- The Washington Times - Friday, May 18, 2007


Man fatally shot near recreation center

A District man was fatally shot in Southwest yesterday afternoon near a recreation center with police officers just blocks away, authorities said.

At about 4:40 p.m., police responded to reports of gunshots in the 1300 block of First Street near the King Greenleaf Recreation Center.

Harold Crawley, 23, of Southwest was found with several gunshot wounds to the upper body, police said. He was taken to Washington Hospital Center’s MedStar Unit, where he died a short time later.

The suspect fled the scene before officers arrived.

An officer patrolling the area was less than a block away at the time, 2nd District Cmdr. Andy Solberg told WTTG-TV (Channel 5).

Both he and Mayor Adrian M. Fenty were dismayed that a shooting would occur that time of day and in such a public location, particularly with officers in the vicinity.

“This gives a new meaning to the word ‘brazen,’ ” said Mr. Fenty, who promised to find and punish the shooter.

Police said they do not have any suspects or motive but said the shooting may have stemmed from an argument over a dice game.

Several people also witnessed the shooting, police said.

The investigation is ongoing.

City official extorted from contractors

A former D.C. property management official was sentenced yesterday to more than three years in prison for demanding more than $300,000 in bribes from construction contractors.

Narase Bob Oudit, 51, of the District, pleaded guilty in July.

Oudit was a project manager at the D.C. Office of Property Management where he supervised construction at North Michigan Park and at the Sherwood and Kenilworth recreation centers from early 2002 to February 2003.

Prosecutors said Oudit demanded money from contractors at each of the three projects. He received $13,500 from a contractor using bills marked by the FBI.

U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman sentenced Oudit to 37 months in prison.



Two students asked friend to shoot them

Baltimore police say two Morgan State University students arranged for a friend to shoot them — apparently to avoid pledging a fraternity.

The young men, ages 20 and 21, called police early Thursday morning to report that they had been shot during a robbery of a gas station. Each was wounded in the back of the right thigh. Police say the gunshots could have been fatal if the bullets had severed the men’s femoral arteries.

Police say during an interview with detectives, the men’s story fell apart and they confessed that they had a friend shoot them because they didn’t want to go through fraternity pledging this summer. The gun was found in a car belonging to one of the students.

Morgan State spokesman Clinton Coleman said it’s too early to tell what kind of punishment the students might face. But he says they weren’t qualified to participate in a fraternity.

Police say the students face numerous charges, including filing a false police report and handgun violations.


Police say coach gave alcohol to minors

Anne Arundel County Police have arrested a lacrosse coach who they say provided alcohol to students.

Police said Gregory Karanzalis, 24, was cited for furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors.

Police responded to the 7-Eleven in the 700 block of East College Parkway in Annapolis and found three juveniles inside a sport utility vehicle, authorities said. Two of the juveniles appeared to be intoxicated and alcohol was found inside the car.

All three are students at Broadneck Senior High School, where Mr. Karanzalis is a volunteer boy’s lacrosse coach. Police said they have witness statements and video surveillance indicating Mr. Karanzalis gave the students the alcohol.


Three sex assaults may be linked

Prince George’s police are looking into the possibility that three recent attacks on women in southeastern county neighborhoods could be linked.

Each of the attacks occurred as the women were entering or exiting their cars near their homes.

Police said the women were sexually assaulted by a man in two of the cases and all three cases involved robberies or attempted robberies.

Two incidents occurred May 11 in Fort Washington’s Potomac Heights and Indian Head Manor. The third happened four days later in Clinton’s Summit Creek area.


Film festival canceled, lack of funding cited

Annapolis Film Festival organizers say the event has been canceled this year because of lack of funding.

Ken Arnold said the organizers decided three months ago not to have the festival.

He said it was a 60-hour-a-week job for him and his two partners, and they were thousands of dollars behind their fundraising needs.

The festival showed 59 films in its first year and 90 films a year at its peak. Mr. Arnold said the festival could return if they find funding for it.


Man’s body found in Patuxent River

The body of a man who fell overboard while boating in the Patuxent River on Sunday has been recovered.

Maryland Natural Resources police say a passing boater found the body of William O’Neill yesterday morning. It was in the river about a mile southwest of the mouth of St. Leonard Creek.

Mr. O’Neill, 35, was a resident of Prince Frederick. His body has been taken to the state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy. The incident is still under investigation.

Police had been searching for Mr. O’Neill since Sunday night, when they got word he had fallen from the stern of a 35-foot boat. Three other persons were on board at the time.



Driver charged in attack on bus

Police have charged a school bus driver with felony child neglect for doing nothing while several students assaulted another.

Lykesha N. Hines, 24, of Norfolk, was released Thursday after a magistrate set a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

Virginia Beach police spokeswoman Rene Ball said March 26 a student covered a surveillance camera at the front of a school bus while another student punched the victim in the face. Then three other students punched and kicked him, Miss Ball said.

Miss Hines did not intervene and failed to report the incident as required by the school division, Miss Ball said.

Miss Hines has been suspended without pay, school system spokeswoman Eileen Smith said.

The five juveniles involved in the melee were arrested April 17 and charged with malicious wounding, a felony.


Fish kill probe expands in west

A task force investigating fish kills in the Shenandoah River has expanded the probe to include the upper James and the Cowpasture rivers.

Scientists found a few dozen dead and dying fish in portions of the James in Botetourt County and in the Cowpasture in Bath County on Wednesday.

Bill Hayden, a spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Quality, said officials are concerned but don’t know enough about the fish.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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