- The Washington Times - Monday, May 8, 2006



Police highway sign seeks clues in killing

State police have posted a sign on Interstate 70 with hopes that passing motorists will help solve a killing.

The sign reads “Homicide Here 5-4-06.” It is where the body of Dusty Shuck, 24, of New Mexico, was found Thursday. Miss Shuck died of a blow to the head and a slit throat.

Investigators will also go to the Southwest this week to retrace Miss Shuck’s final days and do a background check. She was last seen nearly two weeks ago in New Mexico.

The sign asks anyone with information to call state police at the Frederick barracks.


Cause still unknown of girl’s fatal shock

City agencies still don’t know how a metal fence around a ball field in Druid Hill Park became electrified, leading to the death of a 14-year-old girl Friday night.

Deanna Green of Randallstown was fatally shocked after she touched the fence during a church-league softball game.

The city’s Department of Recreation and Parks said in a statement that the accident “appears to have been caused by contact between a portion of the fence and an underground power line; both have been in place for a number of years.”

The department has closed the field and is inspecting all fencing on lighted fields.

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. said its investigation found that BGE’s equipment did not contribute to the incident.

Verizon technicians were trying to determine whether any of the its cable was involved, a spokeswoman said.

Deanna’s father, Anthony Green, a former Baltimore Colts defensive tackle, told the Baltimore Sun that his daughter was a good athlete who loved to sing and play piano.

“She will always be in my thoughts and prayers,” he said. “That’s a piece of my heart.”


Man charged in slaying after body parts found

Baltimore police charged a Waldorf man Saturday in the slaying of a man whose body parts were found in Charles and Prince George’s counties.

The warrant charges Octavius Savage, 20, with first-degree murder, a police department spokesman said. Mr. Savage was in the custody of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Saturday night. The spokesman would not say whether there were other suspects.

The lower half of a man’s body was found in Waldorf as a brush fire was put out Wednesday.

Evidence found at the scene led sheriff’s office detectives to Baltimore, where a man matching the description of the victim had been missing for days.

A search of the missing man’s Baltimore home turned up evidence that led detectives to think he was killed there. They also identified suspects based on evidence found there.

Interviews led detectives to more of the man’s body Saturday in a field in southern Prince George’s County.

Baltimore police are still uncertain about the victim’s identity.



Boy, 15, charged in fatal stabbing

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with first-degree murder in a fatal stabbing at a house party Saturday night.

The incident began when several people arrived at the party on Lindendale Road and were told to leave, Prince William County police said.

When they came back, a fight started and two persons were stabbed.

William Gilliom, 15, died at a hospital after being stabbed in the chest, police said. The other stabbing victim, a 16-year-old, is expected to recover. The suspect, whose name is being withheld, also has been charged with aggravated malicious wounding.


Two men killed by masked intruders

Two men were fatally shot by a pair of masked intruders Saturday afternoon, Richmond police said.

A department spokeswoman said two men, one carrying a handgun and one a shotgun, entered a home in the city’s Church Hill neighborhood about 3 p.m. and shot two persons. She said the shootings appeared to be drug-related.

The gunmen drove away in what was thought to be a white Mazda sport utility vehicle. The victims were identified as Marcus Antonio Anderson, 26, and Corey Elridge Patterson, 27.


Home-explosion victim faces multiple charges

A Frederick County grand jury issued 82 indictments against a man whose Stephens City home exploded in January.

The charges against Robert Cook include possessing explosive material, arson and 68 felony counts of destruction of property — one for each of the 68 homes damaged by the blast, including 11 that were left uninhabitable.

Mr. Cook also faces 12 misdemeanor counts of destruction of property.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Lawrence R. Ambrogi said natural gas that built up inside the home led to the blast, but would not give further details.

According to police reports, Mr. Cook was alone in his home on Buchannan Drive at the time of the explosion. He suffered burns to his face, hands and upper body and was hospitalized for more than a month.

Mr. Ambrogi said that he heard that Mr. Cook is in New York, the Winchester Star reported.

Mr. Ambrogi requested that Mr. Cook be jailed without bond when he is brought back to the county, arguing that he could be a danger to himself and others.


DPW wants ideas on controlling litter

The Department of Public Works (DPW) is asking residents for suggestions on how to keep litter off city streets.

A bulletin posted on the District’s business resource center Web site asks residents to visit a littering survey conducted in New Jersey by officials there. The survey, the Web site says, explains to readers where litter comes from, what litter consists of and offers suggestions as to how to stop it.

“Tell us what you think about their findings,” DPW says on the site. “Let us know if you think a similar approach could work in D.C. Do you think advertising can change people’s behavior? What other suggestions would you make to address the problem of litter?”

Residents are asked to e-mail DPW with their suggestions through an online form found on the agency’s Web site.

DPW can be visited at www.dpw.dc.gov.

The District’s business resource center can be visited at www.brc.dc.gov.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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