- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 16, 2007


Decapitation suspect found at D.C. hotel

A man suspected in the decapitation of his daughter will be returned to North Carolina today after being arrested by police in a D.C. hotel Saturday.

John P. Violette, 37, will be charged with first-degree murder, said Chief Glen Allen of the Clayton, N.C., Police Department. Mr. Violette was arrested on a felony fugitive warrant and waived extradition.

The body of 4-year-old Katlin Violette was found Friday afternoon by her mother at their Johnston County home.

Longworth Building evacuated for alarm

One of the three House office buildings was evacuated after a fire alarm went off yesterday.

Capitol Hill Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider said police ordered the evacuation of the Longworth House Office Building at 11 a.m. after the alarm sounded. The House was not in session at the time. The Capitol and the other two House office buildings were not affected.

High court maintains standards for Anacostia

The Supreme Court yesterday rejected a request that environmentalists say could have weakened pollution limits for the Anacostia River.

The court upheld a lower court ruling last year that required the Environmental Protection Agency to set daily pollution caps for the river. The EPA initially had approved limits on certain pollutants by using long-term annual and seasonal averages.

Earthjustice, a nonprofit public-interest law firm, obtained a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District mandating daily limits as required by the Clean Water Act.

The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority tried to get the ruling overturned, and the Supreme Court rejected the petition.



Dixon seeks change for pension investments

Mayor-designate Sheila Dixon wants officials to consider investing more of Baltimore’s pension reserve in minority-owned and local companies.

Miss Dixon wondered if the two pension systems — one covering police officers and firefighters and the other covering nonuniformed employees — could send more money to local investment firms instead of out-of-town companies.

Pension officials said their job is to get the best return on the pension money regardless of where the firm is located or who operates it.

The Board of Estimates delayed, at Miss Dixon’s request, two investment agreements with out-of-town firms. Both agreements will be back for consideration this week.

Both funds have used local firms in the past, including Legg Mason and T. Rowe Price.


MS-13 member pleads guilty to racketeering

A 23-year-old member of the Mara Salvatrucha-13 gang pleaded guilty yesterday to participating in racketeering activities.

Walter Barahona, also known as “Lil Loco,” is the eighth gang member to plead guilty from a group of 22 arrested on conspiracy and other charges, federal prosecutors said.

Barahona and other gang members stabbed and assaulted a rival gang member in Langley Park, prosecutors said. He also joined other gang members in assaulting two youths in June 2005 and another young man in October 2003.

He will be sentenced in April.


Former football player charged with murder

Seven months after a senior at Penn State University was found with his neck slashed and his body pockmarked with 93 stab wounds, a former football player from Maryland has been charged with murder.

LaVon Chisley, 23, a defensive lineman who played at Westlake High School in Waldorf, was booted off the Penn State football team before the 2005 season because of poor grades. He had been considered for months a “person of interest” in the death of his friend, Langston Carraway.

Authorities said tests on a blood-covered glove found in Mr. Carraway’s apartment contained Mr. Chisley’s DNA as well as the victim’s.

The body of Mr. Carraway, 26, was found June 5, two days after he was killed, authorities said. District Attorney Michael Madeira said Mr. Chisley’s “need for money” may have been a motive. A watch and at least $500 in cash were missing.

“We waited until the evidence had come back and waited for all the interviews to be concluded,” Patton Township Police Chief John Petrick said at a press conference in State College, Pa. “The time was now, the time was right to file a charge against LaVon Chisley. It wasn’t one specific thing.”

Mr. Chisley was arraigned in District Court in Centre Hall on charges of first- and third-degree murder and sent to jail without bail.

“He can’t reconcile why it is he is being charged,” defense attorney Karen Muir said. “He is saddened at that loss, at the loss of a friend.”

Mr. Madeira said drugs “had an element in the offense, but it’s not the controlling element … from the standpoint of why we believe this homicide took place.”

Mr. Chisley called a friend, Kerry Onaka, at 6 a.m. on June 4 and told her they needed to leave immediately, two hours ahead of schedule, for a planned trip to Baltimore, police said. Miss Onaka said Mr. Chisley was agitated throughout the trip.

He also called Miss Onaka on June 26 and asked her to provide him with an alibi for the overnight period covering June 3 and 4, documents say.

Mr. Chisley started nine games for Penn State in 2003. He was mainly a reserve in 2004.


County schools seek fitness equipment

Carroll County school officials plan to buy about $129,000 worth of cardiovascular training equipment to encourage students in middle schools and high schools to exercise.

The money, included in the school system’s fiscal 2008 budget, would buy stationary bicycles, treadmills, rowing machines and other types of fitness equipment.

Officials hope the equipment will help students who are not active in sports learn ways to stay fit.

The county Board of Educa-tion is scheduled to vote on the proposed $298 million budget after a public hearing Feb. 21.



Conservancy buys land for $1.5 million

The Nature Conservancy has purchased 110 acres in Freder-ick County for $1.5 million to improve water quality and to protect a cave, the group said.

The property is along Buffalo Marsh Run, which runs into Cedar Creek. The exact location of the property, which is open only to those approved to conduct scientific research, is not being revealed to prevent damage to it.

Virginia Aquatic Resources Trust Fund supplemented the purchase and will help with the Chesapeake Bay Initiative cleanup project.


Driver charged in crash into house

The driver of a car that crashed into the bedroom of two children was charged with reckless driving and driving without a license, Virginia State Police said.

Neither 5-year-old Garrett Smith nor his 3-year-old sister Kylie was injured seriously.

Christopher Smith said he and his wife, Leia, were asleep when the Ford Focus slammed into their house about 2 a.m. Monday.

The out-of-control car struck Garrett’s bed, sending him flying through a doorway into the living room. The two children were taken to a hospital. A helicopter trans-ferred Garrett to the University of Virginia Medical Center, where doctors closed a gash on his head. Kylie was not hurt.

State police said the driver of the car, Leodegario Rodriguez, 21, of Waynesboro, fell asleep at the wheel on U.S. 250.

Mr. Smith said his son was so excited by the helicopter ride that he wanted to take another one.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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