- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 18, 2007


Body found inside burned row house

D.C. authorities are investigating an early morning fire at a row house in Northwest yesterday.

The blaze started about 5 a.m. Police said the body of a woman was found in the row house in the 900 block of Delafield Place.

A section of Georgia Avenue was closed temporarily as firefighters battled the blaze.

Turning bus kills pedestrian in NW

A pedestrian was fatally struck by a Metrobus in Northwest late Tuesday night.

Metro spokeswoman Joanne Ferreira said the H-8 bus was heading north on 16th Street and was making a left turn onto Park Road about 10:25 p.m. when the pedestrian ran in front of the bus.



Woman indicted in toddler’s death

A Baltimore County grand jury has indicted a woman in the hit-and-run dragging death of a toddler last month.

Lazara de Hogue was indicted on charges of auto manslaughter, two felony hit-and-run counts and numerous traffic violations, prosecutors said.

They said Miss de Hogue was driving a pickup truck when it hit Elijah Cozart, 3, and his grandmother, Marjorie Thomas, 55, as she pushed him in a stroller across Goucher Boulevard.

Elijah was dragged underneath the truck for nearly three-quarters of a mile before tumbling free.

Miss de Hogue faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of auto manslaughter and up to 15 years in the felony hit-and-run.


Arsonist pleads guilty to College Park fire

A University of Maryland student who set a house fire that killed a fellow student pleaded guilty Tuesday to murder and other charges.

Daniel P. Murray, 22, of Berwyn Heights, was charged in the April 30, 2005, blaze that killed Michael A. Scrocca, 22, of Somerville, N.J.

Another student jumped out a second-floor window and suffered serious burns.

Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Glenn F. Ivey said Murray pleaded guilty as part of an agreement, which calls for 40 years in prison.

Murray will be sentenced March 30.


Trooper charged with sexual abuse

A Maryland state trooper has been charged with sexually abusing a young relative.

Montgomery County police said Trooper Rafael Reyes, 27, was arrested Saturday on charges of second-degree rape and sexual abuse and released on $20,000 bail.

A girl told police that she had a consensual sexual relationship with Trooper Reyes that began in 2002, when she was 11, and continued until August. Charging documents show Trooper Reyes confessed to having sex with the girl.

State police said Trooper Reyes has been placed on leave without pay.


County to announce day-laborer site

Montgomery County officials plan to announce the site of the county’s third day-labor center today, county spokesman Patrick Lacefield said.

The county had been looking at sites near Gaithersburg but outside the city limits, but Mr. Lacefield declined to identify the location.

The temporary site is part of County Executive Isiah Leggett’s long-term plan to resolve the issue of Gaithersburg’s day laborers.

Special assistant Chuck Short, who helped establish the county’s first day-labor center in Silver Spring a decade ago, cited employment training through partnerships with Montgomery College and other agencies as one long-term goal.

County and city residents have expressed concern over the use of public funds to support a facility that could serve illegal aliens.

The county plans to hold a public hearing, Mr. Lacefield said, but he didn’t have details on time or location.


$10 million promised to art museum

Philanthropist Dorothy M. Scott, 94, has pledged $10 million to the Baltimore Museum of Art to expand its collection of American furniture and decorative arts.

It is the largest cash gift from one person in the museum’s history.

The American collection will be housed in the newly renamed Dorothy McIlvain Scott Wing on the first floor. The wing will be formally renamed and dedicated in June.

Miss Scott has given millions to Union Memorial Hospital, the Walters Art Museum and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.



Woman pleads guilty to buffet battery

A fight between two women at a restaurant breakfast buffet has ended in a guilty plea.

Donnella Haywood-Gregory, 59, of Henrico County, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Hanover County to assault and battery. Her 30-day jail sentence was suspended, but she was ordered to pay the victim’s hospital costs and to complete an anger management program.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to a Shoney’s in Mechanicsville and were told that Miss Haywood-Gregory cut in front of a woman in the buffet line and took the last piece of French toast.

Deputies said Miss Haywood-Gregory exchanged words with the woman, who then returned to her table and told her female friend about the incident.

Authorities said Miss Haywood-Gregory overheard the comments and approached their table. The friend stood and told Miss Haywood-Gregory to leave them alone. Miss Haywood-Gregory grabbed her by the throat and pushed her into her chair, authorities said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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