- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 18, 2006

DISTRICT

One dead, one hurt in Southeast shooting

Metropolitan Police were investigating a fatal shooting that happened early yesterday in Southeast.

Sgt. Joe Gentile said James Kelly, 26, and another man were standing outside in the 1700 block of Independence Avenue when a silver sport utility vehicle pulled up and shots were fired around 12:45 a.m.

Mr. Kelly was hit several times in the body and pronounced dead at a local hospital.

The other man, whose name is not being released because he is considered a witness, was taken to an area hospital in critical condition.

MARYLAND

BALTIMORE

Governor plans a long night

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. is prepared for a late night Tuesday.

The governor, speaking on WBAL-Radio yesterday, said he is ready to go long past Tuesday’s scheduled 3 p.m.-to-8 p.m. hearing for residents to express their views about legislation affecting electricity rates.

“If there’s still a line at 8 o’clock, I’m going to be there, till 9 o’clock, 10 o’clock, midnight, I don’t care,” said Mr. Ehrlich, a Republican seeking re-election. “I will be there.”

Mr. Ehrlich said he called the “veto hearing” to learn more from residents about the General Assembly’s plan to soften the blow of a planned electricity rate increase for 1.1 million residential customers of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. (BGE).

The General Assembly’s plan was passed with veto-proof majorities in a special session Wednesday.

BGE initially had planned a 72 percent rate increase. It was originally scheduled to take effect July 1, but the measure would limit it to 15 percent for 11 months beginning July 1, with consumers paying back the deferred amount over a 10-year period.

Tuesday’s hearing will be held in the Governor’s Reception Room in the State House. People who want to testify can sign up on a state Web site, www.maryland.gov.

OXON HILL

Authorities search for missing boaters

Rescue crews yesterday were searching for two boaters on the Maryland side of the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge.

Sgt. Ken Turner, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police, said the agency had three vessels looking for them on the Potomac River.

Prince George’s County also had three boats and five divers taking part in the search. Charles County assisted with two more vessels.

Sgt. Turner said a helicopter flight was scheduled by Prince George’s County at noon yesterday.

Three persons apparently fell overboard from a bass boat Friday night, and the search began at about 8:45 p.m. after the boat was reported circling in the water.

A 42-year-old man was pulled from the water. Sgt. Turner said the man was released yesterday morning from an area hospital.

VIRGINIA

RICHMOND

Park names replacement bear

The name of the new Maymont Park bear in Richmond is Phoenix.

Mayor L. Douglas Wilder yesterday announced the name, chosen by a 7-year-old girl as part of a contest.

It wasn’t the most popular name submitted, but was the one that judges felt was the best.

Phoenix replaces the two animals that were euthanized after one of them nipped a 4-year-old boy at Maymont earlier this year after the child’s mother failed to keep him from putting his hand through a fence.

The bears were put down to be tested for rabies, which they didn’t have.

ALEXANDRIA

Church worker accused of fondling child

A church worker has been accused of sexually abusing a 3-year-old girl.

Alexandria police say Bryan Goodwin, 49, is already a registered sex offender. He was accused of fondling the child Friday at the All Nations Church on Fillmore Avenue.

The girl told her mother, who also works at the church.

Police found Goodwin nearby. He was charged with aggravated sexual battery of a minor and is being held without bond.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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