Week In Review

December 24, 2006


Tests show low level of drug in rape case

The lawyer for a former Navy football player accused in two rape cases has asked military officials to drop the charges after expert testimony that there were no significant amounts of a date-rape drug in the hair of the two alleged victims.

"The government's own evidence destroys their case," defense attorney William M. Ferris argued at the close of Wednesday's preliminary hearing for Kenny Ray Morrison, 24. Ferris noted that military prosecutors alleged that the sexual assaults were facilitated by the use of a date-rape drug, GHB. The allegations stem from complaints that Morrison raped two female midshipmen - one in February at a hotel near Georgetown, the other in April at an Annapolis house.

The results cast doubt on the findings in an earlier government analysis, which pointed to the presence of the drug in the women's hair - but not at high concentrations - during the time of the alleged rapes.

The investigating officer will recommend to the superintendent of the Naval Academy, Vice Adm. Rodney P. Rempt, whether to court-martial Morrison. But Ferris said that he wants Rempt out of Morrison's legal case.

Maryland section, Thursday


Bill would create wine-bar license

Annapolis' sophistication quotient could get a boost this summer if legislation proposed by a city alderman to permit wine bars is passed early next year.

Alderman Richard Israel, who represents the historic district, has introduced a bill that would establish a new liquor license category for the sale of wine in a coffee-shop-style environment. Emmy Harbo, who is seeking to open the Purple Tooth with her partner, Maureen Fallon, said that such a venue would improve the city's image.

"I think it will just add to and give an alternative to the restaurants and exceptional businesses that are already in the West Street corridor," Harbo said.

The Purple Tooth could be open by June at 114 West St., next to the Loews Annapolis Hotel.

Anne Arundel section, Wednesday


DNA evidence opens unsolved rape case

Anne Arundel County police got a break in an unsolved 2002 rape when DNA from a 1994 case, which had been resolved, mistakenly was entered into a crime database during an effort to solve some of the department's cold cases, a police spokeswoman said.

A Baltimore man has been arrested and charged in the rape in Severn after DNA evidence linked him to the crime, Anne Arundel County police said Monday.

Kelroy Williamson, 38, of the 800 block of Jeffrey St. in Baltimore is being held without bail and has been charged with first-degree rape, first-degree assault and several other crimes, according to court documents.

Maryland section, Tuesday


Blaze damages Main Street shop

A two-alarm blaze broke out at a shop on Main Street in Annapolis where the owner was in the process of installing sprinklers.

The fire, whose cause is unknown, caused an estimated $250,000 damage at the building at 149 Main St., which houses the Chesapeake Trading Co., an art gallery.

Owner Joe Rubino said he had talked with city officials and consulted engineers about putting sprinklers in the three-story building in the Historic District.

Maryland section, Tuesday

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