No Bond for Second Suspect in 1992 Slaying

Clayton Victor Kissel, the second suspect in the 1992 burning death of Sara Marie Sapp, was ordered held without bond at a hearing Monday in St. Mary's County Circuit Court.

Kissel, 40, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, was arrested last month in Iowa after being indicted by a St. Mary's grand jury in August in connection with the killing of Sapp, a 24-year-old California woman whose body was found alongside her burning car in a field off Route 5 in June 1992.

Police initially believed her death was a suicide, but the medical examiner's office later found that she had been suffocated. Kissel was living near Hollywood at the time of the slaying and moved to Iowa in 1993.

The investigation was reinvigorated last year by a joint task force, led by Detective Edward Canfield of the St. Mary's County sheriff's office, that included investigators from the Maryland State Police and the state's attorney's office.

Authorities allege that Kissel conspired with Christopher James Wilson, 25, of Leonardtown to kill Sapp. Wilson also was indicted in August and has been released from the St. Mary's Detention Center on $300,000 bond.

Both men face charges of first- and second-degree murder, manslaughter, first-degree assault and two counts of arson.

Safety Devices Offered for Car Trunks

Prince Frederick Motors will install free, glow-in-the-dark trunk safety latches on 50 cars this month, the dealership announced last week.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 30, mechanics at Prince Frederick Motors will place the latches on General Motors cars, regardless of where they were purchased, on a first-come, first-served basis. The latches would allow children who become trapped in the trunk of the car to escape.

According to the National Safe Kids campaign, 11 children under age 6 died in trunk entrapments last year, the dealership noted in a statement. The national campaign estimates that hundreds of children and adults become trapped each year, whether unintentionally or during an abduction.

Mike Longon, vice president of Prince Frederick Motors, said that some cars--particularly old cars or new 2000 models--will not be able to have the latches installed. The installation will take about 1 1/2 hours, according to the statement. For appointments or more information, call Prince Frederick Motors at 410-535-3200 or toll-free at 1-877-535-3200.

Russian Bishop to Visit

Bishop Ruediger R. Minor, leader of the United Methodist Church in Russia, will deliver sermons during his visit to Huntingtown United Methodist Church on Oct. 31.

Worship services at the church, located on Hunting Creek Road, will be at 9 and 10:30 a.m. that Sunday.

Minor leads more than 35 United Methodist congregations throughout Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. He will discuss the church's presence in that region since the fall of communism in 1991.

Earlier this year, the Russian government reregistered the Russia United Methodist Church as a "centralized" religious organization, giving it legitimacy in the eyes of the Russian Duma, the national parliament.

For more information on the bishop's visit, call Pat Elder at 301-855-9140.

Tree Festival Seeks Help

Organizers of this year's Charles County Festival of Trees are seeking volunteers who can donate baked goods, door prizes or raffle and auction items, or who are willing to decorate trees or purchase trees for the Nov. 26-29 event.

The festival, this year dubbed "Puttin' on the Glitz," is sponsored by the Society for the Friends of Hospice of Charles County and by the Greater Waldorf Jaycees. It is held at the Jaycees Community Center in Waldorf.

Funds raised by the festival help support care for hospice patients and bereavement for their families, as well as AIDS support groups.

Anyone interested in helping should call 301-609-TREE.