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Doctor charged in sex-tape case

A Navy doctor who regularly acted as a chaperon for the Naval Academy men's gymnastics team has been charged with making secret tapes of students having sex in his Annapolis-area home, according to a published report.

Cmdr. Kevin Ronan faces charges that include conduct unbecoming an officer for "surreptitious videotaping" of "intimate activities" without the subjects' consent, The Washington Post reported, quoting a spokesman for the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, where Ronan had been stationed.

Ronan's attorney, William M. Ferris, said the videotapes were made by a former midshipman as part of an attempt to extort money from Ronan, the Post reported.


: Federal Hill

City detective shoots man in thigh

A Baltimore undercover detective shot a 25-year-old man in the thigh after the man and two others tussled with the detective and attempted to grab his holstered weapon early yesterday in Federal Hill, a police spokeswoman said.

David Lechtrecker, 25, of the 2200 block of Merion Pond in Woodstock was shot by Detective Robert Snead after an altercation that began about 2:15 a.m. in the 1000 block of S. Hanover St., Baltimore police spokeswoman Nicole Monroe said. Police arrested Lechtrecker yesterday afternoon on assault charges after he was treated and released from Harbor Hospital, Monroe said.

During an undercover patrol, Snead and Sgt. Kathleen Jackson approached Lechtrecker and two other men who were in a heated argument outside a convenience store, police said. The three men then surrounded Snead and Jackson, who had identified themselves as police officers, Monroe said. John Kyler, 24, of the 800 block of S. Ridge Road in Catonsville then grabbed for Snead's weapon, Monroe said, adding that Snead was punched in the head and his shirt was ripped as he tried to pull away.

As backup officers arrived on the scene, Lechtrecker then lunged toward Snead's gun and was shot in the thigh, Monroe said.

Kyler was arrested on assault charges, Monroe said. She said the third suspect involved in the incident remains at large.

Snead was placed on routine administrative leave.

Laura McCandlish


Two people killed in city attacks

Two people were killed in unrelated incidents yesterday in Baltimore, a police spokeswoman said.

Shirley Cooper, 72, of the 2600 block of E. Madison St. was found dead with multiple stab wounds in her apartment about 1 p.m. yesterday afternoon, city police spokeswoman Nicole Monroe said.

David Elijah Washington, 24, was found about 1:40 a.m. lying in an alley near his home in the 2600 block of Violet Ave. Washington, who had suffered multiple gunshot wounds, was pronounced dead at Sinai Hospital, Monroe said.

No arrests had been made in the killings, police said.

Laura McCandlish

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