- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Man, 22, killed in morning shooting

A 22-year-old Southeast man has been killed in a shooting, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

Officers responded to a call about 10 a.m. Monday at Sixth Street Southeast to find Omar Finney lying on the sidewalk.

Mr. Finney, who had a gunshot wound to his chest, was pronounced dead at a hospital. Police were investigating the death as a homicide.

Guidelines aimed at illegal artifacts

Museums should make available to the public all records of ownership history for ancient art and archaeological artifacts in their collections and rigorously research new acquisitions, according to guidelines released Monday by the American Association of Museums.

The guidelines took two years to develop and are designed to suppress the market for looted archaeological treasures. Beyond strict adherence to U.S. and international law, museums also should establish their own clear collections policies and require documentation that new artifacts have not been illegally exported from their countries of origin, according to the guidelines.

Many museums are already in compliance with the guidelines, said association President Ford W. Bell, whose District-based association includes 3,000 institutional members.

Similar guidelines adopted in June by the Association of Art Museum Directors stated museums should normally not acquire an ancient work of art unless research proves it was outside the country where it was discovered in 1970 or was legally exported from its place of discovery after 1970.

The policies adopted by the two organizations, while not identical, are very similar, Mr. Bell said. Under the new guidelines, museums may continue to honor requests for anonymity by donors, but all sellers or donors should be required to provide all available information on the artwork or artifact.



Mother charged in starvation death

A bail review hearing has been postponed for a Baltimore woman accused in the starvation death of her 21-month-old son.

The hearing for Ria Ramkissoon, 21, was postponed until Tuesday after a correctional officer told a judge Monday afternoon that Miss Ramkissoon was being held in the psychiatric ward at Baltimore’s Central Booking and Intake Center.

A public defender has been appointed to represent Miss Ramkissoon.

Police said Miss Ramkissoon conspired with five other members of a religious cult to deprive her son of food and water.

Court papers show that cult members viewed the toddler, Javon Thompson, as a “demon,” and that he was denied food as punishment for failing to say “Amen” after meals.

The papers show that after Javon died, his remains were put in a suitcase, which cult members disposed of in Philadelphia. Police recovered the suitcase in April.


Pharmacies deny selling expired pills

Lawyers for two Baltimore-area pharmacies accused of selling expired medications say no suspect drugs were sold to the public and their client will fight allegations made by the Food and Drug Administration.

The agency said last week that two Medicine Shoppe pharmacies sold expired or suspected fake medications. The pharmacies are on Liberty and Reisterstown roads.

David Etokebe and Joseph Kum called the allegations “false and premature.” Mr. Etokebe said his client, pharmacist Pamela Arrey, is “outraged” by the agency’s announcement.

Mr. Etokebe said that the agency has not said during what period the medications were sold and that the agency cannot be certain patients bought expired medications. He said any expired medications were to be destroyed or were meant for shipment overseas.


Man fatally shot after argument

The Harford County Sheriff’s Office has charged a 36-year-old man with the fatal shooting of his girlfriend’s estranged husband.

The shooting occurred about 9 p.m. Sunday during an argument at the home of Kevin Sorrick, on Harkins Road, in Pylesville, investigators said.

The men had started arguing after a birthday party for the daughter of the shooting victim, authorities said. Deputies responding to a 911 call found Christopher Fritsche, 34, of Havre de Grace with a gun shot wound to his head. He was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical personnel.

Police said a rifle was used in the shooting.

Mr. Sorrick was charged with first-degree murder. A bail review was pending.



Teen fatally shot by police

A 17-year-old Norfolk girl is dead after exchanging gunfire with police.

Police received a call about 10:30 Saturday night reporting that a girl had barricaded herself inside her home, Norfolk Police spokeswoman Karen Parker-Chesson said. Police surrounded the house and brought in crisis negotiators.

Miss Parker-Chesson said the girl fired several rounds about 5 a.m. Sunday. Police entered the girl’s home and shot her. No further details, including the girl’s identity, had been released.

A neighbor, Celestine Reed, said the girl had recently graduated from high school and was preparing to go to college.


Pilot pleads guilty to reckless operation

A Florida helicopter pilot accused of flying under the influence of alcohol during last year’s Peanut Fest in Suffolk has pleaded guilty to child abuse and neglect and reckless operation of an aircraft.

Ronald John Davis Jr. of Naples, Fla., faces up to two months in jail when he is sentenced Nov. 13. He is forbidden to fly for five years.

Mr. Davis operated Good Time Helicopters. In October during the festival, he was arrested after a parent complained that he was flying erratically. Mr. Davis’ blood alcohol test registered 0.07 a few hours after the flights, above the legal limit of 0.04 for flying.

Charges of operating an aircraft under the influence and a second count of child abuse and neglect were dropped as part of the plea agreement.


Residents asked to conserve water

Residents in the Richmond area are being asked to conserve water because dry weather has lowered water levels in the James River.

Richmond’s Department of Public Utilities and Henrico, Hanover and Goochland counties announced the voluntary conservation measure Monday.

The James River is Richmond’s sole source of drinking water, and the city provides water to the counties.

Residents can lessen the strain on the water supply by voluntarily conserving water, director of the Department of Public Utilities Chris Beschler said.

The voluntary measures will be lifted if significant rainfall raises the river’s water levels.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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