- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 15, 2007


Street closures scheduled for rally

D.C. officials are warning motorists of possible traffic problems stemming from today’s anti-war protest.

The group A.N.S.W.E.R. is scheduled to hold a rally at 1 p.m. in Lafayette Park and then march to the U.S. Capitol. The march route will take protesters from the park, south on 15th Street in Northwest and then east on Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol.

The D.C. Department of Transportation and the Metropolitan Police Department said motorists should anticipate several rolling street closures to coincide with the march, as well as possible traffic delays.

Officers accused of false reports

Two D.C. police officers are charged with filing false reports to cover up letting a prisoner escape from their custody.

Officers Peter Snipes and Nathan Minor were assigned to guard Eugene Radcliffe at Howard University Hospital last month.

According to court documents, after Mr. Radcliffe escaped, the two officers said he had asked to use the bathroom before assaulting Officer Minor and fleeing the hospital.

But witnesses at the hospital told inspectors the officers were nowhere near Mr. Radcliffe and that he just walked out the front door on his own.



Two sons charged in father’s death

A grand jury has indicted two men on second-degree murder charges in the death of their neglected elderly father.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said Robert Charles Record, 85, died April 5, about a month after he was found unconscious and bound to a chair with a leather dog leash at the family’s home in Hagerstown.

Police said an autopsy concluded Mr. Record died of complications from dehydration, bed sores, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.

Kenneth Record, 61, and Gerald Record, 46, are being held on charges including second-degree murder and abuse and neglect of a vulnerable adult.


Man convicted in ex-girlfriend’s killing

A Prince George’s County jury has convicted a District Heights man of murder in the death of his ex-girlfriend, a FedEx employee.

Fabian Shim, 41, is accused of shooting Reina Lynch, 26, last November while she was working overnight as a security guard at a FedEx distribution center in Beltsville.

Investigators think the two argued over child-support payments for a child the couple had together.

Shim will be sentenced next month.


Racist newsletter no longer banned

A state prison has been told by the Maryland attorney general’s office to lift a ban on a racist newsletter sent to a prisoner at the Eastern Correctional Institution in Westover.

The ban led the editor of the publication called “All the Way” to threaten a legal fight, arguing that prison inmates have a constitutional right to read what they want. The newsletter is produced by a white supremacist group in Mississippi called the Nationalist Movement.

The state prison system imposed the ban out of fears the publication could create a security problem. Now that the ban was lifted, the warden will review each issue to determine if it is a threat to discipline or if it poses an immediate threat to anyone at the prison.


Campus alarmed by sexual assaults

University of Maryland students are on alert after four women were sexually assaulted yesterday in their homes near campus.

Prince George’s County police said the women were attacked in their homes between 4 a.m. and 4:40 a.m. Thursday.

A man entered a home on Dickinson Avenue, got in bed with a woman and fondled her, then ran away when she awoke. Also during that time, a man climbed through the window of another home on College Avenue, kissed one woman while she was sleeping, fondled another woman in her bed and assaulted a third woman.

Investigators said a description given of the man is the same as that of a suspect in a series of Peeping Tom reports late last year.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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