- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 4, 2007


Police investigate weekend shootings

In the second shooting in the District within 10 hours, a Southeast man was arrested early yesterday and charged with the slaying of an Oxon Hill man.

Antonio Watts, 28, is charged with murder while armed in the death of Xavier Hunter, 26, of the 1100 block of Kennebec Street in Oxon Hill, D.C. police spokesman Sgt. Joe Gentile said.

Police were called at 2:11 a.m. to investigate a shooting inside a house in the 600 block of Darrington Street, Sgt. Gentile said. Mr. Watts was a resident of the house.

Mr. Hunter was pronounced dead at Washington Hospital Center less than an hour later.

Police are holding Mr. Watts without bail.

The shooting occurred less than 10 hours after a 17-year-old was seriously wounded in a shooting near Union Station.

Police have charged LaRue Martin, 20, and Zenia Diallo, 21, both of Northwest, with assault with intent to kill in that incident.

The shooting stemmed from an argument that began in the station and continued on First Street Northeast. Police were told that Mr. Martin pulled out a handgun and fired several times at the teenager.

The youth was conscious and breathing, police said yesterday, declining to identify the teenager.

There have been 26 homicides in the District thus far this year.

Cropp joins board of health insurer

Former D.C. Council Chairman Linda W. Cropp has been named a board member for an affiliate of one of the area’s largest health insurance providers.

She is one of five newly elected members to the board of trustees for CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield’s National Capital Area affiliate, also known as Group Hospitalization and Medical Services.

A former schoolteacher and school board president, she will join four other new board members, including Robert L. Sloan, president and chief executive officer of Sibley Memorial Hospital in the District.

Mrs. Cropp left the council in January after losing a bid for mayor to Adrian M. Fenty in the November election. First elected to the council as an at-large Democrat in 1990, she had served as chairman since 1997.



3 killed in house fire after domestic dispute

Three persons were killed and a fourth was injured Saturday in an early-morning fire at a Chesterfield County home after a domestic dispute, police said.

Thanh Tan Nguyen, 43; his 9-year-old son, Anthony Nguyen; and his mother-in-law, Loan Tran, 60, died in the fire that started at about 4:15 a.m.

Police think Mr. Nguyen intentionally started the blaze after a dispute with his ex-wife. Chau Nguyen was not injured, but the couple’s daughter is in critical condition at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center.

It was the second fatal fire in the county in two days.

Two persons were killed Friday in an Ettrick home when a cigarette was accidentally dropped into some bedding materials. The identities of those victims have not been released.



5 young children found alone; mother charged

A mother of five young children is facing neglect charges after she left them alone in a basement apartment covered with urine and animal feces, New Carrollton police said.

Amara Eden, 31, left the children — who range in age from 6 months to 6 years old — alone Saturday night while she went to work, police said. Officers were called to the house about 12:30 a.m. yesterday for a report from the landlord of burning food.

The children had only one bed, police said.

“The smell was so bad coming from the house that when they went in, they couldn’t believe it,” New Carrollton Police Chief David Rice said. “When I walked in, I was just so, so heartbroken to see that the kids were living under those conditions. They had a dog that was sleeping in its own urine and feces.”

The dog was tied up in the living room.

Police called Miss Eden at work, asking her to come home, where she was arrested.

“Her only remark was, ‘Can I have a second chance?’ ” Chief Rice said. “Of course, my officers’ response was, ‘You had five.’ ”

The children were placed in two foster homes.

Miss Eden was charged with five misdemeanor counts of leaving a child alone and two counts of animal cruelty. The charges could be upgraded to felonies, police said.


Shooting victims drive to hotel

A shooting victim drove himself and a second victim to the valet parking area at the Hyatt Regency Hotel near the Inner Harbor on Saturday night, Baltimore police said.

The shooting took place about 7:30 p.m. in the 100 block of West Hamburg Street, more than a dozen blocks from the hotel on Light Street, police said.

One man was shot several times in the upper body and the other man was wounded in the left arm. Both were taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.


Prison officer stabbed during rounds

A correctional officer is recovering at home after he was stabbed by an inmate at the Maryland House of Correction on Friday, officials said.

Edouardo Edouazin, 28, was stabbed seven times with a homemade knife in the face, arms, chest, abdomen and back. He was treated at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center and released later that night.

The inmate surprised Mr. Edouazin as he was making rounds shortly before 3 p.m. Friday, authorities said. The inmate, a 38-year-old man serving a life sentence for murder, was upset about losing privileges allowing him to keep a television in his cell, officials said.

Mr. Edouazin’s wife told police that her husband was threatened when he began working at the prison in November, but had not talked of being threatened recently.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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