- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 12, 2006

MARYLAND

BELTSVILLE

Woman found dead at FedEx facility

FedEx officials are cooperating with police as they investigate the death of a security guard at the company’s Beltsville distribution center. Reina Natosha Lynch was found lying on the ground near the guardhouse at the gate of the facility yesterday morning. She had been shot once in the upper body.

Company officials are providing security tapes, entrance logs and other materials that may help Prince George’s County police identify a suspect.

The 26-year-old woman lived with her family in Bowie. She was employed by Ronin Risk International in Salt Lake City.

BALTIMORE

Women to hold liturgy outside cathedral

A group of women who want to be ordained in the Roman Catholic Church plan to conduct a liturgy outside the Basilica of the Assumption today.

Eileen McCafferty DiFranco was ordained a priest in July in a ceremony that the church does not recognize.

She will conduct the liturgy after walking from an Inner Harbor hotel with a cross and dressed in sackcloth — an ancient symbol of mourning. Mrs. DiFranco hopes the service will be a reminder that the church has cut out about one-half of its population from serving fully.

Mrs. DiFranco is coming to Baltimore to conduct the service as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops convenes in the city.

ABERDEEN

Body identified in Harford County

State police have identified a body found in September in a Harford County field as Jennifer Lynn Blankenship, 25. Miss Blankenship was found in a secluded location near Aberdeen where three other bodies were found in recent months. She was last seen June 4 and was reported missing June 13.

Investigators said in August they thought they had a suspect in custody.

Last week, Charles Eugene Burns was charged in the killing of an Elkton woman whose body was found near train tracks.

Mr. Burns, 35, also faces charges of assaulting women, choking at least one to the point where she told police she thought she would die.

SUITLAND

Officer hit by car, suspects shot

A Prince George’s County Police Department officer was hurt Friday night trying to stop a suspected drug deal.

Police Chief Melvin C. High said the officer was patrolling in the 3700 block of Old Silver Hill Road in Suitland when he saw what he thought was a drug deal inside a car.

As the officer approached the car, Chief High said, the person behind the wheel drove forward and pinned the officer against another car. Other officers on the scene opened fire on the suspects inside the car, wounding two of them.

The officer was treated for leg injuries. The suspects’ injuries are not life threatening, officials said.

VIRGINIA

NORFOLK

Inmate dies in city jail

An inmate at the city jail died Friday night after he was found unconscious in his cell, according to the Norfolk Police Department.

A police spokesman said jail staff members were conducting their rounds when they found inmate Jeremiah Rickerson, 29, alone and unconscious in his cell.

Rickerson was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Norfolk General Hospital. The state medical examiner’s office is investigating the cause of the death.

REGION

Scouts reach goal for food collection

The Scouts from the National Capital Area Council said yesterday they reached the goal of collecting 1 million pounds of food, according to a preliminary count. The food will be distributed to needy families. The Scouting for Food program is held every fall in time for Thanksgiving. The Scouts walked door to door last weekend to distribute collection bags. The food was taken to drop-off spots around the region, including Safeway stores. It will now be taken to the Capital Area Food Bank, local food banks and community organizations. Last year, about 34,000 youths collected more than 822,709 pounds of food, officials said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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