- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 26, 2007


Man stabbed in SE apartment

Metropolitan Police say a woman fatally stabbed a man in an apartment in Southeast yesterday.

Police spokesman Sgt. Joe Gentile said officers were called to an apartment in the 3400 block of 5th Street Southeast at about 7:40 a.m. and found a black male dead from stab wounds to the body.

Sgt. Gentile said officers arrested Mercia Todd, 46, who lived in a different apartment at the same address. Police did not identify the victim, and the motive for the killing was still under investigation yesterday afternoon, Sgt. Gentile said.

Store owner dies from gunshot wounds

The owner of a Northwest liquor store died Friday after he was shot earlier in the week during what police think may have been an altercation with a customer.

John Shaw, of the 4200 block of 58th Avenue in Bladensburg, was shot in the body at about 10 p.m. Tuesday inside of the Subway Liquor Store in the 500 block of K Street Northwest, Metropolitan Police spokesman Sgt. Joe Gentile said.

A 38-year-old man was also shot in the leg.

Sgt. Gentile said the gunman was described as a black male in his early 20s, and anyone with information about the case should call police at 202/727-9099. Police are offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information.



Man who shot Wallace has not sought help

The chairman of Maryland’s Parole Commission says it’s “disappointing” that Arthur Bremer hasn’t sought mental health treatment while in prison.

Bremer is scheduled to be released in a few months after serving 35 years for shooting Alabama Gov. George Wallace in Laurel in 1972.

He has refused to participate in mental health treatment programs that might help him adjust to life on the outside.

Parole commission chairman David Blumberg said it could be made a condition of Bremer’s release that he see a counselor regularly and that he could be returned to prison if he didn’t comply.

Mr. Blumberg said it’s not clear whether Bremer needs psychological counseling “because he hasn’t let anybody get close enough to determine what his needs are.”



Charges dropped in campus gun case

Four University of Virginia students will not be prosecuted after they used an unloaded BB gun as a film prop on campus only a week after the Virginia Tech killings.

Christopher Allen Smith, Caroline Choe, Eric Chau and Jerry Hsieh were cleared Friday of one count each of brandishing a firearm. The charge was dropped under an agreement with the county prosecutor.

“It’s a relief,” Mr. Chau said as he left Albemarle County General District Court.

The students were filming a movie April 23 as part of a class project for their Japanese 201 language class. The students used an unloaded and broken BB gun as a prop in one scene.

The scene was filmed only one week after a student gunman killed 32 persons, then himself, during a rampage April 16 at Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus.

Two witnesses called University of Virginia campus police to report a young gunman on campus, drawing heavily armed police officers to the scene.

Some students who witnessed the response locked themselves in a classroom, one woman was treated at the hospital, and another student called his parents to say he might never see them again, said Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Camblos.

In exchange for dropping the charges, the students had to perform 50 hours of community service, cover the costs of the police response and reimburse the frightened female student for her medical bills. In all, each student had to pay $405.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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