- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 19, 2009


Barry files tax returns

D.C. Council member and former Mayor Marion Barry has filed his 2007 federal and local tax returns, said his longtime attorney, Fred Cooke.

Mr. Barry, Ward 8 Democrat, has said health problems distracted him from filing his tax returns. His failure to file the returns led prosecutors last week to ask a judge to revoke his probation for his past tax offenses and send him to jail.

Mr. Barry was given three years of probation in 2006 after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges for failing to file his tax returns from 1999 to 2004.

Jacks’ house up for sale

The Southeast row house, where the decomposing bodies of four sisters were found is up for auction.

WTOP Radio reported that the two-story home is run-down, and that there is scribbling on a bedroom wall. One drawing shows four cracked eggs, with a child popping out of one of them. Also written on the walls are, “Yes I do love Mom” and “Love me.”

In January 2008, Banita Jacks was found in the home with the bodies of her four daughters, whom she is accused of killing.

Carlton Hill, a representative of the bank that now owns the property, said the house will be hard to sell because of its history and the drug activity in the area. Mr. Hill has dropped the price of the three-bedroom house from $149,000 to $90,900.

The home will be up for auction again in a few weeks; a previous auction failed to attract a buyer.



Second man sentenced in scam

A federal judge has sentenced a second man involved in a credit card scheme who stole hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Abu Kondeh, 24, of Baltimore, will serve 30 months in prison and was ordered to pay nearly $600,000 in restitution for his part in a conspiracy started by Dain McCalla. He was sentenced Tuesday to 3 1/2 years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $1 million in restitution.

Prosecutors said the men used prepaid MasterCards to take over more than 50 credit card accounts. They received names, birth dates and Social Security numbers of patients from a woman who worked at a medical facility.

Kondeh’s actions cost between 10 and 50 people $582,000. Four others besides McCalla and Kondeh have been convicted.


Teen pays fines in bridge crash

The 19-year-old woman who fell asleep while driving on the Bay Bridge before a fatal accident has pleaded guilty to three motor vehicle charges.

Queen Anne’s State’s Attorney Lance G. Richardson said Candy Baldwin of Millington paid $470 in fines last month to settle county district court charges.

On Aug. 10, John Short, 57, of Willards, died in his tractor- trailer after going over the side of the bridge. Authorities said Miss Baldwin’s car veered into oncoming traffic moments before Mr. Short drove through the bridge’s wall and into the water.

Miss Baldwin’s blood-alcohol level was 0.03, which former state’s attorney Frank M. Kratovil Jr. decided was too low to warrant criminal charges in the fatal accident.


Men charged in vandalism

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two men in connection with vandalism that included spray-painting racial slurs on a church.

The sheriff’s office said Ronald Christopher Smythers, 21, of La Plata, and Kenneth Allen Sanders, 19, of Indian Head, have been charged with five counts of malicious destruction of property.

The office was notified last week of racial and ethnic slurs that had been spray-painted on a church, school, store and sign in the La Plata area.

Officials offered a reward for information leading to an arrest or indictment of those responsible, and said they received tips from the community.

Mr. Smythers was arrested Monday, and Mr. Allen was served with a criminal summons Tuesday. Authorities were trying to determine whether others were involved.



Woman charged in staged robbery

Vienna police said a Fairfax woman has been charged in a staged bank robbery to cover up her embezzlement at the bank.

In a statement released Wednesday, they said Mekeda Smith-El, 26, was arrested Feb. 13. She reported an armed robbery Jan. 28 at a Wachovia Bank in the 200 block of Maple Avenue. Police later learned the report was a cover-up.

She is charged with three counts of embezzlement and one count of solicitation to commit a felony.

Police have not recovered the money and said officers are still investigating.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

Sign up for Daily Newsletters

Manage Newsletters

Copyright © 2021 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

Please read our comment policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide