Father Charged A Silver Spring man is being held without bond after being charged yesterday with first-degree murder and first-degree child abuse in the December death of his 3-month-old daughter.
"Detectives needed to exhaust every effort or outlet to prove that he was the person responsible for the homicide," said Officer Julia Gilroy, a Montgomery County police spokeswoman.
Police said Charles J. Knight, 20, of the 1000 block of Kerwin Road, struck the baby in the head Nov. 25. She died Dec. 1.
Prince George's Arrests Prince George's police conducted a crackdown last weekend, which the department said resulted in almost 100 arrests, nine guns taken off the street and the confiscation of more than $354,000 worth of illegal drugs. Additionally, police seized $6,045 and five vehicles, and handed out 97 traffic citations.
Police also made an arrest in an attempted bank robbery and robbery of a gas station in Bowie on Saturday. Kenneth Nagle, of the 12700 block of Kernwood Lane in Bowie, was arrested in connection with both incidents.
He entered Citizens Bank on Superior Lane, told the teller he had a bomb but ran away before taking money, police said. He then robbed a nearby gas station of $600, according to police. He was arrested Sunday at his home, where police seized a backpack filled with explosives.
Neglect Sentence A former caregiver at a Derwood home for developmentally disabled adults will spend three weekends in jail and three years on supervised probation after admitting in court that he left three disabled adults unattended so he could dine at a nearby McDonald's restaurant, the Maryland attorney general's office said yesterday.
Idrisa Tomboyeke, 49, of the 400 block of Torrington Place in Silver Spring, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County District Court to one count of neglect stemming from the February 2004 incident. The adults were alone for several hours, until another caregiver arrived and could not find Tomboyeke, the attorney general's office said.
Judge Brian G. Kim sentenced Tomboyeke to one year in jail, with all but three weekends suspended, and imposed a $5,000 fine, also suspended. Tomboyeke was ordered to pay court costs.
Arson Charge A 39-year-old woman in St. Mary's County has been charged with first-degree arson for allegedly setting fire to her house early yesterday.
At 5:19 a.m., Lori M. Dickerson lighted a can of Sterno cooking oil and threw it past her husband and onto their bed, said Duane K. Svites, deputy chief state fire marshal. The fire quickly burned the bedroom and spread throughout the house. Five people were in the home, including Dickerson's 11-year-old son, who was sleeping. Everyone escaped injury.
Dickerson and her husband, Francis Dickerson, had gotten into a fight Monday night, according to a report filed by the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office. At one point, Lori Dickerson left the residence saying, "Everybody in this house is going to die," the report said. She also has been charged with four counts of reckless endangerment and one count of property destruction.
Driver Sentenced The woman who was carrying 10 children in her car when she plowed into a parked firetruck in April was sentenced yesterday to up to four years in prison.
All but 10 months of the sentence was suspended, meaning that Tandra T. Vaughn, 31, may serve only that portion of the sentence if she stays out of trouble.
Vaughn, of the 4300 block of Wheeler Road SE, was bringing the children home from a birthday party April 3 in her five-seat Nissan Altima. The children ranged in age from 3 to 12, but only Vaughn and one child wore seat belts. Vaughn did not have a driver's license.
The car slammed into a parked firetruck in the 1300 block of Congress Street SE. Vaughn later was found to have been almost three times over the legal limit for intoxication. Within days, she pleaded guilty to first-degree cruelty to children.
DMV Clerk Pleads Guilty A former clerk at the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles admitted yesterday that she accepted thousands of dollars in bribes to issue fraudulent driver's licenses.
Rosa Chavez, 28, of the 1400 block of Oglethorpe Street NW pleaded guilty in federal court to receiving bribes. She faces up to 15 years in prison when sentenced in November.
Beginning in early 2002, Chavez, who worked at the agency's office on C Street NW, began inputting false claims into the DMV's computers to create fraudulent licenses, according to prosecutors. In exchange, she received payments of $250 to $400 per license, prosecutors said.
At first, she issued three to four fraudulent licenses a week, but that number grew, and Chavez collected more than $70,000 in bribes, prosecutors said.
Compiled from reports by staff writers.