- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 25, 2008


Woman indicted in tax office scheme

A grand jury indicted the niece of a former D.C. tax office worker in an embezzlement scandal that has cost the city tens of millions of dollars.

Jayrece Turnbull, 34, of Bowie, was indicted yesterday on charges of receiving stolen property as part of the scheme. The indictment says she possessed a $410,000 check in September 2006 that had been drawn from a D.C. government bank account and knew the money was stolen.

Miss Turnbull is the niece of Harriette Walters, a former manager in the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue who authorities say masterminded the scheme by approving phony property-tax refunds. Authorities say the checks largely were deposited into sham corporate accounts controlled by Miss Walters’ friends and family and later distributed.

No court date has been set for Miss Turnbull, who prosecutors have said played a major role in the scheme. She is the second person indicted in the case. She faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

Street sweepers back in neighborhoods

The Department of Public Works has resumed its daytime street-sweeping schedule in heavily trafficked residential neighborhoods, meaning parking restrictions in the areas are back in effect.

The agency suspends residential street sweeping during the winter. Sweepers spray water to help control dust as they move, but the process is discontinued during colder months to prevent freezing and accidents.

The street-sweeping and alternate-side parking restrictions resumed yesterday, but parking tickets will not be issued until Monday. The citations carry a $30 fine, and vehicles can be towed for blocking a curb from being cleaned.



‘The Wire’ actor stabbed in fight

An actor on the HBO show “The Wire” was stabbed twice early Sunday at a party in Overlea, Baltimore County police said.

Christopher J. Clanton, 22, told the Baltimore Sun yesterday that he was in good condition and expected to get out of the hospital in a day or two.

Police said they went to Overlea Caterers Inc. at about 2 a.m. for reports of a big fight and had to use pepper spray to get a crowd of 30 people under control.

Cpl. Mike Hill said Mr. Clanton was the only person injured. He was taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center after being stabbed in the chest and buttocks.

Mr. Clanton played Savino Bratton, a character in the first and fifth seasons who died at the hands of Omar Little.


Driver gets 15 years in death of principal

A man who pleaded guilty in a fatal accident that killed a Queen Anne’s County school official was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison.

Daniel Savage, 24, was charged with stealing a sport utility vehicle, then running a red light and colliding with a car in August. The crash killed the other driver, John Andrews, 71, the longtime vice principal at Queen Anne’s County High School.

Savage pleaded guilty in January to negligent manslaughter by automobile and a theft charge.


Gypsy-moth spraying expands its efforts

The Maryland Department of Agriculture is expanding its efforts to limit tree damage from gypsy moth caterpillars in Western Maryland.

State inspector Susan Ford said the agency plans to spray about 51,000 acres of woodlands with pesticides this spring in the state’s three westernmost counties.

The plans indicate an eastward spread of the insects after they defoliated 45,000 acres last year in far western Garrett County alone.

The state will announce details of the statewide gypsy moth suppression plan in about a month.



Guns and rifles stolen from range

Handguns, shotguns and rifles were stolen from a shooting range in suburban Richmond.

Chesterfield County police would not disclose the number of firearms stolen in the burglary at Dominion Shooting Range. Police said someone pried open a side door and stole the guns Friday night or early Saturday.

An employee discovered the break-in and theft on Saturday while opening the business for the day.


Law student dies in fall off cliff

A University of Richmond law student died after falling off a cliff during a weekend hiking trip, relatives said.

Robert Slimak, 26, died Saturday when he slid down a rock and fell about 150 feet at Crabtree Falls while on a camping trip with a group of Virginia Commonwealth University alumni.

The popular hiking destination in Nelson County is the highest vertical-drop cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Mr. Slimak graduated from VCU in 1999 and was attending the University of Richmond, where he was to graduate in May, his wife, Holly Slimak, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

The Forest Service said several hikers have fallen to their deaths in recent years after getting too close to the falls.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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