- The Washington Times - Friday, July 17, 2009


Police identify man killed near Capitol

D.C. police have identified the man fatally shot by U.S. Capitol Police after he failed to obey commands to drop his weapon.

Police said Kellen White, 27, of Brandywine, began shooting at several Capitol Police officers and police returned fire Wednesday afternoon.

The chaotic scene began after White sped away in a white car after a routine traffic stop a few blocks from the Capitol.

Capitol Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider said White drove the wrong way down a street and ultimately crashed into a police cruiser. He struck two officers with his car along the way. The officers received minor injuries.



Man charged with threatening judges

The FBI on Thursday arrested an Alexandria man on charges he sent e-mails threatening to kill white judges in South Carolina.

Stephen Rosenberg, 51, was arrested this week at his home. He was indicted on July 7 by a federal grand jury in Columbia, S.C.

The indictment said Mr. Rosenberg appeared before a federal judge in South Carolina in May in a civil suit he had against the U.S. government. Authorities said since then, Mr. Rosenberg has sent e-mails to the same judge, including one e-mail that threatened to kill white judges in South Carolina.

The indictment also said Mr. Rosenberg sent an e-mail intended to influence or intimidate the judge regarding his civil case.


Police identify standoff gunman

Authorities identified a gunman who was locked in a standoff with Fairfax County police for nearly 24 hours before fatally shooting himself.

Police said John Valentini, 44, shot and injured a woman who was the mother of his 8-year-old son in the Pimmit Hills neighborhood of Fairfax County on Tuesday night. They said Valentini shot the woman outside of a house on Lisle Avenue after a domestic dispute. Valentini then fled into a nearby house.

Officials said Valentini shot himself in the upper body Wednesday evening as police tried to enter the house with a remote-controlled robot after losing communication with the man. Police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell said he died at a hospital early Thursday.

A woman and the 8-year-old boy who were also in the house were unharmed.



O’Malley announces ‘Civic Guard’ plan

Gov. Martin O’Malley wants to get private and nonprofit groups involved in a “Civic Guard” to help Maryland in the event of a major disaster or emergency.

The state is urging businesses to submit information to the state’s emergency management Web site to let Maryland officials know what kind of equipment or help companies could offer.

At a meeting of emergency preparedness and response leaders on Thursday, Mr. O’Malley said that help could include heavy equipment to move debris after a disaster.

The governor said he hopes the initiative will build on partnerships the state already has with nonprofit groups and private business.


‘Hard questions’ for security vendor

A state agency met with the vendor that supplies home monitoring services for juveniles to discuss how a Baltimore teen managed to cut off his ankle bracelet before purportedly shooting a 5-year-old girl.

Lamont Davis, 17, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder for purportedly spraying an area with gunfire after a fight, hitting the girl and another teen.

Maryland Department of Juvenile Services Secretary Donald DeVore said the department has “some very hard questions” about the home monitoring services with vendor iSecureTrac.

Department spokeswoman Tammy Brown said meetings also are scheduled for Friday.

Maryland monitors about 200 youths statewide.


Man pleads guilty to pimping teens

A 25-year-old Reisterstown man pleaded guilty Thursday to sex trafficking of a minor.

Federal prosecutors said Byron Thompson pimped three teenage girls on the Internet and on the streets.

Thompson admitted he recruited minors and sold sex with them through Craigslist. Two of the girls were 15 and one was 17. He will be sentenced in October.

Prosecutors said Thompson arranged sexual encounters with the girls at hotels and homes and made them solicit business on Baltimore streets and at truck stops.

Police found the three girls at a truck stop in March and arrested Thompson after he posted an Internet ad in May.


Officials back off amplification ban

Ocean City officials are backing off the enforcement of a recently passed ban on electronic amplification for boardwalk performers.

An agreement between Ocean City and the Maryland American Civil Liberties Union means boardwalk performers are free to use microphones, loudspeakers and CD players in their acts.

Police will be instructed to tell people to lower the volume if their acts are too loud.

The ACLU told the town it received several complaints from performers who rely on amplified musical accompaniment or microphones and argued that the boardwalk is a public forum where free expression is constitutionally protected.

The town attorney, Guy Ayres, said Ocean City will eventually drop the law, but won’t make the street performers wait for that to happen.


Customs seizes bird head at BWI

U.S. Customs officials say agents at BWI seized a soap-encrusted severed bird’s head from the luggage of a traveler returning from Nigeria.

Customs and Border Protection agents at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport found the head in a container of homemade black soap on Tuesday. The discovery comes less than four months after they seized another soapy bird’s head from a Nigerian traveler.

The traveler in Tuesday’s incident, a U.S. citizen of Nigerian descent, was issued a $300 fine and the bird’s head was destroyed.

Nigeria is affected by the “highly pathogenic” avian influenza and foot-and-mouth disease. Customs officials say importing fowl products from regions with bird disease outbreaks poses a significant threat to the American poultry industry.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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