- The Washington Times - Friday, August 1, 2008


Death of girl ruled homicide

The suspicious death of a girl in Northeast has been ruled a homicide. Metropolitan police are seeking her father, but stressed it was only for questioning.

The medical examiner found that Marisol Caceres, 12, was strangled, police said. There was no evidence of suffocation or stab wounds, as previously reported. There also wasn’t any evidence of sexual assault or forced entry into the apartment.

Police want to talk with the girl’s father, Felipe Antonio Caceres. He might be distraught over his daughter’s death and should be approached with caution, police said.



Stereo installer finds drugs in car

A Frederick man with a long record of drug arrests is facing more charges after a technician installing his new car stereo found drugs in the car.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office said the worker at the Frederick-area Best Buy store found the suspected crack cocaine and drug accessories Tuesday and called police. The customer, Kevin Doyal, 43, was arrested at the store a short time later. Deputies said Mr. Doyal was found with more drugs in his pockets.

The charges include possession of cocaine and intent to distribute cocaine. Mr. Doyal’s court records show more than a dozen drug arrests and four convictions since 2000. Most of the convictions are for marijuana possession.


Illegal cabins still standing

More than a year has passed since a former Tommy Hilfiger executive lost a court fight over hunting cabins that were built without a permit on his island in the Nanticoke River, but the cabins have yet to be demolished.

The attorney representing the executive, Edwin Lewis, said his client hasn’t been issued the permits needed for the demolition. County officials said they are withholding the permits because Mr. Lewis is asking to build a house in place of the cabins. The site is inside a “critical area,” close to Chesapeake Bay tidal waters.

The Wicomico County Board of Appeals was scheduled to hear Mr. Lewis’ request Thursday evening.

Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler filed a civil lawsuit against Lewis on July 1 seeking the removal of the cabins.


Large cat seen prowling campus

A large cat, possibly a cougar, has been spotted on the campus of the University of Maryland in College Park.

University police issued a campus alert Thursday warning students and faculty not to approach the animal. It’s described as light tan or tawny brown and about 4 feet long. Police said the animal hasn’t shown any aggression.

Police Capt. John Brandt said officers haven’t seen the animal, and it hasn’t been recorded on any security cameras.

The big cat has been spotted near Cole Field House and the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and along a wooded area near the Comcast Center.


Support growing

for Tubman parks

There is more support for two national parks for Underground Railroad figure Harriet Tubman.

Four senators from Maryland and New York have sponsored bills setting aside more than $18 million for national parks in Tubman’s birth state of Maryland and in Auburn, N.Y., where Tubman spent most of her life.

The National Park Service has resumed work creating the national parks for the abolitionist and Civil War spy. The Park Service is working on an initial report to submit to Congress on its Tubman plans.

The Maryland tract would include a former Eastern Shore plantation where Tubman escaped slavery in 1849. In New York, the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park would include Tubman’s home, church and grave.

Democratic Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Benjamin L. Cardin of Maryland and Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York are sponsoring the bills.


Haunted House

fire accidental

The fire that destroyed the haunted house attraction at Six Flags amusement park was electrical and accidental, officials said.

Prince George’s Fire Department spokesman Mark Brady said the blaze, reported shortly before 7 p.m. on Wednesday, caused an estimated $2 million in damage.

No other attractions were damaged, and there were no injuries reported.

Mr. Brady said it took 60 firefighters about 45 minutes to extinguish the blaze.



No convention

speech for Kaine

Gov. Tim Kaine, one of several Democrats under consideration as Barack Obama’s running mate, said he is not planning a speech at the Democratic Convention.

Mr. Kaine said on his monthly call-in show on Richmond’s WRVA radio that he has not been asked to address the convention in Denver late this month.

The governor was no clearer on his prospects for becoming Mr. Obama’s ticket-mate or possible involvement with Mr. Obama’s vice-presidential vetting panel.

He would not comment on speculation that he would meet with Mr. Obama within the next three days, saying again that his conversations with the campaign are confidential.


Fired official

now at TSA

A Minnesota emergency manager who was fired after taking an out-of-state trip in the aftermath of last year’s bridge collapse is now working for the federal Transportation Security Administration.

Sonia Pitt, 44, is a security specialist for the agency in Arlington.

Miss Pitt confirmed her new job but declined to comment. An agency spokeswoman said Miss Pitt was hired in May.

She had been director of homeland security for the Minnesota Department of Transportation. She was fired in November for travel improprieties and misuse of state resources. She took an unauthorized, state-paid trip to the District after the Interstate 35W bridge collapse. Miss Pitt didn’t return to Minnesota for nearly two weeks.

From staff reports and wire dispatches



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