- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 3, 2006

REGION

New rail cars make Metro debut

Metro began running six newly redesigned rail cars yesterday on the Green Line, a move that officials hope will help alleviate crowding.

The new 6000 series cars have a slightly modified look — including more overhead handrails, a doors-closing light and an electric sign that indicates the next station.

The new cars have no floor-to-ceiling handrails, which officials said will help improve the movement of wheelchairs, strollers, bicycles and luggage as well as people with visual impairments.

Fifty of the new cars will be in service by the end of the year, officials said, and 184 cars by 2008.

The cost for the new cars is $378 million. The bodies are manufactured in Barcelona and assembled in New York.

Metro has seen a 5.5 percent increase in ridership in the past year and a 15.9 percent increase in the past five years.

MARYLAND

DUNDALK

Man arrested in BWI evacuations

The man who tried to take a loaded handgun past security at a Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport terminal two weeks ago was arrested yesterday, police said.

Terrorism wasn’t behind the incident, they said.

De Juan Hunter, 36, of Parkville, entered the screening area of BWI’s A-terminal on Sept. 22 to board a Southwest flight when security screeners discovered a .25-caliber handgun inside his carry-on luggage, Maryland Transpor-tation Authority Police said.

“From the very beginning, we did not believe this was terrorism-related,” said MTA Police Chief Gary McLhinney at a press conference at police headquarters yesterday afternoon. He also said authorities do not think Mr. Hunter was trying to test the airport’s security measures.

Chief McLhinney said Mr. Hunter panicked after security detected the gun and quickly left the airport.

Mr. Hunter told police he found the gun in Baltimore and that he had forgotten it was in his bag.

Chief McLhinney said they identified Mr. Hunter in part by a process of elimination. They examined security files to see who went through the security checkpoints. Then they looked for persons who did not re-enter security to be rescreened after authorities emptied the airport’s A-terminal for 90 minutes. They also found receipts in the carry-on that was left behind and lifted fingerprints from compact discs.

Mr. Hunter was arrested at his job in Hunt Valley. He is being held in Anne Arundel County jail on $3.5 million bail. He is charged with having a handgun on his person, taking a firearm on an aircraft, interfering with security procedures and taking unauthorized weapons into an airport.

FREDERICK

MVA changes license policy

The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration has ended the first-come, first-served application process for foreigners seeking driver’s licenses, ending the long lines that sometimes formed at night outside 10 branches.

The MVA has reinstituted the appointment process that had been in place until April, spokesman Buel Young said.

The appointment process was scrapped to prevent people with foreign papers from scheduling multiple appointments. The unintended result was that many of the applicants were camping out at the MVA offices to get a spot near the front of the line.

The change is expected to save money because MVA employees were working extra hours to prescreen the applicants as they waited in line.

Maryland is one of seven states that does not require driver’s license applicants to prove their legal authority to reside in the United States. That policy likely will change by May 2008, the deadline for compliance with a new federal homeland security law.

BALTIMORE

Prison guard charged in child porn case

A prison guard was arrested yesterday on charges that he tried to solicit a minor to pose for pornographic images and that he possessed child porn.

Daniel Charles Trader, 57, of Pocomoke City, was indicted last month by a federal grand jury in Baltimore. The indictment was unsealed yesterday after the arrest.

Mr. Trader is a guard at the Eastern Correctional Institute. Prosecutors said he was in contact on the Internet this spring with a person he thought was 15-year-old girl — but was actually an undercover police officer in Wheaton, Ill.

Mr. Trader is charged with transmitting pornographic images of himself and encouraging the “girl” to send him similar images.

He is also accused of possessing more than 1,700 images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

FREDERICK

Coaches discharged over stomach display

Two volunteer cheerleader coaches were dismissed after one of them repeatedly lifted her shirt during a youth football game to show her 7- and 8-year-old girl students a smiley face drawn on her belly.

With the consent of head coach Debbie Wheaton, assistant Christine Smith drew a smiley face on her own abdomen — then flashed the smiley face to get the girls to smile.

“Every time the girls weren’t smiling, I showed them the smiley face. They thought it was hilarious,” Miss Smith said.

She said she exposed about 3 inches of her belly.

Association president Kathy Carey said three persons complained about the incident and she agreed with them.

“Pulling your shirt up is inappropriate, and it’s not what our organization is about. The community can understand we need to protect the kids and the integrity of the organization,” she said.

FREDERICK

Correctional officer faces gun charges

A Frederick County correctional officer has been placed on administrative leave as part of a criminal investigation.

The sheriff’s office said Cpl. Lisa A. Brockman, a seven-year veteran of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Bureau, was placed on leave as the result of a continuing investigation led by state police.

The Carroll County Times, citing court documents, said Cpl. Brockman was arrested Friday and charged with two counts of possession of a concealed deadly weapon and several handgun violations.

Police said Cpl. Brockman had a pistol, revolver and a shotgun. She reportedly told police that she had gone to find the home of an acquaintance, where she planned to kill the acquaintance and the acquaintance’s husband.

When she couldn’t find the house, police say she went to the acquaintance’s parents’ home in New Windsor and waited for them. She turned the weapons over to the homeowner without incident.

Cpl. Brockman is free on $100,000 bail.

SEVERN

Man on house arrest captured after chase

A man who was under house arrest was captured by Anne Arundel County police after officers say he led them on a chase, hit another car and rolled his vehicle onto railroad tracks.

Alphonso Scott, 18, of Severn, was arrested about 9 p.m. Monday as he ran along the train tracks. Lt. David Waltemeyer, a county police spokesman, said Scott will be charged on an outstanding warrant for escape and traffic violations.

Scott was charged June 20 with first- and second-degree assault and two handgun violations. He was placed under house arrest July 17, according to court records.

An officer on patrol Monday night noticed a car driving without its headlights on, Lt. Waltemeyer said, but lost sight of the car when it went around a curve. When the officer turned on his emergency lights and followed, he found that a second vehicle had been hit head-on and the suspect’s car had disappeared.

Several minutes later, police found the missing car upside-down at the bottom of a hill, next to a railroad bridge. Police said Scott tried to run away.

Scott was in serious condition yesterday at the University of Maryland’s Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Police and fire officials couldn’t say who was driving the vehicle Scott hit, or whether that person was injured.

CUMBERLAND

Inmate pleads guilty to riot charges

A state prison inmate has pleaded guilty to rioting during in a brawl in which a correctional officer was seriously hurt.

Sabein C. Burgess, 36, of Baltimore, entered the plea Monday in Allegany County Circuit Court and was sentenced to five years, to be served consecutive to his life sentence for a 1994 first-degree murder conviction. In return for his plea, the state dropped charges of assault and riot conspiracy.

Eight inmates were charged with offenses stemming from the Jan. 5 incident at North Branch Correctional Institution. Burgess is the first to be convicted. Prison officials said the inmates attacked three correctional officers with pepper spray and chairs before two other officers used tear gas to quell the 10-minute uprising.

Three officers were hurt, and one required surgery for a head injury, prison officials said.

MILLERSVILLE

Child mauled by pit bulls

Three pit bulls left alone, unleashed, outside the Anne Arundel County Animal Control building attacked a 2-year-old boy and another dog last week.

The boy’s grandmother, Linda Stackowitz, said she was there to get her own dog spayed when the pit bulls jumped out of the back of a nearby pickup truck.

Mrs. Stackowitz’s grandson, Jacob Bowers, needed 23 stitches in his cheek and her dog suffered bites on the leg and ear.

The pit bulls were at the building because they had attacked someone else. All have been euthanized. Their owner has not been charged, but authorities are still investigating.

VIRGINIA

ARLINGTON

Bishops urge support of marriage amendment

Virginia’s two Roman Catholic bishops are urging the state’s voters to adopt a constitutional amendment in the November election that would ban homosexual “marriages” and civil unions.

Bishop Paul S. Loverde of the Arlington Diocese and Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo of Rich-mond will distribute more than 100,000 brochures through a network of about 200 churches.

Bishop Loverde said yesterday that any Catholic who understands the consequences of the referendum and still votes to oppose the amendment would be displeasing God.

Homosexual “marriage” is illegal in Virginia, but the proposed constitutional amendment would incorporate that ban in the state’s constitution.

RICHMOND

Workers charged with food-stamp theft

Six former Richmond social-service workers face criminal charges, accused of lying to get food stamps after Hurricane Isabel.

Thirty-five city employees were fired in May after being accused of submitting falsified applications to get emergency food stamps three years ago after Hurricane Isabel. Six were indicted Monday by a Richmond grand jury on misdemeanor charges of welfare fraud.

Richmond social workers received about $13,000 in food stamps, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy W. Thorne-Begland said. They each received $139 to $800 in food stamps. He said the investigation is continuing.

Mr. Thorne-Begland said there was confusion about who was eligible for the benefits, so some social-services employees provided information on their applications that was “misleading, but not criminal.” Those people were not indicted.

The state fired 59 social-services workers last year after reviewing their food-stamp applications.

ACCOMAC

Man indicted in killing of relatives

A grand jury has indicted an Accomack County man on four counts of capital murder in the deaths of his parents, niece and nephew.

Ronald Lee Shrieves, 32, was charged Monday with four counts of capital murder, Commonwealth’s Attorney Gary R. Agar said. He also was indicted on an auto-theft charge.

The victims were Mr. Shrieves’ niece, DeNyia, 4; his nephew, Deonte, 14; and his parents, Harry Lee Shrieves, 68, and Edna Shrieves, 58. The bodies were discovered by another family member April 7 at the Shrieveses’ trailer home in Modest Town on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

Mr. Shrieves was arrested the day after the killings, when he was stopped in his parents’ car at a roadblock. He recently had been released from prison after serving six years for distribution of cocaine.

Authorities have released no information about a potential motive.

From wire dispatches and staff reports


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