Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007

Man charged with stabbing another over parking space

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A Hyattsville man was charged with first-degree assault after allegedly stabbing a man with a screwdriver Aug. 21 after a dispute over a parking space. Police also charged the man with the unauthorized recording and selling of DVD movies.

The victim, a 28-year-old Silver Spring man, was stabbed several times in the hand and torso, according to a news release from Montgomery County Police. He was treated at an area hospital.

The dispute took place about 6 p.m. in the 900 block of Bonifant Street. Officers who responded searched the car of Edward Banya, 42, of the 1800 block of Jasmine Drive and found thousands of copied DVD movies, the release said. He was charged with first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and record⁄unauthorized selling.

Banya was held at the Montgomery County Detention Center on $85,000 bond.

Nighttime burglariesreported in East County

A series of nighttime burglaries have been reported in the eastern Montgomery County communities of White Oak, Springbrook and Fairland since Aug. 3. In two instances, residents were at home and asleep, according to Montgomery County Police.

On Aug. 2, burglars were seen by a family member about 12:30 a.m. in the 12400 block of Greenhill Road in Springbrook. Entry was gained through a side window, but police were not able to obtain a description of the burglars.

A home in the 2800 block of Cornett Court in Tanglewood was broken into between 4:30 p.m. Aug. 8 and 6:30 a.m. Aug. 9. The house was entered through a sliding glass door and an alarm was disabled, police said. No one was home.

Police responded to an alarm about 4 a.m. Aug. 12 in the 3900 block of Bryant Park Circle in Fairland. Officers found an open rear sliding glass door and an open garage door.

Residents were in a home in the 700 block of Springloch Road in North Springbrook when a front windowpane was removed and a side porch door was found open between midnight and 5:45 a.m. Aug. 14.

On Aug. 15, a resident was sleeping about 3 a.m. when he heard a noise on a rear porch in the 1000 block of McCeney Avenue in Burnt Mills Hills. The resident saw a man on a rear porch. He was Hispanic, about 18 years old.

Residents who see crimes in progress should call 911. For other suspicious activity, call police at 301-279-8000.

Each district within Montgomery County Police features a community outreach officer who can conduct a home security survey. Silver Spring District residents can call 301-565-7744. Wheaton-Glenmont District residents can call 240-773-5500.

Two indicted forgovernment theft scheme

Two Maryland men, one from Silver Spring, were indicted Aug. 20 for theft of government property and conspiracy in a scheme in which one of the men, an employee at the National Archives, used a government purchase card to pay for services that the other man never provided or that other businesses provided at inflated prices.

James Clay Whitson, 42, of Nottingham and Robert Caleb McCray, 41, of Silver Spring were charged in the 10-count indictment, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Maryland. The indictment alleges the men embezzled more than $950,000.

Whitson was responsible for property management and project oversight for the National Archives and Records Administration’s Facilities and Personal Property Management Branch at the Archives II facility in College Park. McCray was a facility support manager at a company that had a government contract to provide facility management at the Archives II facility, the release said. McCray was the supervisor of the loading dock at Archives II.

According to the indictment, Whitson used the government purchase card to pay businesses operated by McCray for goods and services. The indictment alleges the men shared the proceeds, and seeks forfeiture of $958,280, including two vehicles owned by McCray.

If convicted, Whitson and McCray could receive a maximum sentence of five years in prison followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine for one count of conspiracy; and 10 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine for nine counts of theft of government property, according to the release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Matthew Kaiser, McCray’s attorney through the Office of the Federal Public Defender for Maryland, declined to comment.