- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 1, 2006


Man fatally shot; two later wounded

A man was fatally shot early yesterday in Northeast, D.C. police said.

Carlton Fisher, 23, of the 1100 block of 21st Street Northeast, was found at his house about 1:15 a.m. with multiple gunshot wounds to the body. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers were looking for information about what led to the shooting.

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Two men were wounded in a drive-by shooting in Northeast yesterday afternoon, police said.

The shootings happened at about 4:20 p.m. in the 1600 block of Kenilworth Avenue.

A 35-year-old man was hit in the ankle while sitting in his Cadillac Escalade, and a 37-year-old man was shot in the stomach while standing on the sidewalk. Both were taken to hospitals.

The 35-year-old was treated and released, police said. The other man was in serious but stable condition last night.

Their names were not released because they are witnesses, police said.

There is a crime camera in the 1500 block of Kenilworth Avenue that police hope will further the investigation.



County to pick up tax for charter school

Frederick County will pay more than $5,000 in property tax for the Monocacy Valley Montessori school, officials said.

Schools are supposed to be tax-exempt, but when Monocacy Valley — the first charter school in the county — leased property for a new school site from a church, it negated the tax exemption.

The loss of tax-exempt status is partly because of the uniqueness of the Montessori school, which puts a multiage group of children together to work at their own pace. But it is also because of the newness of the charter school concept in Maryland.

The board agreed to discuss forwarding legislation to close the loophole to the Maryland General Assembly to ensure that this does not happen with other organizations.


Officer identified in shooting

A Prince George’s County police officer who shot an 18-year-old suspect Friday was identified yesterday as Cpl. Michael Kane, an eight-year veteran.

Cpl. Kane was one of three officers flagged down by the owner of a go-cart store who said two persons were trying to steal a go-cart from his parking lot in the 4900 block of Marlboro Pike.

Cpl. Kane caught one of the suspects, and during the struggle, police said the 18-year-old reached for a loaded handgun.

The officer fired, hitting the suspect in the hip. The suspect was treated at a hospital.

Another officer injured in the struggle was treated for an injury to his knee.

Cpl. Kane has been placed on routine administrative leave during the investigation, police said.

Prince George’s County police officers have been involved in 15 shootings this year, four of them fatal.


Bowie man charged in fatal shooting

A Bowie man was arrested yesterday and charged with first-degree murder in an early morning shooting, Prince George’s County police said.

Loneil Alexander Smith, 18, of Palmer Park, was found fatally shot at about 12:30 a.m. not far from his home on Greenleaf Avenue, police said.

Police arrested Dominic Emanuel Woods, 21, near the scene. He is being held without bail at the Prince George’s County jail in Upper Marlboro.

Police are still trying to determine a motive.



Jail chaplain cleared of sex charges

A Henrico County Jail chaplain who overcame a criminal past to become a trusted clergyman has been cleared in one case of sexual misconduct with an inmate.

Toney Leon McDonald was indicted May 8 by a Henrico Circuit Court grand jury on two charges of having oral sex with a 29-year-old inmate and engaging in sexual battery upon a 23-year-old inmate.

He was been found not guilty on three charges in New Kent County, including carnal knowledge and sexual battery. But he still faces two similar charges in Henrico involving a different female inmate at the county’s West Jail.

His court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 18.

Mr. McDonald was a Richmond sheriff’s deputy when he was arrested during a 1991 drug sting. He was released from jail in 1993.


Man arrested in assault case

Police have arrested a man suspected of following young girls through area department stores and grabbing their buttocks.

Christopher David Weisel, 27, was arrested in Virginia Beach on Saturday.

He faces two counts of aggravated sexual battery, a felony that carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

Mr. Weisel was captured on store surveillance cameras in Target stores in Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania a couple of weeks ago.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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