- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 2, 2009


Escaped juvenile back in custody

A youth who escaped from a $46 million juvenile-detention center the day after it opened has been found, D.C. officials say.

The youth was located Monday afternoon, D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services officials said. Officials said the youth fled Saturday evening from its New Beginnings Youth Center in Laurel. The youth is now in the custody of D.C. police.

The 30-acre campus opened Friday and houses 60 young offenders in units of 10 beds each. It replaces the nearby Oak Hill Youth Center. Officials have said they are investigating the escape.



Bartlett to face familiar opponent

So far, the 2010 race for Maryland’s 6th Congressional District seat looks like a rematch of the 2006 contest.

Incumbent Republican Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett said Monday he will seek a 10th term representing Western Maryland and parts of Carroll, Harford, Montgomery and Baltimore counties.

An aide to Democrat Andrew Duck said Mr. Duck planned to announce Monday evening in Frederick that he will make a third run for Mr. Bartlett’s seat.

Mr. Duck, an Army intelligence expert from Frederick County, got 38 percent of the vote in his 2006 showdown with Mr. Bartlett.

In 2008, Mr. Duck lost the Democratic primary to former Frederick Mayor Jennifer Dougherty.


Swine flu cases rise to 61

The number of confirmed swine flu cases in the state has risen to 61, Maryland health officials say.

Health Department spokesman David Paulson said 15 cases have been confirmed over the past 10 days. Of the 61, the spokesman said five have been hospitalized, and all five have either recovered or are recovering.


Annapolis police to try 12-hour shifts

Annapolis police will begin working in 12-hour shifts next month.

The move, approved by the police union last week, is meant to provide flexibility and more manpower on the street. It will be tested for six months.

Currently, the department has three, 10-hour shifts in a day staffed by 16 to 18 officers and corporals per shift, with a sergeant and a lieutenant. But police officials say two 12-hour shifts will free up personnel for two flex squads instead of one.

The initial plan is for a three-day-on, three-day-off schedule that would also give officers two weekends off every 28 days.


Teen held in death of boy, 14

A high school freshman charged in the death of a former classmate has been ordered held without bail.

Charging documents against 16-year-old Javel George are also revealing new details about the death of 14-year-old Christopher Jones.

The documents say Javel and an unidentified 14-year-old punched Christopher in the head and face while the boy was riding his bike near his Crofton home Saturday. Christopher fell to the ground and hit his head while fleeing.

Javel has been charged as an adult with manslaughter. The 14-year-old faces similar charges in juvenile court.

Anne Arundel County school officials say Christopher was a freshman at South River High School, transferring in April from Arundel High School, where Javel is a freshman.


Woman sentenced in robbery, kidnapping

A Lexington Park woman who pleaded guilty to helping kidnap a bank manager and her children and forcing the woman to rob the bank was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Federal prosecutors said Quinita Ennis, 31, conspired with Joseph Brown, a man she was dating, and two others.

Prosecutors said the four kidnapped the woman in September at her Lusby home along with her 5-year-old daughter and toddler son and forced the bank manager to take $169,000 from the bank.

Ennis also was ordered to pay $57,485 in restitution.

Authorities found about $110,000, much of it buried in Brown’s backyard. They said the rest was gambled in Atlantic City or spent on plane tickets, high-tech gifts and clothes.


46 states push for education standards

Maryland, Virginia, 44 other states and the District of Columbia have agreed to adopt common national standards for what students should learn in reading and math from kindergarten through high school.

The agreement announced Monday signals a shift away from local control over curriculum to national standards and national tests.

In Maryland, State Schools Superintendent Nancy Grasmick said a national test developed by the participating states will eventually replace state tests given to elementary- and middle-school students. Maryland’s High School Assessment tests will stay in place for now.

Mrs. Grasmick said the movement was born out of reports that show American students are falling behind children in other countries.

West Virginia and Delaware also are among the participating states.



Navy chaplain convicted of rape

A Navy chaplain who served aboard the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson has been found guilty of raping an enlisted woman.

Lt. Shane Dillman, a Pentecostal chaplain who previously earned honors for his work, faces up to life in prison on that charge. He also was convicted Monday in a military court in Norfolk of fraternization, but was found not guilty of making a threat.

Last week, the 37-year-old Dillman pleaded guilty to adultery, fraternization and other charges stemming from relationships with two other women. He faces up to nine years in prison on those counts.

The victim said that he befriended her after she went to him seeking help with problems.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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