- The Washington Times - Monday, August 4, 2008



Kidnapping suspect to be arraigned

A father accused of abducting his daughter is to be arraigned Monday in Baltimore, Boston police said.

Clark Rockefeller is accused of kidnapping his 7-year-old daughter during a supervised visit in Boston last weekend. He was arrested Saturday in Baltimore. The girl was found safe.

Mr. Rockefeller is charged with felony custodial kidnapping, assault and battery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Mr. Rockefeller will be brought to the courthouse Monday morning, but the exact time of his arraignment has not been set, Officer Eddy Chrispin of the Boston police said.


Man loses bid for island house

A former Tommy Hilfiger executive has lost another battle in his ongoing skirmish over cabins illegally built on an environmentally sensitive island.

The Wicomico County Board of Appeals rejected Edwin Lewis‘ request to build a house in place of the cabins on the 66-acre Nanticoke River island. Mr. Lewis owns the island, but the buildings were erected within a “critical areas zone” in violation of state restrictions. The State Court of Appeals declined in May to hear Mr. Lewis’ last appeal.

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



Drive-test crash results in lawsuit

The state is suing a Portsmouth woman for $75,000 after she backed into a parked car during her driving test. The Department of Motor Vehicles examiner who was administering the test says she was injured in the accident.

The examiner, Geralynn Banks, is one of about 70 agency employees who have filed workers’ compensation claims because of road-test accidents since January of last year, a DMV spokeswoman said. The state is suing Antoinette Bowser to cover Ms. Banks‘ medical expenses and lost wages.

The attorney general’s office did not have information on the number of comparable lawsuits and would not comment on Ms. Bowser’s case. Ms. Banks also has declined to comment.

Ms. Bowser said both she and Ms. Banks walked away from the accident, which she described as a fender bender. She said she was shocked when she found out she was being sued.

Ms. Bowser never got her driver’s license. She rides the bus to work.


Washington estate to sell whiskey

The Mount Vernon estate will begin selling whiskey this week at George Washington’s rebuilt distillery, which opened to the public last year.

Mount Vernon is allowed to sell the whiskey under a special measure signed this year by Gov. Tim Kaine, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.

Washington got into the whiskey business when he returned to his riverfront estate after his two terms as president. By 1799, he was producing 11,000 gallons of whiskey a year.

The distillery fell into disrepair after Washington’s death and eventually burned to the ground. After a nearly 200-year hiatus, it was rebuilt and opened in March last year.

Beginning Monday, the estate will sell $25 commemorative gift sets of whiskey, made from combining and re-aging some of America’s most famous brands.

Parksley man drowns in Missouri lake

A Virginia man drowned at the Lake of the Ozarks near Osage Beach, Mo., the Missouri State Water Patrol said.

Calvin Bloxom, 56, of Parksley, Va., jumped off a pontoon boat about 3 p.m. Friday near Osage Beach and did not resurface.

Others on the boat waited about 25 minutes and then left, thinking that Mr. Bloxom had swam to shore, the Water Patrol said.

The group continued boating and didn’t report Mr. Bloxom missing for several hours.

The Water Patrol recovered his body near midnight.

From wire dispatches and staff reports



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