State Digest


April 21, 2006

Man charged with killing four relatives

A Virginia man was charged yesterday with killing his parents, his nephew and his niece, whose bodies were found at a mobile home on Virginia's Eastern Shore almost two weeks ago.

The Accomack County, Va., sheriff's office obtained an arrest warrant charging Ronald Shrieves, 32, with four counts of murder.

Shrieves was being held without bail at the Worcester County Jail in Snow Hill, Md., on charges relating to a pursuit and the theft of a pickup truck after the April 7 killings. An extradition hearing was set for today.

Shrieves is accused of killing 68-year-old Harry Shrieves Sr., 58-year-old Edna Shrieves and two of their grandchildren at the couple's mobile home in Modest Town, a small farming community in Accomack County.

Authorities said Victoria Shrieves had dropped off her children at the home to catch the school bus. When she returned to pick them up later that day, she found the bodies of her parents, her 4-year-old daughter, DeNiya, and her 14-year-old son, Deonte.

The investigation is continuing.

Court records show Ronald Shrieves was convicted in Accomack County Circuit Court in April 2003 on one count of distribution of cocaine and sentenced that July to six years in prison. Three years were suspended.


Cecil County: Theft case

Ex-Charlestown clerk repays stolen $20,000, gets probation

A former Charlestown government clerk received three years of supervised probation on felony theft charges after she repaid $20,000 in residents' water and sewer payments that prosecutors said was diverted into her account.

Lisa Carrye Morgan, 45, formerly of Port Deposit, is an insurance company receptionist in Florida and will serve her probation there, prosecutors said. The judge suspended her two-year sentence after she offered a guilty plea.

"The state's main concern and the town of Charlestown's main concern is that she pay back all the money. And $20,000 has been paid in full," Assistant State's Attorney Michael Halter said, adding that it was important that the conviction show on her record.

"If she winds up in some small town in Florida, let's say, and that town wants to hire her, I have no problem with it. But I believe the town should know that this [theft] occurred."


Montgomery: Mortgages

Tougher laws sought on predatory lending

A Montgomery County councilman called for tougher anti-predatory lending laws after an economic justice group released a study yesterday showing minorities and immigrants nationwide are more likely to be victims of predatory loan practices.

The study, conducted by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, illustrates a crisis confronting minorities seeking to own a home, said Councilman Tom Perez, a Silver Spring Democrat.

The coalition's study found that minorities were more likely than whites to receive home loans at high interest rates across all economic levels. The data were taken from the 2004 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act.

"This is discrimination with a smile, one of the most challenging civil rights battles of the new millennium," Perez said.

He defended a bill cracking down on predatory lending in Montgomery County but criticized as inadequate congressional efforts to combat such practices.

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Frederick County: Fatal hit-and-run

Hagerstown teen's case to stay in juvenile court

The case of a 17-year-old Hagerstown boy charged in a fatal accident in Frederick County will remain in juvenile court.

Frederick County Circuit Judge Theresa M. Adams rejected a request by prosecutors this week to move the case to adult court.

The unidentified boy was 16 and driving without a license, police say, when his Honda Civic hit the rear of a sport utility vehicle on northbound Interstate 270 near Frederick on the night of Oct. 1. The SUV overturned, killing passenger Urai Riddle, 42, of Frederick and injuring three other occupants.

The teenager was charged in March with four counts of hit-and-run and other offenses. If convicted as a juvenile, his most severe punishment would be placement in a juvenile detention facility until he is 21, Frederick County State's Attorney Scott Rolle said.


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