- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 14, 2006



Bank laptop stolen from employee

A Baltimore-based bank said yesterday an employee’s laptop containing Social Security and account numbers for nearly 50,000 customers was stolen but the bank has received no reports about suspicious activity or identity theft.

The laptop was stolen two weeks ago from the car of a Mercantile Bankshares employee. It contains personal information for customers of its Bethesda-based Mercantile Potomac Bank.

The bank is offering the affected clients one year of a free credit-monitoring service. Mercantile officials say the employee violated security policies but wouldn’t say what disciplinary action, if any, was taken.


Man sentenced on sex charge

A Howard County man who drove from his job in Northern Virginia to Frederick to attempt to have sex with two teenage girls has been sentenced to two years and five months in federal prison.

Richard Moore, 39, of Elkridge, was initially convicted in Frederick County Circuit Court on child pornography and attempted sex offense charges. His conviction was overturned by the Maryland Court of Appeals because the 14-year-old girls he thought he solicited over the Internet were actually an undercover sheriff’s deputy.

Federal prosecutors took over the case, and a grand jury indicted Moore in October. He pleaded guilty in February to traveling across state lines to have sex with a minor. Moore apologized in court at his sentencing Friday, saying he lost his job and his two children because of his actions.


Graves disturbed in historic cemetery

National Park Service officials are seeking information about the disturbance of a grave in a small historic cemetery near Hancock in the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park.

Two large piles of dirt were found just outside a wrought-iron fence around the grave of Mary Ohr, who died Oct. 10, 1875. Officials also found 15 smaller holes dug in the surrounding area.

Archaeologists determined the coffin had been entered and metal-detecting activity may have taken place on or before April 13.

Mary Ohr was married to Dr. Charles H. Ohr. They lived in Hancock before moving to Cumberland in 1847, where Dr. Ohr was the mayor from 1859 to 1866. He spent several years as a member of the Maryland state senate and was once the Grand Master of Masons of the Grand Lodge of Maryland. A $1,000 reward is being offered.


Woman charged with animal cruelty

Harford County sheriff’s deputies have an arrest warrant for a woman accused in what’s being described as one of the “most horrific” animal-cruelty cases in the county’s history.

Investigators found 118 cats and dogs, including more than 40 dead, in two homes in the Whiteford area Friday night.

A sheriff’s office spokesman said a 57-year-old woman owned the properties and used them as makeshift shelters. She did not live there.

The spokesman also said the unidentified women had an apparent heart attack when deputies arrived and as a result has yet to be charged with 118 counts of animal cruelty. Each count carries a possible sentence of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.


Body pulled from harbor

A body was pulled yesterday morning from the Inner Harbor, according to the Baltimore City Police Department.

A department spokeswoman said people working around the Harborplace Amphitheater discovered the body shortly after 9 a.m.

The spokeswoman also said the person appeared to be an adult male. The body was taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause of death. The amphitheater is at the corner of Light and Pratt streets at the heart of the harbor, a popular tourist attraction.



Man charged in mother’s death

The City of Fairfax Police Department has charged a Northern Virginia man with first-degree murder following the death of his mother.

Police said they arrested Nathan Jones, 24, on Friday night after the body of Pamela Jones, 57, was found at her home in the 3200 block of Sherman Street. The mother was found with a stab wound to the upper body, but police are waiting on an autopsy before announcing the cause of death. Mr. Jones is being held without bond, and police have yet to announce a motive in the case.


Student killed in double shooting

A high school student was killed and another teenager wounded during a shooting Friday night in James City County, police said.

Rabon McKenzie Smith, 17, of James City County, was found in a car with a gunshot wound to his head, police said. Mr. Smith, a high school junior, died early yesterday morning.

The driver of the car, a 19-year-old Williamsburg man, had a gunshot wound to his leg and was treated and released from the hospital. Police are withholding his name. Police declined to release additional details of the incident pending an ongoing investigation.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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