- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 22, 2008


Georgetown beating charges dropped

Prosecutors dropped charges against a Georgetown University student accused in a possible hate-crime beating near campus last fall.

They said they don”t have enough evidence to prove that Phillip Anderton Cooney, 19, was the attacker.

The sophomore from Texas was arrested two weeks after the Sept. 9 attack in the 1400 block of 36th Street Northwest and charged with assaulting the victim while yelling homophobic slurs.

The victim found a profile on the social networking site Facebook that resembled his attacker, and police worked with university officials to make the identification and arrest.

Suspicious package found at White House

A suspicious package found on the northeastern grounds of the White House yesterday was declared safe about two hours later, the Secret Service said.

Spokesman Ed Donovan said the package was spotted at about 3 p.m. and cleared at 5:10 p.m. He declined to say what type of package it was or whether any arrests were made.

Lafayette Park and Pennsylvania Avenue by the White House were closed to the public during the investigation.

Man, 72, found dead in Northeast home

A 72-year-old man was found stabbed to death at his home on Isherwood Drive Northeast, police said.

James Germany had been stabbed multiple times.

The father of five sang in the men”s choir at Lane Memorial C.M.E. Church for decades.

Mr. Germany”s children said he was disabled and had trouble walking. They said they often left the door to the building unlocked because their apartment was upstairs.

Detectives did not have a motive, but the family said the house appeared ransacked and think whoever killed their father might have tried to rob him.



Doctor gets 3 years in fatal DUI crash

A former doctor at Johns Hopkins Hospital charged in a fatal car accident on Interstate 83 was sentenced to three years in prison after a closed-door meeting with him, his attorney, a prosecutor and the victim”s family.

Initially, Dr. Todd B. Sheridan tried to withdraw a guilty plea in the death of Letrice Smith, 22, while he was driving the wrong way. Sheridan”s blood-alcohol level was 0.18 four hours after the 3 a.m. crash July 8.

After the two-hour meeting yesterday at the Baltimore courthouse, a judge sentenced Sheridan to 10 years in prison with seven years suspended. After one year, the pathologist can appeal his sentence so he can go on intensely supervised probation.


Steelworker burned by molten slag

A man was in critical condition with potentially life-threatening injuries after being seriously burned in an accident at the former Bethlehem Steel plant, fire officials said.

Baltimore County fire department spokeswoman Elise Armacost said the young man was severely burned by a burst of molten slag and steam while he was using a front-end loader at what is now Mittal Steel to dump the slag into a water pit early yesterday morning.

He was taken to Bayview Hospital Center.

Firefighters said debris from the blast rained down on the metal roof of a warehouse, causing a two-alarm fire that caused $130,000 in damage.



Parents charged over cocaine in tots

A man and a woman face child endangerment charges after a relative found their toddler sons intoxicated on cocaine, Louisa County authorities said.

Sheriff”s Department Maj. Donald Lowe said yesterday that an aunt took the 3-year-old and 16-month-old boys to a hospital Wednesday when she noticed they were drowsy and seemed intoxicated.

Police later apprehended Derrick Andre Christmas, 25, outside the Gordonsville home where the children live with their mother. Maj. Lowe said Mr. Christmas was in possession of crack cocaine, marijuana and about $1,600 in cash.

Mr. Christmas, who lives in the Zion Crossroads area, was charged with two felony drug distribution counts and two child endangerment counts. The children”s mother, Brenda Darice Quarles, 26, also faces two child endangerment counts.

The children were placed in the care of Social Services.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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