- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 28, 2007



Gang initiation caught on school grounds

A Fairfax County high school faculty member is being credited with breaking up a gang initiation that led to the arrests of four students.

Police said the incident occurred Thursday at Hayfield High School.

A faculty member found several students inside a school lavatory and held them there until a security officer and a police officer assigned to the campus arrived.

Fairfax police said eight students ages 15 to 17 were being initiated into a gang voluntarily.

Police arrested three male students and a 16-year-old female student who they suspected of running the initiation.

The students have been charged with gang recruitment on school grounds and gang participation, felony charges in Virginia. They also were charged with misdemeanor hazing.

Police said the 12 students involved in the incident were enrolled at Hayfield.


Rapists get 10 years for videotaped attack

Two men were sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday for raping a 14-year-old girl while filming parts of the nearly seven-hour attack.

Christopher D. Hardy and Dashuan Lee Wiltshire, both 19, were convicted in November of rape, conspiracy and unlawful videotaping of a minor.

Darren Lamont Rice, 20, was scheduled to be sentenced for the same crime Monday but did not appear in court. The status of his case was not clear.

The girl did not report the rape for two weeks after the February 2006 attack.

She had missed a school bus and called one of the suspects for a ride. Hardy and Rice picked her up and took her to an apartment, where Rice raped her, prosecutors said.

The girl left, but the three suspects picked her up again and took her back to the apartment, where all three raped her while videotaping some of the attack, prosecutors said.

Police found the video, which shows the men raping and threatening the girl while she repeatedly said, “No.”

Defense attorneys said their clients were not as bad as what was portrayed on the videotape.



Woman sent to jail after 5-county chase

A Gaithersburg woman who led police on a chase through five Maryland counties is headed to the Frederick County Jail for a year.

The jail time is part of a 10-year suspended sentence for Nakeya Brown, 23.

She pleaded guilty yesterday in Circuit Court to intent to distribute cocaine and a handgun charge.

The chase happened Aug. 25 after a housekeeper at a Frederick motel told authorities she saw a gun and drug paraphernalia in Brown’s purse.

Brown led police into Carroll, Howard and Montgomery counties at speeds sometimes reaching 100 mph.

She escaped on foot in Chillum in Prince George’s County and surrendered to police a few days later.


Prison visitors charged with smuggling try

Two Baltimore women have been charged with trying to smuggle drugs to inmates at Roxbury Correctional Institution near Hagerstown.

The women were arrested Saturday in the parking lot of the medium-security prison.

One of the women was carrying an undisclosed amount of heroin and marijuana, corrections spokesman Mark Vernarelli said.

The arrests were the result of a “team effort” between intelligence officers at the prison and detectives with the Internal Investigative Unit of the Division of Corrections, Mr. Vernarelli said.

Theresa Ann Wilson was ordered held on $50,000 bail. Dawn Marie Amig was ordered held on $30,000 bail.


Man pleads guilty to attempted arson

Federal prosecutors said a Baltimore man pleaded guilty yesterday to trying to burn down a city group home.

Forell Isaac, 23, pleaded guilty to using several beer bottles filled with gasoline as cocktail bombs at the group home in 2004.

The home is located in the 3600 block of Glen Avenue.

Prosecutors said the two cocktail bombs did not make it through the windows of the group home, but damaged the building’s exterior after falling to the ground.

Several residents were inside at the time, prosecutors said. The home was managed by a nonprofit organization providing social services.

Prosecutors said it was common knowledge that Isaac did not like one of the residents after several altercations.


Man shot in face during robbery

Anne Arundel County police said a man leaving the bathroom yesterday at a Glen Burnie Wendy’s restaurant was shot in the face.

Police were searching for two robbers who shot the 37-year-old man during the holdup at the Wendy’s in the 7900 block of Ritchie Highway. They were carrying a handgun and a shotgun when they arrived about 11:15 a.m.

After robbing the store, police said, the men were leaving when they were confronted by the man coming out of the bathroom.

Police said a physical altercation ensued and the man was shot in the face several times. His injuries are not life-threatening.

He was taken to the University of Maryland Medical Center Shock Trauma in serious condition.


Heimlich hound saves owner from choking

Toby, a 2-year-old golden retriever, saw his owner choking on a piece of fruit and began jumping up and down on the woman’s chest, ultimately saving her life.

The dog’s owner thinks the dog was trying to perform the Heimlich maneuver and saved her life.

Debbie Parkhurst, 45, of Calvert told the Cecil Whig she was eating an apple at her home Friday when a piece lodged in her throat.

She attempted to perform the Heimlich maneuver on herself but it didn’t work.

“The next thing I know, Toby’s up on his hind feet and he’s got his front paws on my shoulders,” she recalled. “He pushed me to the ground, and once I was on my back, he began jumping up and down on my chest.”

That was when the apple dislodged and Toby started licking her face to keep her from passing out, she said.

“I literally have pawprint-shaped bruises on my chest. I’m still a little hoarse, but otherwise, I’m OK,” Miss Parkhurst said.


Teen helps rescue woman in pond

A North Caroline High School senior assisted in the rescue of a woman who blacked out and drove her car into a pond, Denton police said.

Laight Phelps, 18, broke out the windows of Delores Fountain’s Buick after she rounded a turn and crashed into the pond near Denton, Denton Police Chief Rodney Cox said.

Mr. Phelps then worked with emergency crews to lift Miss Fountain, 80, out a window and carry her to dry land.

He was the first person to arrive, Chief Cox said, and a witness at the crash said Mr. Phelps took action less than a minute after the car crashed into the 2-foot-deep pond.

“I didn’t think about it,” he said. “I just went ahead and did it.”

When he came upon the accident, he was driving to have a yearbook senior picture taken.

Turns out his fellow seniors chose him as the least likely to ever grow up.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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