- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 29, 2009

MARYLAND

BALTIMORE

3 plead not guilty in fisherman attack

A white supremacist and two teenagers pleaded not guilty Monday in what authorities described as the racially motivated beating of a 76-year-old black fisherman.

Attorneys entered the pleas on behalf of Calvin E. Lockner, 28; Emmanuel Miller, 16, and Zachary Watson, 17, at a hearing in Baltimore Circuit Court. The three defendants appeared in jail jumpsuits and shackles and did not address the court.

According to police, the three defendants beat James A. Privott with a stick and shouted racial slurs in an unprovoked attack last month as he fished in a waterfront park in south Baltimore. They are charged with crimes including first-degree assault and armed carjacking and could face enhanced penalties under Maryland’s hate crime law.

Mr. Lockner told investigators the attack would not have happened if the victim had been white, according to charging documents. Mr. Lockner has a tattoo of Adolf Hitler on his stomach, and police said he is nicknamed after the Nazi leader. He has spent much of this decade in prison after pleading guilty to a sex offense in 2000.

ROCKVILLE

Tree kills woman working in yard

Montgomery County police said Diane Leech was doing yard work in front of her home on Oaktree Road in Rockville about 5 p.m. Sunday when a tree fell on her.

Mrs. Leech’s husband called 911, and she was taken to a hospital, where she died.

Police said rainfall may have led to the tree being uprooted.

CAMBRIDGE

5th suspect charged in beating of man, 86

Cambridge police said Lamont William Davis, 19, is the fifth person to be charged in the beating and robbery of an 86-year-old man early Sept. 20.

Mr. Davis, of Cambridge, was arrested Sunday and charged with robbery, burglary, assault and theft and was being held on $200,000 bond.

Milton Cromwell of Cambridge was working at the Cambridge Laundry when a group of men approached him and attacked him. Three men and a 14-year-old boy have also been charged in the attack.

BOWIE

Man killed Sunday by masked intruders

Prince George’s County police are looking for three masked men they said broke into a Bowie home and killed a man while holding his family at gunpoint.

Police said Tyrone Richardson, 39, suffered trauma to his upper body and was dead when police arrived at his house on Marleigh Drive early Sunday. Officers found the rest of the family unharmed.

Police spokeswoman Cpl. Erica Johnson said investigators think Mr. Richardson was targeted and the incident was “isolated.”

The intruders, two armed with handguns, left with a Mercedes-Benz S430 with an S500 placard affixed to it with a Maryland dealer plate number.

Police said they were also looking for a black Chrysler 300 or Cadillac that followed the Mercedes from the subdivision.

BOONSBORO

Conservative activist running for House

Neil Parrott, a conservative Republican activist from Hagers-town, said he is running for the Maryland House of Delegates seat held by fellow Washington County Republican Christopher Shank, also known for his conservative views.

Mr. Parrott made his formal announcement Monday. Mr. Shank said he will announce in a couple of weeks whether he will run for the state Senate seat held for five terms by moderate Republican Donald Munson.

Mr. Parrott has organized local “tea party” activities in opposition to higher taxes and health care reform.

VIRGINIA

GLOUCESTER

Whale found dead in York River

The carcass of a 25-foot humpback whale has found Saturday floating near Gloucester Point. Biologists are investigating the cause of death.

Although humpbacks are found in oceans and seas around the world, David Malmquist of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science said the whale’s appearance in the York River is uncommon.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, humpbacks have been listed as endangered since 1970.

ORANGE

Pit bull euthanized after toddler’s death

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said a pit bull attacked a 23-month old Orange County girl Sunday night at a residence in the Mountain Track Road area.

Sheriff Mark Amos said a family member found the girl, who had gone outside to where the dog was tied. He said there were wounds all over the child’s body. She was taken to the University of Virginia Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead .

Sheriff Amos said the dog hadn’t caused problems previously and had lived with the family for about 10 years. The dog later was euthanized.

VIRGINIA BEACH

Ex-officer sentenced for wife’s slaying

Michael Lee Everage, a former Navy lieutenant, was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison for the Feb. 19, 2007, fatal beating of his wife.

According to prosecutors, Everage killed his wife Robyn because he feared she would disclose his sexual relationship with another man, ending his naval career.

Mrs. Everage was seeking a divorce after she discovered her husband had had an affair with one of her girlfriends.

Circuit Court Judge Stephen C. Mahan upheld a jury’s December recommendation that Everage serve 25 years for the killing.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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