- The Washington Times - Monday, October 1, 2007


Boy, 15, fatally shot, two others wounded

One teenager was killed and two others were wounded yesterday morning by gunfire while apparently standing at a bus stop in the 5400 block of 14th Street Northwest, police said.

Jonathon Franklen, 15, of the District, was killed in the attack. Another 15-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy were expected to survive.

The shooting happened about 1 a.m., when two men opened fire after jumping out of a gold-colored pickup truck with tinted windows that apparently pulled up to the bus stop, police said. Investigators said they had not determined a motive.

Police also were investigating another triple shooting in Northeast just before midnight Saturday. One man was in critical condition, and two others were less seriously injured.



NAACP discussion focuses on slots

The Baltimore chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will hold a panel discussion tomorrow on Gov. Martin O’Malley’s proposal to legalize slot machines.

State Comptroller Peter Franchot is expected to be one of the eight speakers on the panel, the NAACP said.

Chapter President Doc Cheatham said the group demands its concerns be heard and its questions answered about the slots proposal.

Mr. O’Malley, a Democrat, proposed placing at least 9,500 slot machines at racetracks and destination locations to help solve the state’s budget crisis, preserve open space and aid the state’s horse-racing industry.



University expels shooting suspect

The suspect in the shooting of two students on the Delaware State University campus was expelled, university officials said.

Loyer D. Braden, 18, violated the university’s zero-tolerance policy for guns on campus, Delaware State spokesman Carlos Holmes said.

“Loyer Braden is going through the same judicial procedure any similarly situated student would go through if they violated university policy,” Mr. Holmes said Saturday.

Mr. Braden is charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and possession of a firearm during a felony.

Two freshmen from the District, Shalita Middleton and Nathaniel Pugh, were wounded in the early morning hours of Sept. 21. The gun used in the attack has not been found.

University policy states that having a firearm on campus results in “automatic expulsion,” Mr. Holmes said. He noted that witnesses told police that Mr. Braden admitted firing a gun into the air.

Mr. Holmes said Mr. Braden was notified of his right to a hearing with university’s judicial-affairs office and has about a week to respond.



Small plane stuck in a tree

State police and emergency workers in Southampton County spent last evening trying to rescue a pilot and passenger in a small plane that was stuck in a tree some 50 feet above the ground.

Police received a call at 3:57 p.m. that a 74 Beechcraft Bonanza single-engine plane suffered some type of failure near the runway at Franklin Municipal Airport, state Police Sgt. David Carr said.

It was not known whether the plane was taking off or landing, but Sgt. Carr said the plane was suspended in some trees near the runway.

The two men in the plane were thought to be injured, though not critically so.

Fall color hot line offers leaf updates

Details on fall foliage at Shenandoah National Park are only a phone call away for leaf peepers wanting to know the best time to get an eyeful of Virginia’s autumn colors.

The park set up a hot line for updates on the seasonal display, the peak of which should appear between the second and third week of October, spokeswoman Karen Beck-Herzog said.

However, those hoping to see dazzling colors may be disappointed. Russ MacFarlane, the forest silviculturalist for the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, said he expects little leaf color other than brown because the drought is causing trees to drop their leaves early.

But, he said, maples may offer the one bright spot for those taking the Blue Ridge Parkway through the Washington forest.

“Drive the parkway, and get up as high as you can” in elevation to see as much color as possible, Mr. MacFarlane said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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