- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 11, 2009



William Zantzinger, song villain, dies

A Maryland socialite whose fatal beating of a black barmaid was recounted in a Bob Dylan protest song of the 1960s was buried Friday.

William Zantzinger, 69, died Jan. 3, and funeral services were held Friday, the Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home said.

The tobacco farmer served six months for manslaughter in 1963 for striking a 51-year-old barmaid with his cane for taking too long to serve him a drink. Hattie Carroll later died of a stroke. In the “Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll,” Mr. Dylan criticized different standards of justice meted out to whites and blacks.

In 1991, Mr. Zantzinger pleaded guilty to collecting more than $64,000 in rent on slum houses he no longer owned. He pleaded guilty to 50 misdemeanor counts of deceptive trade practices for collecting rents on properties he lost in 1986 for not paying taxes.


State police seeking crash witnesses

Maryland State Police are seeking witnesses to a crash on the Baltimore Beltway that killed two people Friday afternoon.

A van carrying two people went off the Beltway near U.S. 40 West about 2:30 p.m. Friday and struck a light pole and tree before bursting into flames. State Police are asking anyone who witnessed the crash to call them.



Man faces charges of trafficking pot

A Monticello man is behind bars, accused of being part of a multinational Internet-based marijuana-distribution ring.

David Allen Haney, 27, was arrested Thursday and charged with possession of more than 5 pounds of marijuana with intent to distribute, Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Lt. David Wells said.

Authorities with the sheriff’s office, Virginia State Police and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service searched Mr. Haney’s home in a gated community Thursday and found about seven pounds of “high-grade” marijuana and other items believed to be involved in the distribution ring, Lt. Wells said.

Mr. Haney remains in the Central Virginia Regional Jail. He is scheduled to appear in court Monday.

If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison.


Teen dies after officer uses Taser

A Martinsville boy, 17, died after a city police officer used a Taser on him.

Virginia State Police are investigating the death of the teen, who has not been identified.

Officer R.L. Wray used his stun gun on the boy when he “moved rapidly” toward him in an offensive manner, Martinsville police Chief Mike Rogers said. Officer Wray had responded to calls of disorderly young men in the street.

Officer Wray tried to resuscitate the teen, who was later pronounced dead at a local hospital, Chief Rogers said.

Although the Taser use was within the guidelines, Chief Rogers said, Officer Wray has been placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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