- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 1, 2007



School investigated over improper testing

Stafford High School is under investigation for suspected improprieties in administering Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to students with disabilities.

A state Department of Education spokesman said the agency has interviewed staff and reviewed records of the Stafford County school about the accusations, which involved SOL testing in May.

This is the third time the state has had such an investigation since the tests were first given in 1998.

The first two state-initiated investigations occurred in 2005, at an elementary school in Richmond and a high school on the Eastern Shore.


Girlfriend accused of mailing drugs

Richmond City Jail officials say the girlfriend of an inmate was arrested for trying to mail heroin to her incarcerated boyfriend. They said the envelope had her return address and that the letter was smeared with a white paste suspected to be heroin.

Investigators arrested Dontae Raines, 28, last month on a charge of trying to mail contraband to an inmate. The Sheriff’s Office is not charging Miss Raines’ boyfriend, so his name was not released.

Minister charged with DUI, flashing

Police in Johnson City, Tenn., arrested a Bristol minister suspected of driving under the influence and indecent exposure.

Police said Tommy Tester, 58, urinated in front of children at a car wash while wearing a skirt. He is also charged with having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle.

He will remain free on bond until an October court hearing.

Mr. Tester is a minister of Gospel Baptist Church and works for Christian radio station WZAP. The owner of the radio station, Al Morris, is asking for people to pray for Mr. Tester.

A report also accuses Mr. Tester of offering police officers oral sex and said an open bottle of vodka and an empty oxycodone prescription bottle were found in his car when Mr. Tester was arrested Friday.



Officer indicted in shooting incident

A Prince George’s County grand jury indicted a county police officer and former homeland security official on second-degree murder and other charges yesterday for the January shooting of two furniture delivery men.

Cpl. Keith Washington, 46, of Accokeek, was indicted on charges related to the shooting at his home when the men dropped off a bedroom set Jan. 24. Brandon Clark, 22, died later from his wounds while Robert White, 36, was injured.

Cpl. Washington used his police-issued handgun and said he acted in self-defense when he found the men in a part of the house where they did not belong.

Along with second-degree murder, Cpl. Washington was indicted on charges that include attempted second-degree murder, assault and handgun violations.

It is the second indictment of Cpl. Washington for incidents with firearms at his home. In June, he was indicted on assault charges after a real estate appraiser said Cpl. Washington brandished a gun when he came to his house by mistake.

He lost his job as a county homeland security officer after the incident and has since been suspended from his police job.


Person arrested in police shooting

Police have arrested a suspect in the shooting of two police officers on patrol Monday in East Baltimore, a Baltimore City Police Department spokeswoman said.

Ranard Brown, 28, of Baltimore, was arrested yesterday and charged with two counts of attempted murder and numerous handgun violations, the spokeswoman said.

Officials from the University of Maryland Medical Center said Officer Loretta Francis, 34, was released early yesterday. Shock Trauma listed Officer Karen Brzowsky, 29, in satisfactory and stable condition. The officers were on patrol when their vehicle was hit by gunfire, but Officer Brzowsky was able to drive the vehicle to safety and radio for help.


Guards charged with credit-card theft

Two state corrections officers at the Central Booking and Intake Center in Baltimore have been charged with stealing credit cards from people under arrest.

Lontona Maria Webb, 38, and Latoya Renee James, 24, were arrested Monday and charged with several counts of credit-card fraud, identity theft and misconduct in office. Police also arrested Michael Moore, 26, who they said was Miss Webb’s boyfriend.

Authorities said the economic crimes division of the state’s attorney’s office had been investigating the case since February after several detainees complained that their credit cards were stolen while they were being held at Central Booking. A grand jury indicted the three last week.

Jail officials said the credit cards were stolen from detainees between November and March and that at least eight victims lost more than $5,000 each.

Miss Webb was fired in March and Miss James has been placed on administrative leave pending completion of an investigation, a spokesman for the center said.


Teen’s killer gets 35 years

An Eastport man has been sentenced to 35 years for shooting a man for what he considered disrespectful behavior.

Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Paul Harris sentenced Erik Brown, 22, on Monday. The judge also ordered Brown to pay $10,000 in restitution and serve five years of probation. Brown shot Ryan Johnson, 19, in July 2006 because Mr. Johnson made an obscene gesture at a party that night.

Man saves boy from runaway boat

Officials in New Hampshire said a Maryland man rescued a Massachusetts teen after a boating accident on Ossipee Lake in Massachusetts.

The 15-year-old boy from West Newbury, Mass., fell out of his boat Monday afternoon while crossing the wake of another boat. After he landed in the water, his boat circled around him, coming so close that he had to dive underwater to avoid being run over.

The Marine Patrol said Kevin Nilamd, 48, of Riva, Md., drove his pontoon boat between the boy and the menacing boat, impaled the boat on his pontoons and rescued the boy. The boy’s name was not released. Nobody was hurt.


Mayor’s security helps shooting victim

Baltimore police said a man shot Monday night got help from an officer keeping watch outside the mayor’s home.

The shooting happened about 11 p.m. in the 600 block of Swann Avenue.

A department spokesman said two men were in a car on Swann Avenue when someone approached them and fired into the vehicle.

One man was shot in the neck and the other drove them away from the scene.

The spokesman said they called 911 and because they were unfamiliar with the area they decided to pull over. At that moment, they spotted a police cruiser.

They stopped and got help from an officer in the police detail outside Mayor Sheila Dixon’s home. The shooting victim is listed in grave condition at Sinai Hospital.


Inmate dies; overdose suspected

Maryland Division of Correction officials said an inmate from Eastern Correctional Institution died of a suspected drug overdose.

The incident occurred Sunday, the same day three other inmates were taken to a local hospital to be treated for a suspected overdose.

An agency spokesman said Patrick York was found unresponsive in his cell when a correctional officer was making her routine rounds.

The officer tried to resuscitate York by performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation but was unsuccessful. When an ambulance arrived at the scene, it was determined that York had died. York was serving 15 years for burglary and forgery.

The other three inmates were treated and returned to the facility Monday.


Man arrested in girlfriend’s killing

Baltimore County Police have arrested a Baltimore man they say killed his ex-girlfriend at her Catonsville home and took off with their son.

Police said Ryan Butler, 22, is charged with first-degree murder and is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center without bail.

Police found Anna Bergman, 20, dead Monday morning in her home on Westshire Road after neighbors reported gunshots.

Mr. Butler was arrested after a short police chase. Police said the child in Mr. Butler’s car was in good condition and is now in the custody of Mr. Butler’s parents.

Police said the shooting happened after a domestic dispute.


Escaped inmate captured by police

State Police said they have found a Hagerstown-area prison inmate who drove away from a work detail last week.

Officials said Baltimore County police apprehended Raymous Little, 43, on Monday at about 2:30 p.m. But the truck he used to escape has not been found.

On July 23, police said Little drove away from a Washington County Roads Department shop on National Pike in a pickup truck that had been parked outside.

The state prison agency said he had been serving an 18-month sentence for theft at the Maryland Correctional Training Center.

Police said he will be returned to the jail pending an arraignment on local charges.

From wire dispatches and staff reports



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