- The Washington Times - Friday, April 18, 2008


Window washer falls to death at museum

A window washer working at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian died yesterday after falling at least 50 feet when his cable apparently broke.

D.C. fire department spokesman Alan Etter said rescuers were called to the museum on the Mall at about 10 a.m. It was not clear whether the man’s safety harness failed or whether it had been engaged properly when he started work.

Authorities could not immediately identify the man. Mr. Etter said he appeared to be in his early 30s and worked for a contractor hired by the Smithsonian.

Man fatally shot outside nightclub

Police are working to close a downtown nightclub after a man was fatally shot outside the business.

Police were called to the 1700 block of L Street NW at about 10 p.m. Wednesday for the report of a shooting. Edward Badenbaugh, 30, of Northeast, was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead early yesterday at a hospital.

Assistant Chief Diane Groomes said police will order the Meeting Place nightclub be closed for 96 hours.


Quadruplets include rare triplet boys

A Harford County family is celebrating an unusual multiple birth.

A 32-year-old mother from Belcamp gave birth to quadruplets — and three of the four boys are identical.

The boys were born 11 weeks premature in January at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The parents plan to introduce themselves and their boys at a press conference today.

There are fewer than 100 documented cases of “identical triplets plus one” in the United States, hospital officials said.

Even without the extra baby, identical triplets are rare, although how rare is difficult to say. Multiple births, however, are more common since the advent of fertility drugs and in vitro fertilization, which was used to conceive the triplets born at GBMC.

The babies were delivered by Caesarian section shortly before noon Jan. 29, their mother’s 32nd birthday.

The babies were treated at the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit; all four have been home for about 2½ weeks, a hospital spokesman said.


Bones of 70 dogs, cats found in woods

Veterinary technicians in Frederick are taking a close look at the skeletal remains of more than 70 dogs and cats in hopes of learning how they ended up in a heap near the Potomac River.

Harold Domer of the county’s animal-control office said a man looking for mushrooms found the remains Tuesday in a wooded area of undeveloped private property off Rock Hall Road.

Mr. Domer said the bones appear to be those of at least 70 dogs and two cats. He says they could have been placed there about two months ago and accumulated over time.


Police say teenager confessed to killing

Annapolis police said a teenager confessed to the fatal shooting of another teen last month in the Robinwood public housing community.

Tyron Montray McGowan, 18, was arrested Wednesday and charged with first- and second-degree murder, assault and a handgun charge in the slaying of Kwame Johnson, 17.

Police said the teens knew each other and might be distant relatives, but the motive is still not clear.

McGowan is being held without bail.

It was the city’s fourth homicide this year.


Sheriff’s employees charged with theft

Two employees of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office have been charged with misappropriating nearly $19,000 from a fraternal police organization.

State police said correctional officer Stuart Dougherty, 49, and his wife, Carrie, 36, are each charged with one misdemeanor count, punishable by up to five years in prison.

Mrs. Dougherty is an office manager in the agency’s fiscal service department.

Sheriff’s Cpl. Jennifer Bailey said they have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

The couple is charged with misappropriating funds from a Fraternal Order of Police lodge where he was president and she was treasurer.



48 Tech families contemplate suits

Forty-eight notices of possible lawsuits over the mass killings at Virginia Tech have been filed with the state.

Tucker Martin, a spokesman for the Virginia attorney general’s office, said yesterday that 48 notices were filed by Wednesday’s deadline. A notice of intent to file suit was required within one year of the slayings of 32 people on April 16, 2007, by a mentally disturbed student.

Most of the families of victims agreed last week to an $11 million state settlement that will compensate those who lost loved ones, pay survivors’ medical costs and avoid a court battle.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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