- The Washington Times - Friday, October 23, 2009


Development planned for Walter Reed

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty is quickly drafting plans to redevelop part of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus when the hospital moves to the National Naval Medical Center in Maryland.

On Thursday, the mayor announced that the D.C. government will draft a reuse plan over the next 12 months for the southern half of the campus. The city expects 62 acres will be transformed into a mixed-use development along Georgia Avenue in Northwest.

The Army is expected to move off the campus in 2011 as part of the base-realignment legislation approved in 2005. The General Services Administration plans to take over the northern part of the campus. And the State Department has plans for the western part of the area.

The city also is seeking a developer for two lots overlooking Walter Reed.

2 indicted in IRS fraud

An accountant and a lawyer from Virginia were indicted Thursday for plotting to defraud the IRS.

Daryl Haynor, who worked at an accounting firm in Tysons Corner and John Flask with a Vienna law firm, were charged with making false and misleading statements to IRS agents and attorneys during audits.

Michael Parker, CEO of TransCapital Corp. in Northern Virginia, was charged Thursday in a criminal complaint with conspiracy to defraud the IRS. In a plea agreement filed Thursday, Mr. Parker agreed to plead guilty.

Prosecutors said Mr. Haynor, Mr. Flask and Mr. Parker marketed a tax shelter that enabled U.S. corporations to claim tax deductions totaling more than $240 million on corporate income tax returns.



Tech gets threats in online post

Virginia Tech police are investigating threats of another mass shooting at the university in a YouTube posting.

Police said in an e-mail sent to faculty and students late Wednesday night there have been no direct threats against the school, the scene of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

University spokesman Mark Owzcarski said Thursday that authorities think the threats may have originated in Europe. One blog posting said “the massacre is incoming” and two say “next massacre is incoming.”

Virginia State Police and the FBI are assisting in the investigation.

In April 2007, student gunman Seung-hui Cho killed 32 students and faculty members on campus, then took his own life.


Police investigate mysterious death

Court records show that Fairfax County police are conducting a murder investigation to determine whether a Korean-American teenager died last year from injuries suffered in a religious ritual or exorcism.

Rayoung Kim, 18, of Centreville, died in July 2008 of blunt force trauma, according to medical examiners, and her death was ruled a homicide.

According to an affidavit, Miss Kim’s brother told police that family members had been performing a religious ritual on Miss Kim in the minutes before she lost consciousness.

Miss Kim’s father said Thursday in a brief phone interview that police have their facts wrong and he does not understand why his family is under investigation. He declined to comment on whether an exorcism had been performed.



Hotel owner pleads guilty in gas leak

The owner of a boardwalk hotel where a carbon monoxide leak sickened several people over the summer pleaded guilty Thursday to failure to provide carbon monoxide detectors.

Salvatore Rinaldi, owner of the Americana Hotel, pleaded guilty to the 10 counts in District Court. He also agreed to donate $10,000 to the Ocean City Fire Department to help with its carbon monoxide detector outreach programs.

On Aug. 11, the Americana was evacuated after high levels of carbon monoxide were detected in the building. According to the Ocean City Fire Marshal’s Office, carbon monoxide detectors were not installed in the hotel’s rooms.


Worker charged in baby boy’s death

Maryland State Police charged a Talbot County day care worker for the death of a child in her care.

State Police officials said the child suffered injuries consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome. Gail Dobson, 52, was charged with manslaughter and child abuse resulting in death. Ms. Dobson was arrested Wednesday night.

The D.C. Medical Examiner’s office said 9-month-old Trevor Ulrich died last month from inflicted head trauma, which is consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome. Paramedics found the child in cardiac arrest at Ms. Dobson’s day care center in Trappe on Sept. 2. The boy died the next day at Children’s Hospital in Washington.

State police said the child had been in Ms. Dobson’s care for two days.


Plan targets illegal immigrant students

Frederick County officials are considering asking state lawmakers to require a count of students with questionable immigration status in the county’s public schools.

Republican commissioners Charles Jenkins and John L. Thompson introduced the plan Tuesday as a legislative proposal.

The county commissioners could recommend the measure next week to the county’s legislative delegation, which would then decide whether to introduce a bill in the General Assembly.

The Maryland Board of Education ruled in March that the county cannot require local school officials to seek the immigration status of students without a valid reason.

Mr. Thompson told the Frederick News-Post on Wednesday that the new plan would only produce a rough tally of students whose legal presence in the country can’t be reasonably determined.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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