- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 16, 2009


Pit bull attacks 3 in Northwest home

Two women and a boy have been taken to a hospital after they were attacked by a pit bull at a Northwest home.

D.C. fire department spokesman Alan Etter said they apparently were trying to keep the dog away from another pit bull that was kept at the home. Rescuers were called to the Petworth area home about 2 p.m. Friday.

Mr. Etter said two women have potentially serious injuries but are expected to survive. A boy about 10 years old also was bitten. His injuries were considered minor.

Police were called to the home, corralled the dog and took it away.

Man guilty in firefighter’s killing

A Northeast man was found guilty Thursday of fatally shooting an off-duty D.C. firefighter in 2007.

Eugene Pugh, 40, of the 3600 block of Jay Street Northeast, was found guilty of first-degree murder while armed and a related weapons offense in the shooting death of Michael Holmone.

Prosecutors say Mr. Holmone was visiting friends in the 3500 block of Jay Street Northeast, in the Paradise/Mayfair neighborhood, at about 9 p.m. on May 11, 2007, when Pugh approached him and fatally shot him.

Pugh was arrested six days later, on May 17, 2007. While at the D.C. Jail awaiting trial, Pugh confessed to another inmate and also threatened to have people kill someone who he thought was a government witness.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 17. Pugh faces a mandatory minimum of 30 years in prison.



Agencies asked to find more cuts

Gov. Martin O’Malley’s budget secretary has asked the heads of state agencies to help find money to make up for another drop in revenue projections.

The Bureau of Revenue Estimates reported earlier this week that general-fund revenues collected through April 30 were nearly $200 million below the March revenue estimate.

The O’Malley administration will be working on a budget reduction plan to submit to the Board of Public Works in late July.

T. Eloise Foster, Mr. O’Malley’s budget secretary, wrote Friday that ongoing deterioration of the global and national economy “requires that we continue this difficult process.”


Train kills person south of BWI

An Amtrak spokeswoman says an Acela train killed a person on the tracks south of Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

Karina Romero says the train hit the person south of the BWI station about 11:25 a.m. The train left Boston on Friday morning at 5:10 a.m. en route to Union Station in the District.

There were 142 passengers on the train, and Miss Romero said none of them were injured. Miss Romero says the train was authorized to travel 125 miles per hour in the area of the accident and was likely going that fast when it hit the victim.

Two of three tracks in the area were closed while authorities investigated. Miss Romero said delays of five to 20 minutes on Amtrak trains and MARC’s Penn Line were expected.


Worker’s hands squeezed in press

A Rosedale worker has serious injuries to both of his hands after a 60-ton press used to make horseshoes closed on them.

A spokeswoman for the Baltimore County fire department said it took rescuers 20 to 25 minutes to free the man’s hands Friday morning. She said authorities don’t know what caused the accident.

Spokeswoman Elise Armacost said the department was called to Victory Racing Plate in the 1200 block of Rosedale Avenue about 9 a.m. That’s where crews found the man with his hands trapped in the press, which is used to mold metal into horseshoes.

He was taken to Curtis Hand Center at Union Memorial Hospital.


Judge reverses jail guard’s firing

A judge in Frederick has reversed the firing of a Frederick County correctional officer for having an inmate’s hair extensions forcibly removed.

County Attorney John Mathias said Friday that the county hasn’t decided whether to appeal the reinstatement of Cpl. Samuel Stottlemyer.

Cpl. Stottlemyer is one of two jailers who filed appeals last year after their dismissals over the November 2007 incident involving inmate Sherelle Showell.

The woman was pepper-sprayed and placed in a restraint chair so that a nurse could cut off her extensions to prevent their use as a noose or strangulation weapon.

The other officer, Sgt. Andrew Adelsberger, has a jury trial scheduled in August on his lawsuit against the state seeking his job back and compensation for lost wages.


Federal worker faces cocaine charges

Federal prosecutors say a grand jury has indicted a legal assistant at the Department of Justice on cocaine charges.

Wilson Lee Garrett, 35, of Waldorf, was arrested Friday. The indictment was returned on Wednesday. Mr. Garrett has a detention hearing Monday.

The two-count indictment says that from the middle of 2006 through February 2007, Mr. Garrett conspired to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. The indictment also says Mr. Garrett attempted to possess 500 grams of cocaine with intent to distribute in March.

The indictment seeks the forfeiture of $250,000 - the proceeds of the conspiracy described by prosecutors.



Democratic field narrows for primary

Little-known Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Jon Bowerbank has dropped out of next month’s primary race and endorsed one of his rivals.

The owner of an energy services company in southwestern Virginia, Mr. Bowerbank had raised more money than either of his rivals, Jody Wagner or Mike Signer, as of April.

In dropping out, Mr. Bowerbank endorsed Mrs. Wagner and said he would refund money to his campaign donors.

In an e-mail announcing his decision, he said, “Now simply wasn’t my time.”

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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