- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 1, 2006


Fake explosives threat near White House

A man outside the Treasury Department told a Secret Service officer that he had explosives in his backpack, forcing the closure of streets around the White House for several hours Tuesday night.

No explosive was found, and the man was taken into custody for a mental evaluation, Secret Service spokeswoman Kim Bruce said. He was not immediately charged, and his identity was withheld pending the outcome of the evaluation.

Miss Bruce said the incident began at 9:45 p.m. when a man told a uniformed Secret Service officer on 15th Street outside the Treasury, one block from the White House, that he had an explosive device in his backpack.

Streets around the White House were closed for several hours, Miss Bruce said.

Bobb leads in raising funds

Former City Administrator Robert C. Bobb has staked a huge fundraising lead in the race to become the next president of the D.C. Board of Education.

Mr. Bobb, 61, raised nearly $246,000 and had more than $84,500 left on hand, according to the latest campaign finance reports.

His closest competitor, current school board Vice President Carolyn N. Graham, raised more than $46,000 and had nearly $12,000 left leading up to Tuesday’s election. Timothy Jenkins, former director of the University of the District of Columbia, raised more than $20,000 and had more than $12,000 remaining.

Some of Mr. Bobb’s contributions have come from large contractors and businesses. He also has taken out a $50,000 loan and paid thousands of dollars to several consultants.

The race’s other two competitors trailed significantly in campaign funds.

Laurent Ross, former director of the D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant Program, has raised about $3,000. The campaign of candidate Sunday Abraham, a former teacher and community activist, is spending less than $500.

Two convicted in death of teen

Two men were found guilty this week of killing a 14-year-old girl who had witnessed a killing.

Franklin Thompson, 24, and Marquette Ward, 31, were both found guilty Tuesday by a D.C. Superior Court jury of murder, conspiracy and other crimes in the 2004 death of Jahkema “Princess” Hansen. She was gunned down in a home in the Sursum Corda housing complex.

Prosecutors said Jahkema saw Ward kill a drug dealer named Mario Evans five days before she was killed. Ward also was convicted in that case.

Prosecutors said Ward was afraid that Jahkema would tell police what happened and so hired Thompson to kill her.

The two face up to life in prison when they are sentenced in January.



Mother, 2 children killed in car crash

A mother and her two children were killed Tuesday evening when their car crashed head-on with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 70, state police said.

The crash happened about 5 p.m. just east of Interstate 68, closing the highway in both directions for several hours.

Police identified the dead driver as Amira Abbas, 41, of Ellicott City, and her 4-year-old and 10-year-old children.

Investigators said that it appeared that Mrs. Abbas lost control of her car while traveling west on I-70 and crossed the median into the path of the eastbound tractor-trailer. The truck jackknifed across the westbound lanes.

The driver and passenger in the tractor-trailer sustained minor injuries. Both are from Dunn, N.C.


Boy, 13, dies in house fire

A 13-year-old boy was killed and his parents were critically injured in a fire that heavily damaged a one-story home in Calvert County, fire officials said.

The fire was reported by a neighbor about 10:40 p.m. Tuesday in the 2100 block of Stinnett Road.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office said the boy, Michael Philbin, was found in his bedroom and was dead on arrival at Calvert Memorial Hospital. His parents, Kevin and Karen Philbin, were flown to Washington Hospital Center. The family’s German shepherd also was killed.

Investigators said that the fire started in the living room and there is no indication the home had smoke alarms.


Nine charged in school fight

Nine students — eight of them girls — were charged in a fight at Edgewood High School yesterday, Harford County authorities said.

A fight broke out about 7:30 a.m. between two students in the technical-education wing of the school. A sheriff’s deputy assigned to the school tried to break up the fight, but other students became involved. Six other deputies responded to help break up the altercation, a spokesman for the Harford County Sheriff’s Office said.

One faculty member and a student were slighted injured.

The students charged range in age from 14 to 17. Two weapons were found on one student, but authorities said they were not used in the fight.

The nine students were charged with disorderly conduct and disrupting school activities. One student also was charged with assault on a faculty member.

The students were released to the custody of their parents.


Prosecutors say deputy should be cleared

A Carroll County sheriff’s deputy who struck and killed a bicyclist last month, should not be charged, according to an investigative report issued by the Howard County State’s Attorney.

On Sept. 19, a police cruiser driven by Cpl. Carlos Bustos struck Mario Garcia Salgado, 21, a Mexican national, on a darkened stretch of road in Westminster.

Mr. Salgado’s family said he had been working in the area and was saving money so he could return to Mexico and have a formal wedding ceremony with his wife, with whom he had a civil union.

The accident was investigated by Westminster police and the final report was forwarded to Howard County for review because Cpl. Bustos recently married a former prosecutor with the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office.


Man gets jail time for buying teens beer

A Finksburg man who bought beer for a group of teenagers — two of whom later died in an alcohol-related traffic accident — was sentenced to serve five weekends in the Carroll County jail.

Cory Slemaker, 23, was found guilty of two counts of contributing to the condition of a child after agreeing Tuesday not to contest the charges against him.

The jail time is part of a one-year suspended sentence. Slemaker must also serve five years probation.

Prosecutors said Slemaker bought two 30-packs of beer in September 2005 for a group of teens, charged them $10, then let the teens drink at his apartment.

Two 17-year-olds, Zachary Ondrish and Keith Flem, were passengers in a vehicle that crashed into a tree.

The driver, 17-year-old Mark Dyson, is charged as an adult with two counts of negligent manslaughter and counts of alcohol-related negligent homicide. Police said his blood alcohol content exceeded the legal driving limit. His trial is pending.



Bank robber returns to crime scene

A man who robbed a Fairfax County bank last week apparently came back for more.

Police think the same man who robbed a Wachovia Bank on Richmond Highway Oct. 25 robbed it again yesterday.

Police said that both times the man implied that he had a weapon to get money from the teller.

A police spokesman said that while authorities have seen serial bank robbers, they usually hit different banks.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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