- The Washington Times - Friday, September 15, 2006

DISTRICT

Police plan 10 more cameras

The Metropolitan Police Department plans to deploy 10 more surveillance cameras in Northeast and Northwest.

The closed-circuit video cameras were authorized in the emergency crime legislation that the City Council passed this summer. Police say officers won’t usually be monitoring them in real time but will watch replays of the video when investigating crimes. Once the cameras are installed, there will be 35 cameras throughout the city. There will eventually be 48.

Police said the locations of the cameras were based on calls for service, reported crimes and recommendations and requests from the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions and other neighborhood groups. Under the crime law, the cameras can be used during the 90-day crime emergency, but further use requires action by the council.

The locations are the 400 block of 16th Street Northeast, 8th and H streets Northeast, 18th and D streets Northeast, K and North Capitol streets Northwest, 1400 block of Oak Street Northwest, 14th and W streets Northwest, 14th Street and Columbia Road Northwest, Ninth and Kennedy streets Northwest, 14th and Quincy streets Northwest, the 1400 block of First Street Northwest and O Street Northwest.

MARYLAND

BALTIMORE

Ex-cop sentenced for heroin dealing

A former Baltimore police officer yesterday was sentenced in federal court for robbing drug dealers and then selling the drugs.

Antonio Mosby, 40, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to 16 months in prison and five years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein said that Mosby and William King and Antonio Murray — who were also Baltimore police officers — threatened drug dealers with arrest and seized their drugs or cash.

After that, they threatened them with future arrest if they didn’t identify drug dealers or money, Mr. Rosenstein said. The officers split the profits from an estimated 40 to 60 grams of heroin.

Murray and King already have been sentenced to 139 and 315 years in prison, respectively.

BALTIMORE

Ruling complicates BGE merger

The ruling by Maryland’s highest court overturning the firing of members of the Public Service Commission (PSC) raises uncertainty about the planned merger between the state’s largest utility and a Florida company.

The state Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the General Assembly was wrong to fire the five PSC members. But the court left alive a related measure blocking those members from approving the merger.

Baltimore-based Constellation Energy Group said that it is too soon to determine what the court ruling would mean for its merger with FPL Group.

Democratic state lawmakers tried in June to disband the commission because of unhappiness with its approval of a rate increase for Constellation’s residential customers in Maryland. The law was passed over a veto by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a Republican seeking re-election.

HAGERSTOWN

Grand jury indicts third man in shooting

A third man this week has been charged in the slaying of a 20-year-old Hagerstown woman who was shot to death in July.

Daynard Johnson, 26, was charged with accessory after the fact and wearing, carrying and knowingly transporting a handgun in the July 31 shooting of Trisiviah Rodriguez.

Police said that Mr. Johnson drove the getaway vehicle for the two other men charged with first-degree, premeditated murder and felony murder — Demetrius McDaniels, 28, and Raheen Tajohn Edwin, 31.

Miss Rodriguez died from a gunshot wound to the head after a group of people got into an altercation on East Franklin Street that ended in gunfire.

Russell Walker told police that Mr. McDaniels and Mr. Edwin tried to rob him before the shooting occurred.

Mr. McDaniels and Mr. Edwin also are charged with second-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder and first-degree assault. They have a court appearance Oct. 3 in Washington County Circuit Court.

VIRGINIA

RICHMOND

Court rules in FOIA case

The Virginia Supreme Court yesterday ruled for three newspapers that said the Culpeper County Board of Supervisors violated the state’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by going into closed session to discuss a school construction project.

The court ruled the closed meeting in October 2004 didn’t meet a statutory exemption to the FOIA law requiring public access to meetings. The court also reversed a Circuit Court decision not to award attorney’s fees and other expenses for another, separate FOIA violation by the board.

The Culpeper Citizen, the Culpeper Star-Exponent and the Free-Lance Star in Fredericksburg appealed the Circuit Court’s ruling in favor of the Board of Supervisors.

“Our hope is that local government officials and bodies from around the state will look at this and say, ‘Perhaps we need to be more careful about our interpretation of the law,”’ former Culpeper Citizen publisher Lawrence Emerson told the Star-Exponent yesterday.

Mr. Emerson’s company, White Dog Publishing, was purchased late last year by another newspaper group.

County Attorney David Maddox said it was his decision to go into closed session.

State awaiting word on federal storm aid

Virginia officials are awaiting word on whether the federal government has approved disaster declarations requested by the governor to help repair damage from Tropical Depression Ernesto.

The storm roared through eastern Virginia two weeks ago — damaging buildings, roads, crops and water systems.

Statewide, the storm caused an estimated $111 million in damage. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine requested federal assistance for 25 localities.

Ernesto was particularly damaging to the Middle Peninsula and the Northern Neck, where storm surge and tidal flooding added to the rain and wind. Richmond accounted for about $39 million in damage, mostly in a neighborhood where the storm combined with a sewer line problem to flood the area. Middlesex County reported nearly $541,000 in agricultural damage, while Gloucester County had about $700,000 worth of damage to crops.

FAIRFAX

Mother acquitted of abandoning son

A woman accused of abandoning her 4-year-old son on the side of the Capital Beltway has been found not guilty by reason of insanity by a Fairfax County jury.

The verdict came Thursday in the second trial of Channoah A. Green, 23, of Newport News.

A jury failed to reach a verdict on the felony child neglect charge last April.

Authorities said Miss Green brushed the boy with her car when he tried to get back inside the vehicle on July 26, 2005.

Other drivers rescued the child as he was running along a shoulder of the busy interstate in Falls Church.

Miss Green crashed her car on Interstate 95 in Hanover County later that night.

Meredith Cary, a psychiatrist who examined Miss Green for the prosecution, said that Miss Green suffered from delirium and had a depressive disorder.

Michael Hendricks, a psychologist for the defense, said Miss Green had suffered a brief psychotic episode.

Fairfax County Circuit Judge Marcus D. Williams told Miss Green she was free to leave after the verdict.

Prosecutor Marc J. Birnbaum then pointed out that Virginia law requires a person acquitted by reason of insanity be placed in the temporary custody of the state for a mental evaluation. The judge said he would review the law. Miss Green no longer has custody of her son.

Wolf opposes power line

Rep. Frank R. Wolf, Virginia Republican, is fighting plans to build a high-voltage power line across eight counties in Northwest Virginia.

Dominion Virginia Power and Allegheny Power say the line is needed to bring electricity to Northern Virginia. The line would cross parts of Frederick, Clarke, Warren, Fauquier, Loudoun and Prince William counties.

Mr. Wolf is urging federal officials not to give it a special designation that would allow power companies to bypass the state approval process.

He said in a letter to Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman that the power line would “threaten a long-standing federal, state and local effort to protect the landscape’s cultural, historic and scenic qualities.”

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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