- The Washington Times - Friday, July 24, 2009



Obama to attend Deeds fundraiser

President Obama will cross the Potomac River in two weeks to stump for Democratic gubernatorial candidate R. Creigh Deeds.

The Deeds campaign announced Thursday the president will come to Northern Virginia for an Aug. 6 rally and fundraiser for Mr. Deeds at a McLean hotel.

A week ago, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. headlined a fundraiser in Richmond for Mr. Deeds.

Mr. Deeds also picked up the endorsement of the politically muscular Virginia Education Association. The 60,000-member organization represents public school teachers across the state.

Meanwhile, Republican Robert F. McDonnell stood with a cordon of sheriffs and prosecutors who back him in the governor’s race.

Mr. McDonnell announced the formation of his Law Enforcement for McDonnell Coalition, 111 officers and commonwealth’s attorneys from across the state.

Mr. McDonnell is a former Virginia Beach prosecutor.



Man gets 14 years on drug charge

A Silver Spring man was sentenced Thursday to 14 years for possession of a drug similar to the date-rape drug GHB.

The U.S. attorney’s office said Steven Hess, 41, also was ordered to serve three years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute 1,4-butanediol.

Montgomery County police began investigating after receiving reports of visitors at all hours to the residence shared by Hess and co-defendant Mark Hawkins, 26, according to Hess’ guilty plea. A search of the home and a self-storage unit in Silver Spring found 86.32 liters of 1,4-butanediol and 124.7 liters of gamma butyrolactone.

Prosecutors said Hawkins pleaded guilty to the same charges and faces up to 20 years at sentencing Aug. 12.


3 more youths face adult charges

The teen who authorities say was the instigator of the violent escape of 14 youths from a state-run juvenile detention center will be tried as an adult.

A judge in Frederick ordered Michael Martin, 17, of Baltimore waived into adult court Thursday on charges including first-degree escape and second-degree assault on five Victor Cullen Center staff members.

Martin Harris, 17, and Delontay Boozer, 18, also of Baltimore, were waived into adult court Wednesday.

They are among 14 youths who escaped from the facility near Sabillasville on May 27.

Four who were under 18 at the time have now been charged as adults.


Man pleads guilty in bank robbery

A Silver Spring man pleaded guilty Thursday to armed robbery of a bank in which a teller was shot.

Anirudh Lakhan Sukhu, 42, will be sentenced on Oct. 15.

According to the plea agreement, Sukhu and two others robbed the Bank of America branch on Ten Oaks Road in Clarksville. During the robbery, court documents say Sukhu shot a teller in the hand.

The trio led police on a chase into Montgomery County, where police say Omar Burnett, 24, of Burtonsville was killed in a shootout with officers.


Man, wife accused in burglary spree

A husband and wife suspected of stealing thousands of dollars worth of goods and property from homes around Carroll County have been arrested, state police said Thursday.

Jerome Herron, 41, of Westminster was charged in 14 burglaries committed between April and July. His wife, Tina Herron, 34, was charged in six burglaries committed last October and this May.

State police said the burglars would break windows, pry open sliding-glass doors or simply enter homes through unlocked doors. The Herrons are accused of stealing jewelry, power tools, cash, prescription drugs, guns and electronics.

Police said the Herrons sold some of the items and kept others for themselves.

Mr. Herron was arrested earlier this month shortly after a burglary in Sykesville. Mrs. Herron was arrested Tuesday at the couple’s home.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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