- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 12, 2007


Restaurant shut down after fatal stabbing

A man was fatally stabbed early yesterday at a restaurant and club in Northwest.

Police said two men got into an altercation at the Turntable Restaurant & Disco at 5802 Georgia Ave NW at about 3:30 a.m.

Scott Edward Lewis, 29, of the 5400 block of Kansas Avenue NW, was taken to Washington Hospital Center’s MedStar unit. He was pronounced dead at 3:54 a.m.

Another man was seen leaving the restaurant and possibly fled the scene in a silver sport utility vehicle.

Police said they had no tag numbers for the vehicle and that no arrests had been made, and they would be interviewing witnesses who were at the club when the incident occurred.

Police also said Turntable’s owner was served with notice that the restaurant would be temporarily closed.

Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier has authority to close establishments for up to 96 hours for investigations by the city’s Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration after a violent incident.



Student charged in school evacuation

A student at Dulaney High School has been charged with bringing a hazardous substance to the school, prompting an evacuation.

Scott Perry, 18, brought a plastic bottle filled with a potentially explosive mixture of chlorine and alcohol to the Timonium school Friday morning and left it in a boys’ bathroom, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

Mr. Perry was charged late Friday with knowingly using a destructive device, disrupting school activities and reckless endangerment. He remained in custody yesterday on $150,000 bail, and a bail review was scheduled for tomorrow morning.

Police said a student alerted a teacher about 8 a.m. Friday about a smell coming from a boys’ room. The teacher found the bottle, which was hot to the touch, and fumes made it difficult for the teacher to breathe. The school was evacuated, and the teacher was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated and released.

Police interviewed students and learned that Mr. Perry had told others he was responsible for the evacuation. He was questioned and admitted bringing the bottle to school, telling investigators he used rubbing alcohol and chlorine tablets to create the mixture.


Lierman steps down as top Democrat

Terry Lierman is stepping down as chairman of the Maryland Democratic Party to take a job as chief of staff to House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer.

Mr. Lierman led Maryland Democrats for 2 years, including last fall’s hard-fought victories in races for governor and Senate.

He said Democrats took back the state, and now he wants to help them take back the nation.

Gov. Martin O’Malley said Mr. Lierman will be “very difficult to replace.”

Mr. Hoyer and Mr. Lierman are longtime friends. Mr. Hoyer — whose current chief of staff, Bill Cable, is retiring — said Mr. Lierman is the ideal replacement.


Drive-by shootings injure 7; car found

Prince George’s County police say they have found a vehicle with an assault weapon inside, which they think were used in a drive-by shooting that injured seven persons yesterday afternoon.

Police said two to four suspects in a red-colored vehicle drove down the 6800 block of Atwood Street and opened fire at about 5 p.m. with what looked like an assault weapon.

Seven persons were shot in the incident, and police said all the victims were males between 12 and 21 years of age.

The victims were taken to a nearby hospital and treated for gunshot wounds to the arms and legs. Police said the injuries were not life-threatening.

Cpl. Diane Richardson, a Prince George’s County Police spokeswoman, said investigators were looking into a possible link between the evening shooting and an altercation earlier in the day at a nearby McDonald’s that may have involved one of the older victims.


St. John’s boycotts survey of colleges

St. John’s College in Annapolis is one of a dozen colleges calling for a boycott of a U.S. News & World Report survey that asks schools to rate their peers.

The survey plays a major role in the magazine’s influential college rankings.

St. John’s President Christopher Nelson said colleges that take part in the survey “are falling prey to real evil.” He said prestige has nothing to do with the education students are getting.

St. John’s also plans not to mention rankings in its publicity materials. The college has a “Great Books” curriculum and offers a unique experience for its students, which it views as scholars in the mold of the ancients.



Woman gets 30 years for killing newborn

An Arlington woman who pleaded guilty to killing her newborn daughter has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Prosecutors say 21-year-old Maria Aguirre told police she killed the baby because she was afraid her boyfriend would leave her if he found out she was pregnant with another man’s child.

At her sentencing Friday, Aguirre told an Arlington County judge that her mother had died when she was young and that she started working on a farm when she was 10 years old.

She said she came to the United States illegally and that the baby’s father was a man who helped her and other illegal aliens sneak into the country.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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