- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 25, 2009


Former city clerk gets 2 years

A former D.C. government clerk has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison for taking a bribe from an undercover FBI agent.

Ikela Dean, 32, a former D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs employee, was sentenced Tuesday to 27 months in prison.

Prosecutors said Dean, who reviewed applications for business licenses, certificates and permits, demanded late fees in cash from businesses and nonprofits seeking to keep their elevators running and he kept the money.

The groups, which included Washington Hospital Center and the Metropolitan Club of Washington, paid the late fees in cash and other invoices by check.

In November, Dean was convicted of receiving a bribe and of extortion. The judge dismissed 12 of 14 charges accusing Dean of pocketing thousands of dollars in late fees for elevator licenses.



New rules drafted for lethal injection

Maryland has drafted new regulations for execution by injection.

The proposed rules announced Wednesday by the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services move the state closer to resuming executions after a break of more than 2 1/2 years.

The draft rules include provisions designed to prevent last-minute fumbling for a usable vein in inmates whose blood vessels have been damaged by drug use.

Gov. Martin O’Malley said the draft regulations mark an important step in ensuring that executions are carried out in a manner consistent with state and federal law.


Murder suspect free on bail

An attorney for a man accused of killing his missing wife said his client is at home in Rosedale with a monitoring device after posting $50,000 bail.

David Irwin said Dennis Tetso was released Monday from the Baltimore County Detention Center and would be allowed to work until his Nov. 17 trial.

Police arrested Mr. Tetso at his job last week, and he was later charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife. She disappeared four years ago on her way to a rock concert.

Tracey Tetso’s body has not been found, and Mr. Irwin said Tuesday that there’s nothing linking his client to the disappearance.



15-year sentence for I-64 shootings

Slade Allen Woodson of Afton is 20 years old, but he may spend the next 15 years behind bars for his role in a series of shootings along Interstate 64 in the Charlottesville area that injured two people. He also must pay about $12,000 in restitution.

Albemarle County Circuit Court Judge Cheryl Higgins sentenced Woodson on Tuesday to 150 years but suspended 135 years.

Woodson pleaded guilty in March to 14 felony charges, including malicious wounding and shooting from a motor vehicle. He admitted firing a .22-caliber rifle at cars, houses, utility equipment and a deer in March 2008.

A co-defendant, Brandon Dawson, 17, was placed in the state juvenile system in the fall and is on parole.


Town will forgive with statues’ return

The message for whoever stole two wolf statues created to promote Abingdon is: Bring them back, and you won’t face charges.

Twenty-seven statues painted by local artists were placed in the town Saturday and were to remain until October, when they will be auctioned off to benefit Advance Abingdon, the town’s Main Street organization.

But two statues disappeared Sunday night from outside the Barter Theatre and a downtown business.

Advance Abingdon President Gary Kimbrell came up with the idea for the project. He says the town once known as Wolf Hills just wants its wolves back, and no charges will be filed if the wolves are returned.


Effort under way to save depot

A $2 million effort is under way to save the historic Lee Hall train depot in Newport News.

The depot was split into two sections so it could be moved to a more secure location across the railroad tracks. The north section already has been moved and the south section is being relocated this week.

After the depot is reassembled, the city plans to renovate it and convert it into a museum.

The Friends of Lee Hall Depot Foundation plans to hold a gala in September to celebrate the preservation of the depot, which was built in stages between 1881 and 1918.


GOP’s McDonnell first to buy TV time

Republican Robert F. McDonnell is the first 2009 gubernatorial nominee to start advertising on television.

Mr. McDonnell will spend about $300,000 for a 10-day run of a 30-second ad in Virginia’s downstate broadcast and cable markets. It’s not airing in the expensive Washington area market that serves Northern Virginia.

The spot appeals to entrepreneurship and business development in Virginia.

It’s part of an effort by Mr. McDonnell and the Republicans to put a different spin on the central campaign issue of jobs and the economy, themes that powered historic Democratic victories just a year ago.

But it airs in the early summer lull, the start of vacation season, just three weeks after state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds won the Democratic nomination and four months before the Nov. 3 election.

From wire dispatches and staff reports



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