- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 25, 2006

DISTRICT

Pepsi gives $1 million to MLK memorial

The PepsiCo Foundation made a $1 million donation yesterday to help build a memorial to Martin Luther King on the Mall.

The donation brings the project’s fundraising total to $59 million. Organizers say they need $100 million to finish the memorial.

Harry Johnson, the president of the nonprofit group behind the project, said the deaths of Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King have inspired more people to donate.

The PepsiCo Foundation joins other major donors, including General Motors and the Walt Disney Co.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial would be between the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials. Organizers hope to break ground by the end of the year and complete construction in 2008.

MARYLAND

BALTIMORE

Girl, 12, stabbed by younger classmate

A 12-year-old girl was stabbed by a classmate in the hallway of an elementary school shortly after the start of the school day yesterday.

A 10-year-old girl was charged as a juvenile with aggravated assault after the 7:40 a.m. stabbing at the Steuart Hill Academy. She told school police that the other girl was taunting her.

The victim was stabbed in the chest and upper left arm with a steak knife. She was treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Police said her injuries were not life-threatening.

WESTMINSTER

Man faces sex charge involving 14-year-old

A Finksburg man has been charged with sexually assault-ing a 14-year-old girl who he met on the Internet, and may face federal charges, Carroll County prosecutors said.

Police said the girl’s mother became concerned Sunday when she did not return from a walk. She found her daughter at the Westminster Elementary School playground, and William Henry Ransley III, 58, was lying in the field, partially undressed.

The girl told her mother that she was walking home when a man she knew through the Internet pushed her to the ground and took off her clothes and they had sex.

Bail for Mr. Ransley was set at $250,000 after a review hearing Tuesday.

County prosecutors say state charges could be dropped so a federal case can be pursued.

BALTIMORE

Body found at hotel may be missing man

Ray Rivera, 32, left his Northeast home abruptly May 16 and had not been seen since, family and friends said.

Yesterday, a body was found about 1 p.m. in a locked conference room on the second floor of the Belvedere Hotel. Baltimore police spokesman Matt Jablow said police were are waiting for a positive identification on the body.

Authorities said they are investigating the possibility that it was suicide, because Mr. Rivera’s wife gave investigators a note from him that could be read as a goodbye note.

The car Mr. Rivera was last seen driving was found Monday in a lot in the 1000 block of St. Paul Street, near the hotel.

A house guest said Mr. Rivera left abruptly after getting a phone call. He was wearing flip-flops, a pair of shorts and a pullover jacket.

OXON HILL

Teacher held after boy gets cut by scissors

A high-school teacher was arrested yesterday and charged with second-degree assault after a student was cut with a pair of scissors inside a classroom.

Sean Tape, 34, and the student were engaged in “horseplay” when the teacher grabbed the scissors and cut the student on top of his wrist about 2 p.m. at Oxon Hill high school, Cpl. Diane Richardson said.

The 15-year-old freshman was taken to a hospital, where he received eight stitches for a 3-inch cut and was then released.

VIRGINIA

HANOVER

Traffic stop yields 15 illegal aliens

Authorities detained 15 persons thought to be in the country illegally after pulling over most of them during a traffic stop yesterday.

Police stopped a van for speeding Tuesday night and found 13 Hispanics inside, Hanover County sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Michael Trice said. When asked for identifi-cation, the driver handed over Mexican documents indicating he was in the country illegally.

Authorities said a second van pulled up and the driver of that vehicle produced fraudulent documents in an attempt to help the others. He was arrested and police determined that both he and his passenger also were in the country illegally.

All 15 admitted they were from Mexico or Guatemala and in the country illegally.

Sgt. Trice said all 15 were taken to the Pamunkey Regional Jail and their information was forwarded to federal immigration and customs authorities. He said 14 of them will be processed for deportation immediately. The driver of the second van will face charges.

It was not clear where the two vans were headed or how long the passengers had been in the country, Sgt. Trice said.

YORK

Man deemed insanein wife’s slaying

A York County man charged with killing, decapitating and dismembering his wife was found incompetent to stand trial yesterday.

A York County-Poquoson Circuit Court judge instead ordered Archie Roth, 68, committed to a maximum- security mental facility for treatment.

Mr. Roth, a retired Army major, was charged with first-degree murder on Valentine’s Day 2005 after Joanne Roth’s body parts were found in a container in the couple’s garage and a trash bin at a nearby construction site.

A forensic psychologist who evaluated Mr. Roth said he suffers from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Mr. Roth’s competency will be evaluated again in six months, and a hearing has been set for Nov. 14. Under Virginia law, if after four years he still is found mentally incompetent, the murder charge against him will be dismissed.

The sheriff’s office began an investigation after Mr. Roth’s daughter called to report her mother, 66, missing from the family home in Tabb.

Mr. Roth told a deputy that he’d last seen his wife the day before when he dropped her off in Williamsburg to shop, but he couldn’t remember where.

Investigators said Mr. Roth later admitted killing his wife after an altercation Feb. 11, hitting her with a shovel in their bedroom and then cutting up her body with a chain saw, placing her body parts in bags.

From wire dispatches and staff reports


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