- The Washington Times - Monday, January 26, 2009


Body found near C&O Canal

A man’s body was found over the weekend near a popular trail in the C&O Canal National Historic Park, according to the U.S. Park Police.

Park police Sgt. Robert Lachance said the body of Maxwell Kleiman, 48, of the District, was discovered Saturday afternoon by two hikers. The body was found off the rugged Billy Goat trail in the Wide Water area of the park, south of Great Falls, Md.

The spokesman said that there appears to be no indication of trauma or foul play but that authorities are awaiting autopsy results.

Man fatally shot in Southeast

A D.C. man was fatally shot over the weekend in the 200 block of Talbert Street Southeast, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

Police responding to a shooting call about 12:30 a.m. Saturday found Clyde Graham, 32, dead in a hallway. No arrests have been made.



Police kill man wielding knife

Baltimore City Police Department officers fatally shot a man over the weekend who purportedly stabbed his pregnant ex-girlfriend.

The incident occurred early Saturday morning after the officers responded to a domestic dispute call. Police spokeswoman Nicole Monroe said that the man refused to drop a knife and that two officers opened fire after a Taser failed to disarm him.

The man was pronounced dead about 3:30 a.m. at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The estranged girlfriend was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma, where she was treated for multiple stab wounds to the upper back. Miss Monroe also said the unborn child appears to have not been harmed. The identities of the woman and the man who was killed were not immediately released.

The identities of the officers also are not being released. They were placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.


Recovery expected for shot officer

An officer shot during a drug arrest is expected to make a full recovery, a police union official Sunday.

Officer Dante Arthur was shot twice in the face Friday night and Saturday underwent the first of what is expected to be several reconstructive surgeries. Three men were arrested after the shooting.

Police say Officer Arthur and his partner were working in plain clothes about 8 p.m. Friday when one of the men offered to sell them cocaine. Officer Arthur was shot when the two attempted to arrest the man.

Police union President Robert F. Cherry said the officer is in good spirits and his doctors expect a full recovery. The union official says one bullet shattered the officer’s jaw and several teeth while the other grazed a cheek.


Lawmaker questions counting illegals

A Harford County lawmaker wants the state attorney general to rule on whether illegal immigrants should be included in census figures.

Republican Nancy Jacobs said that including their numbers could lead to more legislative districts in Democratic areas. Mrs. Jacobs said illegal immigrants, who cannot vote, should not be counted to determine legislative districts.

District boundaries will be redrawn after next year’s census. The U.S. Census Bureau counts the number of persons living in an area, regardless of whether they are citizens.



Steeler arrested near Old Town

Pittsburgh Steeler Jonathan Dekker was arrested over the weekend in Alexandria, city police said.

Officers responded to a complaint at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday near Old Town Alexandria. They said Dekker tried to flee but was apprehended.

Police said only that Dekker, a tight end for the Super Bowl-bound Steelers, was charged with obstruction of justice and released on $1,000 bond. A hearing is scheduled for Feb. 2.

Dekker, a Princeton graduate, was signed by the Steelers in 2006. He was placed on the steam’s injured-reserve list this season, after a knee injury in August.


Bill Clinton to speak at Democratic dinner

Former President Bill Clinton will be the featured speaker at this year’s Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner on Feb. 7 in Richmond.

Democratic Party of Virginia spokesman Jared Leopold said Sunday that the party’s three gubernatorial candidates - Terry McAuliffe, Brian J. Moran and R. Creigh Deeds - also will speak during the weekend gathering. The candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general also are expected to attend.

Last year’s dinner, which featured then-Democratic presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton, raised more than $500,000 for the state party, Mr. Leopold said.


Property values fall about 15%

Property assessments for 2008 dropped by about 9 percent in Loudoun County.

According to the county assessor’s office, residential property values decreased by an average of nearly 15 percent. The deepest decline was for condominiums, for which values dipped by an average of 24 percent.

Sterling was hardest hit last year, where assessments dropped by 31 percent.

An analysis by the office found that the property tax rate would have to increase slightly for the average residential tax bill to remain unchanged.

County Administrator Kirby Bowers has not yet suggested a tax rate for fiscal 2010.

Officials began mailing the assessment notices to property owners Friday. Residents can appeal the notices by filing a form within a month of the mailing.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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