- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 14, 2008



Serious crime up in county

Serious crime in the county increased more than 6 percent last year, although the number of homicides declined, police said.

Statistics indicate there were 18,156 crimes last year, up from 17,108 in 2006. Last year’s increase was largely attributable to an increase of nearly 1,200 larcenies.

Rapes in the county increased from 73 to 95, while the number of homicides fell from 19 to 13. Burglaries fell nearly 11 percent.

The statistics are based on seven crimes: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and auto theft. In 2006, the total number of crimes was the lowest recorded in county police statistics dating to 1970.


Ex-sailor gets 9-year sentence

An ex-sailor will serve nine years in prison for his role in the September attack on an acquaintance at Colonial National Historic Park in Yorktown.

Stephen Walters, 26, and two others admitted to stabbing Jonathan Barron, lighting him on fire and using a meat-marinade injector in an attempt to poison him with a mixture of Barbicide, a disinfectant used in salons, and silver thermal compound, an electronics adhesive.

York-Poquoson Circuit Court Judge Prentis Smiley sentenced Walters to 60 years in prison, with all but nine years and five months suspended.

Walters was high on a mixture of painkillers, amphetamines, cocaine and LSD during the attack, his attorneys claimed.

The judge asked Walters why they chose the silver thermal compound and Barbicide. Walters said the liquid cocktail was selected for its vampire-killing properties.



Ex-Naval Academy worker gets prison

A former civilian employee at the U.S. Naval Academy was sentenced Friday to more than two years in prison for stealing steaks and ribs from the Annapolis service academy and being a felon in possession of a gun.

Gerard Hyman, 34, was a food-services employee at King Hall, where meals are prepared for midshipmen. Prosecutors said he was seen taking boxes of food from the trash and putting them in his 2000 Mercedes car in December. None of the food should have been thrown away.

The food was valued at more than $3,500. Prosecutors said Hyman also had a stun gun in the car and a box with 20 unfired cartridges.

Hyman was sentenced to 27 months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release. A previous drug conviction and handgun violation prohibited him from possessing any firearm.


Campaign donor fined $55,000

A Maryland businessman agreed to pay $55,000 in fines for making excessive campaign contributions through third parties to the governor and the Baltimore County executive, the state prosecutor’s office said.

About $25,000 in contributions went the campaigns of Gov. Martin O’Malley and Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith, both Democrats, officials said.

Edward St. John, owner of Baltimore-based St. John Properties Inc., was charged with 11 civil citations.

Company vice presidents who expected to be reimbursed by St. John made the contributions and were reimbursed as part of their year-end bonuses, prosecutors say. However, the vice presidents said they returned the funds to the company, once they learned it could be improper.

St. John agreed to pay $5,000 for each offense

From wire service and staff reports

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