Detectives Testify in Clark Trial
Montgomery County police detectives said yesterday that they focused on Carl Dorr as the initial suspect in the 1986 disappearance of his daughter, Michele, but also zeroed in on a former neighbor after he became violently ill at the mention of the little girl's name.
In the fourth day of the murder trial of Hadden Clark, detectives testified that Clark bolted from an interview with police a week after Michele vanished and asked to use the restroom, where he vomited and suffered diarrhea.
Clark, 47, who at the time lived two doors down from Michele's father, has been charged with first-degree murder. Clark is serving a 30-year sentence in the 1992 murder of a young Bethesda woman--a fact that the judge ruled was too prejudicial for the jury to hear.
Michele was last seen playing in a plastic pool in her father's Silver Spring back yard on May 31, 1986. She has never been found.
Man Arrested With Cigarettes
A Virginia man was arrested in Montgomery County yesterday and charged with unlawful possession and transportation of untaxed cigarettes after officials allegedly found 3,940 packs of cigarettes that did not have Maryland tax stamps in his rented car.
Mohid Fares Shahrour, 55, of Richmond, was the eighth person arrested by agents from the Maryland comptroller's office since the state's cigarette tax increased to 66 cents a pack from 36 cents July 1, Comptroller William Donald Shaefer said in a statement.
"Eventually cigarette smugglers are going to get the message: You can't circumvent Maryland tax law," Shaefer said.
If convicted, Shahrour faces a fine of up to $20,700 and up to three years in prison.
Detainees Escape INS Custody
Two men with criminal records escaped Wednesday from the custody of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, apparently with the help of a third person who was waiting with a getaway vehicle near the Honduran Embassy, authorities said yesterday.
INS spokesman Kevin Donovan said agents recaptured one of the fugitives, Melvin Ortiz-Montecino, 26, near a former address in Baileys Crossroads yesterday. The other, Mario Alexis Vargas, 27, of no fixed address, remained at large.
Donovan said the Honduran nationals had been ordered deported this week because of robbery convictions. Two unarmed INS detention officers had taken the detainees to the Honduran Embassy in the 1500 block of K Street NW to process their travel papers when they fled.
Donovan said the men were not handcuffed. He said it was unclear whether the men assaulted the INS officers, although one officer suffered minor injuries.
The agency is reviewing its procedures for restraining deportees as a result of the escape, he said.
Anyone with information about Vargas's whereabouts is asked to call the INS at 202-307-1572 or 202-616-5000.
Man Charged in Recent Slaying
D.C. police arrested a Southeast Washington man yesterday and charged him with first-degree murder while armed in the death of Aaron Kendall Walker, an 18-year-old who was stabbed to death Sept. 24.
James Gregory Morgan Jr., 21, of the 3500 block of Sixth Street SE, was arrested at 8 a.m., said 7th District Cmdr. Winston Robinson. Morgan's stepfather, Gregory Sam, 55, also of Sixth Street SE, was arrested and charged as an accessory. He drove Morgan from the scene after the stabbing, Robinson said.
Walker was stabbed in the chest after a dispute during a card game at a parking lot in the 500 block of Mississippi Avenue SE, Robinson said.
Accused Spy to Be Evaluated
A former Australian intelligence officer charged with selling U.S. secrets to a foreign country has been ordered by a federal court judge to undergo a competency evaluation to determine whether he is mentally fit to stand trial.
Jean-Philippe Wispelaere is charged with one count of espionage and two counts of attempted espionage. He was set to stand trial Nov. 8.
Wispelaere's attorney, Nina Ginsberg, told the court Wednesday that her client had deteriorated mentally since being incarcerated in May and needs psychiatric help. Ginsberg told the court that Wispelaere had stopped eating for more than a week and is so confused that he can't communicate with his lawyers.
U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema granted the motion and ordered that Wispelaere be taken to a federal correctional institution in North Carolina for psychiatric evaluation. A hearing on his mental fitness is scheduled for Nov. 19.
Wispelaere was arrested May 12 at Dulles International Airport after he allegedly tried to deliver classified U.S. documents to undercover FBI agents.