- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 2, 2006



School board approves Deasy as new chief

The Prince George’s County Board of Education last night voted unanimously to hire John E. Deasy to be the next school system chief.

Mr. Deasy, 45, emerged as the leading candidate Feb. 16. He comes from a Southern California school system with 12,000 students, much smaller than the 134,000-student Prince George’s system.

Pending approval by the state superintendent of schools, Mr. Deasy will start work May 1.

School board members said they have done a thorough review of Mr. Deasy’s background, including a visit to California, where he is superin-tendent of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.

Chairman Beatrice P. Tignor said the board is excited about the energy and expertise Mr. Deasy brings.


Officer kills man during drug deal

A city police officer fatally shot a man after an undercover drug deal went bad, Frederick police said.

The officer, a member of the drug enforcement unit, shot the suspect while coming to the aid of another officer who had been stabbed, Lt. Thomas Chase said.

Police didn’t release the name of the shooter or the suspect.

The officer who was stabbed was taken by helicopter to Washington County Hospital with injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening, Lt. Chase said.

He said police had gotten a tip that drugs were being sold out of a town apartment complex. Undercover officers went there to buy drugs from the suspect at about 7 p.m. Wednesday, Lt. Chase said.

He said the suspect fled during an attempted arrest. During an ensuing scuffle, the man stabbed one of the officers in the back and slashed his arm, Lt. Chase said.


Man dies in struggle during arrest

A man died yesterday while struggling with police officers questioning him about a burglary, Baltimore County police said.

Police received a call about 11:45 a.m. reporting a man had broken into a house in the 900 block of Arncliffe Road.

The resident of the house identified Thomas Rawls, 32, who lived a block away, as the suspect and when an officer began to arrest Mr. Rawls, he started to struggle.

Another officer helped subdue the suspect. Once they got Mr. Rawls in handcuffs, they noticed that he had stopped breathing.

Officers immediately began CPR and called paramedics. Mr. Rawls was taken by ambulance to Franklin Square Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy will be performed.


Resident, 62, dies after meeting burglar

A 62-year-old man died yesterday morning after someone broke into his house.

Police said James Saloma was found in “medical distress” and suffered a possible heart attack after he found the burglar in his home in the 7100 block of Maple Avenue about 3 a.m. Police said the burglar had a gun and struck Mr. Saloma before fleeing.

Police spokeswoman Carol Bannerman said detectives tracked down a suspect several blocks away and were interviewing him.

Mr. Saloma was the husband of former City Council member Jennifer Saloma. Neighbors said it was not the first break-in at the Salomas’ home.


County sets new rules for lakeside rentals

Families renting vacation homes at Deep Creek Lake this summer may find some changes in their mountain getaways.

Bear-proof trash containers, off-street parking and public health inspections are among the licensing requirements approved Tuesday by the Garrett County commissioners to address complaints about litter, road congestion and other problems in the Western Maryland resort area.

The rules add details and enforcement provisions to an ordinance adopted 21/2 years ago that restricted the size of the vacation rentals that have multiplied around the 3,900-acre reservoir in recent years.

The bear-proofing rules require that garbage be placed in enclosed, lidded, latched containers within four-walled, roofed enclosures with latched doors.

Clarissa Harris, a Department of Natural Resources wildlife response coordinator, said many of the approximately 150 bear-nuisance complaints the agency gets annually come from the lake area, and most are trash-related.

Rental units established after August 2003 must offer at least one, on-premises parking space per bedroom to curb road congestion and trespassing.

The Garrett County Board of Realtors won an exception for condominiums and houses on small lots, which can provide offsite parking or parking permits.


3 at restaurant charged with hiring illegals

The operators of three sushi restaurants face charges that they knowingly employed illegal aliens, federal prosecutors said yesterday.

Prosecutors said Tzu Ming Yang, 48; his wife, Jui Fan Lee Yang, 49, and Jack Chang, 41, all of Clarksville, also face money-laundering charges.

The U.S. attorney’s office says the three operate three Kawasaki restaurants in the city.

If convicted, each faces up to 20 years for money laundering, 10 years for harboring aliens and six months for employing illegal aliens.


Teenager charged in fatal hit-and-run

A Hagerstown teenager has been charged with multiple traffic offenses stemming from a fatal hit-and-run crash in October, state police announced yesterday.

Police said the unlicensed driver hit a sport utility vehicle from behind on northbound Interstate 270 near Frederick on Oct. 1. The SUV overturned, killing passenger Urai Riddle, 42, of Frederick, and injuring three other occupants.

Police said the teen reportedly stopped briefly after the crash and then continued north on I-270.

They said the unidentified youth, who was 16 at the time of the crash, was arrested Tuesday at his home and is being detained pending a March 23 hearing on whether he should be tried as an adult.

The teen is charged with four counts of hit-and-run, one involving a death; two counts of failure to render aid; and failure to give required information, negligent driving, failure to drive within a single lane and driving without a license.



Man seen on ‘Dr. Phil’ pleads guilty to bigamy

A man charged with bigamy after the sister of the woman he was dating saw him profiled on the “Dr. Phil” television show pleaded guilty yesterday.

Charles Edward Hicks, 62, has been married seven times over the past 40 years. He was charged with bigamy involving his fifth and sixth wives.

Hicks married Julie Flint in 1997 while still married to Rose Marie Sewell, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Derek Wagner said.

Wife No. 7, Sandra Goldin Hicks, tried unsuccessfully last year to have Hicks prosecuted in Fairfax County. Because the sixth marriage wasn’t legal, and he already had divorced the fifth wife when he married Sandra Hicks, he technically did not commit a crime.

Hicks proposed to an eighth woman in North Carolina while awaiting prosecution in Chesapeake.

“I’d like to see him in prison so he will not do this to someone else again,” Sandra Hicks said. “He will not stop what he’s doing.”

Hicks was arrested in North Carolina and extradited to Chesapeake, where authorities charged him with being married to two women at the same time while he lived there.

Hicks faces a maximum of 10 years in prison when he is sentenced May 8.


Friends attend tribute to slain architect

The architect fatally shot on a D.C. street last weekend was remembered by friends and family yesterday as someone who was out having a great evening that came to a tragic end.

Loved ones filed their way into Damon Ward’s apartment complex to pay tribute to the 33-year-old, who was shot early Sunday after attending a birthday party at Duke’s City Jazz Club on U Street Northwest.

“He was the kind of person you know you’d have a good time with,” said Sarah Solomon, who said she was with Mr. Ward the night he was shot, adding that Mr. Ward had stepped outside for “less than a minute” the night he was shot.

Police think a double-parked car sparked the violence. A bullet hit Mr. Ward in the chest, killing him. Police said he wasn’t involved in the dispute.

“He was a very positive person,” said Richard Hosey, who went to college with Mr. Ward at Florida A&M.;

Police are offering a $50,000 reward for information that leads to the case being solved. Police have said they have no leads in the case.

A memorial service for Mr. Ward was supposed to be held at a church not far from Georgetown University, but it was moved to Arlington. A sign at the church said the change was made because Mr. Ward’s mother, Barbara, was hospitalized. Several of those who spoke to reporters in Arlington didn’t know why, and in some cases, didn’t know that Mrs. Ward was hospitalized.


Accused child molester returns from Philippines

A man accused of molesting two small boys is in the Fairfax County jail after being tracked down in the Philippines.

Raymond Dominguez is accused of sexually assaulting the children, who were 6 and 9 in 2004.

As the case was about to go to a grand jury, Mr. Dominguez fled to the Philippines. A Fairfax detective tracked him down there, and with the help of the region’s fugitive task force, managed to get him back.

Investigators say he lived with the boys’ family in the Burke area at the time of the attacks.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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