CRIME & JUSTICE

Friday, March 3, 2006

THE DISTRICT

Double Slaying Police identified two men slain in a double shooting Wednesday as Michael Branham, 18, and Michael Berry, 21.

Branham and Berry were shot about 7:15 p.m. in the 900 block of Wahler Place SE. Branham, of the 4400 block of Eads Street NE, was transported to Washington Hospital Center, where he died. Berry, of Fort Washington, died at Howard University Hospital.

Police think the shooting stemmed from a dispute about drugs.

Police urge anyone with information to call them at 202-727-9099. They offer rewards of up to $25,000 for information leading to arrests and convictions of suspects in homicides.

Murder Charge A 19-year-old man was arrested yesterday and charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of a teenager two months ago in Southeast Washington, authorities said.

Police said that Floyd Tomlinson of the 300 block of 51st Street SE turned himself in to detectives. He is accused of participating in the killing of Charles Cokley, 16, who was found shot Jan. 5 in an alley behind the 4200 block of Fourth Street SE, police said.

Victim Identified D.C. police identified Damien Anthony Turner, 26, as the man who was fatally shot Tuesday afternoon in Southeast Washington.

Turner, of the 3000 block of Gainesville Street SE, was shot in the face and arm about 3:30 p.m. at 18th Street and Independence Avenue SE, police said. He died at the scene. Investigators urge anyone with information to call them at 202-727-9099.

MARYLAND

Undocumented Workers Three Howard County entrepreneurs were arrested yesterday and charged with employing illegal Indonesian immigrants at sushi restaurants in Baltimore, authorities said.

Tzu Ming Yang, 48, his wife, Jui Fan Lee Yang, 49, and Jack Chang, 41, all of Clarksville, had employed the undocumented workers since 1997 at their restaurants and housed them in "squalid" conditions in nearby apartments, said a spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

They were charged with money-laundering and employing and harboring illegal immigrants who were not authorized to work. Each could face more than 30 years in prison if convicted.

VIRGINIA

Teacher Charged A first-grade teacher has been placed on administrative leave after a classroom confrontation with a bespectacled 6-year-old student, Manassas City police said yesterday.

Rebecca Scott-Mitchell, a teacher at Baldwin Elementary School in Manassas, scratched the area around the boy's eyes when she removed a pair of sunglasses during a confrontation Monday, police said. Other children were in the class at the time.

After a cross-jurisdictional investigation by school officials, the Department of Social Services and police, Mitchell was placed on administrative leave. She has been charged in a warrant with simple assault and battery, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.

School officials did not return phone calls yesterday.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.


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