- The Washington Times - Friday, June 1, 2007



VDOT shuts down I-95 for repairs

The Virginia Department of Transportation is planning to close the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 for part of the weekend to do repairs on an overpass.

The closure at Franconia Road near the flyover bridge to the Outer Loop of the Capital Beltway will send traffic on a six-mile detour.

Traffic will be diverted onto Interstate 395 and then back toward the Beltway. The detour begins at 8 p.m. tomorrow and will continue through 10 a.m. Sunday.

Signs will mark the detour route, but motorists are urged to avoid the area if possible.


Man gets life term in 1969 murder

A career criminal who confessed earlier this year to a 1969 murder was sentenced to life in prison.

Donald Brew was living in New Jersey when he approached the FBI in January and confessed to the murder of Patricia Adams, a prostitute who was about to testify against him in a larceny case.

Brew told investigators that he wanted to set things right, but Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul B. Ebert said he suspects Brew was destitute and needed free medical care from the prison system.

Mr. Ebert said Brew was always a suspect in the murder but was a smart con man who was good at covering his tracks.

At yesterday’s sentencing hearing, Prince William Judge Rossie Alston lectured Brew and said he took pleasure in sentencing him to life in prison.


Intoxicated couple were on horseback

A man and a woman who police say were hoping to avoid drinking and driving chose instead to head home on horseback — and ended up under arrest anyway.

Culpeper police Officers Lonnie Myers and Tim Chilton heard a disturbance May 24 about midnight and found Culpeper residents Eric Kyff and Lauren Allen arguing, Sgt. Scott Jenkins said.

Mr. Kyff and Miss Allen, who appeared to be intoxicated, wanted to “travel home several miles by horseback to avoid drinking and driving,” Sgt. Jenkins said.

Mr. Kyff, 39, took off along a nearby set of railroad tracks but was stopped shortly after by Officer Chilton, police said.

The two were charged with public intoxication and taken to the county jail. The horses were held across the street in front of the police station.

The two were released from jail the next morning. Their horses were waiting for them across the road.]



More sex charges filed against teacher

A Howard County high school teacher has been indicted on more sexual- misconduct charges.

A county grand jury indicted Kirsten Ann Kinley on Wednesday on three counts of third-degree sex offenses.

She was arrestedin February and indicted on third-degree sex offense charges and sexual solicitation of a 15-year-old boy.

The incidents occurred in the fall of 2004 when she was teaching at Hammond Middle School.

The boy is now a student at a public county high school. Court documents do not say whether the boy was a student at Hammond when the offenses happened.


Police search for car in bus hit and run

Talbot County authorities are looking for a car that caused a school bus to crash on its way to a field trip, causing minor injuries.

No one was seriously hurt when the bus carrying 42 students and a teacher from Easton High School to the Pickering Creek Audubon Center hit a ditch Wednesday morning. Police said the accident was caused by a vehicle that strayed in front of the bus. Bus driver Ronald Smith, 60, swerved to miss the car and hit the ditch.

Police said the car did not stop. Mr. Smith suffered a leg scrape, and one student cut her lip, but no one was treated at the hospital, said Alan Muir of the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office.

Utah jury convicts Maryland man

A Utah jury found a Maryland man guilty of murder in the 2004 death of a group home counselor.

The jury returned an unanimous guilty verdict Wednesday against Sean Graham in the killing of Anson Arnett, a counselor at the Maximum Life Skills Academy.

Graham and Jesse Simmons were both 17 at the time of the incident. Police said they hit Mr. Arnett in the head with a baseball bat and locked him upside down in a closet. They fled the home in a van and were arrested in Las Vegas. Mr. Arnett died the next day at a Salt Lake City hospital.

Simmons pleaded guilty to first-degree felony murder in 2005 and was sentenced to five years to life in prison.

Graham faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced July 10.


Judge throws out incriminating statement

A Harford County judge has thrown out an apparently incriminating statement made to investigators by a state prison inmate charged with killing another inmate on a Division of Correction bus.

Circuit Judge Emory Plitt ruled that Kevin Johns was not properly advised of his Miranda rights before a 2½-hour interview about the February 2005 slaying of inmate Philip Parker.

However, Judge Plitt found that Johns was properly advised of his rights before a 35-minute interview the next day so that statement can be used at his murder trial.

The full contents of the statements have not been made public. But Judge Plitt said in his written opinion that Johns made incriminating statements in the two interviews.


Man sought hit man for witnesses, police say

A Crisfield man is accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill two witnesses in a pending criminal case against him.

The Worcester County Bureau of Investigation said Frank Portanova, 49, solicited an undercover detective to kill the witnesses.

Mr. Portanova has been charged with two counts of solicitation to commit first-degree murder, two counts of intimidating a witness and two counts of obstruction of justice. He is being held without bail at the Worcester County Jail.


Cheetah cubs make debut at zoo

Three cheetahs named after characters in the Harry Potter books will make their public debut today at the National Zoo.

Two-year-old brothers Draco, Granger and Zabini arrived at the zoo last month from the White Oak Conservation Center in Florida. They were brought to the District to help bolster the zoo’s participation in the nation’s cheetah-breeding program.

The cheetahs spent their first 30 days in the National Zoo’s quarantine facility, where veterinarians and animal-care staff evaluated their health.

The zoo, which has studied cheetah breeding for more than 25 years, plans to use a combination of natural and artificial methods to breed the animals.

Over the years, the zoo’s artificial-insemination technique has resulted in 11 litters and 20 cubs.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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