- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 6, 2009



Sun business editor killed in crash

Tim Wheatley, the business editor of the Baltimore Sun, was killed Monday morning in a car accident in which his 9-year-old daughter was seriously injured, police said.

Mr. Wheatley, 48, was making a left turn about two miles from his home in rural northern Baltimore County when a delivery truck collided with the driver’s side of his car, county police spokesman Bill Toohey said. Mr. Wheatley died at the scene, and his daughter, Sarah Wheatley, who was in the front passenger seat, was taken to a hospital.

A traffic light controls the intersection and it appeared to be working, Mr. Toohey said. Police were investigating to determine whether either driver ran a red light and whether charges should be filed against the truck driver, Kevin P. Callahan, 28, of Owings Mills.

Mr. Wheatley started at the Sun in 2006 as assistant managing editor for sports, then moved to the business department earlier this year during a newsroom reorganization. His title was head of money and spending.


Directors sentenced in mortgage fraud

Two top officers from a Maryland financial firm have been sentenced to prison for a multimillion-dollar mortgage fraud scheme.

Clifford McCall, 48, of Lanham, was sentenced Monday to four years in prison and was ordered to pay nearly $2.5 million in restitution. McCall had served as president of an investment group that assisted the Metropolitan Money Store in consulting for distressed homeowners.

A federal judge also sentenced McCall’s daughter and vice president, Chandra Jones, 31, of Lanham, to nearly three years in prison. She was ordered to pay nearly $4 million in restitution.

Authorities said the two conspired with others to fraudulently promise help to homeowners who had equity but were facing foreclosure. They then submitted fraudulent loan applications to mortgage lenders.



Man charged with sexual battery

An Australia resident has been charged after two teenagers say they were abused by the man as much as 11 years ago, Fairfax County police said.

George Desmond Copping, 71, was arrested in Los Angeles on Sept. 17. He was taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center on Sept. 30 and charged with three counts of aggravated sexual battery.

Police said, in February, a 17-year-old told them she was abused by Mr. Copping, the husband of her former piano teacher, in 1998 and 1999.

During an investigation, police said 19-year-old said she was abused from December 2000 through January 2001.


Transit driver cited in May

The Richmond transit driver charged with reckless driving in the death of a pedestrian last week faced another reckless driving charge in May.

Teresa L. Jones, 46, was cited for reckless driving and failure to wear a seat belt May 22 while driving her personal vehicle. Miss Jones paid a $25 fine for the seat belt violation, and the reckless driving charge was dismissed after she attended an eight-hour driving school.

Officials with GRTC Transit System said they were unaware of the charge.

Miss Jones was behind the wheel Wednesday when her bus struck Loucendia Reed Lambert, 55, of Disputanta, a state Department of Health employee. Miss Jones was charged with reckless driving two days later.

Miss Jones remains on paid administrative leave.


Woman sentenced for fake crashes

A Norfolk woman will spend seven years in prison for staging auto accidents to collect insurance money.

Teresa R. Gallop, 41, was sentenced in federal court Monday.

Gallop had 60 prior felony convictions, including one for manslaughter.

Gallop was convicted earlier this year of staging three car crashes, using children as young as 4 pretending to be victims. Gallop collected about $50,000 in insurance payments.

Prosecutors said Gallop directed her teenage son and his friend to deliberately collide their vehicles, then she and several minor children would climb into one of the vehicles and claim to have suffered injuries during the crash. They said she also altered medical bills before submitting them to insurance companies.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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