- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 17, 2008



Police officer indicted in fatal hit-and-run

An Anne Arundel County police officer was indicted in a fatal hit-and-run on Interstate 95.

Harford County prosecutors said Officer Dane Hall, 28, was drunk when he slammed his sport utility vehicle into the rear of another SUV on Jan. 28.

The other vehicle flipped over a guardrail, killing the driver, Antonio Martinez of Baltimore.

Investigators later found Officer Hall at a relative’s home, where his vehicle was found in a garage with front-end damage.

Officer Hall was arrested yesterday and later released on $100,000 bond.


State House dome could be smoking

Something that looks like smoke might be seen wafting from the historic State House dome this morning.

The Department of General Services announced that a test of the 229-year-old building’s sprinkler system will create a mist that can look like smoke to the casual observer. The five-minute test of the fire-suppression system will spray up to 7,500 gallons of water over the dome.

The dome is made of wood and held together with wooden pegs reinforced with iron straps.


Woman enters plea in fiery death

A Millersville woman pleaded guilty yesterday to fatally stabbing her boyfriend before setting his body on fire with her son’s help, prosecutors said.

Cynthia McKay entered an Alford plea in an Anne Arundel County courtroom to a second-degree murder charge. Under the plea, a defendant does not admit guilt, but acknowledges the prosecution has enough evidence to obtain a conviction.

Her son, Christopher Haarhoff, 21, of Baltimore Highlands, is serving a five-year sentence for helping burn the body of Anthony Fertitta, 50, who was killed in February 2006.

McKay’s sentencing is scheduled for July 16.


Father charged with molestation

Police charged a 43-year-old father with molesting his teenage daughter and watching her take showers.

On Tuesday, the 15-year-old girl told a friend about her father’s activities, and the friend told school officials, police said. Social Services staff and police interviewed the girl, who said her father had molested her several times over the past year.

She told police he also would stand outside her bathroom window and watch her take a shower. Police interviewed the girl’s mother, who said she knew about the abuse but thought she had addressed it.

The man was arrested Tuesday night on child abuse, peeping Tom and sexual assault charges.


Man charged in naked encounter

Frederick County charged a Thurmont man after an incident earlier this month on the Mount St. Mary’s College campus.

Two women were jogging whenthey said a man drove up beside them and asked if he could be photographed with them, police said. When he got out of his car, he was naked.

Christopher Cole, 28, was charged with indecent exposure.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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