Shark Scare Evacuates Beach at Rehoboth

Swimmers at Rehoboth Beach were evacuated from the water briefly yesterday morning while officials investigated a possible shark sighting off the Delaware shoreline. In the end, authorities said they believed the animal was a ray that was possibly sick or wounded.

Capt. Kent Buckson of the Rehoboth Beach Patrol said that after the sighting, the patrol went into the water on rescue boards to get a better look. He said that after seeing the animal close up, he is convinced that it was not a shark. "We were just being careful. We don't want anybody out there if there was a shark."

Buckson said that when a ray turns on its side, the fins can sometimes resemble those of a shark, and he believes that might have been what people saw. "We had 1,000 people wanting to know what it was."

Dolphins and porpoises, he said, are commonly seen in the waters. Sharks, however, are not, he said.


One Charged, One Sought in Officer's Death

Baltimore police yesterday charged one man with first-degree murder and searched for a second suspect in the death of a city police officer fatally shot while answering a 911 call.

Police charged Jermaine Gaines, 31, in the killing of officer Brian Winder.

Authorities were seeking Charles Bennett, 33, and Police Commissioner Kevin Clark said he would be charged with first-degree murder. He said Bennett was armed and dangerous.

Winder, 36, a 10-year veteran of the force who had received at least three department commendations, was married with three children.

Clark said Gaines and Bennett ambushed Winder inside a liquor store Saturday after the officer approached them seeking identification in connection with a 911 call.

"The only thing between them and their freedom was that officer, and one of them elected to . . . execute that officer at the scene," Clark said.

Boy's Body Recovered From Patuxent River

The body of a 3-year-old boy was recovered from the Patuxent River yesterday morning, near where he disappeared the night before from a boat docked at a pier in Calvert County.

William Wallace Donaldson, son of Darrell and Theresa Donaldson of Dunkirk, vanished about 7:10 p.m. Saturday. He disappeared shortly after he had been handed from a pier onto a 36-foot cigarette boat at the end of Deep Landing Road.

The boy was wearing a life jacket when he was passed into his father's arms on the boat, but it was removed once the child was in the boat, said Maryland Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Heather Lynch.

Lynch said the father went into a cabin to turn on the television and then noticed the boy missing. Three adults on the shore didn't see anything, Lynch said.

"They said it happened in an instant," Lynch said.

Maryland law requires that children younger than 7 wear a life jacket on a craft longer than 21 feet, but only when the boat is in motion, Lynch said. The boat the child boarded apparently was stopped, "but this is still an ongoing investigation," she said.

The body was found by a person on a personal watercraft, just east of where people were searching for him.

Police Investigate 2 Killings in Wheaton

Montgomery County police are investigating whether double shootings in Wheaton on Saturday night that left two men dead are related.

Wilber Hernandez, 30, of the 3400 block of Hewitt Avenue, was found dead about 11:05 p.m. by police responding to reports of a shooting at the Cancun Restaurant, 11260 Georgia Ave.

Searching for a car that witnesses said was used by the gunman to escape, police found a car matching that description in the 2300 block of Elkin Street. Inside was Luis Toledo, 31, of the 12000 block of Shorefield Court, suffering from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He died at an area hospital yesterday morning.


Public's Help Sought in Sexual Assault Case

Alexandria police are seeking the public's help in looking for two men suspected of sexually assaulting a woman Friday along the Holmes Run bike path.

Police released a description of the suspects, who they said were armed when they forced the woman off the trail into woods.

Police said the suspects are about 27 to 30 years old, 5 feet 7 to 5 feet 10 inches tall and weigh 180 to 200 pounds.

One man had black hair, short on the sides but wavy on top. He wore a white T-shirt and blue denim shorts. The other had coarse black hair and a darker complexion. He was wearing a blue New England Patriots mesh jersey and blue denim shorts.

Police said the two fled in a black, two-door Honda Civic with white wheels, a rear spoiler and clear tail light covers. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 703-838-4444.


Man, 47, Fatally Shot in Northeast

Police said they are investigating the apparent homicide of a 47-year-old man shot to death yesterday in Northeast Washington.

Sgt. Joe Gentile, a police spokesman, said police were called to the 400 block of Rhode Island Avenue NE shortly after noon. Officers found the man collapsed in the street with multiple gunshot wounds. Police later identified him as Larry Baskin of the 100 block of U Street NE.

The man was pronounced dead at a hospital about 30 minutes after he was found, Gentile said.

Man Convicted in Child Prostitution Case

A 27-year-old Brooklyn man faces a possible life sentence following his conviction in U.S. District Court of sex trafficking, child pornography and other charges involving children he enticed into prostitution, prosecutors said.

Carlos J. Curtis was found guilty Friday of six charges, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Prosecutors said that in November 2002, Curtis and an unnamed accomplice brought a 12-year-old from Queens, New York, and a 17-year-old runaway from Maryland to the District to engage in prostitution. Prosecutors said the 12-year-old was enticed to become a prostitute with offers of food, clothing and shelter.

A sentencing date has not been set.

"We smell like wet dogs."

-- Kyle Wannigman, a 17-year-old drummer from Los Alamos (N.M.) High School who got soaked during yesterday's Independence Day Parade in the District before it was halted after a half-hour. -- Page A1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Christina A. Samuels and David S. Fallis and the Associated Press.