- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 30, 2006



Son arrested in father’s death

A Vienna man sought in connection with the death of his father, Dail W. Brown Sr., was arrested Friday night in Columbus, Ohio.

Dail W. Brown Jr., 35, was arrested without incident at about 9:30 p.m. at the Knights Inn hotel, near downtown Columbus. The family’s missing 2002 Ford Escape also was recovered.

The dismembered remains of Mr. Brown, 64, were found Thursday inside the trunk of one of his family’s vehicles parked outside his home.

The father and son were reported missing the previous night by wife and mother Patti R. Brown. She contacted authorities after finding large amounts of blood and signs of a struggle, and could not locate either of the men.

The arrest followed a lead being pursued by the Fairfax County Police Department that Mr. Brown might be in Ohio. Police officials obtained a murder warrant Friday at about 7 p.m., then contacted police in Columbus.

Fairfax County homicide detectives traveled to Columbus to gather additional evidence.

Mr. Brown will remain at the Franklin County Correctional Facility in Ohio pending extradition to Fairfax. His father was a widely respected marine biologist who retired last month from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.



School board releases executive’s contract

The Baltimore school board has released the contract it has with interim Chief Executive Charlene Cooper Boston.

Mrs. Boston is getting a base salary of $212,000 this school year and an opportunity to earn tens of thousands of dollars in bonuses.

Her compensation package including retirement benefits will be $286,200 before bonuses.

After bonuses, it could reach $324,200.

The school system made the contract available Friday, three months after Mrs. Boston started the job. The Baltimore Sun, which published information about the contract yesterday, had repeatedly asked for a copy of the contract since her appointment in June.


Second officer charged in vehicle arson

A second police officer has been charged in an arson that destroyed a vehicle.

Elizabeth Lauren Anderson, 27, of Knoxville, was taken into custody Friday at about 11:20 a.m. during a traffic stop on Maryland 17 in Brunswick. The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office said the motive for the arson was to obtain insurance money to buy a Cadillac Escalade.

Police said Officer Anderson, who joined the Brunswick Police Department this year, was a passenger in a vehicle being driven by Randy Dorsey, the first police officer charged in the crime.

Damage to the 2005 Chevrolet TrailBlazer was estimated at $20,000.

Sgt. Dorsey, 37, is a patrol sergeant with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office. He was arrested Sept. 15 and charged with second-degree arson and first-degree malicious burning, both felonies.

Investigators charged Officer Anderson with the same crimes, as well as fraud and conspiracy.


Computer glitches affect welfare benefits

Computer viruses are hampering the tracking and distribution of welfare benefits in parts of Maryland.

The Baltimore Sun reported yesterday the problems have raised concerns among advocates that people relying on welfare benefits could be left without assistance.

The problem surfaced about a week ago.

Kirk Grothe, a spokesman for the Office of Technology for Human Services, a division of the Maryland Department of Human Resources, said payments are being sent.

But John Miller, an unemployed real estate agent in Baltimore, said his benefits were several weeks late.

Mr. Grothe said technicians had abated the viruses in 19 Maryland counties by Friday afternoon.

He said that left the city of Baltimore and Anne Arundel, Harford, Frederick and Washington counties with problems.

Mr. Grothe said the city’s social services system should be back to normal by this week. The four counties were scheduled for fixes by the end of Friday, he said.


Election judges to get pay raise

Baltimore election judges will get a pay increase for the general election this year.

The pay will increase by $25 a day for city election judges and by $50 for chief judges.

The increase will bring city election judges’ pay to $150 a day. Chief judges will get $200 a day.

During the primary, many judges failed to get to the polls when they were scheduled to open, which kept polls closed until they arrived. The city election board is in the midst of a major recruiting effort to make up for scores of judges who showed up late or not at all for the primary election.

From wire dispatches and staff reports



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