- The Washington Times - Friday, November 13, 2009



Six more die from swine flu

Maryland health officials say six more deaths associated with swine flu have been reported in the state.

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said Thursday that the six deaths have occurred in the past month.

The deaths are three from the Baltimore area, two from western Maryland and one from southern Maryland. All involve adults with underlying health conditions.

The deaths bring the state’s total to 19.


Teen pleads guilty to stabbing schoolmate

A teenager has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the stabbing death of a 15-year-old at their middle school.

Timothy Oxendine, 15, of Baltimore, entered the plea Thursday. Under the terms of the plea deal, he faces a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison, with all but 25 years suspended. He will be sentenced Feb. 2.

Oxendine was 14 when he stabbed Markel Williams, 15, in an ongoing dispute in November 2008. The two were students at William H. Lemmel Middle School.


Five charged with plastic theft

Authorities in Prince George’s County have charged five people in the large-scale theft of plastic pallets and delivery containers.

State’s Attorney Glenn F. Ivey says the ring stole containers belonging to Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola and other companies from stores such as Safeway and CVS and transported them out of state. He says demand for recycled plastic has grown around the world, making this form of theft lucrative.

Officials say retail and wholesale food distributors have suffered an estimated $10 million in losses in the past year from this kind of theft.

Mr. Ivey says the losses sustained by the companies from this kind of theft trickle down to consumers.

Four of the people charged are Maryland residents and one is from the District. They range in age from 27 to 48.


Police ID pedestrian struck, killed

U.S. Park Police have released the name of a man hit and killed by two U.S. Secret Service vehicles.

Police say Larry Moore, 53, of Temple Hills, died after being hit early Wednesday on the Suitland Parkway near Naylor Road.

The agency didn’t release more details, citing the pending investigation.

Secret Service spokesman Malcolm Wiley said the two armored vehicles were traveling from Andrews Air Force Base to a Washington garage when Mr. Moore was hit.

Mr. Wiley said the vehicles were returning from a vice presidential trip to Fort Lewis in Washington state. He said the Secret Service employees driving the vehicles immediately stopped to help Mr. Moore.

He was pronounced dead at Prince George’s Hospital Center.


Ex-prison guard guilty of smuggling

A former Maryland prison guard has pleaded guilty in a conspiracy to deal heroin as part of a scheme that smuggled drugs and cell phones into prisons.

Federal prosecutors say Terry Robe, 26, of Glen Burnie, assisted the Black Guerilla Family gang, which is active in many state prisons.

Robe’s plea said she conspired with others at the Metropolitan Transition Center in Baltimore to distribute heroin from 2008 through April 2009.

She was searched March 18 after authorities heard her talking on a cell phone. Two cell phones she was smuggling into the prison for an inmate were in her clothes. Prosecutors said she was helping to traffic drugs, too.

She will be sentenced Feb. 5. Three other former correction employees have pleaded guilty in the scheme.


Inmates to get swine flu shots

Maryland corrections officials say the state has received its first shipment of swine flu vaccine and will provide shots to some inmates and staff.

The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services says 1,900 vaccinations will be administered by its health care provider, Correctional Medical Services.

Inmates who are pregnant, under the age of 24 with underlying health conditions, and those ages 25-64 with high-risk health complications are in the priority group to get the vaccine.

Staff who are permanently assigned to infirmaries or a medical transportation unit, including contracted health care providers working within the facilities, are also in a priority group.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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