Sunday, July 15, 2007


1 dead, 3 hurt in drive-by shooting

A drive-by shooting late Friday left one person dead and three others injured.

Metropolitan Police said the shooting happened before midnight near RFK Stadium, in the 1500 block of East Capitol Street. Officers found one victim at the scene, who was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

As police investigated, they found three others who were shot. All three are expected to survive.

Police yesterday were questioning two persons who led officers on a chase after the shooting. Their truck matched the vehicle that was described as being involved in the shooting.



Historic plantation to close its doors

A plantation on the James River where General Ulysses S. Grant made his crossing in 1864 will close its doors to visitors in October.

Flowerdew Hundred in Prince George County operates as a museum and historic site.

Employees said the plantation will close to the public Oct. 12. Its future is not clear.

The plantation is run by the nonprofit Flowerdew Hundred Foundation, which had relied on money from the family of David Harrison III, who died in 2002.

Mr. Harrison bought Flowerdew Hundred in 1967 and began converting it into a museum and historic tourist attraction.

Marjorie Webb, one of Mr. Harrison’s daughters and a foundation manager, said the family decided it was “the best thing” to close the plantation as a tourism venue.

Flowerdew Hundred was established in 1617 by Sir George Yeardley, a Virginia colony governor. He named the plantation for his wife, Temperance Flowerdew.



Shallop’s journey halfway over

A replica of the shallop used by explorer John Smith 400 years ago stopped yesterday in Maryland’s capital, the halfway point in a 121-day voyage to retrace Smith’s 1608 expedition.

The shallop’s crew set off in May from Jamestown, Va., the first permanent English settlement in America, which Smith helped to found. The boat will stop at more than 20 spots in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the District, before returning Sept. 8 to Jamestown. The crew is attempting to complete the entire trip entirely by oar and sail.

Gov. Martin O’Malley joined the crew in rowing the boat the final mile into the Annapolis Harbor.

Mr. O’Malley said Smith’s journey “shaped the boundaries, character and course of America … and our great state.”

Smith launched his exploration in 1608, a year after Jamestown was founded and at a time when the settlers were so terrified of being ambushed by American Indians that they rarely left their fort. He took 14 men with him and sailed more than 1,700 miles to the headwaters of nearly every major tributary. The journey took three months and yielded a comprehensive map that guided English settlers for nearly a century.


Elderly man slain, son accused in death

A Linthicum man is accused of bludgeoning his 76-year-old father to death.

Anne Arundel County police have charged 42-year-old John Bealefeld in the death of his father, Maurice Bealefeld. Police say the elder Bealefeld died of blunt force trauma to the head and upper body.

Father and son lived together at the home on Nancy Avenue where Maurice Bealefeld was found dead yesterday morning. John Bealefeld was taken in for questioning without incident and charged yesterday afternoon.

From wire dispatches and staff reports.

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