- The Washington Times - Monday, June 29, 2009


Tuesday hearing set in museum shooting

U.S. Magistrate Judge John Facciola scheduled a hearing Tuesday for James W. von Brunn, the 88-year-old white supremacist accused of fatally shooting a guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Prosecutors said last week that Mr. von Brunn had been moved to the Greater Southeast Community Hospital, where he is under the monitor of corrections officials.

Mr. von Brunn faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of museum guard Stephen T. Johns. Mr. von Brunn was shot in the face by other guards and was taken to George Washington University Hospital after the June 10 shooting.

Prosecutors said Mr. von Brunn is able to hear and understand information about his case. His attorney said his client would be informed about the hearing.

Sentencing set in tax scandal

Harriette Walters, the ringleader of a scheme that drained nearly $50 million from the D.C. treasury, is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court.

Walters, a former tax office manager, pleaded guilty in September to wire fraud, money laundering and other charges and has been in jail since her arrest in 2007.



‘Diamond Jim’ to be released soon

Maryland wildlife officials plan to release another batch of specially tagged rockfish, including “Diamond Jim,” who could be worth as much as $20,000 to one lucky angler.

The 50 fish to be released into the Chesapeake Bay on Wednesday are the second of three batches being tagged and released by the Department of Natural Resources for its annual program to promote recreational fishing. One fish in each group is a specially tagged “Diamond Jim” fish.

The first “Diamond Jim” fish released earlier this month is worth $10,000. If it’s not caught by Wednesday, it loses its special status and the second “Diamond Jim” fish will be worth $20,000. If that fish is not caught, another specially tagged fish to be released in August will be worth $25,000.

The fish used in the contest are released at various points throughout the Bay.


Archdiocese to probe woman’s cancer cure

The Archdiocese of Baltimore plans to investigate whether an Annapolis woman’s cure from cancer was a miracle, a possible step toward sainthood for a 19th-century priest.

Mary Ellen Heibel was treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2004 and early 2005 for malignant tumors in her lungs, liver, stomach and chest. After she was diagnosed, Miss Heibel began to pray to Francis X. Seelos and urged others to pray as well. Miss Heibel, who experienced a recovery that her doctors did not expect and cannot explain, continues to pray to the priest, who served in Maryland before dying in Louisiana while treating yellow-fever victims.

The Archdiocese of Baltimore plans to begin investigating the case in a few weeks, marking only the fifth such investigation in its history.


Teenager accused of sexual assaults

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with rape and sodomy, Baltimore County police said.

Police said Robby Poellot has been charged as an adult for purportedly raping a 6-year-old girl and sodomizing her 8-year-old brother at their baby sitter’s Rosedale home.

Authorities said the children were being cared for by the mother of the teen. According to court documents, the teen abused the children in his attic bedroom. Police said that it happened within the past three months and that Mr. Poellot’s mother did not appear to have been at home at the time.


Lumberyard fire described as arson

The State Fire Marshal’s Office says a blaze that destroyed a vacant Eastern Shore lumberyard was deliberately set.

The fire, which was reported about 4:45 a.m. Saturday, destroyed a large two-story building that once housed the Church Hill Lumber Co. in Queen Anne’s County.

No one was hurt in the fire that took more than 80 firefighters 1 1/2 hours to bring under control.


Governor announces state’s ‘Smart Sites’

Fifteen projects across Maryland have been given “Smart Site” designation by the state.

The designation is given to projects that focus on green building practices, encourage smart growth and revitalization of existing communities.

The first round of projects includes housing in a Harford County community near transit and the Aberdeen Proving Grounds; revitalization of a historic Carroll County main street; and a number of transit-oriented developments.

Gov. Martin O’Malley announced the designations Sunday after a walking tour of local development projects in Cambridge.


4th time is charm for Miss Arlington

Caressa Cameron, as Miss Arlington, was named Miss Virginia 2009 in Roanoke.

The Roanoke Times reported that it was not Miss Cameron’s first appearance in the pageant, saying that “the fourth rather than the third time proved to be the charm.” She was the “first runner-up to Tara Wheeler last year and second runner-up twice before that,” the paper said.

“This is not my life right now,” Miss Cameron said after she was crowned. “This just goes to show that hard work and determination will eventually pay off.”

Besides a $16,000 scholarship for winning the title, she received an additional $1,000 scholarship for winning talent competition for her performance of “Listen” from the film “Dreamgirls.”

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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