- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 20, 2009



Two more cases of swine flu reported

Maryland health officials say two more swine flu cases have been confirmed, bringing the state’s total to 35.

Health department spokeswoman Karen Black said all 35 have either recovered or are recovering.

The outbreak has killed 80 worldwide, including 72 in Mexico and six in the U.S.


Man shoots girlfriend, himself

A 21-year-old Tracys Landing man shot his 20-year-old girlfriend, then killed himself after an argument, Anne Arundel County police said.

The incident happened at about 4:40 p.m. Sunday at the man’s parents’ home in the 6200 block of Franklin Gibson Road.

Police said Andrew Mackall grabbed a .357-caliber handgun from a gun safe and shot his girlfriend in the torso before shooting himself.

The woman, who did not live at the house, was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore in critical but stable condition. Police did not released her name.

Police said Mackall and the woman had been involved for years and had a child together.

Court records show that Mackall had a history of violent charges and was convicted of second-degree assault last year.


Woman killed in crash after son falls asleep

A woman was killed after her son fell asleep at the wheel, causing a chain-reaction crash, Anne Arundel County police said.

The crash happened Tuesday morning in Pasadena. Police said Herbert Ratcliff, 64, of Pasadena, fell asleep at the wheel of his 2005 Toyota Camry and drifted into oncoming traffic on Fort Smallwood Road.

He crashed head-on into an sport utility vehicle, leading to a chain reaction that involved two other vehicles.

Mr. Ratcliff’s 85-year-old mother, Irene, suffered upper-body injuries and died at the scene. Mr. Ratcliff was taken to a trauma center with chest pains. No one else was injured.


Navarro holds lead for council seat

Democrat Nancy Navarro held a commanding lead Tuesday night in unofficial results in the special election in Montgomery County to fill the District 4 seat on the County Council.

According to results posted on the Board of Elections’ returns page Tuesday night, with all 45 precincts reporting, Mrs. Navarro had 6,637 votes, or 63.36 percent of the total.

Republican Robin Ficker had 3,423 votes, 32.68 percent of the total. Green Party candidate George Gluck has 372 votes, and there were 43 write-in votes.

The seat became vacant when council member Donald Praisner died in January after colon cancer surgery. He had won a special election last spring to fill the position that his wife, Marilyn, held for 17 years before her death in February 2008.


4 shot, 3 nabbed after police chase

Three men and a 17-year-old woman suffered gunshot wounds about 4:40 p.m. Tuesday near R and North Capitol streets Northeast, D.C. police spokesman Officer Quintin Peterson said.

Police happened to be in the neighborhood when they heard the shots and saw a minivan fleeing the scene, Officer Peterson said.

WTTG-TV (Channel 5) reported that police pursued a stolen Dodge van into Prince George’s County, then back to the District and into Prince George’s again, where three suspects were taken into custody after a crash with a police car on Riggs Road near Prince George’s Plaza.

The four shooting victims were taken to hospitals. One of the men was in critical condition.


Men sentenced for mislabeled catfish

A Fairfax man was sentenced in California to more than five years in prison for importing and mislabeling $15 million of frozen Vietnamese catfish as flounder and other fish to avoid U.S. import tariffs.

U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez also on Monday ordered Peter Xuong Lam, who was the president of Virginia Star Seafood Corp., to pay $12 million to the government as reimbursement of the tariffs.

Arthur Yavelberg of Reston, who was the president of Silver Seas, a Virginia-based fish importer, was sentenced to probation for his role in the scheme.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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