- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 14, 2006


Spotlight blamed for Folger fire

Investigators said yesterday a two-alarm fire at the Folger Shakespeare Library on Capitol Hill began when a spotlight ignited some costumes.

A D.C. fire department spokesman said the fire inside the East Capitol Street building started at about 10 a.m.

An electrician had been trying to hang a large spotlight on a stage in the building’s main theater when it came in contact with the costumes.

No injuries were reported. The damage was estimated at $25,000.

The library has one of the world’s largest collections of Shakespeare materials and major collections of other rare Renaissance works.



Security concerns follow school violence

Baltimore school officials are considering installing metal detectors after an outbreak of violence and other gun-related problems last week.

State Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick said she would support having metal detectors in the city’s most dangerous schools, especially if parents want them, according to the Baltimore Sun. However, critics say such a fix would be shortsighted, expensive and ineffective.

City school officials said they would discuss the issue, but would not rush out to buy the devices.

They also said a metal detector would not have prevented a shooting Friday outside Frederick Douglass High School. The 14-year-old boy who was shot in the back is in fair condition.

On Thursday, an 8-year-old boy brought a revolver into his third-grade class at Grove Park Elementary School. Another boy went over to see the gun in his desk and accidentally pulled the trigger. Nobody was injured.


N.C. woman arrested in abduction of children

A North Carolina woman has been charged with kidnapping her three young children from their custodial grandmother, Harford County authorities said.

Clara Lisa Rogers, 32, was taken into custody Friday at about 6 p.m. at a home in the 1500 block of Harford Square Drive in Edgewood. Her three children — 12, 10 and 9 — were with her.

The children’s grandmother, Rose Ann Chavis, reported the children kidnapped to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office in Lumberton, N.C., on Oct. 6. Witnesses in North Carolina told authorities that Mrs. Rogers took the children from a mobile home near Lumberton.


Cardinal Keeler home after crash in Italy

Cardinal William H. Keeler, 75, has returned home to Maryland after surviving a car accident in which a retired priest was killed in Italy last week, said an Archdiocese of Baltimore spokesman.

Cardinal Keeler, the archbishop of Baltimore, returned to Baltimore on Wednesday night. He broke an ankle in the accident, and the cast has been replaced with a protective boot. However, he could need as long as a month before returning to a regular schedule.

Cardinal Keeler, the Rev. Bernard Quinn and Monsignor Thomas Smith on Oct. 7 were in a car going through the city of Terni, about 60 miles north of Rome, when another car struck the passenger side of their vehicle. Father Quinn, 78, a retired priest who was in residence at Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in Lancaster, Pa., was killed.

Monsignor Smith, 75, the pastor of St. Joseph parish in Lancaster, sustained several broken ribs.



Results awaited on student’s autopsy

Police investigating the death of a college student from Arlington are not expected to release preliminary results of an autopsy this weekend.

Michelle Gardner-Quinn, 21, was reported missing last weekend in Burlington, Vt., after she failed to show up for a meeting with her parents, who had been visiting.

On Friday, passersby spotted her body near a popular swimming hole 13 miles east of Burlington.

Brian Rooney, 36, has been arrested on unrelated charges of sex abuse in two other Vermont counties. He remains jailed pending arraignment tomorrow.

Mr. Rooney has been the focus of the investigation since he was recorded on a jewelry store surveillance camera with Miss Gardner-Quinn the night she went missing. Police also said she borrowed Mr. Rooney’s cell phone.


Three killed at shopping center

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an apparent triple slaying Friday night in Sterling.

An agency spokesman said the incident occurred at Sterling Plaza shopping center at about 10:40 p.m.

A man and woman were found shot to death in the parking lot in front of a Safeway grocery store and another man’s body was found behind the store near the loading dock, the spokesman said. Their names were not released. Investigators said they had ascertained no motive, and no arrest had been reported.


Man charged in double slaying

The Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office has charged a 29-year-old man in the deaths of two King George residents.

Authorities on Friday discovered two bodies believed to be those of Maggie Skinner, 62, and Phil Hamilton, 75, a day after their abandoned car was found. They were last seen Oct. 8.

Police charged Cleve Williams Jr. with two counts of first-degree murder.

Police said he confessed to killing Mrs. Skinner and Mr. Hamilton in his home, then setting their bodies on fire.

The couple owned the property on which Mr. Williams lives and had been trying to evict him, authorities said. They also said Mr. Williams became a suspect after he tried to use the couple’s credit cards.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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