- The Washington Times - Friday, March 10, 2006



Panel defeats bill to impeach judge

The Maryland House will not call for the impeachment of a Baltimore judge who recently ruled in favor of same-sex “marriage.”

A House committee voted 20-3 late Thursday to reject an impeachment proposal by Delegate Don Dwyer Jr., Anne Arundel Republican, who earlier this session made a failed effort to put a constitutional amendment about same-sex “marriage” on ballots this fall.

Mr. Dwyer has said since the January ruling by Baltimore Circuit Judge M. Brooke Murdock that she should be removed from her post for incompetence and other things.

Judge Murdock’s decision is on hold until an appeals court decides the question of whether Maryland’s 1973 same-sex “marriage” law violates the state constitution.


Man charged with indecent exposure

A Montgomery County man has been arrested and charged with indecent exposure.

Montgomery County police said Steven Eisen exposed himself to a group of 12- and 13-year-old girls last month.

Mr. Eisen, a freelance photographer, was arrested Wednesday and charged with burglary, stalking and two counts of indecent exposure.

He was released on $3,500 bond.


Revenue estimates continue upward trend

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and the legislature got new estimates yesterday on state revenue, and again the news was good.

The projections from the Board of Revenue Estimates are $200 million more than the estimates the board made just three months ago.

A strong growth in personal income is responsible for about half the increase.

Comptroller William Donald Schaefer, a member of the board, said Maryland’s low unemployment rate of 3.6 percent contributed to the growth in the income tax.

Revenue also continues to improve from the sales tax and the estate tax, the board said.

The new figures update the estimates for the rest of this fiscal year and for fiscal 2007, which begins July 1.

The Republican governor and Democrat-controlled legislature use the board’s figures to guide decision on the budget for next year.

While the state economy gets strong marks for its current performance, the board said there are some warning signs ahead.

“The housing market is slowing, and energy costs could rise 70 percent or more this year,” said Mr. Schaefer, a Democrat.


Boy won’t be charged in day care shooting

An 8-year-old boy accused of shooting a 7-year-old girl in the arm at a day care center will be placed in county care and will not face criminal charges, prosecutors said.

Police initially charged the boy after the Jan. 24 shooting at the For Kids We Care Inc. day care center, but they said that was done only so he could be helped by juvenile authorities.

The boy’s father, John Linwood Hall Sr., 56, was charged with leaving a firearm where an unsupervised minor could find it, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Assistant State’s Attorney Karyn McAuliffe told a judge Thursday that the boy’s attorney, his parents and their legal representatives agreed the 8-year-old should be placed in “Child in Need of Assistance” proceedings.

Children in those proceedings are evaluated periodically to determine whether they should remain at a secure group home or at home under the close supervision of county social workers.

“The state is satisfied that his treatment and therapy needs will be fulfilled,” Miss McAuliffe said.


High school teacher arrested in theft

Baltimore County police arrested a Dundalk High School teacher on charges of stealing from students’ lockers.

Police said Louis Michael Clark, 25, was arrested Wednesday on 12 counts of petty theft.

School resource officers began investigating student complaints that jewelry and money were being taken from their locked gym lockers while they were in class.

Police said Mr. Clark was arrested in the school office without incident.



Gay rights activists arrested on campus

Liberty University police yesterday arrested more than 20 homosexual rights activists on trespassing charges as they tried to enter the campus.

Many of the activists are members of Soulforce, a group on a nationwide bus tour to promote homosexual rights at conservative Christian universities and military academies.

About 60 people, including 35 members of the bus tour, gathered for the late morning rally outside the school’s main entrance.

The Rev. Jerry Falwell, the university’s chancellor, had told the group that it would not be permitted on campus.

Campus police charged all of those arrested with trespassing, and two faced additional charges of inciting trespassing. They were restrained in plastic handcuffs before being taken to a local magistrate.

Soulforce member Jacob Reitan said the activists have the right to rally because they think the Lynchburg school teaches that being homosexual is equivalent to being sick and sinful.

Liberty senior Tray Faulkner compared homosexuals to drug users and adulterers, saying the university disapproves of any alternative lifestyle.


Missing gold teeth lead to shots fired

A Manassas man’s devotion to his “grille” of gold teeth has landed him in jail.

Culpeper police Sgt. J.C. Welch said it all started Wednesday when two young men left a residence.

After they were gone, Rian Goldsby, 23, realized that his set of gold teeth was missing.

Police told the Free Lance-Star newspaper that he went looking for the two young men, and when he found them near a post office on South Main Street, demanded his gold teeth back.

When they didn’t turn over the teeth, police said Mr. Goldsby shot at the pair.

Mr. Goldsby is charged with assault and battery, brandishing a firearm, reckless handling of a firearm and discharging a firearm in a public place.

Police never found the teeth.


No bond for mother held in infant’s starving

A Stafford County woman accused of starving her 2-month-old baby has been ordered held without bond.

The defense attorney for Danitta Futrell, 36, said he will seek a psychiatric evaluation of the mother of at least 10 children.

Attorney George Marzloff said he thinks Miss Futrell “does have some problems, which are probably behind this conduct.”

A judge denied bond Thursday for Miss Futrell, who is charged with felony child endangerment and felony child neglect.

Mr. Marzloff said he heard she had least 10 children living with her in her unheated trailer when child protective services inspected the home four weeks ago.

A social worker took the baby to a hospital and the other children will be placed in foster care.

Prosecutor Eric Olsen said the child remains in the hospital and is unable to eat on her own and is being fed by a feeding tube.


Burglary suspect tumbles onto officers

A burglary suspect at a motel fell through the ceiling and into the room being searched by Botetourt County Sheriff’s deputies Wednesday, authorities said.

Robert Joseph Whiting, 36, of Roanoke, tried to escape by climbing through a ceiling tile in a motel bathroom, kicking out the partitions between rooms and crawling two rooms away from where his accomplices were staying, police said.

Botetourt County Sheriff Ronnie Sprinkle said his department was investigating a series of convenience-store burglaries over the past two weeks, and evidence led them to motel off Interstate 81.

Sheriff Sprinkle declined to name the motel.

There detectives found a man and a woman suspected of being involved with Mr. Whiting.

Police were searching the motel when Mr. Whiting came crashing down.

He is charged with several counts, including grand larceny and breaking and entering. The couple also faces charges.


Tricky track work set for Red, Blue lines

There’s not as much track work this weekend as there usually is, but riders on the Red and Blue lines may encounter it.

Tomorrow night, from 10 until closing, Blue Line trains will alternate on one track between Stadium-Armory and Addison Road.

The Red Line is a bit trickier. Today and tomorrow, only one track will be available between Judiciary Square and Rhode Island Avenue from opening until 10 a.m.

Then, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., only one track will be available from Van Ness to Friendship Heights. Because of that, trains that usually end their run at Grosvenor instead will turn around at Farragut North.

And finally, tonight from 10 until closing, only one track will be available between Grosvenor and Medical Center.


Council examines youth violence

D.C. officials are trying to determine how much money they should spend to curb youth violence.

They also are pressing Mayor Anthony A. Williams for answers on how efforts, now financed with $2.1 million from the federal government, will be funded once he leaves office next year. No permanent funding has been made available.

“We need a sense of what new initiatives cost,” said council member Kathy Patterson, Ward 3 Democrat, at a hearing yesterday. She is a member of a special committee on youth violence formed in late 2004, after 48 violent juvenile deaths on the city’s streets in less than 12 months.

While overall crime in the city is down, violent crime involving juveniles continues to rise. This year, robbery arrests among juveniles are up 37 percent, while weapons arrests for youngsters have jumped 30 percent.

Community leaders warned that youth violence has to be addressed citywide.

“Funerals have become more common as rights of passage than proms and high school graduation exercises,” said Sharon Baskerville, a Deanwood mother. “The only time I’ve ever been mugged, it was by a 15-year-old.”

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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