- The Washington Times - Monday, February 4, 2008



Murder charge filed in video store death

State police have charged a Westminster man in the fatal shooting of a Carroll County video store employee last month.

Michael Ryan Anderson, 26, is charged with first- and second-degree murder, robbery and theft in the slaying of Gary Hatfield, 54, of Manchester, on Jan. 26.

Relatives went to H and D Movie Sales to check on Mr. Hatfield when he did not return from work at his usual time. His body was found near the counter in the rear of the store.

Mr. Anderson was arrested Saturday and charged early yesterday morning. He was being held at Westminster Barrack.


Son, 22, charged in death of father

A 22-year-old Garrett County man was charged with first-degree murder in the death of his father, a popular school administrator.

State police said Christopher A. Thompson called Friday evening to say he thought he had killed someone. Troopers responded and found the body of Andrew R. Clever, 49, the vice principal at Beall Elementary School in Frostburg. Detective Sgt. Steve Vincent said Mr. Clever had suffered “what appeared to be trauma injuries to the head.”

Mr. Thompson was taken into custody without incident.

Beall Principal Bob Stevenson said Mr. Cleaver was “a good, kind person who truly cared about kids.”


Brush fires close B-W Parkway

The Baltimore-Washington Parkway was shut down yesterday afternoon north of the Capital Beltway because of brush fires.

The parkway was closed between routes 197 and 193.

The fires were not threatening any buildings but were producing a lot of smoke.


150 diners sickened by carbon monoxide

About 150 diners had their dinner interrupted Saturday night by a carbon monoxide emergency at an Inner Harbor steak house.

The Ruth’s Chris Steak House at the Pier 5 Hotel had to be evacuated because of dangerous levels of the odorless, deadly gas, Baltimore fire officials said.

Thirteen persons were taken to hospitals with mild symptoms of CO poisoning — lightheadedness, dizziness and nausea, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, a fire department spokesman.

In addition to the diners, 50 restaurant employees also were rushed outside. The hotel was ventilated but didn’t have to be evacuated, Chief Cartwright said.

Firefighters responded after someone reported an unusual odor at about 8 p.m. They measured the carbon dioxide at 400 parts per million — four times the amount that makes an evacuation mandatory. The leak was thought to have originated from the restaurant’s boilers, Chief Cartwright said.



Man shot by police charged in hospital

A man shot by police officers who said he fired on them was charged with attempted capital murder of a police officer.

Fairfax County police said Jeffrey Scott Koger, 38, of Oak Hill, Va., was in the intensive care unit, although his wounds were no longer considered life-threatening. Police have not been able to interview him.

Officer Don Gotthardt said police are trying to determine whether Mr. Koger was involved in other shootings in the area Saturday morning. In the first one, a cabdriver was shot and wounded at an intersection in Alexandria. In the second incident, two men were found wounded in the parking lot of Fairfax County’s Franconia District Police Station.

At about the time the men were found, police said Mr. Koger was leading a state trooper on a chase that ended in the shootout at about 3 a.m.


‘Obscene’ displays removed from store

Virginia Beach police confiscated two black-and-white display photos from an Abercrombie & Fitch store and cited the manager on a misdemeanor obscenity charge.

Police spokesman Adam Bernstein said the seizure and summons Saturday occurred when management failed to heed warnings to remove the images from the Lynnhaven Mall store after customers complained. One photograph showed three shirtless young men, with one man’s upper buttocks showing. The other image was of a woman whose breast was mostly exposed.

The manager declined to comment, saying he was waiting for guidance from corporate officials at the New Albany, Ohio-based retailer.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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