Saturday, May 23, 2009



Teen gets 20 years in fatal shooting

A Prince George’s County teenager has been sentenced to 20 years in prison in the death of a high school student last year.

Judge Sheila Tillerson-Adams sentenced Jeffrey Boddie, 18, of Lanham, on Friday. Boddie pleaded guilty in February to voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of 18-year-old Cherrese Richardson.

Miss Richardson was shot in January 2008 near Charles H. Flowers High School in Springdale.

Prosecutors say Boddie and Terrance Martin, 19, were in a car and fired at a rival. Richardson was caught in the crossfire and was wounded in the head. She died three days later.

Martin was convicted of second-degree murder and other charges. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison.


Owner charged in assault on worker

Montgomery County police have charged a Silver Spring man with physically and sexually assaulting a woman who worked at his salon.

Police say Adane Mekonnen Ali, 33, was arrested Thursday. He is charged with assault and sex offenses for purportedly attacking and sexually assaulting the 23-year-old woman on May 6.

Police say Mr. Ali asked the woman to stay late at the Addis Hair Salon in the 11000 block of Grandview Avenue. After customers and employees left, police say, Mr. Ali forced her onto a couch and assaulted her.


Defense requests change of venue

Attorneys for a woman accused of killing two of her adopted daughters whose bodies were found in her freezer are asking a Calvert County judge to move her trial for the abuse of a third girl.

In a request filed Wednesday, attorneys asked that Renee Bowman’s case be transferred to another court because of extensive pretrial publicity.

The motion says Miss Bowman is unable to receive a fair trial in the county, given that her case has been featured prominently in local media, in addition to other factors.

Authorities found the two girls’ bodies in September while investigating an abuse complaint involving Miss Bowman’s third daughter. Miss Bowman faces attempted murder charges in the abuse of the surviving girl.

In Montgomery County, she faces murder and child abuse charges in the deaths of the two girls.


Authorities identify accident victim

Aberdeen Proving Ground has identified a man killed during live-fire testing of a Soviet tank.

Mark Henry, 49, of Delta, Pa., died Thursday. The general engineer was a government civilian worker participating in a test of a T-55 Soviet tank firing 100 mm ammunition.

Two other workers, Douglas Mauzy, 50, of Aberdeen, and Joseph Gray, 32, of Aberdeen, were taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview by helicopter with serious injuries.

Aberdeen said the tank was in a marshy area where the test to determine the tank’s abilities was being performed.

A team from the Fort Rucker Combat Readiness Center/Safety Center in Alabama is leading the investigation.


City settles with restaurant

The city of Annapolis and Vaccaro’s have reached an out-of-court settlement to resolve a dispute over the company’s Market House restaurant.

The city said Friday that Vaccaro’s will receive $15,000, sign a new lease and dismiss all its claims against the city.

Annapolis now has control of Market House after Market House Ventures LLC returned the property to the city.

Litigation started in December 2007 because businesses were moving out because the heating and air conditioning systems weren’t sufficient.


Cat wounded by an arrow

Humane Society officials in Wicomico County say someone intentionally shot a feral cat with an arrow.

Officials say the target arrow just missed the cat’s vital organs and the cat was injured days before she was found in a shed off Nanticoke Road in Salisbury on Wednesday.

Linda Lugo, the executive director of the Wicomico County Humane Society, said based on the wound, it is believed someone shot the cat on purpose.

The cat will stay at the Humane Society’s surgery unit for at least 10 days. Rescuers will work to tame her, in hopes of an eventual adoption.


Pepco seeks rate increase for 2010

Pepco has asked the D.C. Public Service Commission for an increase in delivery rates.

If granted, the request, made Friday, would add about 6.1 percent to monthly residential electric bills.

A typical bill for a residential customer using 750 kilowatt-hours monthly would increase by $6.43.

The proposed $51.7 million increase would take effect in the first quarter of 2010. Pepco says it reflects rising costs, including higher cost of capital, improvements to the electric system, more pension expenses and inflation.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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