- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 29, 2008

REGION

Murder-suspect deserters arrested

Two Army deserters charged with killing a former Ohio minister at a West Virginia state park shooting range have been arrested in Ohio.

Stephen C. Wilson, 19, of Cincinnati, and Daniel R. Smith, 22, of Newport News, Va., were arrested without incident after 9 p.m. Friday in Columbus, Ohio, authorities said.

First-degree murder warrants were filed against the men Friday in the death of the Rev. Mark McCalla, 48.



Mr. McCalla’s body was found June 19 at the Beech Fork Lake Wildlife Management Area about five miles south of Huntington, W.Va.

Spitting on cop nets sentence

A Maryland man has been sentenced to one to three years in prison for spitting on a Pennsylvania State Police trooper.

Anthony Bryan Weitherow, of Pylesville, Md., pleaded guilty Friday in York County to aggravated assault for spitting on the trooper in December.

He also pleaded guilty to a string of related charges including assault, theft, public drunkenness and resisting arrest.

Weitherow spit on the trooper sent to investigate a report that he had hit a man in the face with a beer can, authorities said.

DISTRICT

Gallaudet gets reaccreditation

The nation’s only liberal arts college for the deaf will have its accreditation reaffirmed.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education removed Gallaudet University from probation last November, when it gave Gallaudet a warning as the university worked toward reaccreditation.

Protests had erupted during the previous year and students shut down the campus over the choice of a new president. The ordeal brought more scrutiny to Gallaudet’s problems with enrollment and academics, and the accreditors warned the school was out of compliance on eight of 14 standards.

School officials said the commission’s move will give a boost to the university, which has raised admissions standards and worked to enhance academic rigor.

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LAUREL

Murder charge in cop’s death

A 19-year-old man faces first-degree murder charges in the death of a Prince George’s County police officer, officials said.

Ronnie Lionel White of Laurel was the driver of a pickup truck that struck 39-year-old Cpl. Richard Findley on Friday, police said.

Cpl. Findley was monitoring the truck on Laurel-Bowie Road when several men returned to the vehicle. They rammed Cpl. Findley’s cruiser during an attempted traffic stop, then hit the officer when he got out of the cruiser.

Cpl. Findley, a 10-year veteran of the police department, was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police found the truck at a nearby apartment complex. Mr. White was among four people taken into custody for questioning, police said. He is charged with first-degree murder.

TIMONIUM

Slot debate at State Fair

Both sides in the slots debate will have their say at the Maryland State Fair.

A pro-slots group has requested a booth at the fair, which begins Aug. 22 at the fairgrounds in Timonium. That clears the way for fair management to allow a booth to an anti-slots organization.

StopSlots Maryland asked for its booth first, but fair President Howard “Max” Mosner denied the request unless the pro-slots side had a booth as well.

That led the anti-slots camp to complain that its free-speech rights were being violated.

The state fair stands to gain financially if slots are approved, through bigger purses for horse races that run at the fairgrounds. The pro-slots position will be represented by For Maryland, For Our Future, a group created by Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat.

CATONSVILLE

Youth counselor drowns in pool

A counselor for low-income high school students is dead after what authorities believe was an accidental drowning at the indoor pool at the University of Maryland at Baltimore County.

Deon Henry Jr., 25, died Wednesday night. A police report shows Mr. Henry tried to see how long he could hold his breath while swimming with at least one friend, but never surfaced again.

A lifeguard pulled him out of the pool and tried to revive him but was unsuccessful.

Mr. Henry was a health education teacher at Southwest Academy in Catonsville. He was working this summer with Upward Bound, which offers year-round educational and other programs for low-income teens.

VIRGINIA

VIRGINIA BEACH

Man pleads guilty in triple murder

A Virginia Beach man has pleaded guilty to killing the mother of his daughter and two others three years ago.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Harvey Bryant said he intends to seek the death penalty against Marcus Garrett, 31. Garrett pleaded guilty Friday to killing girlfriend Rachel Scher, Bryce Bauerbrand and David Kusa and wounding two others.

Garrett told an investigator in a videotaped confession he was out of control and under the influence of alcohol during the May 2005 shootings.

Defense attorney Andrew Sacks said Garrett would have a better change to avoid the death penalty if he accepted responsibility for his actions.

NEWPORT NEWS

Vintage bike worth $100,000

A Hampton man said he’s fielding offers up to six figures for a vintage bicycle.

Roofing contractor Tom Mault said he purchased the red Schwinn for $350 on Tuesday, and has received offers up to $100,000 from fans and collectors since then.

Mr. Mault, 43, said he found the May 1963 Sting-Ray — one of the first of its kind off the line — with its distinct “banana seat” leaning in a corner at Virginia Beach shop that sells new and used bicycles.

Then he did some research and posted his find on the Internet. Bike collectors from London to Japan “flipped out,” Mr. Mault said.

Here’s the catch: It’s not for sale.

The collector said he got into the hobby because his parents could not afford a bike when he was a child.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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