- - Monday, March 21, 2011


Teen held in weekend slaying

A 15-year-old girl charged in the shooting death of another teen in Southeast made her first appearance in court, where a detective testified the shooting appeared to be an accident but that someone tried to cover up the crime.

The girl, whose name was withheld because of her age, wore an oversized blue shirt in court Monday but said nothing. A detective testified that the girl initially said the shot that killed 18-year-old Anacostia Senior High School student Gary Gordon on Sunday came from outside the apartment they were in at the 2600 block of Stanton Road in Southeast. She later acknowledged, however, that she had picked up a gun, removed the magazine, and thinking the gun was unloaded fired at Mr. Gordon.

The detective testified someone shot into the apartment to cover up the crime sometime after the shooting at about 2 p.m.

Subpoena power sought in Gray investigation

D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh is seeking subpoena power as she investigates the controversial personnel practices of Mayor Vincent C. Gray.

Mrs. Cheh, Ward 3 Democrat and chairman of the Committee on Government Operations and the Environment, has scheduled a March 28 hearing on the subject.

Mrs. Cheh said her committee has thus far received the full cooperation of the mayor’s office and that she did not expect the committee to have to use all of its investigative powers.

“Nevertheless, there are witnesses who have been invited to testify who are not employed by the District government, and who may be unwilling to appear before the committee without a subpoena,” she said.

While Mrs. Cheh did not say specifically who she was referring to, Mr. Gray’s chief of staff, Gerri Mason Hall, was fired last week before she was scheduled to testify before Mrs. Cheh’s committee.


Trooper shoots man after high-speed chase

CAPITOL HEIGHTS | A Maryland state trooper shot and wounded a New Jersey man who led police on a chase from the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore to Prince George’s County on Sunday night.

Thorne A. Wright, 23, was spotted by police at about 9:10 p.m. driving a stolen GMC Envoy on Interstate 95 south of the tunnel, Maryland State Police say. Officers tried to pull over the car when Wright, who was wanted in New Jersey for a probation violation, took off.

The pursuit, which reached speeds of 90 miles per hour, continued on to the Inner Loop of the Capital Beltway, where troopers deployed stop sticks at Route 450.

The Envoy’s left front tire blew, and Wright pulled over on the shoulder just north of the exit for Ritchie Marlboro Road.

Police said that during the course of the arrest a trooper fired a shot that hit Wright in the hand.

The officer involved in the shooting was placed on routine administrative leave.


English teacher found dead after quake

A 24-year-old Chesterfield woman who was teaching English in Japan is the first American confirmed to have been killed in the aftermath of the massive earthquake nearly two weeks ago, Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s office said Monday.

Taylor Anderson, a graduate of St. Catherine’s School and Randolph-Macon College, had been teaching English in Ishinomaki, Japan, for the last 2½ years. She was last spotted riding her bike from an elementary school toward her apartment after the earthquake occurred on March 11, the Associated Press reported.

Her body was discovered Monday.

“Today, we join the Anderson family in mourning the loss of a wonderful young Virginian who personified the selflessness and sense of duty that Americans serving abroad have become known for,” Mr. McDonnell said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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