- The Washington Times - Monday, July 10, 2006



Son, 25, arrested in mother’s death

Anne Arundel County police have arrested a man in the fatally shooting of his mother.

Police said Zachary Neiman, 25, will be charged with first-degree murder in the death of his mother, Rae Neiman Bajus, 53, on Saturday night.

Police said Mr. Neiman’s stepfather, David Bajus, 51, called 911 about 9:30 p.m. He told police that his stepson fired a shotgun at him and his wife as they sat on a sofa.

Mrs. Bajus was taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Mr. Neiman was apprehended by police about 1 hours after the shooting.

The motive is not known, and the investigation is ongoing.



Gamma ray detectors purchased with grant

Law-enforcement agencies are getting a new tool to alert first responders about a terrorist attack or industrial accident.

The alarm systems will alert officials of gamma radiation, an invisible, odorless and potentially deadly form of energy.

“Unless you have this capability, you wouldn’t know that you are responding to a scene that may have been a dirty bomb,” said Bill Ginnow, a program manager with the Hampton Roads Metropolitan Medical Response System. “This quickly alerts and protects our first responders from being exposed.”

The radiological equipment and 550 detectors were purchased with $400,000 of a federal homeland security grant. The devices will be distributed based on population to 10 cities and six counties in Hampton Roads within the next two months.

Mr. Ginnow said departments should be able to equip most of their first-response vehicles.

The device, roughly the size of a pager, can be mounted in a vehicle or clipped onto clothing.

Emergency personnel said the alarm would allow a first responder to limit his or her own exposure to the radiation source, as well as know to remove any others from the area and call for the hazardous-materials team

People are exposed to minimal amounts of gamma radiation every day from the sun, indoor lighting and some medical procedures. The body begin to experience radiation illness only at extremely high levels of exposure.

Dana Perry, a spokeswoman for the Newport News Fire Department, said the city’s fire and police departments would receive 30 detectors each.

“It’s kind of like the canary that goes down into the coal mine,” she said. “This is our modern canary.”


Missing monkey caught up a tree

After a week on the lam, Oops the monkey is back home, Mill Mountain Zoo officials said.

The 20-pound Japanese macaque escaped through an unlocked door during cage cleanings at the zoo July 2.

A Garden City resident saw Oops in his back yard yesterday and called authorities, who tracked her for two hours and got her into a tree.

Blue Ridge Parkway rangers and Roanoke police got involved, shutting down traffic as the Roanoke fire department used a ladder truck to get the zoo’s veterinarian close enough to shoot Oops with a tranquilizer.

Although the rescuers formed a net under the tree to catch Oops, she feel asleep on a limb and the rescuers went up and got her about 5 p.m., said Sean Greene, the zoo’s director.

“She looks good. We know she was drinking water; she doesn’t look like she lost very much weight,” Mr. Greene said. “It was just nice to see her face again.”

Oops, who got her name because her birth was unexpected, will be quarantined for 30 days so zoo officials can check her health and ensure she didn’t pick up any diseases during her weeklong adventure.

Then Oops, the youngest of four so-called snow monkeys at the zoo, will be reunited with her family.

“If Oops could write her story for us, wouldn’t it be a great adventure over the last week?” Mr. Greene said. “If I could speak macaque, I’d love to be a fly on the wall when she tells her family her story.”

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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