- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 22, 2009



First measles case in Prince William

The Virginia Department of Health says a Prince William County resident has measles, the state’s first confirmed case of the virus this year.

Tuesday’s announcement came as health officials across the region investigate five other cases of the highly contagious disease that usually causes a red skin rash.

The health department’s Web site lists six public places the carrier recently visited, including two grocery stores in Northern Virginia and a bar in the District.

People who were at those sites at the time periods listed and who are not vaccinated are urged to contact their public health departments.

Measles is a sometimes fatal, highly infectious virus that is generally uncommon in the U.S. because of high childhood vaccination rates.


Heroin supplier pleads guilty

A Maryland man who served as the main supplier of a suburban Virginia heroin ring pleaded guilty to dealing drugs.

Antonio Lamont Harper, 33, of Waldorf, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and a possible life sentence when he is sentenced in federal court in Alexandria.

He is the 15th person to plead guilty in an investigation of a heroin ring that operated in Centreville. Most of those charged were former or current students at Westfield High School.

Authorities have linked four overdose deaths to the ring.

Court documents indicate that Harper and others who conspired with him distributed between 22 and 66 pounds of heroin from 2006 through 2008.



Mother pleads guilty to child abuse

Montgomery County’s state’s attorney announced that a woman pleaded guilty to second-degree child abuse.

State’s Attorney John J. McCarthy said Hyacinth Beverly Morgan of Silver Spring entered the plea Tuesday.

Montgomery County police said that in June, Morgan tied her naked adopted daughter to a bed and beat her. Police also say the victim said the 47-year-old mother locked her in her room without enough food. The girl eventually escaped through a window.

Officials said that on June 15, the girl flagged down a car and asked to go to a nearby McDonald’s. She was later treated at a children’s hospital.

Morgan was charged with several counts and later indicted in September. She is to be sentenced by Circuit Judge Durke G. Thompson on July 10.


Killer sentenced to life in prison

A Baltimore judge has sentenced a city man to life in prison for killing a Morgan State University student at a party and fleeing to Yonkers, N.Y.

Jason Allen, 26, was convicted in January of killing Jeff Payne in the Morgan View Apartments near Morgan State University. He was sentenced Tuesday.

Police say Allen took out a rifle and shot Mr. Payne once in the chest because of an earlier fight. Allen reportedly fled to Yonkers, N.Y. after the Feb. 15, 2008, shooting. He was arrested in April 2008.

Prosecutors said the 20-year-old victim survived years of civil war in Liberia before coming to the United States and attending Morgan State.


Newlywed stole gun used in shooting

The Cecil County Sheriff’s Office said an Elkton newlywed used a gun taken from a relative’s home to shoot her husband in the head and to kill herself.

Authorities identified the couple Monday as Michael Schary, 45, and Viktoria Albright, 34. Albright was pronounced dead Sunday. Mr. Schary was listed in critical but stable condition at Christiana Hospital in Delaware on Monday.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Bernard Chiominto said Albright took the gun from a relative’s home Sunday. Lt. Chiominto said the woman’s husband told investigators that he was shot “out of the blue” while sitting on the couch.

Investigators say they have not heard of any friction between Mr. Schary and Albright, who were married earlier this month.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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