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Midshipman: Sex was consensual

The attorney for a second member of the Naval Academy football team accused of rape says his client had consensual sex with a classmate.

Annapolis lawyer William Ferris is representing the second football player accused of rape. The midshipman has not been named because he has yet to be charged.

Mr. Ferris says he doesn’t think there is a basis for a charge in the case.

The incident reportedly happened in a Georgetown hotel room during the first weekend of this month. The accusations are the second in a week at the military academy. Lamar S. Owens Jr., a senior and quarterback of the football team last season, has been charged with rape and related charges.


Two teens killed in late-night accident

Two teenagers from Pasadena were killed Friday night and another teen was seriously injured when their speeding vehicle hit a utility pole, according to the Anne Arundel County Police Department.

The accident occurred at about 10:45 p.m. when Robert Flowers, 19, of Pasadena, was driving at high speeds along Mountain Road near Carol Drive.

Jonathan Sekinger, 18, also of Pasadena, and a rear-seat passenger, also was killed. A 17-year-old girl riding in the front seat was taken to Shock Trauma, where she remains in serious condition. Police have yet to released her name.



Teen shot, killed by off-duty officer

An off-duty Alexandria Police Department officer shot and killed a teenager early yesterday at a restaurant parking lot, according to police.

The officer, whose name has yet to be released, was working as a security guard at an IHOP restaurant on Duke Street at about 3:40 a.m. when a restaurant worker told him that a group of people had left without paying.

Police say the officer went outside and attempted to stop them from leaving, but the vehicle failed to stop. Police say the officer shot at the Jeep Grand Cherokee as the vehicle continued moving toward him. The officer, a 13-year veteran of the department, has been placed on administrative leave while police conduct a criminal and internal investigation.

Authorities say Aaron Brown, 18, of Springfield, a back-seat passenger, died at the scene. The three other persons in the Jeep were not injured. The driver, Stephen J. Smith, 19, of Alexandria, has been charged with driving while intoxicated and possession of marijuana.


School expansion damaged by fire

Fire has destroyed part of the roof of a new building under construction for T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria.

Alexandria Fire Battalion Chief Thomas Harrell says a roofing substance apparently caught fire, but the cause has not yet been determined. Construction crews were working when the blaze broke out just before 3 p.m. yesterday.

School Principal John Porter told WUSA-TV he could see the smoke from more than a mile away when he was rushing to the scene. The $90 million building is slated to open for fall 2007. Mr. Porter says he hopes construction will stay on schedule. The current school building was not damaged, and classes will resume as usual tomorrow.


One dead, 3 hurt after joyride

A car carrying four 14-year-olds on what police said was an early-morning joy ride was hit broadside yesterday, killing a passenger in the car and leaving the other three hospitalized in critical condition.

The driver of the Ford Explorer that plowed into the Honda Accord, and the driver of another vehicle that was hit by the Accord, were treated and released at the scene of the crash, which occurred about 1:45 a.m.

Police were still investigating the cause of the accident and trying to determine if one of the vehicles had run a red light. They said none of the 14-year-olds in the car had driver’s licenses, and alcohol was not believed to be a factor.

The student who died, identified as Heather Renee Moorefield, was in the back seat on the passenger side when the Explorer slammed into the Honda at an intersection.

The other students, two boys and a girl, were classmates of Miss Moorefield’s at Mills Godwin High School in Henrico County. They were not immediately identified by police, but all three were listed in critical condition at VCU Medical Center.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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