- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 14, 2006


New general manager chosen for Metro

The second-ranking transit official in Los Angeles has been selected as the new general manager of Washington’s transit system, Metro officials said yesterday.

John B. Catoe Jr., 59, a D.C. native, will take over the nation’s second-busiest subway and fifth-busiest bus fleet in January, Metro board Chairman Gladys W. Mack said.

Details of the contract, including Mr. Catoe’s salary, have not been finalized, Metro officials said. The contract is expected to be approved at the board meeting tomorrow.

Mr. Catoe has been deputy chief executive of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority since 2001. He will become the eighth permanent general manager in Metro’s history and will oversee the agency’s nearly 10,000 employees.

Dan Tangherlini, the former director of the District’s Transportation Department, left Metro earlier this month to become the city administrator under incoming Mayor Adrian M. Fenty.


Four shot in Northeast alley

Four persons, including two teens, were wounded in a drive-by shooting yesterday morning in Northeast, D.C. police said.

The shootings happened at about 10 a.m. in an alley in the 1200 block of 19th Street Northeast near M Street, said Officer Quintin Peterson, a police spokesman.

The victims were a 16-year-old boy, a 17-year-old boy and two 20-year-old men. Their injuries were not considered life-threatening.

The gunmen were thought to be two persons in a white Honda Accord with temporary license plates, police said.

On Saturday night, a man was fatally shot less than a mile away in the 1100 block of 21st Place Northeast. Two others — a 17-year-old girl and a 41-year-old man — were wounded in that shooting.

Board votes to give up charter schools

The D.C. Board of Education wants to relinquish its authority over the 18 public charter schools it oversees.

The board voted 5-2 Monday night to ask Congress, U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, the mayor and the D.C. Council to consider relieving the board of the responsibility.

The board said it wanted to focus instead on the public schools and “work to improve student achievement.”

The two board members who voted against giving up the chartering authority — William O. Lockridge from District 4 and board President Peggy Cooper Cafritz — said they think the incoming board should have the opportunity to make such a decision.

The board will continue to oversee the 18 public charter schools until a decision is made.



Man pleads guilty to killing student

A man who killed a Johns Hopkins University student during a burglary last year pleaded guilty yesterday to first-degree murder in a plea deal giving him a life sentence with the possibility of parole.

Donta M. Allen, 28, admitted in court to killing Linda Trinh, 21, of Silver Spring, in her apartment near the university’s Homewood campus in January 2005.

Miss Trinh was found strangled to death in the apartment on the afternoon of Jan. 23. She was facedown and partially clothed in her bathtub with about 2 inches of water.

Allen gave an incriminating statement to police, saying he intended to burglarize Miss Trinh’s apartment while she was not home. When he found her in the apartment, the two got into an argument, which became violent when she tried to call police. He told police he had burglarized the apartment one previous time.

Allen’s DNA was found under Miss Trinh’s fingernails.

Miss Trinh, whose parents are Vietnamese immigrants, was a biomedical engineering major who wanted to be a doctor, said her cousin My Trinh.


Malvo returned to Virginia prison

Convicted sniper Lee Boyd Malvo has been moved from the Montgomery County Jail back to Virginia after his trial in six 2002 murders, law-enforcement officials said yesterday.

Lt. Gregory Henderson of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department would not specify when or how the transfer occurred, saying details would be released today.

Malvo, 21, was sent to Maryland from a Virginia prison in May 2005 to stand trial in the sniper shootings in Montgomery County. He eventually pleaded guilty and was given six life terms by a judge last week. He previously was sentenced to life in Virginia.

Larry Traylor, a spokesman for the Virginia Department of Corrections, confirmed that Malvo was back at Red Onion State Prison in Pound, Va., but would not say when he arrived, citing security measures.

Malvo is held in “administrative segregation” at the supermaximum-security facility, spending most of his day in his cell segregated from the general population.


Man pleads guilty in kitten killing

A man has pleaded guilty to the deaths of his ex-girlfriend’s four 1-week-old kittens, who were tossed into a fire pit after an argument this summer.

Robert L. Tomlin, 22, of Smithsburg, was found guilty Monday of aggravated animal cruelty and sentenced to 18 months in jail by Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell. The sentence was suspended except for the 134 days Tomlin has served since his arrest.

The judge ordered Tomlin to have no contact with animals or pets during a three-year probation, and to submit to a mental health evaluation and a substance abuse evaluation. The judge also ordered Tomlin to have no contact with his former girlfriend or her family.


Truant teenagers accused of burglary

Two students at Winston Churchill High School were charged with burglary in nine break-ins at homes near the school, Montgomery County police said.

The two 16-year-olds wrote fake notes that excused them after their first-period classes, police said. They then went to houses near the school and broke in if no one was nearby.

The teens, whose names were not released because they are minors, are charged with burglary, theft and malicious destruction of property. It is not clear how many times they wrote the notes.

Authorities said several of the nine break-ins between Oct. 10 and Oct. 26 occurred on the same day, and most during school hours.

An unspecified amount of property and cash was stolen, some of which was found in the homes of the suspects, police said. The teens were released to the custody of their parents.



Boyfriend arrested in teen’s abduction

The boyfriend of a Loudoun County teenager who was found safe a week ago is now in custody and charged with her abduction.

The 17-year-old is accused of holding his girlfriend against her will Oct. 29 in the parking lot of the McDonald’s restaurant in the Sterling Town Center. The victim was assaulted by her boyfriend and was forced into a dark car, witnesses said.

The girl, also 17, was found and returned to her parents Nov. 5 after she escaped. She called her family from the Loehmann’s Plaza area in Falls Church.

Frederick County deputies found the boy Monday night in Stephens City. He was being held at the Loudoun Juvenile Detention Center on charges of abduction, domestic assault and probation violations.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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