- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 27, 2007



Upper Marlboro man dies of injuries

Anne Arundel County Police yesterday were investigating a death that occurred on Morris Hill Avenue in Glen Burnie.

Police said they found Darrell Hamilton, 25, of Upper Marlboro early yesterday morning and said witnesses reported his injuries after he asked them for help.

Mr. Hamilton was taken to Harbor Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Police said he suffered trauma to his upper body. An autopsy will be performed.


Wounded delivery men freed from custody

Two men who were shot by an off-duty police officer while they were in his home to deliver furniture have been freed from custody, Prince George’s County officials said.

Prince George’s State’s Attorney Glenn F. Ivey decided the men should be released Friday because more interviews will be necessary before any charges can be filed in the case.

Robert White, 36, and Brandon D. Clark, 22, remain hospitalized at Prince George’s Hospital Center.

Sharon Taylor, a police department spokeswoman, said Thursday that assault charges were pending against the men, but that had been based on preliminary information.

“No charges have been made, yet. Nothing can be decided until a fair and thorough investigation has been done, which this department is going to do,” Miss Taylor said. “There are two sides to the story, and so far we don’t have both sides.”

Police said both men were unarmed.

Michael J. Winkelman, a lawyer for the men’s families, said Mr. Ivey’s decision means family members will be able to visit them freely in the hospital.

The men were delivering furniture Wednesday to the Accokeek home of Cpl. Keith Washington, a county police officer and second-in-command at the county’s homeland security department.

Police initially said Cpl. Washington got into a dispute with the men and that he had apparently acted in self-defense.


Base realignment challenges resources

State planners said Maryland needs to take “significant steps now” to prepare for the influx of new residents coming to the state because of military base realignment.

A newly released Department of Planning report said the surge of new workers and families could strain water supplies, snarl traffic and continue sprawl.

Up to 60,000 defense and contractor jobs will be relocating to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Fort Meade and other facilities over the next eight years. That influx means 25,000 new households could move to the state.

Acting Secretary of Planning Richard Eberhart said it’s going to be difficult to accommodate the jobs and maintain the quality of life that Marylanders expect.


Gunmen shoot two in liquor store robbery

Masked gunmen shot two employees at a Fort Washington liquor store yesterday, killing one and leaving the second in critical condition.

Prince George’s County police told WRC-TV (Channel 4) that the gunfire appeared to be the result of an armed robbery gone bad.

Police said at least two gunmen walked into the store at 10200 Old Fort Road before 4 p.m., announced the holdup and shot two employees. Police confirmed that one worker died and the second was in critical condition.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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