- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 28, 2007



Student charged with bomb plot

A Liberty University student pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges of possessing a bomb the night before Rev. Jerry Falwell’s funeral in May.

Mark David Uhl, 19, was arraigned in U.S. District Court in Lynchburg on charges of possessing an unlawful destructive device. A jury trial is scheduled for Aug. 9.

Mr. Uhl was arrested May 21 after Campbell County authorities searched the trunk of his car and found five bombs that state police agents called “homemade napalm.” Campbell authorities said they do not think Mr. Uhl intended to disrupt Mr. Falwell’s funeral services or harm the Falwell family.

At a bond hearing in May, a federal agent said Mr. Uhl had other plans for violence, including a plot with a friend to disrupt a prom at his former high school in Northern Virginia with heated homemade pepper spray.

Mr. Uhl, who is from Amissville in Rappahannock County, is being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Lynchburg.


Woman convicted in boy’s death

A Chesterfield County judge convicted a day-care provider in the death of a 16-month-old boy who was in her care.

Elizabeth Noakes was found guilty Thursday of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Noah Colassaco, who died last October in her home.

Noakes put a heavy flattened dog crate on top of the child’s crib to keep him from standing up. Noah asphyxiated after getting his head caught between the crate and the crib.

The judge called Noakes’ conduct “arrogantly reckless … and inhumane.”

She faces up to 10 years in prison when she is sentenced in October.



Police won’t release report on mistaken raid

Annapolis police said they won’t discuss the internal report into why police raided the wrong apartment last month.

Police initially said they would release a report 10 days after the June 6 raid at the wrong Annapolis apartment. Lawyers for the family said they plan to sue.

The family said police burst into their apartment carrying shields and large guns and deployed a flashbang. They also said an officer kicked a man in the groin.

Police spokesman officer Hal Dalton said the city’s attorney would be the only official commenting on the incident from now on. All the officers in the raid are still on active duty.

The plaintiff’s attorney, Harry Trainor, said he’s open to settling this out of court, but that his clients have a legitimate claim for damages against the city.


City cracks down on dogfighting

Baltimore police plan to crack down on dogfighting, saying the cruel sport is part of a criminal culture that includes drug dealing and illegal gambling.

Police and city health officials are launching a multi-agency dogfighting task force. A detective will investigate dogfighting rings and collect evidence against organizers, trainers, breeders and spectators. Officials said the effort could stem animal abuse and lead to major arrests.

Word of the plan comes one day after Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick pleaded not guilty to federal dogfighting charges in Richmond. Mr. Vick’s indictment has prompted protests against the National Football League and placed dogfighting under scrutiny.


Trooper’s vehicle rolls over deputy’s leg

A Charles County deputy sheriff had his leg run over by a state trooper’s vehicle yesterday during an arrest.

Kristen Timko, spokeswoman for the Charles County sheriff’s department, said the deputy stopped a shoplifting suspect who had fled a store on Route 301. The trooper pulled up to assist with the arrest and apparently forgot to put his car in park before getting out. The vehicle ran over the deputy’s leg.

The deputy was airlifted to Prince George’s Hospital Center, but Miss Timko said his injuries are not life-threatening.


Fire department under budget this year

The Anne Arundel County fire department is under budget for the first time in more than a decade.

Assistant County Budget Officer Kurt Svendsen said the department is about $2 million under budget.

Department spokesman Battalion Chief Michael Cox said the department has saved money on personnel and supplies to offset overtime costs.

Increased volunteer participation and the lack of inclement weather and severe storms helped. Mr. Cox said costs can fluctuate depending on disasters.


Teen daredevil charged over jump

Police in Allegany County have charged a 17-year-old daredevil with trespassing for jumping off a bridge over the North Branch of the Potomac River in a videotaped stunt.

Josh Broadwater, of Oldtown, also is under investigation in Pennsylvania for leaping from the top of a 90-foot spillway at a reservoir that supplies water to the city of Cumberland.

Allegany County authorities said the youth has posted online videos of his jumps from a number of bridges in the Cumberland area. Several of the videos can be viewed on YouTube.com.

“I’m just doing it for, like, fun, and I put them on the Internet so people can watch them for entertainment,” the teen told the Associated Press yesterday in a phone interview.

The case is being handled by the Department of Juvenile Services.

The teen was charged as a juvenile Wednesday and released to the custody of a parent, according to the Combined County Criminal Investigation unit, a joint operation of the Maryland State Police and local law-enforcement agencies. Operations Supervisor Jon Dudiak didn’t identify the defendant by name, citing juvenile confidentiality concerns, but confirmed it was the youth shown in the online videos.

The teen first came to authorities’ attention May 18, when he was injured after jumping off the 90-foot spillway of a reservoir dam into water in nearby Pennsylvania. Tammi Dolan said her son suffered a concussion and a seven-stitch elbow gash in the stunt, which was first reported as a fall.

Investigators later got a tip that the tumble had been deliberate — and videotaped, Mr. Dudiak said. They then found online videos of the teen leaping from a number of bridges in the Cumberland area, including some posted with “No Trespassing” signs.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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