- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 3, 2007



County considers immigration checks

Prince William County officials are considering whether a proposal to deny county services for illegal aliens would cost too much or subject the county to lawsuits.

Supervisor John Stirrup, a Republican, proposed the idea last week. It would require the county to check the immigration status of all residents before providing services.

He said it should cost very little to enforce and would stand up to a legal challenge.

But some members of the Board of County Supervisors said such a measure could bring trouble. Supervisor John Jenkins, a Democrat, said the proposal would violate state laws.



Police say woman drove drunk with child

Police have charged a woman with drunken driving and child abuse after they said she was intoxicated with her 4-year-old daughter in the car.

Police served a criminal summons upon Sarah Christina Fiorenza, 32, of Easton, last week regarding a June 13 incident when officers responding to a report of a reckless driver found Miss Fiorenza slumped over in her vehicle.

Miss Fiorenza was taken to Easton Memorial Hospital with minor injuries, and police learned that she was intoxicated.

Miss Fiorenza is charged with second-degree child abuse, driving while under the influence, reckless driving, negligent driving and other alcohol and driving charges.


Swimmer drowned after disappearing

A Virginia man drowned while swimming with friends in Garrett County on Saturday.

Police said Alvin Louis Garner, 43, of Norfolk, disappeared about 4:15 p.m. while swimming with three friends below Swallow Falls on the Youghiogheny River.

Authorities were contacted about 5:15 p.m., and divers found Mr. Garner’s body just after 9 p.m.

A preliminary investigation has ruled Mr. Garner’s death accidental.


Humane Society puts down 40 dogs

Wicomico County Humane Society officials said they euthanized 40 dogs sick with canine distemper virus.

Executive Director Linda Lugo said they received the test results late Thursday afternoon. She said they consulted with a veterinarian about their options and euthanized 40 dogs Saturday morning.

The facility was closed after a recently adopted 8-week-old puppy died June 16. Other dogs were also showing signs of illness.

The shelter remained closed while the Humane Society waited for tests to find the cause.

Canine distemper is a virus usually spread through the air and bodily fluids. The prognosis for dogs who get the virus is poor.

Crew rescues man who jumped from ship

A Rockville man was rescued early yesterday from the ocean off Florida after he jumped from a cruise ship while apparently drunk, officials said.

The Carnival Liberty alerted the Coast Guard about 11:35 p.m. Sunday that Scott Durrin, 29, possibly had jumped overboard, authorities said.

Mr. Durrin and three friends had been drinking when he decided to get into one of the ship’s lifeboats, FBI spokeswoman Judy Orihuela said. “He took the ax and was struggling to cut the ropes,” she said.

When a security officer tried to get him out of the raft, Mr. Durrin jumped into the water, she said.

Mr. Durrin fell about 35 feet into the water about 50 miles off the coast of Boca Raton. Crew aboard the Liberty threw life rings and jackets over the side. Coast Guard crews located him about an hour later.

He was being examined at a Miami hospital, according to a statement from the Miami-based cruise line. No additional details about his condition or whether he would be charged were available.

The Liberty had departed Sunday afternoon from Fort Lauderdale on a six-day voyage.


Anonymous call leads to body in trash can

Homicide detectives found a decomposing body in a trash bag in a garbage can behind an East Baltimore row house Sunday, Baltimore police said.

Detective Donny Moses said an anonymous call to police just before 7 p.m. Sunday reported a body in a trash can at a house in the 1500 block of Bond Street.

Police are treating the death as suspicious.


No criminal charges in toddler’s death

Baltimore police said they do not plan to file criminal charges against the drivers involved in a crash that led to the death of a 3-year-old boy, who was on his way to a nearby pool.

But Detective Donny Moses said Takia Freeman and Scott Gillard could be cited for traffic violations.

The crash occurred about 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Lanvale Street and Fulton Avenue. Detective Moses said the cars crashed as one tried to make a U-turn.

The boy, Charles Murrell, and two adults were standing on a corner at the intersection, and they were hit by the cars after they collided.

The boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the two adults were treated at the University of Maryland Medical Center for injuries that were not life-threatening.


Gilman headmaster resigns over resume

The headmaster of a private, all-boys school resigned last week after a school evaluation uncovered false claims that he made about his membership on a hockey team decades ago, school officials said.

Jon McGill, who was hired as the 12th headmaster of Gilman School in July 2001, resigned after the false claims came to light, according to statements Friday by Mr. McGill and the school’s board of trustees.

“It came to light that there were misrepresentations on his resume and in his early discussions with Gilman having to do with intercollegiate athletic participation,” the president of the board, Charles Fenwick Jr., wrote on the school’s Web site.

Mr. McGill apologized for the mistake and said he had “no one else to blame but myself for the error of putting it there in the first place more than 30 years ago.”

Before coming to Gilman, Mr. McGill was associate headmaster of the Polytechnic Preparatory Day School in Brooklyn, N.Y. He has a bachelor’s degree with honors in history and English literature and a master’s in history from the University of Waterloo in Canada. He also has a master’s in urban education from the University of London.

Gilman’s previous head-master, Archibald Montgomery IV, resigned in March 2000.


Driver charged in deadly crash

A 15-year-old Emmitsburg girl was struck by a drunken driver early Saturday while walking along state Route 140 in Frederick County, state police said.

Police said Cindi Burns of Fairfield, Pa., was driving a 2003 Jeep Liberty near Mountain View Road when the vehicle struck the girl.

The girl was taken to Washington County Hospital and treated for head trauma.

Police said Miss Burns was charged with driving under the influence.


Woman fights, kills would-be robber

A woman fatally shot and stabbed an armed man who forced his way into her Hagerstown apartment looking for drugs and money, police said.

Carri Humphrey, 22, told police that she thought she recognized a tenant in her apartment building when he knocked on her apartment door about 3:30 a.m. Sunday. When she opened the door, two men pushed into the apartment, including one who carried a rifle and covered his face with a red bandanna.

Miss Humphrey told police that one of the men began punching her in the face and head, and she shouted to her roommate Michelle Reeder, 24, to get a handgun.

Miss Reeder ran into another room with the handgun, took cover behind a couch and tried to fire a warning shot, according to the police account. But the safety was on, and the gun did not fire. As the man charged her, Miss Reeder then fired several shots, striking him in the upper torso.

Miss Reeder and the intruder struggled, falling into the bedroom, police said, until she stabbed the man in the back with a knife Miss Humphrey got from the kitchen. The two women then fled to a neighbor’s apartment and called police.

Officers found James Michael Conely, 32, of Hagerstown, dead in a bedroom of the women’s apartment. Michael John Watkins, 21, was arrested as he walked nearby, based on the women’s description. He has been charged with several counts of burglary, attempted armed robbery, and theft. Police said Mr. Watkins told them that they were looking for drugs and money.

The women were treated Sunday at Washington County Hospital and released, police said.


Girl, 13, fatally shot in ice cream truck

The Charles County sheriff has identified a suspect in the killing of a 13-year-old girl who was shot during a robbery of a family ice cream truck Friday night.

Police are looking for Kevin Mark Warren of Waldorf on charges of first-degree murder.

Investigators think he is the person who fired shots at the ice cream truck, striking Briona Jasmine Porter in the back. She was rushed to Children’s Hospital in the District, where she died.

The sheriff’s office said Briona was with her mother and her aunt in the ice cream truck about 11:30 p.m. when a man approached with a gun and announced the robbery.

Briona’s mother, Charlene Woodland, said she told the man they were just testing the truck and had no cash. When she started to drive away, the man fired several shots into the truck.


5 men accused of smuggling cash

Five Guatemalan men have been indicted on charges of smuggling cash and trying to launder drug money.

Walter Yovani Velasquez-Solis, Hugo Rene Aldana-Portilla, Rony Raul Rosas-Velasquez, Virgilio Arnoldo Galvez-Del Cid and Jorge Alejandro Anderson were indicted by a federal grand jury. They were arrested Friday at Washington Dulles Internation-al Airport after arriving on a flight from Guatemala.

Authorities said the men took nearly $800,000 in cash out of the country hidden in luggage or merchandise.

Mr. Velasquez-Solis is also charged with operating an unlicensed money-remitting business in Hyattsville and failing to file currency-transaction reports on more than $600,000 that authorities thought were drug proceeds.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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