- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 9, 2006


Mayoral candidate found fatally shot

The man who was found fatally shot next to his wheelchair yesterday morning was a candidate in the D.C. mayoral race.

Officers of the Metropolitan Police Department found the body of Chris Crowder, 44, at about 3:30 a.m. in an alley in the 600 block of Emmanuel Court Northwest. Officers found his body, shot several times, next to his wheelchair. Mr. Crowder lived in the 1300 block of Seventh Street in Northwest, according to police.

D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics records show a person named Chris Crowder, a D.C. Statehood Green Party candidate living at 1301 Seventh St. NW, registered May 12 for the election.

An unidentified man was found shot several times near Mr. Crowder. He is in critical condition at an area hospital.

A police department spokesman said officers are trying to find witnesses and determine a motive in the case.

Mr. Crowder reportedly was the man Bill Cosby confronted at an appearance in May in the District. “You are not worthy of an audience with me,” Mr. Cosby reportedly said to Mr. Crowder after he made a comment Mr. Cosby did not like.



Group rallies to back principal under fire

A group of parents, children and residents is standing behind a city public school principal who has been asked to retire after writing to support a teacher who pleaded guilty to cocaine distribution.

Edith Jones has been principal at Govans Elementary School for eight years.

Ron Kowitz, her lawyer, said the school system knew that Martius Harding was a convicted felon when it hired him in 2002.

Mr. Kowitz said Miss Jones contacted the school system’s legal office after learning of Harding’s guilty plea in a cocaine possession case.

Edie House, a school system spokeswoman, has declined to discuss the matter, calling it a personnel issue.

Harding pleaded guilty last year to having more than five pounds of cocaine in his trunk.

Miss Jones wrote a letter on school stationery to a federal judge, asking for leniency at Harding’s sentencing hearing


Pharmacist arrested in sale of OxyContin

A LaVale pharmacist was arrested after a two-month investigation for distributing painkillers.

Thomas G. Bolt, who owns the Medicine Shoppe in the Frostburg Village Shopping Center, was charged with two counts of distribution of OxyContin; possession of OxyContin, oxycodone and Percocet with intent to distribute; and possession of OxyContin, oxycodone and Percocet.

Mr. Bolt was caught distributing OxyContin to an undercover female state trooper, authorities said.

State police said he was also distributing OxyContin and related prescription medications without a prescription in exchange for sexual favors.

The arrest was made at a hotel by the Garrett County Narcotics Task Force.


Subdivision debate still simmering

Officials and residents remained undecided after two years on whether to approve an enormous development to be built near the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge that could increase the city’s population by more than 50 percent.

If approved, the Blackwater Resort Communities development would bring 2,700 homes, a golf course and a hotel to the struggling city.

Supporters point out that Cambridge’s unemployment rate is the third-highest in the state and its population is smaller than it was in 1950.

Critics say it would ruin a beautiful stretch of Dorchester County farmland, harm the refuge and lead to suburban-style sprawl.

The debates have spread from the City Council chambers to the halls of the Statehouse in Annapolis and could continue for years.



Accused sitter says girl’s death accidental

A baby sitter accused of killing a 14-month-old girl in June is telling police the toddler’s death was accidental.

Chastity Parker, 21, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Kristen Romano. Miss Parker is being held without bail.

Last month, Miss Parker told a detective the toddler had tumbled down wooden stairs, according to a search warrant affidavit. But an autopsy performed three days after Kristen’s death revealed no external signs of a fall, instead showing injuries consistent with a blow to the head, according to the affidavit.

The suspect was charged with the toddler’s death earlier this month.

Miss Parker had been caring for Anthony and Jennifer Romano’s twin daughters on June 22. According to the affidavit, she called 911 and told the operator Kristen had fallen down the stairs and wasn’t breathing properly. She later told a detective the toddler struck her head on the stairs’ concrete landing.

Kristen died in the hospital the following day. Her sister was not hurt.

A memorial service was held Wednesday in Virginia Beach.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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