- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 3, 2008

DISTRICT

Pedestrian killed, dragged two miles

A pedestrian was struck and killed on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway ramp to New York Avenue early Saturday morning, police said, and his body was dragged more than two miles after being struck by a second car.

U.S. Park Police said the man was hit first by a sport utility vehicle about 5:30 a.m. before being struck and dragged by a second vehicle.

The first driver apparently didn’t realize that he had hit the unidentified man and did not immediately stop, according to Park Police. The driver stayed on the scene after the accident.

Metropolitan Police said the victim got caught underneath another vehicle and was dragged to Montana and W streets Northeast before the second driver realized the body was stuck under his car.

The second driver called police when he realized what was happening, police said. Both drivers were questioned by police.

Suspect charged in three slayings

Metropolitan Police arrested a suspect Saturday in a triple homicide on Holbrook Street in Northeast.

William McCorkle, 22, was arrested and charged with three counts of felony murder in the shooting deaths of Duane Hough, 37; Anthony Mincey, 35; and Johnny Jeter, 24, on May 31 in the Trinidad neighborhood.

Police at the time said the slayings appeared to have been the result of an argument.

The three shootings were part of a heavy night of violence in the District, during which seven people were killed in five incidents in less than nine hours overnight. One of the victims was shot by police after he reportedly lunged at them with a knife during a domestic dispute.

That spasm of violence prompted police Chief Cathy L. Lanier to initiate her controversial neighborhood vehicle-checkpoint program in Trinidad. A more recent outbreak in the neighborhood, in which a 13-year-old boy was fatally shot in front of his mother, resulted in another round of random checkpoints over the ensuing five days.

MARYLAND

CAPITOL HEIGHTS

Man slain during card-game heist

A Prince George’s County man was fatally shot while playing cards in his back yard, according to witnesses.

Paul Trevon Blackwell, 26, was killed Thursday night at his home in the Capitol Heights area. The motive was robbery, police said.

Jared Jackson, who was participating in the card game, says two masked men approached and demanded that the group empty their pockets and get on the ground.

Everyone did as told, but Mr. Blackwell was fatally shot in the side of his upper body while turning to lie on his stomach, Mr. Jackson said.

Investigators are exploring the possibility that the masked men might have known one of the card players, county police spokesman Clinton Copeland said.

Only a cell phone was taken, Mr. Jackson said.

BALTIMORE

Cop cleared after punching another

A Baltimore police officer who punched an undercover detective posing as a suspicious person during an “integrity test” has been found not guilty in court.

Lawyers didn’t dispute that the officer, Jerome Hill, hit the detective. But Baltimore Circuit Judge John Themelis found that it was impossible for him to second-guess the instincts of the accused officer. He said Friday that officers are forced to make split-second decisions in situations that could be life-threatening.

Officer Hill still might face internal discipline. His police powers have been suspended since the January incident.

TOWSON

County still fighting gas terminal plan

Baltimore County will take its opposition to a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal to the Supreme Court, County Executive Jim Smith said.

The county plans to appeal the decision of a federal appellate court that ruled the county overstepped its authority when it imposed zoning regulations that would prevent the terminal from being built, Mr. Smith said.

Federal regulators have recommended conditional approval of the LNG terminal that AES Corp., of Arlington, wants to build at the former Bethlehem Steel shipyard. The company plans to build an 88-mile pipeline that would transport the natural gas to southern Pennsylvania.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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