- The Washington Times - Monday, July 21, 2008


Police probe death of man

D.C. police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in Northwest.

Officers responded about 7:30 a.m. Sunday to a call on Georgia Avenue and found an unconscious man. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy is planned to determine the cause of death. Police are investigating the case as a possible homicide.



Crash caused by fatal shooting

State police are investigating the death of a man found shot after his car ran off a Frederick County road early Sunday.

The man had not been positively identified, but is thought to be a 27-year-old from Montgomery County.

Troopers responding to the scene of a single-car crash found a man with a gunshot wound to the upper torso behind the wheel of a car that had jumped the curb at an intersection.

Witnesses said they saw two people running from the area, troopers said. Frederick County deputies later questioned two people, but they have not been charged.

The victim was driving a car owned by his girlfriend, who lives in Frederick. He had been at a party shortly before the shooting, state police said.


Slots opponents get rich backers

Groups opposed to a November referendum to legalize slots gambling in Maryland are attracting wealthy supporters.

They include Stewart Bainum Jr., a hotel magnate and former Democratic state lawmaker from Montgomery County who recently donated $10,000 to an anti-slots group. State-sanctioned gaming is a form of regressive taxation, Mr. Bainum said, noting state lawmakers would often joke that welfare payments would have to be increased to grow lottery revenues.

Other slots opponents include Nina Rodale Houghton, president of the Wye Institute, a liberal think tank; Rockville developer Bryant Foulger; and Baltimore developer Otis Warren.

Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, supports the referendum as does Penn National Gaming Inc., a casino and track operator seeking to build a facility in Maryland.


Waterfall plunge nets $1,000 fine

A man who survived a 20-foot ride over a Potomac River dam was cited for three violations, Maryland Natural Resources Police said.

Ryan Myers, 22, of Clear Spring, was cited Thursday for negligent operation of a personal watercraft and operating in a restricted area. Each charge carries a maximum $1,000 fine and a year in jail. He also was cited for operating between sunset and sunrise, and faces up to an $85 fine for that violation.

Mr. Myers, the son of Delegate LeRoy E. Myers Jr., Western Maryland Republican, tumbled over Dam Number 5 on Monday night after he and a friend ignored warning signs.

Mr. Myers said he rode the machine to shore afterward and walked two miles back to the launch point while rescuers searched for him.



Shooting records to stay secret

Some records about the Virginia Tech campus shootings in April 2007 that left 33 people dead, including the killer, will remain secret.

Notes taken by senior officials at an emergency meeting the day of the shootings won’t be released, spokesman Larry Hincker said. Nor will records about shooter Seung-Hui Cho, including notes and e-mails from concerned professors. Cho killed himself after the shooting rampage.

A settlement with the families requires a public archive with key facts about the shootings.

The public archive will include e-mail to and from 160 administrators and faculty members, Mr. Hincker said.

But the families expect the archive to include materials Virginia Tech plans to keep secret, attorney Douglas Fierberg said.


Officials anxious for crab ruling

State officials said they hope to soon discover whether the federal government will declare the Chesapeake Bay blue crab fishery a disaster.

Virginia and Maryland asked Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez for the declaration at the start of May.

An answer could come shortly, said Rep. Robert J. Wittman, Virginia Republican. He outlined his support for the declaration in a letter to Mr. Gutierrez.

Even if Mr. Gutierrez issues the declaration, it’s uncertain whether the commercial crab fishery will receive federal financial help.

The fate of $20 million that a Senate subcommittee budgeted for the blue crab disaster is uncertain because all appropriations bills are up in the air, Wittman aide Brent Robinson said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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