- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 12, 2008



Student stabbed at high school

A Montgomery Blair High School student Tuesday morning stabbed another student, according to the Montgomery County Police Department.

Police said a boy and a girl, both 16, got into an argument around 9 a.m., then the girl attacked the boy with a sharp-edged object.

A spokesman for the county school system said the boy apparently pushed the girl, who then approached him with “something in her hand.”

The boy was cut on the arm and taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The girl was arrested and is in police custody.

Police said no other students were injured and that the incident remains under investigation.


Johns Hopkins taps new president

Johns Hopkins University on Tuesday named Ronald J. Daniels as its new president. Mr. Daniels is a Canadian law professor who comes from the University of Pennsylvania, where he had been provost.

He is known for his leadership and fundraising abilities.

As dean of the University of Toronto law school, Mr. Daniels, 49, increased the school’s endowment from $1 million to $57 million. He also organized an international conference on anti-terror legislation after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Mr. Daniels has spent the past three years at Penn, where he focused on faculty retention and recruitment and increasing student support.

Mr. Daniels succeeds William R. Brody, who is retiring.


Teen indicted in bomb making

A federal grand jury has indicted a Bethesda teenager accused of stockpiling weapons and bomb-making material at his home, along with a map of the Camp David presidential retreat.

Federal prosecutors announced the indictment Monday against Collin McKenzie-Gude, 18. He is charged with possessing an unregistered explosive device and false identification documents.

Investigators have said they found assault weapons, ammunition and more than 50 pounds of chemicals in the teen’s home. He also had a fake CIA badge, a fake ID for a federal contractor and the map of Camp David with markings for the presidential motorcade route.

An attorney for the suspect has said a 17-year-old charged by local authorities played a bigger role than his client. State explosives charges against the teen were dropped.


Citizens want access to Garrett Island

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is being asked by residents to grant public access to a section of Garrett Island, a 200-acre federal property in the Susquehanna River, near Perryville.

The island was ruled off-limits to the public after the agency became its owner in 2005. Officials want to catalog the animals and plants there before allowing public access, but the project has been slowed by a manpower shortage.

Perryville resident Margaret Barrow said she has collected more than 1,100 signatures on a petition seeking at least some limited public access.

Federal officials say it’s possible some access could be granted, with the cooperation of state and local officials and residents.


Inmate injured in MCI assault

An inmate was seriously injured in a weekend assault at the Maryland Correctional Institution, south of Hagerstown, according to the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

An agency spokesman said the assault occurred Saturday and was likely retaliation for a fight Thursday between two groups. He said one inmate was taken to the infirmary after the Thursday fight, and the inmate assaulted Saturday was sent to Washington County Hospital.

The spokesman also said several inmates were being transferred to higher-security prisons.

MCI was on partial lockdown Monday, with inmates’ activities limited.


State holds hearings on poultry waste

State officials are holding public hearings this week on rules meant to curb the amount of poultry waste that ends up in the Chesapeake Bay.

The Maryland Department of the Environment in September proposed subjecting roughly 200 of the state’s largest chicken farms to scrutiny and potential fines for how they store and use chicken manure.

More than 270 million chickens are raised annually on Maryland farms, generating an estimated 1 billion pounds of manure.

Under the new rules, the largest 75-to-100 farms would be required to obtain permits meant to ensure that they don’t pollute nearby waterways.

Farms could be fined up to $1,000 a day for violations.

The next hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Chesapeake College.


Oldest AIDS nonprofit posts closing notice

Baltimore’s oldest nonprofit group assisting those infected with the AIDS is closing its doors.

The Health Education Resources Organization, on Maryland Avenue, also known as HERO, has helped people with HIV/AIDS since 1983. A notice in its windows states it is closing Nov. 26.

The notice included no reason for the closing.

HERO offers case management, housing services, drug-abuse counseling and legal services, besides physical and mental health care. Many of the clients are homeless or have been homeless.

HERO serves about 3,000 people annually.


Similarities found in sexual assaults

The Baltimore Police Department has found similarities in as many as six sexual assaults and several burglaries in recent weeks in the Mount Vernon area.

Lt. Dorsey McVicker Jr. said a man as been entering apartments through unlocked windows, sometimes after climbing fire escapes. Woman in the apartments were attacked while they were sleeping. Lt. McVicker said none of the attacks occurred in ground-floor units.

A department spokesman said two composite sketches have been made and detectives from the burglary and sexual-offense units are comparing notes to determine whether the incidents are linked.



Feds seek change of sheriff’s trial

Federal prosecutors are seeking to move Page County Sheriff Daniel W. Presgraves’ trial on racketeering and other charges to U.S. District Court in Roanoke.

In a motion filed Monday in Harrisonburg, the U.S. attorney’s office said the jury pool could be tainted because of extensive publicity the case has received.

A 22-count indictment unsealed Oct. 23 charged Sheriff Presgraves with racketeering, conspiracy and other charges stemming from accusations that he took bribes in exchange for promising not to interfere with a cockfighting ring.

The indictment also accused Sheriff Presgraves, 46, of intimidating potential witnesses. He has pleaded not guilty and remains free on $50,000 bond.


Collapsed deck improperly built

A building official in Richmond said a deck that collapsed and injured 21 people wasn’t properly permitted or constructed.

Commissioner of Buildings Arthur Dahlberg said his office found no building permit on file for the second-story wooden deck attached to an apartment building near Virginia Commonwealth University.

About 50 people were standing on the deck Friday night when it collapsed during a party, wedging dozens of people against the building. Eleven of the injured are VCU students. All are expected to recover.

Mr. Dahlberg said the roughly 20-foot-by-20-foot deck was secured to the building with too few bolts and bolts that were too small.

Rust and rot also likely contributed to its instability.


Man faces 45 years for abusing baby

A 19-year-old man has plead guilty in court to punching and scalding his girlfriend’s 8-month-old daughter and now faces up to 45 years in prison.

Matthew A. Simon pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of malicious wounding and one count of child cruelty.

Detective M.A. Wynne testified that Simon told police the incidents, which occurred in May, “gave him something to laugh about.”

Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Andrew Kolp said the baby’s scalded skin will never be the same. Sentencing is set for Jan. 5.


Brothers sentenced in tax-evasion scheme

Two brothers have been sentenced to prison in an offshore tax-evasion scheme that involved diverting $2.1 million in corporate income and evading more than $575,000 in personal taxes.

Mark Albert of Richmond and Thomas Albert of New Carrollton, Texas, each were sentenced Monday to 33 months on convictions of conspiracy to commit tax fraud, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

U.S. District Judge Robert E. Payne also ordered Mark Albert to pay $348,186 in restitution. Thomas Albert was ordered to pay $226,463.

Mark Albert was president of Richmond-based Commonwealth Dealers Life Insurance Co., and Thomas Albert was the owner of Next Millennium Marketing, through which the first company’s diverted income was sent offshore. The scheme continued from 1999 to 2006.

From wire dispatches and staff reports



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