- The Washington Times - Monday, November 3, 2008



1830s log cabin part of a museum

A log cabin from the 1830s is now part of the Appomattox branch of the Museum of the Confederacy.

Museum Director S. Waite Rawls III said the cabin was discovered when the property owner was clearing the land. The logs are mostly covered with siding and plaster.

Mr. Rawls said the building will eventually play an important role as a living-history exhibit at the first of three expansion sites of the Richmond-based museum.

The museum announced in September 2007 that it would create three expansion sites that will allow the museum to put more of its collection of Civil War artifacts on display than what is possible at its Richmond site.

The goal is to open all three sites along with a new Richmond exhibit in 2011 to mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the war.


Judge orders sale of Ghost Fleet ship

A federal judge in Norfolk has ordered the sale of a former James River Reserve Fleet ship after a contractor failed to pay for the cleanup of the vessel.

The planned sale of the Vandenberg jeopardizes a plan by the city of Key West, Fla., to sink the ship as an artificial reef.

The city could lose ownership of the former Air Force missile range ship because of more than $1.6 million in unpaid bills owed to Colonna’s Shipyard, in Norfolk. Other subcontractors said they also have not been paid.

Officials with the Key West project said they’re confident the money owed to the shipyard would be raised, making the sale unnecessary.

Shipyard representatives say the ship is expected to be auctioned in mid-December.



Teen killed on transit bus

The Montgomery County Police Department has identified the 14-year-old boy who died in a weekend shooting at a bus stop as Tai Lam of Silver Spring.

The incident occurred at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday at a bus stop on Piney Branch Road and Arliss Street in Silver Spring.

Police said two groups on a Montgomery County Ride On bus were arguing before one group exited the bus. One of the men who disembarked fired at the bus, hitting three boys.

The other two boys, 14 and 15, were in serious condition and have not been identified. Police are searching for the shooter.


County officer in shooting IDed

The Prince George’s County Police Department said Sunday that Officer Jorgaq Shkurti was the officer who shot a man accused of trying to run his car into authorities over the weekend.

Police early Saturday found a driver slumped over in a vehicle in Landover. As police investigated, Imari Charles, 22, of Upper Marlboro, tried to hit Officer Shkurti with his car. The officer shot Mr. Charles, who was eventually caught. Mr. Charles, who was treated at a hospital for non-life threatening injuries, is charged with first-degree assault. Officer Shkurti, who was not injured, has been put on administrative leave.


Girl, 7, dies after house fire

State fire investigators say a Princess Anne girl who was pulled from her burning home has died from her injuries.

Firefighters pulled Dejaiya Jones, 7, through a second-floor window of the burning house late Friday afternoon.

Relatives say a neighbor rescued the girl’s great-grandmother, Letitia Deshields, 97, before firefighters arrived.

Greenwood Elementary School Principal Cheryl O’Neal said the child was a second-grader at the school. She also said crisis teams and school officials were scheduled to meet Sunday to discuss how to support students and teachers when they return to class Monday. The state fire marshal’s office is investigating the fire.


Police propose cadet training cuts

The Montgomery County Police Department is considering training fewer recruits this winter if county leaders proceed with proposed budget cuts.

Police Chief J. Thomas Manger has recommended training 15 recruits, compared with the 40 to 50 that usually make up a class. Officials said the department also would not fill vacant civilian positions.

The proposal comes in response to a request by County Executive Isiah Leggett, Democrat, for all department heads to provide midyear savings suggestions to get ahead of the nearly $250 million budget gap the county faces.

Some residents said they are worried about the proposed police staffing reductions. In recent months, the county has had a increase in such crimes as robberies by groups of young men.

Lt. Paul Starks said the cuts would neither impact response times nor affect public safety. But the changes would mean an increased workload for existing administrative personnel and police officers.

Mr. Leggett is expected to submit a list of midyear budget cuts to the County Council by Nov. 10.


Gaithersburg man struck by car, dies

A Gaithersburg man was killed Saturday night after being hit by a car in Rockville, according to the Montgomery County Police Department.

Police have identified the victim as Bereket L. Mamo, 27, and said he was walking on East Gude Drive when struck. He died at the scene.

The driver, Paulette Knight of Rockville, stayed at the scene and was not injured.

Officials said Mr. Mamo was not in the crosswalk when he was struck.


Arrest made in kidnap-robbery

The Baltimore Police Department has arrested a mans in the kidnapping and robbery last week of a medical student.

Officials said that a photo captured by an ATM led them to one suspect but that they are looking for two other males in connection with the attack. They said the photo captureda man forcing the medical student to empty his bank account.

The student was walking home at 9 a.m. on Wednesday on Hollins Street when two men with handguns jumped him and forced him to take them to his car. They then drove around to ATMs to withdraw money.


Police investigate fatal shootings

The Prince George’s County Police Department is investigating multiple fatal shootings this weekend.

On Saturday, authorities found Andre Hayes, 32, of Clinton, with multiple gunshot wounds inside of a car on Broadleaf Drive, in Upper Marlboro. He died at a hospital.

On Sunday, police found two men shot in a parking lot on Walters Lane, in Forestville. Levar Jones, 29, of Huntingtown, was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The other victim, a 28-year-old man, is in critical condition.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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