- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 25, 2007


Single-container sales to be banned

A ban on the sale of single containers of alcohol on H Street in Northeast is scheduled to take effect Oct. 1.

The District’s Alcohol Beverage Control Board published final rules yesterday in the D.C. Register that set the specific date for the three-year moratorium, which will prohibit merchants from the 700 to 1400 blocks of the historic corridor from selling single containers of beer and liquor in half-pint volume.

The ban was spearheaded by advisory neighborhood commissioners to curb public-nuisance issues such as litter, loitering and public drunkenness.

The D.C. Council approved the measure July 10.

Police arrest suspect in guard stabbing

Police have made an arrest in the stabbing of a female security guard at a D.C. elementary school Thursday.

Dwayne Porter, 29, of the District, was arrested without incident late Thursday night in Northeast.

He has been charged with assault with intent to kill while armed.

The victim, who was stabbed 16 times, is in serious but stable condition.

The incident happened at Ferebee-Hope Elementary School in Southeast Thursday afternoon.

Authorities said the attacker knew the victim and stabbed her in front of several witnesses.

No schoolchildren saw the stabbing since the school year hasn’t started yet.

Palfrey wants to change attorneys

A woman accused of running a D.C.-area prostitution ring has asked a judge to let her change attorneys for the second time.

In court filings Thursday, Deborah J. Palfrey said she and attorney Preston Burton have “irreconcilable differences” that make it impossible for him to properly defend her against charges of running a prostitution ring.

It’s the second time Miss Palfrey has sought to change lawyers.

Veteran public defender A.J. Kramer was removed as her attorney in the spring.



Panel finalizes report on Tech shootings

A panel commissioned by Gov. Timothy M. Kaine to review the Virginia Tech shootings put the finishing touches yesterday on its report, which is expected to include more than 70 recommendations, the killer’s life story and an analysis of state mental health laws.

The eight-member panel met behind closed doors for eight hours to iron out the final details of the approximately 300-page report, which is scheduled to be released Thursday.

“In four months, we have investigated the worst tragedy — mass murder tragedy dealing with firearms in this country,” panel chairman W. Gerald Massengill said after the meeting. “And I think that the detail to which we have done it has been amazing.”

Mentally troubled student Seung-hui Cho killed 32 persons and himself on April 16, raising questions about the state’s mental health system, campus security and patient-privacy laws.



Woman raped during home invasion

Police are looking for two gunmen who robbed and sexually assaulted a woman during a home invasion.

The woman was accosted by two men in her home in the 700 block of Colorado Avenue at about 8 p.m. Thursday, police said.

The armed men demanded money from the victim, and one sexually assaulted her.


4 Virginia residents face drug charges

Four Virginia residents are in custody in Maryland after police said they were pulled over with a load of drugs in their car.

Maryland Transportation Authority police said the foursome was traveling with more than two pounds of marijuana and nearly 400 units of heroin packaged for sale.

They were stopped for speeding on southbound Interstate 95 in Baltimore County early Thursday morning.

Arrested were Mustarfa Abdussamad, 21, Husain Rahman, 21, Munir Abdulsalaam, 24, and Janay Stewart, 19.

Each faces various drug charges and is being held on $500,000 bond.

Police said they bought the drugs in Philadelphia and were bringing them to Lynchburg, Va.


Man charged in fatal crash

A man accused of stealing a sport utility vehicle in Chestertown Thursday and crashing it in Centreville, killing a local school official, has been charged with vehicular manslaughter and vehicle theft.

Police said Daniel Savage, 23, of San Diego, stole a 1999 GMC Yukon parked outside Howard’s General Store.

State troopers issued a lookout for the stolen vehicle, and Mr. Savage was spotted at about 3:20 p.m. in Centreville.

Police said Mr. Savage sped up after seeing a police car, then ran a red light and hit and killed John Andrews, assistant principal at Queen Anne’s County High School.

Mr. Andrews, 71, was driving a 2005 Lincoln Town Car.

Mr. Savage was treated and released. He is being held a $1 million bond.

Maryland State Police said additional charges are pending.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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