- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 18, 2007


Judge refuses to dismiss madam case

A federal judge has refused to dismiss a racketeering indictment against the woman who ran a D.C. escort service and is accused of being the D.C. madam.

U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler rejected defense arguments that Deborah J. Palfrey is a victim of selective prosecution. The judge said Miss Palfrey failed to prove she was unfairly singled out.

Miss Palfrey was indicted in March on charges she was running a prostitution service. She said she ran a legitimate business and did not break the law.

Absentee voting set for special election

Residents of Wards 1 and 2 who cannot make it to the polls during Tuesday’s special election for a new school board member can cast their ballots now.

In-person absentee voting is available for registered voters who are senior citizens, have physical limitations, are traveling out of town or who otherwise cannot vote Tuesday.

Voters can cast their ballots today and Monday in the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics’ Voter Services Office in Room 250-North at 441 Fourth Street NW.

Tuesday’s election is being held to select a new District 1 member of the D.C. Board of Education. Education reporter and school volunteer Mary Lord is the only candidate on the ballot.

Polling places will be open in Wards 1 and 2 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.



Boy almost drowns in county pool

A 3-year-old boy nearly drowned yesterday in a Montgomery County pool.

Lifeguards performed CPR on the boy and got him breathing again, but officials said he still was unresponsive when they brought him to a hospital. The incident happened shortly before 12:30 p.m. at the Aspen Hill Club.

The boy was taken to a nearby emergency room and flown to Children’s Hospital in the District.


Coach gets probation for supplying booze

A volunteer lacrosse coach accused of supplying several students with alcohol, including two who had to be hospitalized after drinking too much, has pleaded guilty and received a year of unsupervised probation before judgment.

The sentence allows Gregory J. Karanzalis to essentially wipe the conviction from his record. He was also ordered Thursday to pay a fine of $192.50, court records show.

Karanzalis, 24, coached lacrosse at Broadneck High School. He was charged in May with furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors after police found three students “severely intoxicated” inside a vehicle parked at a convenience store.



Man’s DNA matches that of serial rapist

The DNA of a man charged in two sexual attacks matches that of a serial rapist linked to seven attacks since 1997, Charlottesville police said.

Nathan Antonio Washington, 49, is charged with attacks in 2002 and 2004. He was scheduled to appear in court Thursday for possible bond hearings, but defense attorney Rhonda Quagliana asked for an extension so she could prepare.

Mr. Washington,a grocery store meat-cutter and former newspaper deliveryman who is married with four children, has not been charged in the other attacks.

Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said a state forensics lab confirmed this week Mr. Washington’s DNA matches DNA evidence from the 2002 attack.

Chief Longo said that rape was committed by the same person linked by DNA to the other six sexual assaults in the Charlottesville area over the past decade.

Albemarle County police also confirmed a DNA sample from Mr. Washington matches that from the 2004 sexual assault.

Virginia woman dead, 18 injured in crash

A woman from Arlington was killed and 18 persons were hurt in a four-car crash on Interstate 95 in Delaware, state police said.

Meghan Kieffer, 23, was killed Thursday night when a van slammed into the car in which she was a back-seat passenger, police said. That crash started a chain-reaction collision that involved two other vehicles on I-95.

Police said 18 persons were taken to hospitals for evaluation, although not all of them needed treatment.

The crash occurred as cars were stopped in heavy traffic around 9:30 p.m. near the I-95 Newark Toll Plaza.

Police charged the van driver, Hai Lin, 27, of Tennessee, with operating a vehicle causing death. He was being held in a Delaware jail in lieu of bail.


Gesture tied to gangs nixed from campaign

Virginia is still for lovers, but the state’s tourism agency will eliminate images of people making heart symbols with their hands in its upcoming ad campaign because the gesture is also used by a violent street gang.

The Virginia is for Lovers “Live Passionately” campaign will remove images of models making the hand gesture, which shows thumbs and index fingers formed into a heart.

Virginia Tourism Corp. officials said yesterday that it is one of several signs associated with the Gangster Disciples, a Chicago-based group known for its large-scale crack-cocaine operations.

The agency’s president, Alisa Bailey, said the intent was to signify the state’s longtime tourism slogan, “Virginia is for Lovers.”

From wire dispatches and staff reports



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