- The Washington Times - Monday, July 9, 2007


Crime spree ends with fatal crash

A teenager is dead, another is under arrest and a third eluded police after a crime spree yesterday morning ended with a fatal crash.

The group was first spotted shortly before 7 a.m. when a woman in Northeast fended off a robber armed with a knife, said Sgt. Joe Gentile, a Metropolitan Police spokesman. He said the attacker fled in a red Toyota Scion with two other persons.

A few minutes later, another woman nearby had her purse taken by a knife-wielding robber. This time, the Scion took off at a high speed down Michigan Avenue and crashed while attempting to turn.

Sgt. Gentile said the car mounted the median, struck trees and rolled over several times before coming to a stop.

One of the passengers in the car, 18-year-old Alex A. Garcia, was pronounced dead. The second passenger in the car escaped.

The driver, Rudy Zelaya, was charged with second-degree murder in connection with Mr. Garcia’s death. He was also charged with one count of armed robbery and one count of attempted armed robbery.

The case was still under investigation yesterday, and police weren’t sure which man was wielding the knife.



Police make arrest in teen”s killing

A man has been arrested in the killing of a girl who was shot last month while riding in her family’s ice cream truck, Charles County officials said Saturday.

Kevin Mark Warren of Waldorf is charged with first- and second-degree murder, armed robbery and the use of a handgun in the commission of a felony, officials said.

He was accused of firing several shots into the truck June 29 during an attempted robbery, striking the girl in the back, investigators said. Briona Jasmine Porter, 13, was transported by helicopter to Children’s Hospital in the District, where she died about an hour later.

Briona was riding with her mother and aunt as they took the truck on a trial run. Her mother, who was behind the wheel, had been planning to start a new business selling ice cream.

A warrant for Mr. Warren’s arrest was issued June 30, and detectives searched for him in Maryland, Virginia and the District. He was taken into custody Friday night after sheriff’s deputies, acting on a tip, stopped a truck in which he was riding in the Waldorf area.

Mr. Warren was being held without bond at the Charles County Detention Center.


Flash fire burns woman on boat

A Pennsylvania woman suffered second-degree burns in a flash fire Saturday aboard a boat docked at the marina at the Chesapeake Inn, the state fire marshal’s office said.

Fifty-year-old Lilliane Glascoe of Aston, Pa., was burned at 4:37 p.m. when gasoline vapors ignited during efforts to restart a stalled in-board motor.

Mrs. Glascoe was flown to the burn unit at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Damage to the boat is estimated at $5,000.


Man flees scene of head-on crash

State police say a Lonaconing man fled on foot early Saturday after he was in a head-on crash with a sport utility vehicle carrying a pregnant woman and her six sons.

It happened at about 3 a.m. on Interstate 68 near Grantsville in Garrett County.

Police said Shane Lancaster, 24, was driving the wrong way in the westbound lane when he hit the Ford Excursion driven by Heather Martin, 35, of Lusby.

Miss Martin, who was six months pregnant, and her six sons, ranging in age from 3 to 14, were taken to Western Maryland Health System’s Memorial Campus. State police said they escaped serious injury because they wore seat belts and used child-safety seats.

Police said that when three Grantsville men who stopped to help tried to escort Mr. Lancaster to a safe spot, he ran up a hill and into the woods.

Police were unable to find him. They said the investigation will continue, and charges are pending.


Ex-girlfriend charged with stabbing man

A 19-year-old Salisbury woman was charged with stabbing her ex-boyfriend with a kitchen knife at about 12:30 a.m. yesterday in the 7500 block of Brent Avenue.

The Wicomico County Sheriff”s Office said deputies responded to a report of a stabbing and found the man with several stab wounds. They say Chrisbon Bennet White, his ex-girlfriend, stabbed him with a kitchen knife.

The victim was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center Emergency Room for treatment.

Miss White was charged with attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment, and carrying a deadly weapon. She was released to the Wicomico County Detention Center Central Booking to be seen by a District Court commissioner.



Six rescued from boat fire

Authorities rescued six persons from a burning boat yesterday on the Occoquan River.

Fairfax County fire department spokesman Dan Schmidt said that no one was hurt in the blaze, but that the 30-foot boat was completely engulfed in flames.

He said a county fireboat extinguished the fire, which broke out when the boat was in the High Point area near Gunston Cove.

There’s no word on what caused the fire.


Nonprofit to protect access to beaches

A nonprofit group is working to protect public access to Virginia’s waterfront, including ensuring public parking and curbing development along the coastline.

Virginia Coastal Access Now has been involved in several efforts to defend public beach access. Members say that access has gradually eroded over the decades.

Mark Feltner of Chesapeake started the group after he got a parking ticket in a resident-only zone in a Norfolk beachfront neighborhood two years ago. Since then, the avid fisherman shifted his focus from catching fish to protecting public access to beaches.

The group has worked with the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge to restore nighttime fishing in the reserve and has met with officials to discuss the future of public beaches at Fort Story. It also supported Virginia Beach residents’ work to defeat a development that would have been built on undeveloped public coastline.

In the long run, the organization hopes to work to protect and enhance public accesses along the coastline and determine whether they are really unrestricted.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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