City/county Digest


April 17, 2006

Slaying suspect crashes car into fire station

A 29-year-old Gaithersburg man who is accused of killing his girlfriend yesterday crashed his car into a fire station afterward, hampering the ability of a rescue crew to reach him with an ambulance, according to Montgomery County police and fire officials.

The woman's body was discovered shortly after the suspect fled the scene of the death and crashed about 5:30 a.m. in the 7200 block of Muncaster Mill Road in Derwood, according to officials with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service.

Fire Capt. Oscar Garcia said the vehicle struck a light pole, landed in a ditch and caught fire about 50 feet across the intersection from a fire and rescue station at Muncaster Mill and Shady Grove roads. The ambulance could not respond because of damage to the station door and the ambulance, he said.

Police reported finding the 28-year-old woman dead in a townhouse in the first block of Harbor Tree Court in Gaithersburg. They declined to release the victim's name yesterday and said the suspect's name will be released after he is charged.

At the scene of the accident, crews from the station put out the fire and treated the driver until an ambulance from another station arrived. He was treated for injuries that were not life-threatening.

Greg Garland

Baltimore: Homicide

Teenager arrested in killing at party

A teenager wanted in the fatal shooting of a man who was holding a 16th birthday party for his daughter was arrested without incident late Saturday, Baltimore police said yesterday. Jamal Charles, 16, of the 4000 block of Edmondson Ave. was arrested about 10 p.m. Saturday as he was leaving a house in the 300 block of Denison St., said Agent Donny Moses, a Police Department spokesman. Charles was charged as an adult with first-degree murder in the shooting of Bryan Jones, 42, after an argument at the party late Friday.

Montgomery: Law enforcement

Moose might join Honolulu police

Charles Moose, the former Montgomery County police chief made famous for leading the 2002 chase of snipers in the Washington area, might be joining the Honolulu police force, said Honolulu police Maj. Susan Ballard. But Moose, who now lives in West Oahu, may be having second thoughts about the Honolulu job, Ballard said. "He's been going back and forth on his decision," Ballard said. Moose resigned as Montgomery County police chief in 2003 amid criticism from county ethics officials that he was cashing in on his job by writing a book about the sniper case.

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