- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 4, 2007



Police charge two in Friday homicide

Fairfax County police yesterday charged two men in connection with a homicide Friday in the Hybla Valley area.

Police identified the victim as Rodolfo “Christian” Cardenas, 26, of 7848 Stork Road in Alexandria. Mr. Cardenas’ body was found at about 7:45 a.m. Friday in the 3300 block of Pelican Place. Police said he suffered from trauma to the upper body.

Authorities charged Elvis K. Amaya, 18, of 3337 Pelican Place in Alexandria, with one count of murder and George Lagunas, 19, of 7859 Audubon Ave. in Alexandria, with malicious wounding.

Police said Mr. Cardenas argued with two men, who left and returned with more men, who assaulted the victim.


Ex-boyfriend faces felony porn charges

A Chesterfield County man is facing felony pornography charges after police said he sought revenge against his former girlfriend by leaving homemade DVDs of her performing sex acts on car windshields throughout the Richmond area.

The DVDs included the woman’s name, address and phone number. Police said the unidentified woman has received several visits and phone calls from strangers seeking sex.

David Feltmeyer, 33, is charged with one felony count and one misdemeanor count of using a computer to “carry out the production of obscene exhibition.” He also faces two misdemeanor counts of “knowingly producing an obscene exhibition.”

Chesterfield police Capt. Karl Leonard said police think Mr. Feltmeyer may have been seeking revenge because the woman was no longer involved with him.



City officials call curfew letter a hoax

City officials want Fells Point residents to know that they will not be facing a curfew in the coming months.

A letter has been circulated in the neighborhood announcing that a curfew will take effect between 2:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. beginning April 1. City officials said the letter is a hoax.

The letter is addressed “Dear Resident” and written on city letterhead with Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon’s signature at the bottom.

It states anyone found outside during those areas would be required to carry identification or a “valid work permit” to show they live or work in southeast Baltimore.

Mrs. Dixon’s spokesman, Anthony McCarthy, said the mayor is “dismayed by this bizarre harassment of city residents.”

Advocates for the neighborhood’s growing Hispanic community said they think the hoax is an attempt to intimidate immigrants.


Russian policy analyst shot outside his home

A specialist on Russian intelligence was critically injured in a shooting in front of his home, authorities said.

Paul Joyal, 53, was shot days after he accused the Russian government of involvement in the poisoning of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko.

Mr. Joyal was shot Thursday by two men in the driveway of his Adelphi home, police said. Few details were released about the incident, and the identities of the shooters were not known.

The shooting appeared to be a random robbery and street shooting, according to a law-enforcement official with knowledge of the case. In an interview broadcast last Sunday on “Dateline NBC,” Mr. Joyal also accused the Russian government of trying to silence its critics.

“A message has been communicated to anyone who wants to speak out against the Kremlin: If you do, no matter who you are, where you are, we will find you, and we will silence you — in the most horrible way possible,” Mr. Joyal said.

Russian officials have repeatedly denied involvement in the Litvinenko case.

Prince George’s County police were investigating the shooting but had not determined a motive. The FBI was assisting in the investigation.


Teen wounded at Union Station

D.C. police said a 17-year-old boy was hospitalized in serious condition last night after being shot repeatedly in the upper body outside Union Station.

Sgt. Joe Gentile said the shooting occurred about 5:30 p.m., after a man and woman became involved in an argument with a group of males inside the train station.

Sgt. Gentile said the dispute then continued outside the station, on First Street Northeast, where the man reportedly pulled a handgun and began firing at the teen.

A man and woman were stopped on E Street Northwest by Amtrak police and a gun was recovered, police said.

Sgt. Gentile says LaRue Martin, 20, and Zenia Diallo, 21, both of Northwest, have been charged with assault with intent to kill while armed.

Two boats collide on Potomac

A dinner cruise boat yesterday collided with a fire boat on the Potomac River.

D.C. fire department spokesman Alan Etter said there is minor damage to the boats but no injuries. It happened about 2 p.m.

Mr. Etter said the Spirit of Washington boat backed into the 70-foot fire boat, the John Glenn.

Mr. Etter said the collision was minor, with no structural damage to the boats. There were passengers aboard the Spirit of Washington at the time of the collision.

Texas oysters sicken dozens in Maryland

The Food and Drug Administration said more than two dozen people got sick from eating raw oysters from Texas at an event in Maryland last month.

As a result, the FDA has advised consumers not to eat raw oysters harvested from San Antonio Bay.

Those who ate the oysters in Maryland developed nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and other symptoms. Testing by the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene indicated that they had contracted norovirus.

A spokesman said the department would not reveal any further details about the event where people got sick, including its location, because the incubation period for norovirus is very short and there is no lingering public health risk.

The virus can cause flulike symptoms that can linger for several days.

The oyster beds in San Antonio Bay were shut down by the Texas Department of Health Services on Feb. 24 and remain closed while the FDA conducts an investigation.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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