- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 30, 2008

DISTRICT

Shooting-suicide in Adams Morgan

The Metropolitan Police Department on Monday identified one of two people shot inside an Adams Morgan restaurant.

Police have identified the shooter as Tessaye Yemane, 50, of the 47000 block of Watkins Island Square, Potomac Falls, Va. They said he shot a 47-year-old man Sunday night at Meskerem Ethiopian restaurant, in the 2400 block of 18th Street Northwest, and then turned the gun on himself. The victim was taken to a hospital and admitted in stable condition.

Police said a preliminary investigation indicates that the men were arguing, then one man pulled a handgun and shot the other man.

MARYLAND

GREENBELT

Restaurant owner gets 15 months

The owner of a popular chicken restaurant in Wheaton was sentenced Monday to 15 months in prison for money laundering and plotting to harbor illegal immigrants.

Juan Solano, 57, of Kensington, also received three years probation and was ordered to pay back taxes on the operation of El Pollo Rico.

Solano’s sister, Consuelo Solano, 69, was sentenced last week to two months in prison and eight months home detention.

U.S. District Judge Roger Titus also ordered the Solanos to forfeit $7.2 million.

According to court documents, Juan Solano hired undocumented immigrants to work at El Pollo Rico from 1999 to 2007, paying them in cash and housing the workers to hide them from authorities.

COLUMBIA

Suspect arrested in double stabbing

Howard County police have arrested a man in the stabbings of two people over the weekend in Columbia.

Gregory Imes, 26, was arrested without incident in a fast-food restaurant in Laurel. He is charged with attempted first-degree murder in attacks on Reginald Crudup and Maria Elana Cokley, both 51.

Police said Mr. Imes broke into the victims’ home early Saturday, stabbed them in their bedroom and fled.

The victims were taken to Shock Trauma in critical condition.

ROCKVILLE

County may rezone for music venue

Montgomery County officials are considering a zoning change to allow for a music venue in downtown Silver Spring.

County and state legislators agreed to spend $8 million in public funds to build the Fillmore music hall for Live Nation. The county would own the hall, and music producer Live Nation would spend about $2 million outfitting it.

County Executive Isiah Leggett, Democrat, wants to give police the authority to remove plans for recommended pedestrian pathways if they deem them unsafe, which concerns some council members. Critics say the Fillmore proposal will slow development in downtown and reduce how much public space residents can use.

A Leggett aide said the zoning measure is a way to acquire land for cultural opportunities and correct urban decay.

OCEAN CITY

Two rescued from sinking boat

Two people were rescued over the weekend when their 41-foot boat sank off the resort coast, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The boat went down Saturday about 22 miles east of the coast. The victims were in a life raft and rescued by a passing boat.

MAYO

Body found in water near Triton Beach

Investigators were still trying Monday to identify a body found in the water near Triton Beach Park

Anne Arundel police and firefighters and Natural Resources Police were called to the beach near the mouth of the West River and the Chesapeake Bay about 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

The body was taken to the medical examiner’s office for identification. A Natural Resources spokesman declined to provide details about the body and would not comment on what may have happened.

VIRGINIA

FREDERICKSBURG

City cracks down on panhandlers

Roughly 15 panhandlers have been arrested since a new ordinance took effect July 15, according to the Fredericksburg Police Department.

The ordinance makes it a misdemeanor to solicit money on city streets and other municipal property. Violators can be fined up to $250. Officials said only six of the panhandlers arrested under the new law have been convicted and fined.

The City Council enacted the law after hearing complaints from residents and businesses. A police spokeswoman said the ordinance is in the best interest of the community.

Meghann Cotter, director of a coalition of churches that assists the homeless, said fining panhandlers is not the answer. She said they go back out and panhandle to pay the fine, and the cycle continues.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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