- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 16, 2008



Deputies injured; gunman killed

Two city sheriff’s deputies were injured Monday during a shooting as they tried to serve a warrant in West Baltimore, according to city officials.

The incident occurred shortly before 6 a.m. in the 1700 block of North Fulton Avenue. Police say the deputies returned fire and the gunman was killed.

One deputy was wounded in the neck and the other was grazed in the head by a bullet. They were reported in serious, but stable, condition.

Police said the warrant was for a probation violation. The person killed was not the suspect named in the warrant, who was taken into custody.


Police ID walker fatally injured

The Montgomery County Police Department on Monday identified a man who died from injuries after being struck by a pickup truck.

Elton Learie Gulston, 80, of Gaithersburg, was hit Saturday while crossing a gas station parking lot at Quince Orchard Road in Gaithersburg.

Mr. Gulston died from his injuries at a hospital.

The driver of the pickup truck, Miguel A. Padron, 41, of Germantown, stayed at the scene. He was not injured.


Man charged in fatal crash

A Cecil County grand jury has indicted an Elkton man on seven charges stemming from an April traffic accident that killed three teens.

The charges against Stanley Gross, 46, include three counts of negligent vehicular manslaughter, according to court records.

Mr. Gross is accused of running a red light on U.S. Route 40 at Red Toad Road near North East about 9:30 p.m. on April 17. His sport utility vehicle collided with the victims’ car in the intersection. Police say Christopher Lepore, of Perryville, Randi Taylor, of Colora, and Evan Weichert, of Port Deposit, died at the scene. All of the victims were 18 years old.

Other charges against Mr. Gross include reckless driving, speeding, negligent driving and driving on a suspended license. He is being held without bond.


Man gets term for child porn

A federal judge in Baltimore has sentenced a Frederick man to eight years and one month in prison for receiving child pornography.

Jacob Greenawalt, 45, admitted in his guilty plea that he used his work-issued laptop computer in 2006 to receive and possess child pornography.

He was accused of downloading more than 2,000 images and 75 videos from 2004 to 2007.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a federal initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.


Crash kills two seniors

The 92-year-old victims of a fatal car crash over the weekend have been identified as Eunice Wolman and Max Rubin, according to authorities.

The crash occurred about 7 p.m. Saturday near the Leisure World retirement community, where they lived in the Silver Spring area.

Mrs. Wolman’s husband, David, was driving the car and suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Mr. Rubin’s wife, Libby, also suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said the Buick crashed when the driver drifted onto a shoulder, then overcorrected. The car crossed into the opposite lane and left the road, striking a tree.


Zoo receives new approval

The National Zoo has been awarded a five-year accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, according to Smithsonian Institution officials.

The accreditation certifies that the zoo meets the association’s standards for veterinary programs, conservation, animal care, education and safety. The zoo goes through the accreditation process every five years.

In the past five years, the zoo has undergone more than $100 million in improvements at its D.C. location and its 3,200-acre conservation and research center in Front Royal, Va.

Upgrades have included the opening of a children’s farm and the expansion of elephant trails, an exhibit to debut in 2011.

Officials say the zoo’s accreditation was tabled in 2003 because of funding and deferred maintenance issues. The accreditation was fully restored in 2004.



Man surrenders in 2-count case

A man accused of the Aug. 24 burglary and sexual assault of an elderly Northern Virginia woman has surrendered to authorities, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

The office said Martin Morales-Mancia, 24, turned himself in Sunday night.

Mr. Morales-Mancia is suspected of forcing his way into a home on Ironwood Road, in Sterling, displaying a knife and sexually assaulting the woman.

The victim was treated at a hospital for minor injuries.


Juveniles hurt in police chase

Two juveniles were injured early Monday morning when they crashed while being chased by Chesterfield County police.

The crash occurred about 2 a.m. and the victims were taken to VCU Medical Center, in Richmond, for treatment of minor injuries.

The incident began when an officer on patrol at George W. Carver Middle School spotted a suspicious vehicle, approached it and signaled for it to stop. Police said the vehicle drove away and into a nearby neighborhood. When the officer caught up to the vehicle it had crashed, overturning at least once and ejecting the passenger.

Both juveniles face charges of eluding police, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, trespassing and violation of the curfew ordinance.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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