submariner could have received life without parole. He also was given a dishonorable discharge by the military judge.

Prosecutors said Weinmann passed classified information to an unspecified foreign government representative in Austria and again in Mexico.

Weinmann, 22, deserted from the submarine Albuquerque in July 2005 after becoming disillusioned with the Navy.

According to testimony, Weinmann was found in March carrying a piece of paper with the names, Social Security numbers and birth dates of two individuals, as well as a notebook whose handwritten contents aroused suspicion.

Weinmann was found at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport with $4,000 cash, three CD-ROMs, an external computer storage device and memory cards for storing digital images.


Man pleads guilty to cheating investors

A Richmond man accused of cheating more than 350 investors out of about $8.3 million pleaded guilty yesterday to mail fraud and money laundering.

James E. Brown Jr., 22, faces a maximum of 120 years in prison and fines of up to $16 million on each count when he is sentenced March 14 by U.S. District Judge Richard Williams, according to federal prosecutors.

Brown was arrested in September after an investigation by the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Internal Revenue Service. Authorities charged that Brown, owner and president of Brown Investment Services, promised investors he could double their money every 30 business days through trading on the Foreign Currency Exchange Market.

The investment program, which Brown promoted at classes and seminars, was bogus. Little of the money was invested, and Brown paid early investors with cash coming in from subsequent investors to lull them into thinking the investments were paying off as promised.

Brown used the money to finance a lavish lifestyle, including a $2.9 million fleet of luxury automobiles for himself and his employees.

According to prosecutors, of the $8.3 million Brown obtained from investors, he invested only $484,000 in the foreign currency market, losing about $61,000. Only about $700,000 remained in the company’s bank account when Brown was arrested.


PVC pipe shuts down Route 123

A suspicious item caused delays yesterday morning on Route 123 near Tysons Corner.

The road was closed at about 9:30 a.m. A 12-inch-long PVC pipe was found on a grassy median along northbound Route 123 just outside the Capital Beltway.

Fairfax County police and fire officials found the pipe to be harmless after a robot was used to determine the pipe was not an explosive.


Bear population increasing rapidly

There are more black bears in Virginia now than at any time since before the Civil War, a Virginia Tech wildlife biologist says.

The state’s bear population is probably between 5,000 and 6,000, with most in the Appalachian Mountains.

Biologist Mike Vaughan said the population can withstand the estimated 20 percent of bears killed by hunters each year.

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries said the increase is the result of fundamental changes in the state’s landscape and its rules on hunting black bears over the past decade.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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