- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 29, 2009



Woman dies after apartment stabbing

Fairfax County police said a victim of a stabbing at an apartment this week died on Friday.

Maria del Carmen Mejia, 68, of Falls Church, was pronounced dead Friday afternoon.

Authorities said Jose Argueta, 42, of no fixed address, was charged with two counts of malicious wounding in the stabbing of Ms. Mejia and a 2-year-old girl Tuesday afternoon in the 3400 block of Glen Carlyn Drive.

The child was treated and released from the hospital.

The stabbing occurred shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday. Police said a man in an upstairs apartment heard the commotion, confronted Mr. Arguela and struggled briefly with him.

Police said Mr. Arguela then fled to a nearby apartment building, where another man disarmed and subdued him until officers arrived.


Officials announce HIV testing campaign

D.C. officials have begun a new campaign to urge residents to get tested for HIV.

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and health officials on Friday announced the $225,000 multimedia marketing campaign, which is the first phase of a 5-year effort.

Advertisements showing D.C. residents holding signs that read, “Ask for the Test” will be seen on television, billboards, Metro, other print displays, and heard on the radio. The campaign also includes a new Web site and a feature that allows residents to use text messaging to find the HIV testing location nearest to their home.

Dr. Pierre Vigilance, the city’s health department director, said HIV testing should be part of everyone’s routine health exams.



Man gets 40 years for woman’s killing

A Maryland man who pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing a pregnant woman in Laurel was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison.

Prosecutors said Robert Melvin Headley, 49, was sentenced to life in prison with all but 40 years suspended. He pleaded guilty in May to killing 21-year-old Christen Hawkins last Memorial Day.

Ms. Hawkins’ body was found on a path behind the Laurel municipal swimming pool along the Patuxent River.

Ms. Hawkins, of Jessup, had been stabbed 25 times and had more than 100 cuts.


Man sentenced in kidnapping, rape

A Baltimore County Circuit Court judge on Friday sentenced a man convicted in the kidnapping of two teenagers and the rape of one of them to two consecutive life sentences plus 100 years.

Kiheem Taylor, 23, subjected the young couple to “an absolute living hell” during the two-hour ordeal, Judge Robert N. Dugan said at sentencing.

Police said the 17-year-old boy and girl were abducted Oct. 10. The male victim was locked in the car trunk; the girl was raped. The two were then abandoned in the Cherry Hill neighborhood of Baltimore.

Brian T. Scott pleaded guilty in the case. He will be sentenced in October.


Man charged with killing dog

Maryland State police have charged a man with throwing a Frederick County family’s Chihuahua off a bridge.

Police said Caisha and Tim Wantz encountered a man at the end of their driveway and argued with him after asking him to leave.

Charging documents state that David Beers, 34, left, but came back after the couple left and drove up to their house. Mr. Beers told police that he grabbed the 4-pound dog called Zoey when she walked up to his car.

As Mr. Beers drove home over Catoctin Creek Bridge, police said, he threw the dog over the bridge. Police said he later admitted to throwing the dog. The dog was never found.


Man stuck in window died naturally

The state medical examiner says a man who died after he got stuck trying to crawl in the window of his Cumberland apartment succumbed to natural causes.

The agency said Friday that 55-year-old Carson Corum had an enlarged heart, which led to his death.

Mr. Corum was found dead Aug. 3, wedged in the third-floor window with his legs dangling outside above the fire-escape stairs.

The building manager said Mr. Corum often lost or forgot his keys, but would usually ask him to open the door for him.


Police ID officer in fatal shooting

Anne Arundel County police have released the name of the officer who fatally shot a man who tried to run the officer down.

Police said that when Sgt. Robert Vane got out of his car in the parking lot of a Brooklyn Park liquor store to investigate a suspicious truck, 47-year-old Brian Doukas rammed the police car and drove at the 16-year-veteran.

Police said Sgt. Vane fired several shots at Mr. Doukas, who died at the scene Monday. Sgt. Vane was not injured and is on routine administrative leave.

Investigators say Mr. Doukas was a suspect in robberies at a Crofton bank and at two restaurants in the county over the last week.

Officers went to the parking lot after spotting a truck that matched the description of a truck involved in a bank robbery a short time earlier inside a supermarket.


Woman, 82, leads trooper on chase

Maryland State Police said an 82-year-old Cecil County woman led a trooper on a seven-mile chase, then rammed his cruiser.

No one was injured in the collision, but Cpl. Steven Juergens says investigators were blaming a medical condition that may have compromised the woman’s judgment.

Police said the trooper turned on his cruiser’s lights and siren to stop the woman for speeding in Perryville on Thursday afternoon, but the woman kept going until the trooper got in front of her car. That’s when, police said, the woman went off the road, then hit the cruiser as she got back on.

The woman was treated for a hand injury that did not appear to be related to the collision, at Harford Memorial Hospital.

Cpl. Juergens said the Cecil County State’s Attorney’s Office will determine whether to pursue charges.

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