- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 16, 2008


Police arrest man after detective shot

Metropolitan Police have arrested a man who was being served with a warrant when a D.C. police detective was shot in the face.

Antonio Duncan, 37, a 14-year-veteran of the department, was shot while serving a paternity warrant in Northeast near Catholic University. He was released from the hospital after being treated for a graze wound to the face.

The man being served was taken into custody shortly afterward. He was identified as Dorian Maurice Ray of Northeast. Mr. Ray, 36, hasn’t been charged with the shooting.

The regional task force consists of several law-enforcement agencies, including Metropolitan Police and U.S. marshals.



Fires outpacing last year’s blazes

State forestry officials said fires have already scorched more acres of Virginia in the first six weeks of this year than all of last year.

The Virginia Department of Forestry said that since Jan. 1, 433 fires have burned 14,462 acres — roughly 4,000 more acres than all of last year.

Most of the blazes started last weekend, when heavy winds toppled trees and branches onto power lines.

Forestry department spokesman John Campbell said 347 fires broke out Sunday. Before that, the highest number was 88.

The fire in Roanoke County has charred about 2,400 acres. Virginia National Guard troops have been helping local firefighters and forestry department workers battle it.

Virginia’s spring ban on daytime burning went into effect on Feb. 8.



Ride-On bus fares increase next month

Montgomery County’s Ride-On bus fares will increase by 10 cents next month for customers using cash.

The fares will increase to $1.35 starting March 2. Fares will remain $1.25 for those who pay with electronic SmarTrip cards.

The County Council approved the fare increase this week, bringing prices in line with those charged by Metro.

The increase was recommended by County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett as part of his effort to narrow a projected $401 million budget shortfall for fiscal 2009.


Two men arrested for 2002 killing

Two 21-year-olds have been accused in a slaying committed when they were 16.

Baltimore County police said Charles H. Davis and Nicholas D. Weaver are accused of shooting 18-year-old David Baskin Jr. on July 3, 2002, in Woodlawn, Md.

Police spokeswoman Cpl. Michael Hill said a fight over a girl led to the shooting.

Mr. Weaver was arrested Thursday at Adelphi University in New York, where he attended classes, and was ordered held without bail at an extradition hearing. His next court date was scheduled for Tuesday, when his attorney, Paul Testaverde, said he will fight extradition back to Maryland.

Mr. Testaverde said his client, an Eagle Scout, has “a very long and impressive record as a student” and worked as an intern at a Baltimore law firm last summer.

The previous year he was a jury clerk for the circuit court in Baltimore, and in the summer of 2005, he worked as a volunteer with HIV positive children in Uganda, Mr. Testaverde said.

Mr. Davis was arrested Thursday at his Baltimore home and charged with first-degree murder.

Police said an informant contacted homicide detectives last month with new information about the case.

Detectives did a follow-up interview with Mr. Davis, who admitted being present when Mr. Baskin was killed but said he was not involved, Cpl. Hill said.

That interview led another witness to come forward, and detectives said they developed enough information to charge the two men.

Court records show no criminal history for Mr. Davis or Mr. Weaver.


Homeless man killed in attack

Frederick police said a homeless man found assaulted in an alley died Thursday at a Baltimore hospital.

Samuel Hood, 57, was pronounced dead at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

William Sigler, 49, of Frederick, was arrested and charged earlier in the day with attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault.

Mr. Hood was found with severe head injuries Thursday morning in an alley in the 100 block of West Patrick Street.

State lawmakers were expected to vote on a bill yesterday that would protect the rights of homeless people. The bill, proposed by Sen. Alex X. Mooney, Frederick Republican, would add homeless people to the list of protected classes under state hate crime laws.

From wire dispatches and staff reports.

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