- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 26, 2009


2 more charged in shop owner’s slaying

Metropolitan Police say two more people have been arrested in the slaying of a pizzeria owner in his restaurant.

Leon Robinson, 25, and Isaiah Genus, 26, both of the District, have been charged with first-degree murder.

Shahabuddin Rana, 44, of Silver Spring was beaten to death Aug. 18 in his restaurant in Northeast. Police have linked the slaying to an immigration scam.

Shanika Robinson, 26, of Capitol Heights was arrested Aug. 28 and charged with first-degree murder while armed in the killing.



Officials report 8th swine flu death

Maryland health officials said Friday an eighth person had died after contracting swine flu.

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) said a youth from the Baltimore metropolitan area with serious underlying medical conditions was the latest victim.

DHMH Secretary John Colmers says this is the state’s first pediatric death associated with swine flu.


Firefighters called to warehouse fire

Prince George’s County firefighters Friday night responded to a warehouse fire in Hyattsville.

Fire department spokesman Mark Brady said they were called to the warehouse along Route 1 about 6 p.m. Friday. They found heavy fire conditions in the center of the vacant building, he said, adding the fire was suspicious.

Mr. Brady said firefighters soon brought the blaze under control, and there were no injuries. About 45 firefighters and medics were called to the scene.

Route 1 was blocked in the area in both directions with traffic disruptions that were expected to last well into the evening.


3 charged with killing handicapped man

Baltimore County police have charged three men with first-degree murder in the slaying of a man who used a wheelchair.

Marin Jonathan Lendosky George, 25, was found dead in his Essex apartment on Sept. 18 by a maintenance man. The medical examiner ruled he had been strangled.

On Thursday, police arrested 18-year-old Keon Samuels, 18-year-old Andrew Nguyen and 19-year-old Marlon Montes. All three were charged with first-degree murder and are being held without bail.

Police said the three targeted Mr. Lendosky George for robbery, and during the crime, Mr. Nguyen put his arm around the victim’s neck, knocked him from his wheelchair and choked him. Police say the other two men stole jewelry and electronics from the apartment.


New hearing planned on utility merger

Maryland attorneys will get another chance to question Constellation Energy executives about the company’s proposed merger with France’s EdF.

Public Service Commission Chairman Doug Nazarian said an additional hearing will be held on Tuesday. After that, the parties will meet again on Friday to decide whether more questions need to be answered.

The additional hearing was announced a day after Maryland’s attorney general criticized Constellation for waiting until the close of evidentiary hearings early this week before disclosing final terms of the transaction.

Now, the state wants to find out more about any substantial changes that could affect Constellation’s corporate structure, as well as financial implications of the $4.5 billion proposal.

Constellation spokesman Rob Gould said the value of the transaction hasn’t changed.


O’Malley was asked to join proposal stunt

A scheduling conflict may have saved Gov. Martin O’Malley from having his name linked to a state delegate’s use of police resources during a marriage proposal stunt.

Delegate Jon Cardin enlisted city officers to pretend to search for contraband on a friend’s boat in the Inner Harbor in August as a helicopter hovered overhead, then asked his girlfriend to marry him.

In an e-mail obtained by the Baltimore Sun through a Maryland Public Information Act request Mr. Cardin, the nephew of Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, invited Mr. O’Malley to make a surprise appearance afterward.

Mr. O’Malley was in Ocean City that day, and a spokesman said the governor didn’t know what was being planned.

Mr. Cardin, who has repeatedly apologized for the stunt, reimbursed the police department $300 and donated $1,000 to the mounted police unit.

Police said an internal investigation was continuing.

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