In Prince George'sGuard at FDA charged in...


In Prince George's

Guard at FDA charged in slaying of co-worker

BELTSVILLE -- A security guard at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration building in Prince George's County was charged with murder in the shooting death of a co-worker yesterday morning.

According to U.S. Park Police, Todd McNeil, 33, of Elkridge, an employee of Unlimited Security of Washington, got into an argument about career development with James Coffman, also 33, of Beltsville, a guard supervisor, about 2: 15 a.m.

Coffman was shot in the head with a handgun, police said. He was taken to Prince George's Hospital Center where he died about eight hours later. McNeil is being held at the Prince George's jail in Upper Marlboro, pending a hearing before a U.S. magistrate.

In Somerset County

Princess Anne man arrested in sexual abuse of teen-ager

PRINCESS ANNE -- A Somerset County man was arrested Sunday and charged with a second-degree sex offense and child abuse. State police said a 17-year-old mentally disabled child was molested.

Police said the abuse occurred over a nine-month period beginning in January. The victim was a friend of the suspect's son.

Ralph Lester Hitt Sr., 56, of the 11900 block of Drexwood Drive in Princess Anne was being held without bond at the county Detention Center, police said.

Pub Date: 9/07/99

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