- The Washington Times - Friday, June 30, 2006


Contractor offers aid for identity theft

The 13,000 D.C. government workers whose personal data were compromised in the theft of a government contractor’s laptop will receive up to $20,000 in free credit-monitoring coverage for at least a year, under a plan announced by the contractor yesterday.

ING Financial Services will provide the credit monitoring and fraud expense coverage, which will be managed by Equifax at a cost of $130 per person, officials said.

Jane Boyle, chief counsel for ING U.S. Financial Services, said 1,467 city workers have enrolled in the protection plan.

ING officials expect that number to increase after Equifax representatives hold enrollment sessions, beginning next month.

The company manages two retirement plans for D.C. government employees.

ING notified city officials June 16 that an employee’s laptop containing workers’ personal data, such as Social Security numbers and addresses, had been stolen June 12. The laptop was not password protected or encrypted.

This week, two D.C. lawyers filed a class-action lawsuit against the company, seeking at least $10,000 in damages and lifetime identity-theft monitoring for each of the 13,000 workers.

Three persons injured after car hits church

Three persons were seriously injured yesterday afternoon when the car they were in crashed into the front of a church.

The persons were inside a Honda Civic when it crashed into Christ Church of Washington in the 3800 block of Massachusetts Avenue Northwest, fire department spokesman Alan Etter said.

Mr. Etter said the Civic was involved in a collision with a white work truck and went out of control into a driveway of the church. There it hit a Ford station wagon before crashing into the windowed front of the church, about 60 feet from the road.

The man who was driving was in critical condition last night. Two female passengers suffered lesser injuries. All three were unconscious when firefighters cut the roof from the car to get them out.

The driver of the white truck ran off after the collision.



Man indicted in flower shop killings

A Prince George’s County grand jury yesterday returned an indictment against a former D.C. firefighter accused of killing two elderly women in a Suitland flower shop in 2003.

Adam Isaiah Neal, 23, of 37th Place Southeast in the District, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon in the stabbing deaths of Mary Francis McDonald, 76, and Madeline Lovelace Thompson, 73.

The women were killed Sept. 24, 2003, in the Suitland Florist Shop, which Mrs. McDonald owned.

In February, police connected Mr. Neal to the crime after the FBI completed forensic tests on DNA recovered from a vehicle that he stole during the robbery.

Mr. Neal is being held without bail in Alexandria on unrelated charges.

Mr. Neal graduated in June 2002 from the federally funded D.C. fire cadet program that gives jobs to at-risk youth. He was stationed at Engine 22 Fire House, at 5760 Georgia Ave. NW, before leaving the department in 2003.

Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Glenn F. Ivey said he will determine whether to seek the death penalty after consultation with the victims’ families.


Trainer dismissed at juvenile facility

A training coordinator at the state-run juvenile detention center in Prince George’s County has been dismissed after an independent monitor found that training records at the facility had been falsified for more than a year.

The monitor’s report also sparked a review of the records and training practices at other juvenile facilities, said Edward Hopkins, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services.

“Preliminary inquiries have not suggested improprieties elsewhere,” he said.

The problems at the Cheltenham facility were reported to a court-appointed monitor in late May, according to a report released Wednesday.

“Staff members stated that the training coordinator instructed them to falsify their timesheets by adding eight to 16 hours of overtime for training that had not occurred,” the report says.

Juvenile Services is attempting to recover $6,500 to $7,000 in improper overtime payments that were made to 11 Cheltenham workers, Mr. Hopkins said.

At Cheltenham, workers were given information packets to study while working their regular shifts.

The monitor’s report said Cheltenham’s superintendent was “aware of and authorized staff to receive training credit hours while they were supervising youth on the housing units.” However, Juvenile Services officials said the superintendent was not aware of the improper overtime payments.


Escapee, 17, caught after crashing car

A 17-year-old boy escaped from a state juvenile jail in Hagerstown, stole a Honda Civic and drove 70 miles before crashing into a pickup truck and house in Cumberland, where police apprehended him after a foot chase, authorities said.

State police said they used a Taser electric stunning device to capture the youth, who wasn’t seriously hurt while on the run Wednesday afternoon. They planned to return the boy to the Department of Juvenile Services at the Noyes Juvenile Detention Center in Rockville.

The youth was charged with second-degree assault, resisting arrest, theft of a vehicle and other offenses, police said.

He had been sent to the Hagerstown facility for stealing vehicles, police said.


Guard gets probation for smuggling smokes

A jail guard who smuggled cigarettes into jail and sold them to inmates for $25 a pack was sentenced to probation Wednesday.

Scott Daniel Lewis, 31, of Rising Sun, pleaded guilty to contraband delivery and misconduct in office March 31. His plea bargain called for no jail time.

“He’s basically a good kid who did a bad thing. He made a bad decision,” Assistant State’s Attorney Lisa Hatfield told the Cecil Whig.

Lewis was fired from his job at the Cecil County Detention Center after an undercover investigation revealed the cigarette smuggling.


Pool chemicals spill from overturned truck

A truck carrying swimming pool chemicals overturning yesterday afternoon near Chillum and Sargeant roads.

Fire department spokesman Mark Brady said the truck carrying about 1,000 gallons of hypochlorate began leaking at about 1:45 p.m.

Another truck was brought in to offload the chemicals and roads in the area were closed for several hours.

A nearby shopping center and five homes were evacuated as a precaution.

No one was injured.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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