Man burned Montgomery County authorities said yesterday that the 13-year-old Silver Spring boy who allegedly set a man on fire with rubbing alcohol last weekend might have been motivated by gang ties.
At a bond hearing yesterday for Christine Danielle Wilson, 19, who also is charged in the incident, Montgomery Assistant State's Attorney Stephen Chaikin said, "There are allegations that this was gang-related and the victim was attempting to break free of his gang ties."
The victim, Trampas Justin Jones, 26, was set ablaze by the 13-year-old, authorities say. Wilson was at the scene. Both are charged with attempted first-degree murder and other charges. The boy was charged as a juvenile. The Washington Post generally does not publish the names of juveniles charged with crimes.
Jones suffered first- and second-degree burns but has been released from the hospital. Police said investigators are examining whether the assault was gang-related but have not concluded that it was.
Pension case indictment A federal grand jury in Baltimore has indicted a senior vice president for the company of former Maryland pension fund manager Nathan Chapman, who was convicted last year of stealing millions from the state retirement system, the U.S. attorney's office said Wednesday.
Daniel Baldwin Jr. has been charged in a 34-count indictment that accuses him of securities fraud and making false statements to FBI agents and a grand jury. Baldwin, in a statement issued by his lawyer, said he is innocent.
The charges relate to the June 2000 initial public offering of a company started by Chapman, a state fund manager who also was a former chairman of the state university system's Board of Regents. Chapman was sentenced last year to 71/2 years in prison and ordered to pay more than $5 million in restitution after he was convicted of defrauding the state retirement system and looting his own investment company.
* A man was fatally shot last night in the Bladensburg area, the 79th homicide in Prince George's County this year, police said.
The man, identified early today as David Michael Dillman, 21, was in the 4900 block of Newton Street about 8:55 p.m. when at least two males approached and one shot him multiple times before fleeing on foot, said Cpl. Kim Brown, a police spokeswoman. Dillman, who lived in the block where he was shot, was pronounced dead at a hospital a short time later.
Brown said that the motive for the shooting was unknown and that no one had been arrested.
* The body of a man was found Monday behind a trash bin in Langley Park, and the death has been ruled a homicide, Prince George's County police said yesterday. The body was found about 10:20 a.m. in the 8200 block of 14th Avenue. The man has not been identified.
Bogus solicitor Manassas police are warning the public about a man posing as a city-contracted solicitor who is seeking funds to send police officers to a terrorism training seminar. A small number of residents have called police recently asking if the man, who identifies himself as a representative of a company called Xentel, is legitimate, said Sgt. Tim Neumann, a police spokesman.
The man allegedly tells people that there is no other source of funding for this "critical training." Neumann said the city has not permitted anyone to solicit donations on behalf of the police force.
Teacher arrested A Prince William County high school teacher has been arrested after allegedly stealing $7,500 by submitting fraudulent time sheets, police said.
Charles L. Manyfield, 49, of Dumfries, a teacher at Stonewall Jackson High School, handed in four false time sheets between June 2004 and March 2005, claiming to have worked an extra 196 hours, said Prince William police spokesman John Bogert.
In April, a school official noticed that his time sheets indicated that he was in two places, or teaching two different groups of students, at the same time. Manyfield was arrested June 14.
Compiled from reports by staff writers and the Associated Press.