- The Washington Times - Friday, June 9, 2006


3 teens arrested with guns on Metro

Three teenagers were arrested yesterday by Metro police for carrying handguns into the transit system.

Metro said just before noon, a passenger at the Green Line’s Waterfront station reported overhearing three teenagers bragging about having guns while on the platform.

Metro police later stopped a train at the Anacostia station and located the three teenagers who matched the caller’s description. Two of them were arrested on the scene, while a third fled and was arrested a short time later.

The two 16-year-olds and one 17-year-old, all residents of the District, have been charged with carrying a pistol without a license and carrying ammunition.



Court date set for pipe-bomb case

A Forestville man will appear in federal court Monday on charges of making a bomb he purportedly planned to use on an abortion clinic.

Court documents show that Robert F. Weiler Jr., 25, also told authorities that he would use a handgun he stole from a friend to “shoot doctors who provided abortions.”

Mr. Weiler was arrested early Thursday in Garrett County after some of his friends tipped off authorities about the planned attack.

Bomb technicians were working on dismantling the bomb in a friend’s Riverdale house when it exploded. No one was injured, but the house caught fire.

Mr. Weiler was charged in federal court with making a destructive device and possessing an illegal handgun.


Traffic stop uncovers meth-producing gear

The Harford County sheriff’s office said a routine traffic stop about 11:30 p.m. Thursday led to a drug investigation at a nearby motel room.

During a search of the stopped car, deputies found suspected methamphetamine, marijuana and a 30-pound cylinder in the trunk. A hazardous-material team determined the tank held anhydrous ammonia, a chemical used to produce meth.

The investigation led deputies and federal drug-enforcement agents yesterday morning to a room at the nearby Super 8 motel. A search turned up materials to make meth and a shotgun. The motel was temporarily evacuated.

Deputies filed traffic violations against the driver of the car — Valarie James, 24, of Goldsboro, N.C. Authorities said she and two men at the motel room will face federal drug-conspiracy charges.


Speedy robber not fast enough

A suspected serial bank robber dubbed “Speed Racer” wasn’t quick enough for a 240-pound restaurant owner who chased him down and tackled him.

Luvine A. Summers Jr. was being held by federal authorities after Joe Mannarelli tackled him following a robbery in Ellicott City on Wednesday.

The FBI said Mr. Summers was charged with robbing a Provident Bank branch. An FBI spokeswoman said his capture could clear as many as a dozen bank robberies in at least three counties.

The “Speed Racer” nickname evolved in May last year. Within 15 minutes after the American Bank branch on Ridge Road in Ellicott City was robbed, a man thought to be the same thief, robbed a Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union office in Baltimore County.

Mr. Mannarelli, who owns Serafino’s Italian restaurant, saw a red dye pack explode in the backpack of a man who was jogging past his restaurant’s window.

He tackled Mr. Summers and held him down until help and police arrived.



Civil War film debuts this weekend

A film depicting the differing experiences of slaves and the white population in Fredericksburg during the Civil War is set to premiere this weekend.

The half-hour movie, called “Virginians Desolate, Virginians Free,” was made by the National Park Service and filmed in Fredericksburg during nearly three years. It largely relies on letters and diaries of people who lived in the city during the war.


Kaine holds budget talks over breakfast

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine invited the budget conferees to the Executive Mansion yesterday morning for a breakfast of pancakes, eggs and sausage — as well as some conversation about their negotiations.

Delegate Phillip A. Hamilton, Newport News Republican, said it was a cordial meeting.

Mr. Hamilton said the governor, a Democrat, did not lecture them about the importance of getting a budget deal before the fiscal year ends June 30. He said the governor was in more of a listening mode.

Mr. Hamilton said the lawmakers again reassured Mr. Kaine that they are committed to avoiding a constitutional crisis that would result from a failure to enact a new two-year spending plan.

Mr. Kaine’s spokesman, Kevin Hall, said the governor thought it was productive.


Professor arrested in murder-for-hire

A college professor suspected of planning the killing of an associate who accused him of sexual harassment was ordered held without bond yesterday.

Jay Glosser, 53, is accused with two other men in a plot to kill a fellow professor at Tidewater Community College who had filed a sexual harassment complaint against him, according to a state police investigation and court records.

Mr. Glosser, an associate professor of information technology at the school’s Norfolk campus, feared the harassment complaint might cost him his job, said David Laird, the prosecutor handling the case.

Another man charged in the scheme, Raymond Groves, 38, of Chesapeake, was granted a $100,000 bond, with $50,000 requiring security, at a hearing yesterday in General District Court.

A third suspect, F. Devin Scott, 33, of Portsmouth, had his bond hearing postponed.

According to testimony from Special Agent Jeffrey Durr of the Virginia State Police, Mr. Glosser first enlisted Mr. Groves, a former neighbor, to kill Kimberly Perez.


Bias’ mother appears at drug victims’ vigil

The mother of the late Maryland basketball star Len Bias is supporting students, drug-enforcement agents and grieving families who have lost loved ones to drug abuse.

Lonise Bias took part Thursday night in the Vigil for Lost Promise outside the headquarters of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. It came 11 days before the 20th anniversary of Mr. Bias’ cocaine-induced death.

Government officials who have tracked cocaine use over the years said the event sparked a decline in cocaine use immediately afterward, but the rate has gone back up since then.

Mrs. Bias said it will take intensive work with young people to produce long-lasting results.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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