- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 24, 2008


Cabdrivers seek delay on meters

A coalition of cabdrivers has asked a D.C. Superior Court judge to delay a requirement by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty to have time-and-distance meters installed in all city cabs by next Thursday.

The drivers requested an injunction pending appeal from Judge Brook Hedge, who dismissed a lawsuit brought by several taxicab drivers seeking to overturn Mr. Fenty’s October decision to abandon the current zone system used to calculate fares. The judge will rule on the request for an injunction during a hearing tomorrow.

Mr. Fenty on Tuesday said he would not extend the May 1 deadline for cabs to have the meters or risk a $1,000 ticket. However, city officials will issue only warnings to drivers who don’t have meters until June 1.

Ex-Metro supervisor pleads guilty to theft

A former Metro supervisor pleaded guilty yesterday to stealing more than $560,000 in cash proceeds from the sale of fare cards and bus tokens.

Marcia Anderson, 46, of Silver Spring, will remain free until her sentencing Aug. 8. Under sentencing guidelines, she is eligible for 33 to 41 months in prison.

Anderson stole the money from 2001 until she was fired in October, federal prosecutors said. During that time, she was responsible for collecting and accounting for cash received from the sales of fare cards and bus tokens at three Metro sales offices. As part of her plea in U.S. District Court, she agreed to pay back the stolen money.

Prosecutors said Anderson used the money to make down payments on homes in the District and Maryland. She also purchased a BMW, a Nissan Pathfinder, computers and furniture.

Metro General Manager John B. Catoe Jr. said no one else was involved in the scheme and that Metro seized Anderson’s bank accounts and automobiles, which together were worth about $75,000.



School-day party leads to arrests

Montgomery County police cited a Silver Spring man and four Montgomery Blair High School students after a drinking party at the man’s apartment during school hours.

Officers called to an apartment in the 1000 block of Quebec Terrace about 11 a.m. Tuesday found 32 people in the apartment, 26 of whom were underage. Police say there was alcohol at the apartment and evidence that juveniles were drinking.

Police cited Mauricio Lagunes-Campos, 21, for furnishing alcohol to minors. Police said the students, two 15-year-olds and two 16-year-olds, were cited for various alcohol violations.

Police said students from Briggs Chaney, Lee and Takoma Park middle schools, and High Point High in Prince George’s County also skipped school to attend the party.


Victims identified in fatal car crash

The victims of a crash Tuesday morning that killed four people were identified as a Laurel woman, two of her daughters and a family friend.

Howard County police said Rhonda White, 42, was killed in the crash along with daughters Stephanie Dorsey, 24, and Riley Smith, 7 months.

Miss White’s 3-year-old daughter, Rachel Hatt, remained in critical condition yesterday at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore. Police said the girl was wearing a seat belt but was not secured in a child safety seat, which would have rendered her injuries less severe.

Also killed was Andrew Sturgil, 31, of Cumberland, Ky., the driver of the Nissan Altima that crossed the center line and collided with a box truck. Mr. Sturgil was a friend of Miss Dorsey’s.


18th century log road found under street

A University of Maryland archaeological team found traces of a log road dating to the 18th century under an Annapolis street.

The logs were found 4 feet under Fleet Street in the Historic District.

Mark Leone, who directs the Archaeology in Annapolis project, said researchers are “getting a very rare glimpse of the Annapolis waterfront as it existed 300 years ago.”

“Very little of the city survives intact from the first quarter of the 18th century, and almost nothing from the late 17th century. These log roads existed in a number of places, but very few have survived so long. No others have been found in Annapolis and none of comparable age in Maryland,” he said.

Although wood rots fast, Mr. Leone said the logs were found in a marshy area that enabled them to become waterlogged.

“That’s what saved them,” he said. “The road was probably designed to help people and freight maneuver through the mud.”

The road consists of six parallel, shaped logs, each about an inch and a half apart.

So far, about 3 feet worth of road has been discovered, and the researchers hope to continue their excavation to see how far it extends.

The Maryland archaeologists date the road to at least the early 18th century, based on pottery discovered nearby.

But local Annapolis historians Tony Lindauer and Jane McWilliams say it could be even older.


Man pleads guilty before retrial starts

A man who won a new trial after jurors uncovered some overlooked evidence has settled the matter by pleading guilty to armed robbery and three other offenses.

Moses Streete, 26, could get 20 years in prison at his sentencing May 30 if Frederick County Circuit Judge Theresa M. Adams follows prosecutors’ recommendation.

During deliberations at his October trial, the jury forewoman checked the pockets of a parka Street had worn during a robbery spree. She found more than $1,300 in cash that investigators had overlooked.

The discovery prompted the judge to throw out 13 convictions and order a new trial. Streete pleaded guilty to four of the offenses Tuesday as the new trial was about to begin.



Shooting suspect’s case stays in juvenile court

A 16-year-old suspect in a series of shootings along Interstate 64 last month will not be prosecuted as an adult.

Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge Susan L. Whitlock yesterday denied the prosecution’s request. He is charged with 15 felonies.

The judge scheduled the youth’s juvenile court trial for May 7.

The other suspect, Slade Allen Woodson, 19, is accused of 19 felonies in Albemarle County and Waynesboro. He is charged with firing at five cars traveling on I-64, slightly injuring two, and an unoccupied state truck.


Mail carrier pleads guilty to taking mail

A Charlottesville woman pleaded guilty to federal charges that she stole money and gift cards from mail while working as a carrier for the U.S. Postal Service.

Kim Malone, 41, faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine after pleading guilty to mail theft, a felony. Sentencing hasn’t been scheduled.

U.S. Attorney John L. Brownlee said the charges were filed after a customer on her route complained that some mail hadn’t arrived. Authorities later discovered Malone had been keeping the mail.

Boater pleads guilty in deaths of two

A Syracuse, N.Y., man admitted his guilt in a drunken boating crash that killed a Virginia police officer and his girlfriend on one of upstate New York’s Finger Lakes.

Craig Cordes, 32, pleaded guilty yesterday in Onondaga County Court to a single felony count of first-degree vehicular manslaughter. In exchange for his plea, Cordes is promised a prison sentence of 31/3 to 10 years. He was scheduled to go on trial next week and will be sentenced May 14.

Cordes was boating on Skaneateles Lake when he crashed into another boat, killing Officer John Kelly and Heather Wilkins, both of Richmond, on July 8. Police said Cordes fled the scene without contacting authorities.


Legislators seek help for crabbers

More than 40 legislators signed a letter yesterday asking Gov. Tim Kaine to declare a state of emergency to help watermen hurt by new crab-harvest restrictions.

The letter came a day after the Virginia Marine Resources Commission approved unprecedented curbs on commercial crabbing after scientists determined that the Chesapeake Bay’s blue crab population is close to an all-time low.

The letter asks state agencies to assist the watermen. It also asks the governor to ask for federal assistance.

All 40 members of the state Senate, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and four House members who represent many Virginia watermen signed the letter.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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