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COUPON / C6Boston bomb suspect hospitalized under heavy guardObama: Many unanswered questions about attack remain inside
By BRIDGET MURPHY AND KATIE ZEZIMA Associated Press
BOSTON Boston Marathon
bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsamaev lay hospitalized in serious condition under heavy guard Saturday apparently in no shape to be interrogated as investigators tried to establish the motive for the deadly attack and the scope of the plot.
Peopie across the Boston area
breathed easier the morning after Tsamaev, 19, was pulled, wounded and bloody, from a tarp-covered boat in a Watertown backyard. The cap ture came at the end of a tense day that began with his 26-year-old broth er, Tamerlan, dying in a gun battle with police.
There was no immediate word on when Tsamaev might be charged and what those charges would be. The twin bombings killed three people and
wounded more than 180.
The most serious charge available to federal prosecutors would be the use of a weapon of mass destruction to kill people, which carries a possible death sentence. Massachusetts does not have the death penalty.
President Barack Obama said there are many unanswered questions about the bombing, including wheth er the Tsamaev brothers ethnic Chechens from southern Russia who
had been in the U.S. for about a de cade and lived in the Boston area had help from others.
The president urged people not to rush judgment about their motivations.
U.S. officials said an elite inter rogation team would question the Massachusetts college student with out reading him his Miranda rights,
(See SUSPECT, Page All)
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Hundreds of people file by the casket of Joseph “Zastrow” Simms as the Rev. Johnny Calhoun preaches at Maryland Hall Saturday afternoon.
Not goodbye, but see you later
City celebrates Zastrow
By E.B. FURGURSON III [email protected]
It took a lot of folks to send community legend Joseph Edward “Zastrow” Simms home. Full-house crowds at the Maryland Hall auditorium both Friday night and Saturday came together to celebrate the force that was Zastrow Simms.
“Only a Zastrow Simms would have a home-going weekend,” said the Rev.
Johnny Calhoun, winding down funeral services in the packed Maryland Hall auditorium Saturday.
The night before, the 850-seat auditorium was close to standing room only for a me- SIMMS morial concert for the music lover and community champion known for getting things done for young people through guile, wit, determination and love.
Both occasions were an opportunity for the Annapolis community — black and white, rich and poor — to pay its respects to a man who took athletic prowess, hard luck, and some trouble with law and turned it into a life of mentorship, caring, community service and civic deeds.
Plenty of folks took the stage Friday and Saturday to talk about their connection to Zastrow, who got that nickname from Navy All-American Bob Zastrow, a star in the early 1950s. Simms had other nicknames too, like the Mayor of Clay Street or the Godfather of Annapolis.
(See ZASTROW, Page A14)
Former Annapolis Mayor Roger “Pip" Moyer is embraced by Connie Turner at the funeral of their longtime friend Joseph “Zastrow” Simms.
Severna Park delegate faces foreclosure suits
By ALEX JACKSON [email protected]
A Sevema Park delegate who has bought and sold foreclosed homes for a living now faces two foreclosure suits himself.
Del. Tony McConkey, R-Severna Park, and his wife face foreclosure on two properties they own together in legislative District 33, according to court filings.
In a foreclosure suit filed in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court on April 10, First Home Mortgage Corp. alleges the three-term Republican and his wife defaulted on a $600,000 loan for a house they’ve owned since at least 2007 on the 200 block of Cypress Creek Road in Severna Park,
A notice claims the McConkeys defaulted in November 2011 and didnt make a mon-gage payment from October 2011 to August 2012. At that time, the notice says, they owed more than $41,000.
In a separate suit filed last year, Fremont Investment & Loan claims the couple defaulted on a $360,000 loan for a home they purchased in 2006 on the 100 block of Cedar Road in Severna Park.
A notice claims the McConkeys defaulted on that loan in October 2011 and didn’t make a mortgage payment through July 2012. At that time, the notice says, they owed more than $28,000.
McConkey did not return calls or emails for comment and it is unclear if he has rectified the situation recently.
The two suits add to a list of legal, business and other problems McConkey has faced during his time in office.
Still, McConkey’s status as a Maryland lawmaker js not in jeopardy. House Speaker Michael E. Busch, D-Annapolis, said finan cial problems like foreclosures don’t trigger any sort of ethics investigation.
Delegates are required to have a residency in the jurisdiction they represent, Busch said. But McConkey hasn’t been evicted from either home as of yet, according to court records.
“It’s unfortunate for Tony, I feel bad,” Busch said. “I hope (he can) resolve this.”
In 2012, there were 7,938 notices of default in Maryland, according to data from Realty-Trac used by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development in a January report.
RealtyTrac says there were 1,167 “foreclo sure events” in Anne Arundel County that year — 7.6 percent of the foreclosures in the state.
Earlier this year, McConkey was reprimanded and forced to apologize before the House of Delegates after the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics determined that in 2012 he tried to rally support for a biU that would have made it easier for him to pay back $75,000 he owes the state’s Real Estate Guaranty Fund.
(See MCCONKEY, Page A13)
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