- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 20, 2006



Jail minister faces sex charges

A Henrico County Jail chaplain who overcame a criminal past to become a trusted clergyman is facing charges of having sex with female inmates.

A grand jury handed down two indictments May 8 charging Toney Leon McDonald, 42, with having oral sex with a 29-year-old inmate and engaging in sexual battery on a 23-year-old inmate.

McDonald was first served with four indictments by a New Kent County grand jury that charged he had sex with a 23-year-old female inmate at a New Kent jail in February 2005. The inmate is the same one whom McDonald is charged with sexually battering in Henrico, a sheriff’s official said.

The latest indictments charge that McDonald engaged in the activities from Jan 1, 2004, to July 1, 2005, at Henrico’s Jail West facility.

Authorities say the sexual encounters were consensual, but that state law prohibits such contact.

McDonald was a Richmond sheriff’s deputy when he was arrested during a 1991 drug sting. He pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and conspiracy to deliver marijuana to an inmate. He was released from jail in 1993.M


No endorsement for candidate

The Maryland State Teachers Association declined yesterday to endorse a candidate for governor, but said it would endorse whichever Democrat wins the primary.

Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan and Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley, the Democrats seeking to unseat Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a Republican, had aggressively courted the union. But neither garnered the support of 58 percent of the union’s endorsement council, a spokesman said.

He declined to give the exact vote count, but said the election was “very competitive” and that about 100 people are on the endorsement council. The union, however, made endorsements in three other statewide races.

Kweisi Mfume, a former Democratic congressman and NAACP president, won an endorsement for his U.S. Senate race.

The union endorsed Delegate Peter Franchot, Montgomery Democrat, who’s trying to unseat Comptroller William Donald Schaefer, a fellow Democrat. It endorsed Montgomery County Council member Thomas E. Perez, a Democrat, in his race for attorney general.


Suspect killed in police chase

A suspected drunken driver died in a crash Friday night while trying to elude police. The accident occurred at about 10 p.m. on Interstate 795, near Reisterstown. Richard Shipley, 45, of Elkridge, was pronounced dead at the scene.

State police responding to a call about a drunken driver chased Mr. Shipley at speeds up to 100 mph. Mr. Shipley’s vehicle eventually struck a guardrail at the Franklin Boulevard exit ramp, causing the vehicle to flip three times, police said.



Teens killed in car crash

Two teenagers were killed yesterday morning in a multi-car crash, according to the Montgomery County Police Department.

Lensay Kassa, 17, and Desariee Pumphrey, 16, were riding with three other persons when their car was hit by another vehicle on Route 29 South near Briggs Chaney Road, a police spokesman said.

Their car hit another vehicle and the median strip before stopping on the side of the road. The other people in the car were treated for injuries not considered life-threatening, police said. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.


Teen accused of stabbing relative

A 14-year-old boy is accused of trying to kill his half brother Friday night.

State police said the boy stabbed Jeff Woodward, 19, several times. Mr. Woodward was found lying in a roadway, bleeding profusely.

Police said Mr. Woodward and his half brother had gotten into a fight at a nearby field party, and the younger teen pulled a knife and stabbed Mr. Woodward, who was in critical-but-stable condition yesterday morning at Shock Trauma in Baltimore.

The suspect, whose name was being withheld, was charged as a juvenile with second-degree attempted murder, assault and reckless endangerment.


Row house collapses during renovation

No one was injured, but the collapse of a row house in Southeast has put at least one neighbor out of her home.

Fire department spokesman Alan Etter said the three-story building in the 800 block of A Street Southeast gave way yesterday afternoon. He said the owner had been doing renovations and had apparently compromised the foundation.

Neighbors on one side were out of town, but a woman who lives alone on the other side has been displaced until the building is torn down, Mr. Etter said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports.

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