- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 7, 2009


Neighborhoods host jazz shows

Officials with the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission are helping to bring nearly 80 jazz performances to neighborhood venues as part of an annual jazz celebration.

The commission has partnered with the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival to host “Jazz in the ‘Hoods” over 10 days at 32 D.C. establishments. The free and ticketed performances are taking place in restaurants, clubs, hotels and galleries in a variety of neighborhoods.

This year’s fifth-annual Duke Ellington Jazz Festival started Friday and runs through June 15, with performances by Harry Connick Jr., Buckwheat Zydeco, the Marsalis family and others.



Husband charged in wife’s death

A man was charged with killing his wife Friday after police said they found inconsistencies in the husband’s story that his wife was stabbed to death by a man who carjacked them on the New Jersey Turnpike.

Ryan Holness, 28, was charged with murder in the death of Serika Dunkley Holness, 26, whose body was found on the side of a rural Eastern Shore road earlier Friday. Mr. Holness had told police that he and his wife were carjacked while returning to Maryland from New York, where they had been visiting family.

State police said information provided by Mr. Holness throughout the day did not match that provided by witnesses and evidence found at the scene.

Mr. Holness, of Lexington Park, was charged with first- and second-degree murder and was being held pending a bond hearing, said state police, who were still searching for the couple’s car.

Police said the husband told officers he was forced to drive to the Crumpton area in Kent County, where the carjacker forced him out of the car and bound his hands and feet. Mr. Holness said his wife tried to escape but the carjacker ran her down and killed her before driving away, state police said.

The husband, who was wounded when police arrived, told officers he freed himself after several hours, unsuccessfully tried to flag down motorists and eventually called 911 about 6 a.m. from a nearby home.

Police found the wife’s body a few minutes’ walk away from that house.


Man indicted in hammer attack

A Westminster man accused of attacking his neighbor with a hammer, then raping her, has been indicted by a grand jury.

Paul Scott, 51, faces charges including attempted second-degree murder, first-degree rape and first-degree assault.

Prosecutors say the case was taken to a grand jury in part because it allowed them to merge two cases into one. Mr. Scott was initially charged with beating the woman after the May 10 attack, and the rape charges were added later.

Mr. Scott is being held on $750,000 bail.

The victim told police that Mr. Scott hit her several times on the head with a hammer. She said Mr. Scott had called her that morning, then came to her house. The woman allowed him inside after he asked to use the bathroom.



State to educate about child labor

Virginia officials are initiating a statewide campaign to make businesses and parents aware of youth employment during the busy summer season.

The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry says it is contacting as many as 400 employers from June 22 to 26. The Child Labor Law Enforcement Team is hitting the streets to spread the word about safe employment practices for teen workers in Virginia.

Employers must follow specific laws including how many hours teens can work and what jobs they can perform. They must also follow federal labor laws.

Businesses face civil fines and penalties for violating the child-labor laws.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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