- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 3, 2009



Police shoot suspect in women’s killings

Two women were found dead Wednesday at a home in Anne Arundel County, and the husband of one of them, a suspect in the slayings, was fatally shot by police after being chased through Prince George’s County into the District, authorities said.

Anne Arundel County police were called to a home on Ella Welch Way about 6:25 a.m. Witnesses saw a man kicking in a door and then heard loud pops, said Arundel police spokesman Justin Mulcahy.

Officers found Sheena Blandford and her cousin, Cheryl Timmons, dead of apparent gunshot wounds. Police did not have their ages.

Mr. Mulcahy said police identified a suspect and an address in Upper Marlboro in Prince George’s County. That county’s officers went to the residence about 9:30 a.m., and the suspect, 51-year-old Theodore Blandford, the husband of Mrs. Blandford, fled in a car.

Prince George’s County police spokeswoman Cpl. Erica Johnson said Blandford led police on a chase into neighboring Washington. Blandford stopped the car and got out while brandishing a handgun, Cpl. Johnson said.

Several officers fired at Blandford, killing him, Cpl. Johnson said. No officers were hurt.

Authorities are still investigating the crime, and do not know of a motive for the slayings.


3 indicted in beating of black fisherman

A grand jury on Wednesday indicted a man and two teenagers who police say beat an elderly black fisherman in a Baltimore park last month.

All three of the suspects are white. One of them, 27-year-old Calvin Lockner, is nicknamed “Hitler” and has a tattoo of the Nazi leader.

Lockner, 17-year-old Zachary Watson and 16-year-old Emmanuel Miller were indicted on charges including armed carjacking, armed robbery, first-degree assault and hate crime. Each faces up to 85 years in prison on those four counts alone.

The victim, 76-year-old James Privott, was kicked, punched and beaten with a baseball bat. Authorities said his attackers yelled racial slurs and that Lockner told police the beating would not have happened if the victim had been white.


Cardin donated $1,000 to police

A Maryland lawmaker who used Baltimore police resources as part of his marriage proposal said he donated $1,000 to the department’s mounted police unit.

Delegate Jon S. Cardin wrote a check last week for $300 to reimburse police for the Aug. 7 stunt on a boat in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and said he donated an undisclosed amount to the mounted police. In an e-mail Wednesday, Mr. Cardin wrote the donation was $1,000.

Mr. Cardin’s proposal involved members of the department’s marine unit pretending to search the boat for contraband until Mr. Cardin, Baltimore County Democrat and the nephew of Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, proposed to his girlfriend. The department’s helicopter flew overhead, too.

A Baltimore Community Foundation spokeswoman confirmed Mr. Cardin’s donation, but declined to reveal the amount.

An internal police investigation on the incident is ongoing.


O’Malley adviser to shift focus

A longtime adviser to Gov. Martin O’Malley is shifting gears to focus on two main issues: energy and economic recovery.

Michael Enright has been the governor’s chief of staff since Mr. O’Malley took office in 2007. Before that, Mr. Enright served as first deputy mayor for all of Mr. O’Malley’s tenure as Baltimore’s mayor.

Mr. Enright’s new position is called senior adviser to the governor. He’ll be focusing on how the state spends money from the federal economic recovery act and looking after energy concerns in the state.

Matthew Gallagher, who has been deputy chief of staff, will move into the chief of staff job, which concentrates on day-to-day operations of Cabinet agencies and the governor’s office.


Bear hunt applications up 10 percent

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that applications for black bear hunting permits have risen by about 10 percent.

The agency said it received more than 3,600 applications last week for the 240 permits available for the hunt beginning Oct. 26.

That’s up from nearly 3,300 applications for 220 permits last year.

The DNR said 304 applicants donated about $1,500 to a fund that compensates farmers for bear damage to agricultural property.

This is the first time permit applicants have been asked to make voluntary donations to help defray the program’s cost to taxpayers.

The fund has paid out more than $98,000 since 1996. It is also supported by other private donations and annual sales of black bear conservation stamps.



DNC will spend $5 million on races

The Democratic National Committee says it will spend at least $5 million to aid R. Creigh Deeds in his race for governor and other statewide races this fall.

National party spokesman Brad Woodhouse said that by the Nov. 3 election, the DNC will at least match its stake in the election of Tim Kaine as governor in 2005.

Mr. Kaine took over in January as chairman of the DNC and faces high expectations of keeping the governor’s office in Democratic hands for a third consecutive term.

The most recent statewide poll shows Mr. Deeds trailing Republican Robert F. McDonnell.

The DNC has already put about $1 million into the Virginia race and will pump about $4 million more into Mr. Deeds’ campaign and the state Democratic Party in the two-month stretch run to election day.


AAA predicts drop in holiday travel

AAA Mid-Atlantic is predicting a 15 percent drop in Labor Day travel in Virginia, in part because of the holiday’s later start this year.

Labor Day falls on Sept. 7, after the start of the school year in many areas. Last year, the holiday fell on Sept. 1, which allowed families to take a long weekend trip before classes began.

AAA Mid-Atlantic also said a higher than expected number of Virginians hit the road last year because of falling gas prices, good travel deals and pent-up demand.

The organization said Wednesday it expects about 1 million Virginia residents to travel 50 miles or more from home during this year’s holiday weekend.


Man arrested in woman’s abduction

Fairfax County police arrested a Maryland man in the abduction of a woman from the Franconia-Springfield Metro station parking garage.

Authorities said Diallo Outing, 22, of Oxon Hill, was charged with carjacking, abduction by force and other offenses. He was arrested shortly before midnight Tuesday and was being held in the Fairfax jail.

Police said the woman told them she was forced into the trunk of her car Tuesday and driven around for an hour before she was released unharmed. The woman was dropped off about eight miles from the station in the Lorton area and she walked to a nearby home to call 911.

Officer Don Gotthardt said officers spotted the woman’s car being driven by Mr. Outing and pursued it until it lost control and crashed. Mr. Outing fled on foot and police said after hours of searching they found him in nearby woods.

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