- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 27, 2008



Drowned fishermen were from District

Searchers yesterday found the bodies of two fishermen who fell into Johnson Pond. The have not been officially identified, but neighbors said they were from the District and were in the Salisbury area visiting relatives for the holiday weekend.

Four men were on the pond’s spillway when two slipped and fell into the water at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

One man tried to pull his friends to safety, but police say the current was too strong. Divers searched for the bodies until 9 p.m., then resumed their search at about 7 a.m. yesterday. The bodies were found two hours later.


Elderly man dies in house fire

State fire investigators said yesterday that an electrical failure started a house fire that killed a Dorchester County man.

The fire started at about 7 p.m. Saturday in a one-story home on Linthicum Drive, according to the State Fire Marshal’s office. Firefighters arrived to find James Leland Smith, 73, dead on the living room sofa. He was the only person home at the time.

Investigators say the fire started in the kitchen and was caused by an electrical failure in a wall receptacle that provided power to the home’s refrigerator. Firefighters needed about 20 minutes to extinguish the flames. The damage is estimated at about $100,000. A smoke alarm was found, but there was no battery inside, officials said.


O’Malley set to visit Israel

Gov. Martin O’Malley will travel to Israel this week on a trade mission.

Mr. O’Malley, a Democrat, was scheduled to leave last night and plans to highlight emerging business opportunities in biotechnology research in Maryland.

He also is scheduled to meet tomorrowwith Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Mr. O’Malley will meet Thursday with a group of entrepreneurs and investors. On Friday, he will visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s national Holocaust memorial. The governor will on Saturday make a trip to Masada, an ancient desert fortress on a large mesa overlooking the Dead Sea. The trip is scheduled to end Sunday night.


Suspect identified from Waffle House

Authorities in Harford County have identified a suspect in a drive-by shooting in a Waffle House parking lot.

Sheriff’s deputies are searching for Reginald Bolden, 24, of Bel Air, Md. He’s charged with attempted first-degree murder and other crimes.

Mr. Bolden purportedly shot Robert Ringgold, 24, early Saturday morning. Deputies say Mr. Ringgold was standing outside the restaurant when a vehicle approached. Someone in the vehicle spoke to Mr. Ringgold briefly before one shot was fired from inside, hitting him in the lower body.


Funeral held for slain mother

A funeral service was held Saturday for Donna Campbell-Powell, whose 16-year-old son is charged in her death.

Police say the son, Lewin Powell III, killed her when they were arguing about his grades.

Mrs. Campbell-Powell was remembered at a funeral service, at the Morning Star Baptist Church in Catonsville, as a mother who “lived and breathed for her son.”

The service was held 10 days after her death. The son has been charged in her death, in which police say the son beat his mother to death with a baseball bat and tried to do the same to his father.

Those who spoke at the service said Mrs. Campbell-Powell, a native of Jamaica took education seriously, attending well-respected schools in Jamaica. Her son attended the private McDonogh School.


Fire destroys trooper’s home

A fire early Sunday morning destroyed the home of a state trooper.

The State Fire Marshal’s office says nobody was home when the two-story home went up in flames shortly after 4 a.m.

The cause is under investigation. The home is owned by George Jackson, a trooper assigned to the Bel Air barrack. Damage is estimated at $500,000 for the structure, plus $150,000 for the contents.



Boater likely died of medical condition

Officials says the boater who died Friday at Claytor Lake died of a medical condition, not a drowning.

The boater has been identified as Mike Allen Petty, 58, of Draper, Va.

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries say that Mr. Petty fell out of a boat because of an unknown medical condition at about 1:30 p.m. and that his brother helped him to the shoreline.

The men had been trolling in a 14-foot johnboat across from the Allisonia boat ramp. The department is investigating the incident.

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