- The Washington Times - Monday, August 3, 2009



At least 4 shot in robbery

Prince George’s County police said at least four people were shot during an early-morning robbery Sunday.

The shooting occurred just before 3 a.m. near the 6700 block of Atwood Street and the 1900 block of Rochell Avenue, police said.

Police spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Reedy said the victims were taken to a local hospital. Their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.


Summer of detention for teen firebomber

Anne Arundel County Juvenile Court officials said a teenager who admitted taking part in firebombing a town house will spend the rest of the summer in juvenile detention.

A juvenile court judge has ordered the 16-year-old boy to be held at the Western Maryland Children’s Center until Aug. 20 and to pay $1,800 in restitution.

Officials said the boy admitted last month to participating in a June firebombing of a Piney Orchard town house, in which no one was injured.

His plea was part of an agreement to testify against three others who also were involved in the incident.

Officials say the attack was retaliation for the killing of a Crofton teenager.


University system eliminating jobs

William E. Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, announced the elimination of 175 jobs and a freeze on hiring in an effort to cut $37.8 million from the 2010 budget.

Mr. Kirwan submitted his intended cuts to the state Friday. He said the job reductions include 24 layoffs and the elimination of 151 open positions.

Those cuts are expected to save the system $12 million. Mr. Kirwan said the positions include adjunct and part-time faculty at the system’s 11 colleges and universities.

Other reductions include $2 million in maintenance expenses; $3 million in travel expenses, library budgets and computer support; and less than $1 million in financial aid.


Third pleads guilty in canal shooting

A Frederick man has pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and other charges in connection with the shooting of a man at the C&O; Canal in November.

Authorities said James Naylor, 21, had been scheduled to go on trial in September for attempted murder. Now, there will not be a trial, and his sentencing has been set for Sept. 9.

Naylor was one of three people accused of shooting 37-year-old Troy Bowie, who survived the attack.

Steven Martin, 19, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit first-degree assault, and 20-year-old Gloria Flores, 20, pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact to the assault.

They will be sentenced in October.



Dog gets new home after bridge incident

Franklin, a beagle-Jack Russell mix, has a new home with the Danville Area Humane Society after purportedly being thrown from a local bridge.

Danville District Court Judge M. Lee Stilwell ordered Geraldine Turner to turn over the year-old dog to the shelter, along with another dog she owns.

Miss Turner testified she asked Cecil McLaughlin to find a new home for Franklin, but didn’t ask that Franklin be thrown into a ravine beneath a local bridge.

Miss Turner faces animal-neglect charges, and Mr. McLaughlin has been charged with animal cruelty. It could not be immediately determined Sunday if either has a lawyer.

Humane Society Executive Director Paulette Dean says Franklin suffered minor injuries.


Jimmy Dean rebuilds after fire

Country music legend Jimmy Dean says he never once has considered leaving his Virginia home - not even after a fire in April caused extensive damage to the property.

Mr. Dean, 80, and his wife, Donna, are staying on the Henrico County property until the main house is fully repaired, which should be in January.

Currently living in a “party house,” the couple will move into a guest house once renovations there are complete.

Henrico fire officials say an electrical problem caused the April 20 blaze.

Mr. Dean is best known for the 1961 recording “Big Bad John,” a Grammy-winning mining tale performed in his spoken-word style. He is also known for a line of sausage products that carry his name.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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