- The Washington Times - Monday, February 11, 2008



Ex-SEAL indicted in explosives case

A former Navy SEAL is facing federal charges of illegally having explosives, firearms and steroids at his home in Suffolk.

A grand jury in U.S. District Court late last week indicted Elbert Tillman Jr., 35, on five felony counts, including possession of firearms and explosives by a drug user.

Mr. Tillman was arrested in December after a cache of weapons and C-4 explosives was discovered at his home. He took the explosives and guns with him when he left the Navy in 2001 after serving for 10 years, court records say.



Monkeys shaken up in van crash on I-95

Several monkeys were shaken up and one seriously injured when the trailer they were traveling in flipped on Interstate 95, state police said.

Police said the northbound van hauling the trailer and the trailer flipped when the driver hit another vehicle while trying to change lanes about 4:30 a.m. Saturday.

Neither driver was injured.

Dr. Kathleen Meehan of the Falls Road Animal Hospital said she thinks the eight African green monkeys were being transported from Texas to Connecticut.

Most of the monkeys suffered minor abrasions and bruises. But one 13-pound male suffered a head injury and was semicomatose when he arrived at the Baltimore County hospital, Dr. Meehan said.


Suspect surrenders after fatal shooting

A suspect in a fatal shooting in Rockville turned himself in to police in Fairfax County.

Montgomery County police had a warrant to arrest Michael Wayne Adams, 44, of Rockville, in the shooting Friday night of Jason David Hadeed, 33.

The shooting was reported about 10:15 p.m. in the King Farm neighborhood.

Police said the two men knew each other, but the motive for the killing was not clear. An investigation continues.


Voters to decide on governing form

Washington County voters will decide tomorrow whether to adopt a charter establishing home rule.

Voter approval would turn the five-member Board of County Commissioners into a seven-member County Council empowered to pass local laws that currently must be sent Annapolis for approval by the General Assembly.

This year, for example, the county commissioners have asked the General Assembly to approve at least eight local laws. Proponents say the county has outgrown the commission format, which dates to 1827.

Home-rule opponents say the commissioners can’t be trusted with so much power.

“Without some checks built into the process, all governments inevitably expand,” said state Delegate Christopher B. Shank, Washington Republican. “Government expands to the detriment of personal freedom and costs more of your money to operate.”

He said charter counties can enact special taxing districts without General Assembly approval and warned that a Washington County Council might add a property tax.

Washington County’s commissioners are divided on the issue, according to a survey by the Hagerstown Herald-Mail.

Maryland has nine charter counties: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Dorchester, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Talbot and Wicomico. The others have either the commissioner form of government or code home rule, a hybrid.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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