- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 13, 2008

MARYLAND

BETHESDA

Woman’s body found in burning car

A woman was found dead early yesterday inside a burning car on Inverness Ridge Road.

Montgomery County fire department spokesman Pete Piringer said firefighters were called to the scene shortly after midnight and found a woman inside a Volkswagen Jetta engulfed in flames.

Mr. Piringer identified the victim as Catherine Ibacache, 31, of North Potomac. He said the car was parked in front of a home where Miss Ibacache was dog-sitting.

Mr. Piringer said it was not clear what caused the fire, though there was no indication of foul play.

ELKTON

4 inmates charged in suspect’s beating

Authorities in Cecil County charged four inmates at the county jail in the beating of a fellow inmate, a murder suspect who had been arrested the previous day.

The prisoners are charged with one count each of second-degree assault in the Jan. 24 attack. County sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Bernard Chiominto said the beating was recorded by surveillance cameras.

The victim, Ricardo Fox, 22, of Prince George’s County, is being held in the January 2007 shooting death of William Clark, 18, inside an apartment on Landing Lane in Elkton.

Lt. Chiominto said one of the inmates charged in the beating had accused Fox of killing his friend. Investigators also think the inmates attacked Fox because he had bragged about his toughness.

OCEAN CITY

Hotel worker guilty in staged robbery

A former hotel worker was found guilty by a judge of stealing nearly $50,000 in a staged robbery at her workplace, then lying to police.

Brady Greer, 21, told police that a masked gunman entered the Stowaway Grand Hotel in August and robbed her. Police found no images of the robber on a surveillance video and suspected an inside job.

Greer was charged in November after authorities said her boyfriend, George Taylor, 23, confessed.

Police said the stolen money has not been recovered. Mr. Taylor is scheduled to go to trial next Wednesday.

ANNAPOLIS

County must pay for impact-fee use

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals ruled that Anne Arundel County must pay $22 million for failure to improve schools and roads.

Odenton homeowners and developers sued the county, saying it did not increase road and school capacities as law requires.

The plaintiff’s attorney said residents will share in the settlement if they own homes built from 1987 to 1996. The court ruled that impact fees collected from the homes’ construction weren’t used to expand schools and highways near the homes.

The settlement includes more than $12 million for improperly used fees and $8 million in interest. The other $2 million comes from interest since the county’s appeal.

VIRGINIA

RICHMOND

22 underage students do time for drinking

Nearly two dozen underage University of Richmond students caught drinking at an off-campus party were sentenced to community service that will help revitalize Henrico County.

Judge Archer L. Yeatts III in Henrico General District Court imposed community service hours Monday against 22 defendants sentenced for drinking in October at what he described as a “rip-roaring” party after a Richmond Spiders football game.

Most of the defendants pleaded no contest.

The students will work on projects that range from picking up trash to helping the elderly with lawn care.

The students will have to drive on restricted licenses and each perform 50 hours of community service. They face jail time and hefty fines if they have not complied with the provisions in six months.

Thirteen other defendants in the case were convicted and sentenced last year.

LOUISA

Howard soccer coach denied bail again

Bail was denied a second time for the Howard University men’s soccer coachwho is accused of arranging a sexual encounter with a police officer posing online as a 13-year-old girl.

Louisa County Circuit Judge Timothy Sanner heard testimony Monday in a bond hearing for Joseph Okoh, 41, of Arlington. The hearing was held after Mr. Okoh appealed a lower-court ruling denying him bail. Judge Sanner said state law doesn’t allow bond in sexual solicitation cases involving minors younger than 15.

Mr. Okoh was arrested last month at a Louisa County hotel, where police said he showed up to meet a 13-year-old girl with whom he had talked online several hours before his arrest. A police investigator testified at Monday’s hearing that he posed as the girl on the Internet.

MIDDLEBURG

Horse trainer indicted on cruelty

A Loudoun County grand jury indicted a horse trainer on 48 counts of animal cruelty.

Dennis Danley faces up to one year in jail and a $2,500 fine on each count. The charges were brought after the seizure of four dozen thoroughbreds by Loudoun County officials last month from a farm in the Middelburg area. The animals were found to be severely malnourished and without drinking water.

Mr. Danley said he stopped working on the farm in November, owned no horses and isn’t responsible for their condition.

According to court records, Mr. Danley was charged with animal cruelty last year in Jefferson County, W.Va. Animal cruelty is a Class I misdemeanor.

JONESVILLE

Welfare seeker found in stolen Hummer

A Tennessee man was charged with possession of stolen property after he was seen by police driving a Hummer while applying for welfare in Southwestern Virginia.

William K. Anderson, 51, of Knoxville, is being held without bail at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail.

A witness called police after seeing Mr. Anderson park the sport utility vehicle with a Michigan license plate at the Lee County Department of Social Services.

Officers set up surveillance on the vehicle and waited until someone came out of the office. They saw Mr. Anderson get into the SUV and drive away. Officers stopped the Hummer and charged Mr. Anderson with possession of stolen property. The sport utility vehicle was reported stolen in Knoxville.

VIRGINIA BEACH

Bar reaches pact over its hair policy

The owner of a Virginia Beach nightclub reached an agreement with the Department of Justice over charges he banned patrons who wore dreadlocks, braids, cornrows or twists in their hair.

The consent decree requires Kokoamos Island Bar, Grill and Yacht Club and its owner, Barry Davis, to change its policies and practices to prevent racial discrimination against patrons. The bar also will be required to start a system for receiving and investigating discrimination complaints and to make sure employees are acting in a “nondiscriminatory” manner.

In September, the Justice Department filed a discrimination lawsuit against Mr. Davis after Kim Hines and Myron Evans, who are black and wear dreadlocks, sued Kokoamos, saying they were denied entry to the bar on separate occasions in the summer of 2006. The doormen told them anyone with dreadlocks was prohibited inside the club.

The settlement doesn’t affect the other lawsuit, filed on behalf of Miss Hines and Mr. Evans by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Miss Hines was with three white friends and was told she would not be allowed into the bar because of her dreadlocks, the statement said. Mr. Evans was with a group of 10 friends and was turned away for the same reason, the ACLU said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports


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