- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 12, 2008



Shore sees traveler increase

More travelers crossed the Bay Bridge on July Fourth despite high gas prices, a spokeswoman for AAA Mid-Atlantic said.

More tourists also crossed the Delaware Memorial Bridge and visited Ocean City than last year, spokeswoman Ragina Averella said. The number of people who crossed the Bay Bridge increased by 15,000.

Twenty-five percent more people also visited Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

But Miss Averella said numbers for the 10-day period surrounding the holiday were down about 4 percent from last year despite the one-day increases across Maryland and Delaware.

Ocean City’s population. which is about 7,000 people in the winter — exploded to 344,756 people July Fourth.


Grand jury exonerates deputies

A Frederick County grand jury has exonerated three deputies who fatally shot a knife-wielding man last month.

The panel ruled that the use of force was justified and no criminal charges were warranted, State’s Attorney J. Charles Smith said.

Don Steven Garrett, 39, was shot 10 times outside his home in the Wellington Trace apartment complex near Frederick on June 9.

Mr. Garrett lunged at the deputies with a knife after agreeing to leave the building peacefully following a 2 1/2-hour standoff, the sheriff’s office said.


Suspect tells police she was stressed

A fired YMCA worker charged with abusing a 2-year-old boy told authorities she was stressed by her workload, police in Frederick said.

Amanda Markoe, 21, purportedly made the statement to investigators who interviewed her July 3 — six days after the incident.

A videotape shows Miss Markoe slamming the child into a chair, kicking him four times in the foot and slapping him in the forehead with a plastic bag filled with action figures, police said.

This was after the boy swept a stack of Legos off a table and tried to kick Miss Markoe twice.

Miss Markoe purportedly told police that she knew she had handled the boy too roughly, but that she only played at kicking him after he tried to spit at her.

Neither Miss Markoe nor her lawyer immediately returned calls from the Associated Press.


Truck plunges into river

The brakes on a tractor-trailer hauling about 27,000 pounds of produce failed on a steep road and the truck plunged into the Susquehanna River, Port Deposit police said.

The crash happened at about 6:45 p.m. Thursday as the truck traveled south on Center Street.

The truck came to rest about 50 yards from the riverbank. The driver, Hyun Park, 46, of Cockeysville, was able to get out the window and was pulled on board a passing boat. He was not injured, police said.


Police seek hit-and-run driver

Baltimore County Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a driver who struck three pedestrians and then fled the scene.

The incident occurred Tuesday at about 10:37 p.m. on the southbound side of Sparrows Point Road near Sycamore Road in North Point.

The three victims, one of whom was seriously injured, were walking along Sparrows Point Road when a southbound vehicle swerved onto the shoulder and hit them.

Police think the driver was in a pickup truck or sport utility vehicle, and that the vehicle has damage to the right front headlight and fender.



Dentist sentenced on fraud counts

A Pennington Gap dentist convicted of overbilling Medicaid patients will serve two years in federal prison.

The sentence imposed by U.S. District Judge James Jones on Thursday was about half of the state-recommended minimum for the fraud and racketeering charges against Roy Silas Shelburne.

Shelburne was fined $75,000, and must surrender his dentist’s license.

Judge Jones denied a prosecution effort to increase the amount Shelburne must reimburse Medicaid from about $18,000 to more than $200,000. Prosecutors contended that Shelburne likely bilked Medicaid of about $263,000.


Sex offender faces more charges

A former Orange town manager on probation for sex offenses involving children has been indicted on more than 100 child pornography counts in Smyth County.

Doyle W. Frye, 44, was charged Wednesday with 133 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of conspiracy to commit sodomy, Virginia State Police Sgt. Mike Conroy said Friday.

The state Department of Corrections intercepted a letter that led to the state police investigation of Frye and a search of his work computer, Sgt. Conroy said. He said Frye was arrested in November on a probation violation and has been held in jail since then in Orange County.

In 2000, Frye was sentenced to 10 years in prison on child molestation charges in Orange. He was town manager for five years, and was fired when the charges were brought in 1999.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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