- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 2, 2006



Police probe triple killing

Three men were killed and another was injured in a shooting incident just before midnight in the 1900 block of Erie Street, according to the Prince George’s County Police Department.

Two of the men were pronounced dead at the scene, and a third died a short time later. The fourth person had wounds that were not considered life-threatening and is expected to survive, police said.

The names of the victims will not be released until their relatives are notified. Police have no descriptions of the suspects. Police told WRC-TV (Channel 4) that the incident was gang related.


Ehrlich receives PSC list

Democratic lawmakers have given Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. 10 names for a new Public Service Commission.

Mr. Ehrlich, a Republican, must choose five from the list as a result of the General Assembly’s decision last month to reconstitute the commission. The lawmakers were dissatisfied with the existing commission’s handling of a proposed 72-percent electricity-rate increases for Baltimore Gas and Electric customers.

Four of the five current members were appointed by Mr. Ehrlich. PSC Chairman Kenneth Schisler and the other members have asked the state’s highest court to prevent them from being replaced. Their last official day was Friday, but they will serve until their replacements are named.

The 10 nominees are: Raymond Beck, a former Republican delegate from Carroll County; J. Ernest Bell, a former Democratic delegate from St. Mary’s County; F. Vernon Boozer, a former Republican delegate from Baltimore County; Lawrence Brenner, an administrative law judge with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from Montgomery County; Susanne Brogan, a former PSC member from Anne Arundel County; Paula Carmody, a former assistant people’s counsel from Baltimore City; Joseph H.H. Kaplan, a former Baltimore City Circuit Court judge; Michael Travieso, a former people’s counsel from Baltimore City; Thomas Waxter, a former Democratic delegate and Baltimore City Circuit Court judge, and Harold Williams, current PSC member from Baltimore County.

None of the commissioners appointed by Mr. Ehrlich applied, including Mr. Schisler. If Mr. Ehrlich does not pick a new commission from the list by July 15, leaders of the Democrat-controlled legislature will appoint new members.


Two men killed in separate incidents

Two men were killed in two separate incidents early yesterday morning, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

The first incident occurred about 12:15 a.m. in the 2000 block of Maryland Avenue Northeast. A department spokesman said a 25-year-old man was found with multiple gunshot wounds. His name is being withheld until relatives can be notified.

The second incident occurred in the 4100 block of Gault Place Northeast. Francis E. Watkins, 23, was found with multiple gunshot wounds. Mr. Watkins, who lived in the 1700 block of Benning Road Northeast, was pronounced dead about 2:15 a.m.

ANC member’s car set on fire

The car of Advisory Neighborhood Commission member Kathy Henderson, Ward 5, was set on fire Friday and is being investigated as a possible arson case, according to WRC-TV (Channel 4).

The incident occurred just after 3 a.m. in front of Mrs. Henderson’s home, the station reported. Her home is listed as being in the 1800 block of L Street Northeast. The TV station also reported that Mrs. Henderson is a candidate for the D.C. Council but her name was not officially listed yesterday with the city’s Board of Elections.

Investigators reportedly found an accelerant and matches at the scene. Mrs. Henderson, as an ANC member, has reportedly has been fighting drug dealers in the neighborhood.



Police identify shooting victim

The man shot early Friday morning outside the Pentagon Row shopping center has been identified as Paul Matthew Zeller, 24, according to the Arlington County Police Department.

Investigators have interviewed witnesses but have no motive in the shooting, which occurred a few minutes after midnight outside the World Market store in the 1300 block of Joyce Street.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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