- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 30, 2008



Teen’s weapons trial postponed

A Bethesda teenager facing explosives and weapons charges will remain for now in a Montgomery County jail.

Collin McKenzie-Gude, 18, had a map of the Camp David area and a presidential motorcade route when he was arrested, investigators say.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Friday, but it was waived by prosecutors. Another court date is scheduled for Sept. 26.

Defense attorney Steven Kupferberg said he is discussing possibly resolving the case before Mr. McKenzie-Gude is indicted. Prosecutors declined to comment.

The map of Camp David was a rough Google map, Mr. Kupferberg said. The teen is not dangerous and does not pose a threat to the president, he said.

Mr. McKenzie-Gude’s parents had put up their home as bond to have their son released, but it was not enough.


Man convicted in cop’s slaying

A Baltimore man was convicted Friday in the shooting death of an off-duty city police officer during what prosecutors say was a robbery attempt.

Jurors deliberated for about four hours Thursday afternoon and Friday morning before finding Brandon Grimes guilty of first-degree murder in the slaying of Detective Troy L. Chesley.

Grimes, 23, also was convicted of two handgun offenses. He will be sentenced Oct. 21. Prosecutors plan to seek life without parole.



Karate teacher found not guilty

A karate teacher in Suffolk was found not guilty of child abuse stemming from charges that she kicked students more than 200 times during a November class.

Susan Bateman, 47, of Hampton was cleared Thursday after a trial in Suffolk Circuit Court.

Police said Ms. Bateman issued a challenge during class at a Suffolk studio to see how many kicks to the abdomen students could take. Students got into a push-up position while the teacher kicked, stopping when the student either said to stop or went to his or her knees.

One boy said the kicks caused abrasions and blood in his urine.


78 years proposed in baby’s death

A jury is recommending that two men convicted in the death of a 1-year-old should each serve 78 years in prison.

The Chesapeake jury found Shawn Sir Charles Ward, 22, and Julian Barksdale, 20, guilty of second-degree murder and several other charges on Thursday. Jurors issued their sentencing recommendations Friday.

Ny-Asia Tillmon was shot in the head Nov. 10 when masked gunmen forced their way into a Chesapeake apartment. Two other people in the apartment were wounded.

According to court testimony, as many as three people forced their way into the apartment. A third person has never been identified or arrested.


No charges filed in firetruck wreck

Botetourt County will not seek charges in a head-on collision between a firetruck and a pickup truck that killed two people, the county prosecutor said.

There is no evidence to support manslaughter or reckless driving charges against the firetruck’s driver, volunteer firefighter Lucas McCullough, 27, of Eagle Rock, Commonwealth’s Attorney Joel Branscom said Friday.

Virginia State Police said Mr. McCullough was driving an Eagle Rock Volunteer Fire Department truck north on U.S. 220 to respond to a traffic accident when the firetruck collided with the pickup on May 26.

The pickup’s driver and a passenger were killed in the accident.

A state police investigation found that Mr. McCullough could not steer the truck because the water in the vehicle’s tank had shifted.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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