- The Washington Times - Monday, March 23, 2009


Police make arrest in triple homicide

The Metropolitan Police Department said Sunday that Joseph Mays, 44, has been charged in connection with a triple homicide in Northeast.

Authorities said Mr. Mays was apprehended Saturday, after police found a woman and two boys possibly killed in a domestic dispute at the Northeast apartment, in the 2000 block of Maryland Avenue, in the Trinidad neighborhood.

Mr. Mays is charged with three counts of first-degree murder while armed.

Erika Peters, 37, and a boy were found dead in the apartment. The other child was taken to a hospital, where he later died.

An unharmed 2-year-old girl was removed from the apartment.

Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said the girl is the daughter of Miss Peters and Mr. Mays. She said the boys, 8 and 10, were Miss Peters’ from a previous relationship. Chief Lanier also said authorities are awaiting a medical examiner’s report to determine the causes of death.



Fishermen find infant in bag in lake

The body of an infant was found Sunday afternoon in a bag in a lake, according to the Prince George’s County Police Department.

Cpl. Erica Johnson said two men discovered the bag at about 3 p.m. while fishing at Lake Artemesia.

She said county police and other authorities were on the scene late Sunday afternoon.


Woman charged in club shooting

A 34-year-old Randallstown woman has been charged in a shooting outside a lesbian nightclub in Baltimore that killed a woman and injured two others, according to charging documents.

Sharone Newton is charged with first-degree murder in the March 7 death of SctarioTia Edwards outside Coconuts Cafe, in the Mount Vernon neighborhood.

The documents state a woman bumped into Miss Newton on the dance floor in the club, leading to an argument. Miss Newton left the downtown club but returned at closing time and attacked the women with whom she’d been fighting. She then grabbed a gun and started firing into a crowd, hitting Miss Edwards, who was not involved in the initial dispute. The two women with whom Miss Newton had fought were shot multiple times.

Miss Newton is being held without bail.


Elderly child molester dies in county jail

An 87-year-old Frostburg man who pleaded guilty last year to child molestation has died in jail.

Authorities say Harold Crowe was found dead in his cell Friday afternoon at the Garrett County Detention Center.

Crowe was serving an 18-month sentence. The Garrett County Sheriff’s Office said Crowe had been in poor health since the beginning of his jail term in January.

His body was taken to the state medical examiner’s office in Baltimore for an autopsy, but authorities think he died of natural causes.

Crowe pleaded guilty in November to one count of sexual abuse of a minor and three counts of third-degree sex offense.

He had no previous criminal history.


Man indicted in shooting of teen

A 21-year-old Frederick man has been indicted on charges including attempted murder in a shooting in February of a high school student.

Authorities say Isaiah Martin turned himself in to police Friday afternoon after he was indicted by a grand jury.

He’s accused of shooting Paul Cox in the chest on the afternoon of Feb. 3, just after the teenager left Gov. Thomas Johnson High School.

Prosecutors say Mr. Cox, 17, and Mr. Martin and their friends had been involved in an ongoing dispute.

Mr. Cox had been accused of firing shots in the Amber Meadows neighborhood two days before he was wounded. But charges against him were dropped after a witness made conflicting statements.



School sets forum before sex show

The Sex Workers’ Art Show is coming to the College of William & Mary on Monday for the fourth consecutive year.

But first, the school will conduct a public forum to let people express their opinions about the controversial show that features strippers, prostitutes and other sex workers performing and talking about their jobs. The forum is set for Monday afternoon.

The show is always popular with William & Mary students. But some alumni and community members say it portrays the university in a negative light. Some state legislators also have complained.


Man’s body found along parkway

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a weekend homicide that closed a stretch of Riverside Parkway for much of Sunday.

The early-morning homicide, in the Lansdowne area, occurred at about 5:30 a.m. on the parkway, between Coton Reserve and Kingsport Drive.

Deputies discovered the bodies of a man and a severely injured woman across the roadway. The female victim was taken to an area hospital, where she remains in critical condition.

A sheriff’s office spokesman said the victims suffered from blunt-force trauma. Neither was carrying identification.

Police are trying to identify the unresponsive woman through her fingerprints.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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