- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 12, 2007


Off-duty firefighter fatally shot in chest

An off-duty D.C. firefighter was shot and killed last night in Northeast.

Metropolitan Police said the man was shot in the chest about 9:15 p.m. His body was found in an alley along the 3500 block of Jay Street NE.

The man was taken to Prince George’s Hospital Center, where he later died, reported WUSA-TV (Channel 9).

Authorities did not release the victim’s name.

Cardin, city reach deal on Oak Hill

D.C. officials yesterday said they reached an agreement with Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin about the location of the District’s youth detention facility, prompting Mr. Cardin to lift his hold on Mayor Adrian M. Fenty’s school takeover plan.

Mr. Fenty’s proposal requires a change to the D.C. charter and must be approved by Congress and signed by President Bush.

The plan passed the House of Representatives earlier this week, but Mr. Cardin placed a hold on the federal version of the bill as it moved to the Senate because of a dispute over the location of the Oak Hill Youth Center.

City officials had wanted to build a new facility on the center’s current 880-acre site near Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County. Mr. Cardin had preferred that the city build the new center within the District.

The office of D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton said Mrs. Norton and Mr. Fenty had reached an agreement about the current Oak Hill site with Mr. Cardin, and the senator would no longer block Mr. Fenty’s bill. Details of the agreement were being finalized.

Parents of boy who shot self charged

The parents of a 3-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself in the foot have been charged with child cruelty.

Police said they were first told that the shooting occurred on a playground near the boy’s home. They were then led to think that it happened at the boy’s home in Northeast.

Investigators now say they’ve learned that the shooting occurred in the father’s apartment in Southeast.

Police Cmdr. Robert Contee said police think the child shot himself with a gun that was left on the floor. Investigators said they have recovered that weapon.

Police said the parents, Sean Knight, 32, and Tarana Battle, 34, are both charged with cruelty to a child.



Director behind on repaying loan

Officials in a Maryland county could end up suing the movie director who has stopped repaying the money he borrowed from the county for an aborted film project.

Washington County Attorney John Martirano told the Hagerstown Herald-Mail that the county is working out how to collect the balance. He said the county might file a lawsuit unless officials hear soon from director Ron Maxwell.

The county loaned Mr. Maxwell $300,000 in 2002 with the stipulation that he begin production by 2005 of his Civil War movie, “The Last Full Measure.”

He didn’t make the movie and has repaid only $40,000.

The movie was to be based on the third book of a trilogy of Civil War novels. An earlier film in the trilogy, “Gods and Generals,” was filmed in Western Maryland and the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia.


Off-duty officer fatally shoots man

A man who pulled a loaded gun on an off-duty police officer was fatally shot by a second police officer at a South Baltimore nightclub early Thursday.

The incident took place about 1:45 a.m. outside Club Mate and Lunge in the Brooklyn section of Baltimore, said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman.

A man was thrown out of the club, went to his car and got a loaded handgun, Officer Harris said. A bouncer saw the man and told a plainclothes police sergeant who was working as a security guard, the spokesman said.

The sergeant confronted the man and a fight ensued, Officer Harris said. A second police officer who had also been working security in the club came out and saw the man pull the gun. He shot the man several times, Officer Harris said, adding that police recovered the loaded weapon.

The man who was killed was identified as Quinton Quinell Monroe, 23, of Baltimore. Police said that he had been convicted of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and illegal handgun possession.

The name of the officer who fired his gun was not released.

Three officer-involved shooting deaths have taken place in Baltimore this year, and a fourth person died after being hit by a Taser in a confrontation with police.



Ex-professor sentenced in child porn case

A former University of Pennsylvania professor has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for importing child pornography.

Lawrence Scott Ward, of Philadelphia, was arrested Aug. 27 after returning from Brazil through Washington Dulles International Airport. Court documents show that customs agents discovered child pornography on Ward’s computer and found DVDs containing videos of Ward having sex with an underage boy.

Ward pleaded guilty in February in U.S. District Court in Alexandria.

Ward is a professor emeritus at Penn’s Wharton School of Business. He had been scheduled to teach last fall before university officials relieved him of those duties after his arrest.

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