- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 27, 2008


Fenty announces plans for school sites

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has announced plans for how some public schools slated to close will be used for other city priorities.

The First District police station in Southwest will find a new home in a building that now houses Bowen Elementary, according to the mayor’s office, and will move to the building later this year.

The move will allow construction to begin on a new consolidated police laboratory for the department. The plan also allows a Boys and Girls Club to continue operating at the Bowen site.

City officials also said the Douglass High School building in Southeast will become the home of a Knowledge is Power Program Public Charter School. They plan a community meeting Wednesday to determine the best use of the Hine Junior High School building on Capitol Hill. The city plans to close 23 schools due to declining enrollment.



Student charged in dorm rape

A student at the Maryland School for the Deaf has been indicted on rape charges and accused of rape in a dorm basement last year.

Assistant State’s Attorney Tammy M. Leache said Friday that Kaeshaun Malik Willis, 17, of Randallstown, Md., was indicted on five charges, including second-degree rape. Mr. Willis was 16 when the indictment alleges the rape occurred but was charged as an adult.

Court documents indicate the assault occurred on Oct. 27 after Mr. Willis and a 17-year-old woman exchanged text messages and he went to her dorm’s basement, where she let him in. Mr. Willis was arrested on April 8 and released on $35,000 bail.


Motorcyclist killed in crash identified

Howard County police have identified the motorcyclist who was killed Friday night in a crash in Laurel, and charges are pending against the driver who struck him. Police said the victim was Kevin Thornton 46, of Laurel.

Mr. Thornton was heading south on U.S. Route 1 south of Whiskey Bottom Road when he was struck by a sport utility vehicle driven by Caleche Bongo, 28, of Hyattsville. Police said Mr. Bongo was making a left turn into a parking lot in front of the motorcycle.


Union disputes prison firings

Union officials disputed a claim by the secretary of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services that “very compelling evidence” was gathered during an investigation into excessive force allegations that led to the firings of 23 correctional officers at two Western Maryland prisons.

Ron Smith, of the Maryland Classified Employees Association, said Friday the terminations were based on the allegations of inmates, according to the Hagerstown Herald-Mail. Three of the fired officers were members of the union, and he represents them, Mr. Smith said.

The three officers filed no reports about force or incidents in connection with any such incident, he said. Usually, all officers involved in an incident are told to file separate reports, Mr. Smith said.



Woman with infant abducted, raped

A woman was abducted while walking with her infant daughter and raped in the Springfield area, Fairfax County police said.

Police said the woman, 18, was carrying her 3-month-old daughter in a car seat outside the Commerce Plaza shopping center Thursday evening, when a man with a handgun in his waistband approached and threatened the baby. They said the man forced the woman to walk along several streets and raped her behind a home in 6200 block of Dana Avenue, then fled.

The woman was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital. The baby was not harmed.

From wire reports and staff dispatches

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