State Digest


August 02, 2006

Shooting victim was a bystander

A young woman who was fatally shot in downtown Hagerstown wasn't the suspected gunman's intended target, according to court records.

After Trisiviah Rodriguez was shot early Monday, a witness allegedly heard Demetrius P. McDaniels, 27, say, "I missed whoever I was aiming for," according to charging documents.

McDaniels, of Hagerstown, is charged with first-degree murder and other offenses in the death of Rodriguez, 20, of Hagerstown. Police have said the shooting followed an altercation among a group of people.

A friend of Rodriguez, Gabi VanDyke, told the Hagerstown Herald-Mail that Rodriguez, who didn't live in the neighborhood, wasn't involved in the altercation.

"She was just in the wrong spot when the bullets started flying," VanDyke said

Associated Press

Allegany County

Body recovered from Potomac

Authorities recovered the body of a Cumberland man from the Potomac River's North Branch yesterday, a day after he disappeared while swimming.

A state police helicopter crew spotted the body of Gerald J. Hansford, 49, about 10:40 a.m. on rocks in the middle of the river about a quarter-mile downstream from where he had gone in, city police said.

The body showed no signs of foul play, but an autopsy will be performed, police said.

Hansford was among four men who entered the water Monday evening after being told by a city worker to leave a boat ramp where they had been drinking and listening to loud music.

Associated Press


Man pleads guilty to robberies

A California man pleaded guilty in federal court in Boston yesterday to a cross-country spree in which he robbed 19 banks, including six in the Maryland suburbs of Washington.

Rodney V. Brooks, 44, of Hayward, Calif., faces a maximum of 20 years in prison, three years of probation and a $250,000 fine at his sentencing, which is scheduled for Nov. 9.

From May to September last year, Brooks robbed or attempted to rob seven banks in San Francisco, three in Washington, D.C., six in Maryland and three in the Boston area before being apprehended in Massachusetts, prosecutors said at yesterday's plea hearing.

The robberies netted him just over $38,000, prosecutors said.

Brooks was arrested Sept. 22 while a patient at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Nurses recognized him from media reports and called authorities, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney in Boston said. It was unclear why he was hospitalized.

Associated Press

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