- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 21, 2006



Park makes debut with waterway walk

San Antonio has its River Walk. Now Frederick has Carroll Creek Park.

Today, the city will reopen a three-quarter-mile stretch of walkway designed to make Carroll Creek the splashy center of downtown revival and expansion.

The park, conceived 28 years ago, capitalizes on redevelopment opportunities created by a flood-control project that tamed the waterway in 1993. Restaurants, shops, offices and homes are starting to open along both banks on land once occupied by dank factories.

After devastating floods in 1972 and 1976, “this was basically unusable ground — out of sight, out of mind,” said Richard Griffin, the city’s economic development director and park project manager.

The $60 million flood-control project put the creek safely underground, leaving on the surface a waist-deep waterway in a 1.3-mile manmade channel with concrete banks 40 feet wide. After years of planning, debate and false starts, the city closed a section of the barren corridor in April 2005 for construction and landscaping that have transformed it into a brick-lined promenade — Phase I of the $30 million park project.

A 400-seat amphitheater will be christened tomorrow with the blues of Automatic Slim and His Sensational Band. Across the creek stands the curvaceous, recently expanded public library. Just upstream is an 80-foot-long pergola, available for parties and picnics. A kayak livery will open nearby.

Paddlers can pass beneath three new pedestrian bridges — including an unusual single-column suspension bridge — and at least three traffic bridges. The older spans include the meticulously hand-painted Community Bridge, a renowned piece of public art that has been Carroll Creek’s main attraction since muralist William Cochran finished it in 1998.


Police identify suspect who shot himself

A bank-robbery suspect who fatally shot himself Sunday after a police chase from Charles County to Prince George’s County was identified yesterday as Omar K. Jackson, 25, of Baltimore.

Mr. Jackson was found dead in the back seat of a car that police chased about 15 miles after the robbery of a Wachovia bank in Waldorf.

Two other men in the car were arrested after a brief foot chase. Dontae Jefferson, 28, of Baltimore, and Robert Paniagua, 19, of Towson, have been charged with armed robbery, assault and theft.


Nursing aide sentenced for neglecting patient

A former geriatric nursing assistant has been sentenced for neglecting a vulnerable adult.

Donishia Wilson, 22, was ordered last week to serve two years of unsupervised probation.

The state attorney general’s office said the victim had extremely fragile skin, requiring special treatment when she had to leave the bed.

But authorities said Miss Wilson acknowledged grabbing the woman by the wrists and pulling, causing a severe tear.

Miss Wilson was employed at Chester River Manor. She pleaded guilty in April.

While on probation, Miss Wilson is prohibited from working or participating in the hands-on care field in Medicaid-funded facilities.


Water spout touches down

City officials said a water spout touched down yesterday on 14th Street.

Shortly after noon, the spout picked up a lifeguard chair and threw it about 20 feet.

The beach was closed at the time because of bad weather.

No one was injured.


Teen arrested in 13-year-old’s slaying

Metropolitan police have charged a teenager yesterday in the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy last week.

Demitrius Green, 16, of the 500 block of Atlantic Street Southeast, was arrested yesterday morning at a home in the 700 block of Atlantic Street Southeast

He will be charged as an adult.

Deangelo William Borras, 13, of the 100 block of Irvington Street, was found fatally shot in a courtyard outside his Southwest apartment just before midnight June 14.

Deangelo was hit in the back and pronounced dead about an hour later at Children’s Hospital.

Police also found a 32-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds to the body. He was taken to a hospital and admitted in stable condition. His name is being withheld because he is considered a witness in the case.

Police said last week that Deangelo was likely the intended target of the attack.

Authorities initially were looking for three subjects, at least two armed with handguns, who began firing at the victims before fleeing.

Police said yesterday that more arrests are possible.

Infant’s death ruled a homicide

A 5-month-old boy found unconscious near an apartment building Sunday night died of his injuries soon afterward.

At about 10 p.m., D.C. emergency medical personnel and police were called to an apartment building at 2301 11th St. NW.

Officers found Demarcus Simmons of the 200 block of Red Jade Drive in Upper Marlboro.

He was taken to Children’s Hospital and pronounced dead at 10:25 pm.

The D.C. Medical Examiner ruled Monday that the death was a homicide caused by blunt impact to the head.

Police have made no arrests.

Teen hit by car dies of injuries

One of two teenage brothers struck by a car while crossing the street Friday night in Southeast died of his injuries.

Police said Torian Gibson, 14, was walking across Pennsylvania and Texas avenues about 9 p.m. with his brother, Tyrone, 17, when they were hit by a black Cadillac driven by John Leonard, 23, of the 4300 block of H Street Southeast.

The boys were taken to Children’s Hospital, where Torian was pronounced dead Sunday morning. Tyrone was treated and released.

Police said Mr. Leonard stopped at the scene and cooperated with police. No charges have been filed.

School board halts charter applications

The D.C. Board of Education has halted charter-school applications indefinitely as it considers giving up control of the schools.

The board agreed to a moratorium Monday so it could consider whether overseeing the 17 independently operated schools hurts its ability to supervise traditional public schools.

The school board has scheduled a public hearing for July 18 to allow D.C. leaders, parents and residents to comment on whether it should get out of the chartering business.

The D.C. Council and possibly Congress would have the final say on the issue.

Some school board members have called for the board to give up charter schools amid criticism that it lacks resources and expertise to properly monitor the schools.

Others have said the board should work harder to overcome the problems.



Officers plead guilty to taking bribes

Two former police officers accused of taking bribes of sexual favors and cash have pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents.

Roy Fitzgerald, 46, and Charles Saunders, 47, will be sentenced Sept. 22.

Investigators said the officers ignored illegal activities at a strip club and lied to federal agents about having sex with a teenager and covering up a traffic offense.

The officers declined comment Monday. As part of a plea bargain, prosecutors dropped bribery, conspiracy and witness tampering charges.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Bondurant said the officers protected a nightclub owner from prosecution for traffic offenses and warned him about a prostitution investigation, exposing an undercover officer in the process.

Both men have resigned from the department.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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