- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 21, 2006


Student shot outside Cardozo High School

A student at Cardozo High School was shot in the right leg yesterday while standing not far from the school.

Officer Junis Fletcher, a D.C. police spokesman, said the 15-year-old boy was shot about 12:10 p.m. at 13th and Clifton streets Northwest, just off school property.

Investigators think the teen was approached by two or three people, one of whom shot him with a handgun.

D.C. Public Schools spokeswoman Patricia Williams said it was not clear why the 10th-grader was not in class. She said he was taken to Howard University Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Police did not have a motive for the shooting.

The school was secured while police searched for the assailants.

Twins doing well after separation

The conjoined twins who were separated two weeks ago during a lengthy surgery at Children’s Hospital have been upgraded to serious condition for the first time in their lives.

Doctors said Mateo and McHale Shaw have begun to rebound and breathe on their own.

The 4-month-old brothers from Wisconsin were separated Sept. 6 in an 18-hour operation. According to a message posted on the family’s Web site, they have faced several complications since then, including infections that were resistant to the drugs they were taking.

The twins, born May 10, were joined at the lower back with conjoined spinal cords.



Man charged in teen sex case

A man has been arrested on charges of having sex with a 15-year-old girl he met online, officials said.

State police said Charles Brycen Duvall, 25, of Hurlock, began to communicate in July with a 15-year-old girl through Myspace.com, a social networking Web site.

The girl lives in Washington County and was visiting family in Talbot County. Police said Mr. Duvall met the girl in person in Greensboro, where they had consensual sex.

When detectives interviewed Mr. Duvall on Tuesday, he admitted to having sex with the girl, police said.

Mr. Duvall was charged with two counts of third-degree sex offense. He is being held on $15,000 bail at the Caroline County Detention Center.


White powder forces post office evacuation

Workers at a post office found a powdery substance in the mail processing area yesterday morning.

The post office was evacuated for about an hour after the unknown material was found about 8:45 a.m.

Montgomery County fire department spokesman Pete Piringer said several employees were exposed to the powder, but none suffered any symptoms of illness.

Investigators think the substance might have come from a mechanical failure with some of the mail-sorting equipment.


Officials warn of rip currents

Beachgoers on the Eastern Shore should be on alert for increased rip currents this weekend.

The National Weather Service said a swell caused by Hurricane Helene far out in the Atlantic Ocean could cause 4- to 6-foot waves, increasing the risk of rip currents.

Rip currents can form whenever there is increased wave activity, especially during the fall when waves tend to be bigger.

The United States Lifesaving Association said rip currents are the leading surf hazard for all beachgoers and cause at least 100 fatalities each year.


Robber targets parking garages

A string of stickups at downtown parking garages are thought to be the work of one man, Baltimore police said.

The man got away with more than $700 in three robberies targeting garage attendants. Police said the robber approaches the attendant, pulls a handgun and demands money.

The man has robbed garages in the 200 block of East Lombard Street, the 100 block of West Fayette Street and the unit block of South Street.


Denny suspect’s mother arrested

Police have arrested the mother of a man who is charged with robbing and stabbing a Denny’s manager.

Baltimore County police said David Burton, 28, and his mother, Deborah D. Burton, 53, of the 2900 block of Cornwall Road, have been charged with attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery.

Mr. Burton is accused of stabbing Michael Fredrick, a Denny’s manager, several times Aug. 14 while Mr. Fredrick was carrying cash receipts out of the restaurant, police said. Mrs. Burton worked at the restaurant the day of the attack and is accused of helping organize the robbery.

Mr. Burton and his girlfriend, Sarah Higgins, were arrested in Virginia. They were driving past a police station when a deputy recognized their car and arrested them.

Miss Higgins also is charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and armed robbery.


Witness says pain not eyed in execution

The former Division of Correction employee who wrote Maryland’s execution protocol said yesterday through video testimony that he did not consider how much pain would be involved in executions.

Attorneys for convicted murderer Vernon Evans played the testimony because they said Evans is at risk of cruel and unusual punishment. They said Evans could suffer incredible pain during a lethal injection because he used intravenous drugs for decades.

On the video, the man — who was not identified to anyone outside the courtroom — said he chose three drugs to anesthetize, paralyze and kill condemned inmates because Delaware officials used them. He said he had only a vague knowledge of what the drugs did.

He said he discussed the drugs used for lethal injection in Delaware with corrections officials there and followed their lead. He said he did not ask why the drugs were chosen or whether Delaware officials consulted any medical professionals when they selected the drugs.

During court testimony yesterday morning in Baltimore, three members of the execution team testified. Two other current team members have given depositions to Evans’ attorneys.

Evans was sentenced to die for the contract murders of Scott Piechowicz and his sister-in-law, Susan Kennedy, in 1983. His execution had been scheduled for the week of Feb. 6, but the Maryland Court of Appeals granted a stay.



CDC says meningitis killed UVa. student

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed yesterday that meningococcal meningitis caused the death of a University of Virginia student.

Tests showed that the strain of the bacteria that killed Jennifer Leigh Wells, 21, on Sept. 9 was the only variation not covered by vaccines.

Nearly 95 percent of the University of Virginia student body is vaccinated against meningococcal disease, the most common cause of meningitis in young people.

But the vaccine is not 100 percent effective, because there are five strains of meningococcal disease and current vaccines protect against only four of them.

Health officials at UVa. said the fifth strain, Strain B, tends to occur in isolated cases, not in outbreaks on college campuses.

No other suspected cases have been reported since Miss Wells’ death.

Miss Wells, a senior majoring in psychology, lived with her parents in the Charlottesville area.

Health officials said people who had close contact with Miss Wells were identified and given antibiotics.


Contractor pleads guilty to conspiracy

The principal sales manager of a government contracting firm has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States.

Michael Thornton, 34, of Culpeper, engaged in a bid-rigging scheme involving his company, Government Commercial Supply of Manassas, federal prosecutors said. The company provided electrical and high-voltage products to government agencies.

Thornton was charged with creating sham companies and conspiring with the owner of a small business in King George County to rig bids for both products and technical services from March 2004 to March 2005.

Prosecutors said he received more than $1.1 million in business resulting from the rigged bids.

Thornton faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced Dec. 8.


Police seize illegal birth-control pills

Two Latino markets were unwittingly selling illegal birth-control pills to their customers, and three women said they became pregnant as a result, state police said.

A search of one of the markets by Virginia State Police on Wednesday found about 4,000 pills, or about 143 packages, being sold as contraceptives, police spokesman Sgt. Terry Licklider said.

The pills, sold under the brand name Perla, are not approved as contraceptives by the Food and Drug Administration, Sgt. Licklider said.

State police began their investigation after a local health clinic told police that three women had purchased the pills and still became pregnant.

Lucy Caldwell, a spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Health, said Perla is used in other countries, but is not approved by the FDA.

In many foreign countries, birth-control pills are available over the counter, but a prescription is required in the United States, she said.

Selling unapproved prescription drugs is a felony in Virginia punishable by up to five years in prison.

Owners of the two markets — El Mercadito Hispano and Supermercado Market — were not aware that selling the drugs is illegal, Sgt. Licklider said. The merchants have been cooperating with the investigation.

Charges are pending, police said.


Deputy killed in pursuit crash

A county sheriff’s deputy was killed when his car crashed during a high-speed pursuit, Virginia State Police said.

Deputy Robert Green, 33, crashed just before 11 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

Deputy Green’s cruiser ran off Route 628 and struck several trees when he attempted to join other deputies and state troopers chasing a sport utility vehicle whose driver tried to avoid a police checkpoint.

The officers chased the Ford Explorer into Goochland County, where the driver ran into a ditch, then fled on foot. Authorities said they caught Khalil Walker, 24, of Powhatan. He was charged with several counts, including eluding a police officer and driving under the influence.

State police are investigating the fatal crash.

Deputy Green, a seven-year veteran of the Powhatan Sheriff’s Office, is survived by his wife and 3-year-old son.


Tattoo parlors get city OK to return

In this Navy town, a half-century ban on tattoo parlors has ended.

The City Council approved an ordinance Tuesday allowing tattoo parlors in limited areas of the city, home to the world’s largest naval base.

The ordinance limits parlors to a few industrial zones and downtown.

Courts have ruled that cities can no longer prohibit tattoo parlors.

Sixty years ago, Norfolk’s East Main Street was world famous for its tattoo parlors, taverns and burlesque places. In 1945, a dozen parlors were operating.

That ended in 1950, when the City Council approved a citywide ban. Tattoos were branded unsanitary and generally undesirable, even “vulgar and cannibalistic.”

Tattoos, which date to seafaring in the South Pacific, have become heavily regulated by the Navy. Its policy forbids tattoos in places not covered by uniform and regulates the types of tattoos members may have.

Tuesday’s vote was ceremonial for one tattoo parlor, which has been implanting pigment into the skin of customers since last week.

Blue Horseshoe Tattoo, near the Norfolk Naval Station, received a license to operate from the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, said Mike Joynes, a lawyer and part owner of the business.

City Attorney Bernard A. Pishko said that Blue Horseshoe was operating illegally and that the city is likely to shut it down.

Mr. Joynes said his business is misunderstood.

“Most of our clientele are affluent. A majority of them are women between the ages of 18 and 45,” he said. “I can’t tell you how many of Norfolk’s police officers we tattoo.”

Mr. Joynes said a lawsuit seeking Blue Horseshoe’s right to operate will go forward.

From wire dispatches and staff reports



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