- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 6, 2008


Capitol Police find grenade in car

Police arrested a Virginia man after they found a grenade and several weapons in his car several blocks from the Capitol.

Christopher Shelton Timmons, 27, of Orange, Va., was charged with carrying a deadly weapon and possessing unregistered firearms and ammunition, Capitol Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider said.

Mr. Timmons was detained Friday after he stopped to ask a police officer for directions and the officer saw a rifle case in his Jeep Cherokee.

Among the items found in the search were a live grenade, a rifle and pistol, magazines and ammunition.

Police closed nearby streets for several hours. The incident occurred near the Library of Congress, southeast of the Capitol.

Ruling: Workers fired improperly

An arbitrator has ruled that three D.C. child welfare workers were improperly fired for failing to help four young girls found dead in a Southeast Washington row house.

John Truesdale ruled this week that “basic notions of fairness and due process have not been met” in the case of Banita Jacks, the girls’ mother. He ordered the city to reinstate the workers with back pay and interest dating from their dismissals in February.

The city will appeal the ruling and will not rehire the workers under any circumstances, D.C. interim Attorney General Peter Nickles said.

An administrative hearing officer also ruled in February that the workers should be reinstated, but that finding was advisory.

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty fired the workers after the girls’ bodies were found in January. Miss Jacks has been charged with murder.



Man in standoff gets assault charge

A man accused of holding three people hostage for several hours Thursday faces charges including first-degree assault, Baltimore County police said.

Roger Shifflett, 38, eventually released the hostages unharmed and surrendered after police shot tear gas into the house.

Mr. Shifflett was looking for his girlfriend when he broke into her home, armed with a gun, but he didn’t find her, police said. A 41-year-old woman was inside the home, but hid from Mr. Shifflett and escaped from the house before calling 911, police said Friday.

Mr. Shifflett is being held on $250,000 bail.


Prison term sought in child porn case

Federal prosecutors are seeking a sentence of at least three years in prison for a former state legislator who pleaded guilty to a child pornography charge.

Robert McKee, former Washington County Republican, pleaded guilty Friday in Baltimore. He and his attorney declined to comment.

Sheriff’s deputies, acting on a tip, raided his home nearly seven months ago and seized computers and other items. McKee resigned from the House of Delegates after the investigation was made public.

He also resigned as executive director of the local Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

In addition to a sentence of between 37 and 41 months, prosecutors want a judge to order that McKee be on supervised release for the rest of his life. He will be sentenced Nov. 21.

As a condition of his plea, McKee must register as a sex offender.



Sniper judge sworn to Supreme Court

The judge who presided over the trial of sniper mastermind John Allen Muhammad is now a justice of the Virginia Supreme Court.

LeRoy F. Millette Jr. was sworn in as a member of the court in a ceremony Friday. The former Virginia Court of Appeals judge was appointed to the post in August by Gov. Tim Kaine, a Democrat.

The General Assembly will vote on the appointment during the 2009 session in January.

Judge Millette succeeds Justice G. Steven Agee, who was appointed to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this year.

Judge Millette’s record includes less than a year of service on the state appeals court. Before that, he served nearly 15 years as a circuit judge in Prince William County, where Muhammad was convicted and sentenced to death for his role in the 2002 sniper shootings.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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