- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 7, 2008


Officers hurt on crowd call

Three Metropolitan Police officers were injured while responding to the scene of an unruly group of people in Northeast, police said.

Just after 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, officers arrived at an alley near Ponds Street to help other authorities dealing with the large crowd.

A responding patrol car hit a Dumpster while trying to avoid a pedestrian. The Dumpster struck an officer standing outside, who then fell on another officer. The bin also hit and injured a pedestrian.

A third officer was injured at the scene as he tried to arrest a combative suspect.



Judge upholds wrongful death

A federal appeals court has refused to throw out wrongful death claims against seven Maryland correctional officers.

The officers are accused in the 2004 asphyxiation of inmate Ifeyani Iko at the Western Correctional Institution near Cumberland, Md. Iko died after struggling with officers who removed him from his cell.

Iko was soaked with pepper spray, pinned down, shackled and forced to wear a mask designed to prevent spitting and biting.

The officers claimed qualified immunity from prosecution, but a federal judge denied the claim. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that ruling, saying Iko’s family has raised facts sufficient to show that officers violated the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.


DNA bank hits reach 5,000

Virginia has reached a milestone with its 5,000th hit to the state DNA databank, Gov. Tim Kaine said.

A hit occurs when DNA recovered from a crime scene is matched to a sample from an individual or a case already in the databank.

The 5,000th hit involved evidence retrieved from an April burglary in Northern Virginia, Mr. Kaine’s office said. The sample matched one submitted to the databank in the mid-1990s from a female with several prior burglary and larceny convictions.

All convicted felons must submit a DNA sample for the database under Virginia law. The number of distinct samples in the state databank exceeds 277,000.


Inmate charged with bank fraud

An inmate at the Federal Correctional Institute in Petersburg has been charged with running an elaborate scheme to cash in bank accounts intended for the families of Holocaust victims, authorities said.

John Kenneth Leighnor Jr., 49, was indicted Tuesday on three counts of mail fraud and eight counts of aggravated identity theft.

Leighnor used obituaries and dormant Swiss bank accounts to find Holocaust victims, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney’s office.

He would then falsely represent himself as a descendant of a Holocaust victim and seek claims on bank accounts abandoned by victims of the Nazis, prosecutors said.



Governor threat trial postponed

Family members say the trial of a man accused of threatening Gov. Martin O’Malley has been postponed until October.

Walter Abbott Jr., 44, of Parkville, is accused of sending an e-mail to Mr. O’Malley threatening to “choke the life out of” him.

His trial, which was set to begin Wednesday, will take place Oct. 20 in Baltimore County Circuit Court.

Mr. Abbott was arrested in March, hours after state police say he sent an e-mail to the governor’s official Web site. He is charged with threatening a public official and conveying a threat.

Mr. Abbott disagreed with the governor’s position on immigration, police said.


Federal worker sentenced for porn

A former employee at the Library of Congress has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for possessing child pornography.

William W. Smith, 53, of Silver Spring, was also fined $17,500 Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt.

Smith had more than 20,000 images of child pornography stored on computers, hard drives, CDs, DVDs and videocassettes in his home and office at the Library of Congress, according to his plea agreement.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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