- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 3, 2008


Victim identified in police shooting

The Metropolitan Police Department yesterday released the name of a man fatally shot by officers Friday night.

Police identified the man as Clyde Tinch, 53, of Northeast. Mr. Tinch came at officers with a knife when they responded to a report of a domestic dispute, according to police. The incident occurred in District 5, where many of the killings in the city this year have occurred, despite increased police patrols. Eight people were killed in the District over the weekend. The number of killings so far this year in the city is 73, surpassing the number at this time in 2007.



Judge found guilty of filling wetlands

A Baltimore judge was found guilty Monday in an Anne Arundel Circuit Court of unlawfully filling in wetlands without a license and was sentenced to probation and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.

District Judge Askew W. Gatewood Jr. was also ordered to remove the debris and stabilize the shoreline, according to a spokeswoman for the state attorney general’s office.

Judge Gatewood has a home on Riviera Beach along the Patapsco River. He was indicted in January on 12 counts, including unlawful dumping, filling a wetland, water pollution and construction without a sediment-control plan. Truckloads of drywall, cinder blocks, bricks and other rubble were found in October 2006.

Judge Gatewood’s attorney, John F. Dougherty, had previously said his client was doing shoreline restoration work to repair damage from 2003’s Tropical Storm Isabel on his secondary home on Bay Road.


Agents charge cigarette smuggler

A convicted cigarette smuggler has been charged with sneaking $25,000 in contraband cigarettes into the state, the Maryland Comptroller’s Office said.

Ming Keang Louie, 59, was arrested Saturday afternoon in Worcester County and charged with transportation and possession of contraband cigarettes.

He was driving a Dodge Caravan with North Carolina registration on U.S. Route 13 when enforcement agents stopped him. The comptroller’s office said the agents found nearly 4,900 packs of cigarettes worth $24,500.

Mr. Louie was convicted in May 2006 of smuggling cigarettes into the state. State agents have so far this year seized more than 50,000 packs worth about $230,000.


Verizon publishes unlisted numbers

Verizon has apologized for the accidental publication of nearly 13,000 unlisted numbers in the Washington County telephone directory.

The company said the numbers were published after inadvertently being sold to the Ogden Directories.

Verizon promised to change the numbers at no charge and will, for one year, reimburse customers for the monthly cost of having an unlisted number.

Sheriff Douglas Mullendore said some of his deputies have unlisted numbers for safety reasons and have called Verizon to complain about the accidental publication.


Pawnbroker accused of hindering probe

Anne Arundel County police charged a pawnbroker with hindering an investigation into the theft of valuable jewelry.

The charges against Lee Graham follow a police raid May 14 at his business, B & A Pawn on Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard. Officers had gone there in search of jewelry suspected of being stolen by a heating-and-ventilation technician during service calls at homes in Montgomery County.

Police said one of the items stolen and pawned was a 4-carat pear-shaped diamond ring worth $45,000. Mr. Graham is suspected of hiding the ring in a safe, while turning over to officers a ring that was much less valuable. Police also found more than 1,700 pieces of jewelry that were not properly tagged or reported to law enforcement.


Two arrested in student stabbing

City police arrested two teens in connection with a stabbing that critically wounded a hair-design student at a downtown bus stop.

Charles Calloway, 18, and Corey Woodhams, 19, are charged with attempted murder and armed robbery in connection with the May 27 stabbing of Shannon Dudley, 22, at Charles and Baltimore streets. Miss Dudley remains hospitalized in critical condition.

Charging documents said police found the suspects through calls they made with Miss Dudley’s cell phone, which was stolen during the stabbing.

Miss Dudley is a student at Avara’s Academy of Hair Design in Dundalk.



Coast Guard veteran gets prison term

A Coast Guard petty officer was sentenced to nine months in prison for passing confidential information to the owner of a Hampton Roads fishing fleet.

Prosecutors say Morris Wade Hughes provided the information to his mistress, Michelle Peabody, whose family runs Peabody Corp. The commercial fishing company is based in Newport News.

Hughes was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court.

Judge Raymond A. Jackson also imposed a $2,000 fine and 150 days of home confinement once Hughes has served his prison term.

According to the government, Hughes passed confidential information to Miss Peabody about the location of competing vessels as well as other information.


Hollins receives $5 million gift

Hollins University will establish a creative writing center with a $5 million gift from an alumna and her husband.

President Nancy Gray announced the pledge by Susan Gager Jackson and John Jackson at the annual reunion celebration over the weekend. Mrs. Jackson is a member of the Class of 1968, which celebrated its 40th anniversary.

The school said the gift will sustain an endowed chair in creative writing, a fellowship and a scholarship.

The Jacksons, who live in Far Hills, N.J., encourage writers’ careers through their philanthropic Liana Foundation.


Woman sentenced in abduction try

A Hampton woman who tried to abduct a newborn from a hospital was sentenced to five years in prison.

Shameka Patrice Pittman, 22, pleaded guilty in November to one count of abduction. Authorities say she disguised herself as a nurse to attempt to take a 2-day-old baby from the labor-and-delivery unit at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in July.

Pittman was sentenced Friday in Norfolk Circuit Court to 10 years in prison, but five years were suspended. When Pittman completes her sentence, she will be barred from maternity wards unless she is pregnant and a patient at the hospital.

From wire dispatches and staff reports



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