- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 30, 2006



Woman set afire; boyfriend charged

A woman was seriously burned after her boyfriend reputedly doused her with gasoline, then set her on fire yesterday morning, the Prince George’s County Police Department said. The woman, whose name has not been released, is recovering at Washington Hospital Center.

Police say the incident occurred about 2 a.m. in the 2100 block of Ohio Avenue. Anthony Willough, 40, was charged with first- and second-degree attempted murder, malicious burning and assault in an attack on his girlfriend. A police department spokesman said the incident followed an argument at the suspect’s home and that the woman, 39, ran to her home about three blocks away. Police and emergency medical technicians found the woman with second- and third-degree burns.

Mr. Willough went to a friend’s home not far from his house and called police. He surrendered without incident and is being held in the Prince George’s County Jail.


Police investigate fatal crash

The Montgomery County Police Department is investigating a fatal crash that occurred early yesterday morning.

Investigators said a vehicle struck a tree in the 7800 block of Horseshoe Lane about 3:18 a.m.

The passenger, Michael Joseph Peterson, 23, of Cabin John, was pronounced dead at the scene, investigators said. The driver, Kevin Melanson, 22, of Potomac, received medical treatment.


Talent agent’s slayingbaffles police

Anne Arundel County police have yet to establish a motive or suspects in the slaying last week of a photographer and talent agent in his Hanover office.

There are indications Richard Shaw, 56, was in trouble: He was the subject of 22 complaints filed with the Maryland Attorney General’s Office and numerous judgments across the state. Mr. Shaw had also filed for bankruptcy.

He claimed on his company’s Web site that he had connections to actress Halle Berry’s agent, Vincent Cirrincione. But Mr. Cirrincione told the Baltimore Sun that he had no business relationship with Mr. Shaw and was preparing to pursue legal action to have his name removed from the site. Mr. Shaw’s company, Kidz in the Biz, produced photos that served as the calling card for aspiring models and actors.


Bacteria closes beaches at Sandy Point park

Anne Arundel County health officials are warning the public not to swim at the east and south beaches of Sandy Point State Park.

High levels of bacteria were found in water samples collected on Thursday.

Officials also say people should avoid water skiing or any activity that involves contact with the water.

Picnicking at the park is not affected by the warning.


Sailor killed in Iraq after explosion

A sailor from Towson has died in Iraq after ordnance exploded during a disposal operation, the Pentagon said.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Edward A. Koth died Wednesday at Camp Victory in Iraq, the military said.

Petty Officer Koth, 30, was assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Eight, serving with Multinational Corps Iraq in Baghdad.

The military said the incident was under investigation.


Press secretary departs Simms campaign

The press secretary for Stuart O. Simms’ campaign for attorney general has resigned, and more departures may be coming.

Jody Couser, who was also the press secretary for Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan’s gubernatorial campaign, left her job yesterday. She would not discuss her departure.

Mr. Simms, a Democrat, was Mr. Duncan’s running mate before he dropped out of the race. Soon afterward, Mr. Simms announced he was running for attorney general.

Citing a campaign source, the Baltimore Sun reported that the campaign has spent much of the cash left over from Mr. Duncan’s bid.

The Sun also reported that some campaign staffers have left because money was running short.

Montgomery County State’s Attorney Douglas F. Gansler and Montgomery County Councilman Tom Perez also are running in the Democratic primary for attorney general.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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