- The Washington Times - Friday, November 7, 2008


Police in shooting called in danger

Two police officers involved in a Northwest shooting appear to have responded appropriately to a real threat, Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said.

The officers responded to a 911 call Thursday morning for a possible attempted suicide in an apartment building near Logan Circle. They were apparently confronted by a man with a knife, and one of the officers fired at the man.

The man is in serious condition at a hospital.

One officer was a rookie, and the other was a 21-year veteran. Based on preliminary interviews, it appears that the veteran officer fired a weapon, Chief Lanier said.

Both officers have been placed on routine administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.



Dog killer guilty of animal cruelty

A Williamsport man has been convicted of two counts of felony animal cruelty for fatally shooting two of his neighbors’ dogs.

Jeffrey Hurd, 55, faces up to six years in prison and $10,000 in fines for the convictions. A sentencing date hasn’t been set.

Washington County Circuit Judge Kennedy Boone also found Hurd guilty of two counts of malicious destruction of property. Each of those convictions carries a maximum penalty of 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Hurd contended he was justified in shooting the German shepherd and the black Labrador retriever because they were chasing wild game on his property. But Judge Boone said Hurd had reasonable alternatives to killing the dogs, including calling the owners or the Natural Resources Police.


Man who threw son off bridge ‘insane’

A Baltimore man has entered the equivalent of an insanity plea to charges he threw his son from the Francis Scott Key Bridge.

Stephen Nelson, 38, pleaded not criminally responsible in the death of his son, Turner, 3.

Mr. Nelson’s trial, which was scheduled to begin this week, has been postponed until February. He will undergo a psychiatric evaluation by court medical staff.

Mr. Nelson has confessed to throwing his from the bridge Feb. 3. The boy’s body was found in the Patapsco River on July 12.

Mr. Nelson is charged with first-degree murder and child abuse. If he’s found not criminally responsible, he would be committed to a psychiatric hospital instead of prison.


Utility chief’s wife ‘Secret Millionaire’

The wife of Constellation Energy Chief Executive Officer Mayo Shattuck will appear on an episode of the Fox reality series “Secret Millionaire.”

The show puts wealthy people in impoverished communities, where they give away at least $100,000 of their fortunes.

Molly Shattuck has already filmed her episode, in which she works for five days as a waitress in Shenandoah, Pa., a coal-mining town.

Mrs. Shattuck told the Baltimore Examiner that the community reminded her of her Pennsylvania hometown.

In 2005, the mother of five became the oldest cheerleader in NFL history when she worked the sidelines for the Baltimore Ravens.

“Secret Millionaire” debuts Dec. 3; an airing date for Mrs. Shattuck’s episode has not been determined.


Elderly woman shot in carjack attempt

Baltimore County police are investigating the shooting of an elderly woman during an attempted carjacking.

The shooting happened about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday while the woman was in a vehicle outside a senior apartment complex in Parkville. The woman is thought to be in her 80s. She suffered a graze wound and has been released from the hospital.

Police say a gunman tried to force the woman and her husband out of the car in the 4100 block of Taylor Avenue. The gunman fired into the car and ran off.



Challenger’s lead grows in 5th

Democrat Tom Perriello held a roughly 600-vote lead in the 5th District congressional race over Republican incumbent Virgil H. Goode Jr. on Thursday afternoon.

The race is crucial to both political parties because it will decide who controls the majority in Virginia’s House delegation. Republicans entered Tuesday’s elections with an 8-3 lead, but the best they can hope for now is a 6-5 majority.

Election officials in the 5th District were expected to meet Wednesday to begin procedures that include counting provisional ballots, collecting vote summaries from precincts and rechecking ballot totals.

Mr. Perriello held a slimmer 31-vote lead Wednesday. But an official winner in the race, which could see a recount, still may not be known for days or weeks.

The Virginia State Board of Elections will certify final results Nov. 24, and losing parties have 10 days from that date to request a recount if they are down by a margin of 1 percent or less of the total vote.

From wire dispatches and staff reports



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