- The Washington Times - Monday, June 19, 2006

MARYLAND

KENSINGTON

Alzheimer’s patients evacuated by fire

A fire at an assisted-living home yesterday displaced 56 Alzheimer’s patients.

No one was injured seriously in the three-alarm fire at Arden Courts/HCR/Manor Care at 4301 Knowles Ave., said Pete Piringer, a Montgomery County fire department spokesman. Investigators think the fire was started by improperly discarded smoking materials.

One resident was taken to a hospital as a precaution. The others were taken to other Manor Care facilities in the area or to relatives’ homes.

Passers-by reported the flames on the exterior of the building, and more than 125 firefighters responded. A sprinkler system protected the living quarters, which were not seriously damaged, Mr. Piringer said. But the roof and other exterior portions of the buildings sustained about $600,000 worth of damage.

It was not clear yesterday when the building would be habitable again.

OXON HILL

Missing boaters’ bodies recovered

Rescue crews Saturday afternoon recovered the bodies of two men who fell overboard from a bass boat Friday night in the Potomac River near the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge.

The victims were identified as John E. Walker, 48, and William M. Heislup, 47, both of Arlington, said Sgt. Ken Turner, a spokesman for the Maryland Natural Resources Police.

Mr. Walker’s body was recovered shortly after 4 p.m., and Mr. Heislup’s was found about 4:30 p.m. — both near where their boat was found circling in the water Friday night with no one aboard, Sgt. Turner said.

A third man, Raymond W. Molton, 43, also of Arlington, survived. He was pulled from the water Friday and released from a hospital Saturday.

Three boats equipped with “side-scan sonar” — one belonging to the Department of Natural Resources, one each from Charles and Prince George’s counties — were used in the search.

Divers from the two counties recovered the bodies, Sgt. Turner said.

A side-scan sonar device is dragged alongside a boat and uses sonar waves to send an image of the bottom of the water to an onboard monitor. The devices produced images of what turned out to be the bodies, Sgt. Turner said.

OWINGS MILLS

Mentally ill man charged in shooting

The family of a man accused of fatally shooting a stranger in a movie theater said he suffers from mental illness.

Mujtaba Rabbani Jabbar, 24, has been charged with first-degree murder.

“My brother is a good guy — he hated lying, cheating and hurting anyone,” his sister, Gul Jabbar, 20, said in a statement obtained by the Baltimore Sun. “He was also mentally ill, and our family tried our best to get him the treatment, but he refused.”

Because doctors said he was not a threat to himself or anyone else, the family could not force him to get help, she said.

Mr. Jabbar is charged with shooting Paul Schrum, 62, a medical-supplies salesman from Pikesville, as Mr. Schrum watched “X-Men: The Last Stand” on Thursday night.

Police said about 20 minutes into the film, a man stood up, ordered everyone to get on the floor and fired four shots.

Police said Mr. Jabbar then placed the handgun on a counter in the lobby, told theater management that he had shot someone and waited for officers to arrive.

He is being held without bail.

VIRGINIA

RICHMOND

Firefighter charged with arson

A firefighter in Powhatan County near Richmond has been charged with arson in more than a dozen fires dating back to February.

Authorities said Christopher William Nixon, 24, of Powhatan, was charged Friday with maliciously burning a hay and machinery barn, breaking and entering into an unoccupied dwelling and setting it on fire, and setting fire to a road tractor.

County Undersheriff G.A. Neal said Mr. Nixon also is charged with setting 13 grass fires.

Mr. Nixon was among the first responders to each of the fires, the undersheriff said.

The charges were the result of an investigation involving the sheriff’s department and the state police.

Mr. Nixon will have a preliminary hearing July 14 in Powhatan.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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