- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 28, 2007



Officer shot after bank robbery

Anne Arundel County police said an officer was shot yesterday morning in an exchange of gunfire with a bank-robbery suspect in Severna Park.

The suspect was fatally shot.

Police said it happened just after 9 a.m. after a robbery at the Bank of America in the 600 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blouvard.

Police said the suspect shot the officer as the officer was chasing him on foot.

The suspect was shot on Kimberly Court, a short distance from the bank.

The officer is a three-year veteran. He was sent to Shock Trauma in Baltimore and police said they are confident that he will recover.


Probe yields suspects in prostitution

Anne Arundel County police are announcing arrests in connection with potential prostitution at a hotel near Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

Acting on an anonymous complaint about activity at the Homestead Studio Suites, detectives identified three rooms at the hotel that they thought were involved together in prostitution.

Police said the investigation revealed that a man from Rockford, Ill., was paying cash for all three rooms while two woman engaged in prostitution.

The man, and one of the women, also from Illinois, have been arrested and charged. Charges are pending against the other woman.

Detectives seized cash, three computers, five cell phones and documents police said were related to prostitution activity.


Man pleads guilty to bus-stop stabbing

A Capitol Heights man has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for stabbing his former girlfriend in the throat while she waited at a bus stop, state prosecutors said.

Earl Holeman, 38, was sentenced to life in prison with all but 30 years suspended after entering the plea Tuesday.

On New Year’s Day in 2006, Holeman stabbed Michelle Denton, 49, on the west side of the city’s downtown. Seven still photographs taken from a nearby city security camera showed Holeman running away, according to prosecutors.

Holeman was arrested by Baltimore police after a camera operator saw him running away from the crime scene. The operator notified police who were able to apprehend him. The camera did not film the actual homicide.

Police said the two got into an argument on a nearby street corner before Holeman attacked her with a knife.

The city set up about 300 security cameras at high-crime areas beginning in May 2005.


County schools mull Muslim holiday closure

Baltimore County schools Superintendent Joe Hairston is getting a proposal to close the county schools on at least one of the holiest days on the Islamic calendar.

The school system’s calendar committee included the proposal on a list of issues.

A committee member who favors the proposal, Bash Pharoan, issued a statement Tuesday that it had the unanimous support of the panel. Other committee members said there was no such consensus. And the chairman said there was no vote on any recommendations.

Mr. Hairston will decide whether to include the holiday on the proposed 2008-09 calendar that gets submitted to the school board.



Mission church becomes eighth parish in decade

Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde established the Catholic Diocese of Arlington’s eighth new parish in the past decade yesterday in Spotsylvania County.

St. Jude Parish, formerly a mission church of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Fredericksburg, is the 68th parish in the diocese, which includes more than 410,000 registered Catholics in Northern Virginia.

A mission church becomes a parish when it is financially stable and when it secures land for a building.

The Rev. David Martin, current administrator of St. Jude, will continue as the first pastor of St. Jude, which serves 668 families and more than 2,000 parishioners.


Man strikes, kills infant, police said

Police said a Suffolk man beat a 4-week-old baby because the baby reminded him of a guy he doesn’t like.

Breon Lashawn Perry, 18, was charged with felony child abuse and aggravated malicious wounding after the incident Tuesday.

Police said Mr. Perry caused brain damage to the child.

Officers were called to the hospital after an infant was brought in with injuries to his head and face.

Police said the baby and his 3-year-old sister were left in the care of Mr. Perry, the mother’s boyfriend, while the mother was at work.

Mr. Perry struck the baby several times in the face and head because the child reminded him of the child’s father, whom Mr. Perry did not like.

Mr. Perry was being held at Western Tidewater Regional Jail in Suffolk with no bond.


Lost WWII cup returns to owner after 63 years

A World War II veteran living in Yorktown has been reunited with his bullet-riddled canteen cup 63 years after he lost it.

The cup is now back with Lee Lumpkin after a Japanese soldier’s son found it.

Mr. Lumpkin said he never thought about the canteen cup after he lost it during the war.

The 86-year-old man said he lost the cup in 1944 on Peleliu Island when he was hit with shrapnel in the arm and hip. He left the cup up on a ridge.

It’s now back in Virginia after a trip around the world but is riddled with bullet holes. Mr. Lumpkin and his wife, Edith, were both surprised by its arrival, but Edith said her husband won’t be drinking water out of the cup anymore.


Man ordered to pay $23 million in taxes

A telecommunications entrepreneur who has admitted to not paying hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

Walter Anderson founded Mid-Atlantic Telecom in the 1980s.

Authorities said Anderson’s investments in telecommunications firms earned him $450 million between 1995 and 1999.

He did not file federal income-tax returns from 1987 to 1993.

Anderson has been ordered to pay the District of Columbia $23 million in unpaid taxes. But federal prosecutors did not include a restitution clause for federal taxes in a plea agreement reached with Anderson.

That means he can’t be held criminally liable for more than $100 million in federal taxes. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office said the government will file civil charges against Anderson in an effort to recoup the tax money.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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