- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 24, 2008


City announces new developer

District of Columbia officials have identified their partners who will oversee a $5 million development project of vacant properties on Georgia Avenue in Northwest.

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty said Friday that the city is working with Donatelli Development and Mosaic Urban Partners to create retail space and condominiums on the site of three properties, about a block north of the Georgia Avenue-Petworth Metro station.

Plans call for selling at least 30 percent of the units as affordable housing.

The project is expected to be complete by 2010 and bring about 50 new jobs to the area, officials said.



Fines looming over water markers

As the threat of Coast Guard penalties looms, members of an organization responsible for Smith Mountain Lake’s channel markers say they’ve been thrown off course.

The U.S. Coast Guard has told the Tri-County Lake Administrative Commission it must file applications to change the more than 300 channel and shoal markers on the lake by Nov. 9.

The commission’s staff and volunteers have worked for more than a year to develop a timeline to perform a $150,000 overhaul.

But Appalachian Power Company has told federal energy regulators it plans to take responsibility for replacing the navigational aids. A spokesman for the lake group said it doesn’t make sense for the commission to act if Appalachian may take over the system.

There may be penalties if the applications are not filed, said Coast Guard Cmdr. Brian Dunn. Federal law sets a maximum penalty of $100 per marker, with each day of violation regarded as a new offense.



Television actress freed after arrest

Felicia “Snoop” Pearson, the actress who was convicted of murder as a teenager before appearing on the HBO series “The Wire,” was freed by a judge following her arrest on minor drug charges.

Court records show Pearson was arrested Wednesday after police went to her home to pick her up for refusing to cooperate as a witness in a murder trial and found two cigars containing marijuana.

Pearson witnessed Steven Lashley stab three men, killing one, during an argument in 2005, authorities said.

Attorney Brad Goldbloom told Circuit Judge John Addison Howard that Pearson had not received court notices and was willing to “honor her obligations” as a witness.

Pearson served time in prison after she was convicted of second-degree murder at age 16.


Robber sentenced to 50 years in prison

A Greenbelt man was sentenced to 50 years in prison with 20 years suspended for armed robbery he committed 25 yards from a police station, Prince George’s County officials said.

Kenneth Tyrone Groves, 29, was sentenced Friday in Prince George’s County Circuit Court, the county’s state’s attorney office said.

Surveillance video showed Groves pointed a gun at a woman at a gas station and robbed a man at gunpoint in the nearby parking lot last November, officials said.

The man he robbed went across the street to the Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Police headquarters and alerted authorities, who eventually caught Groves.


D.C. man killed in pedestrian crash

A Northwest D.C. man died after a car struck him as he crossed a street, Montgomery County police said.

Gerardo Sauceda, 27, was walking across Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring early Friday, when he was hit in the northbound lanes.

Mr. Sauceda was taken to a hospital where he died.

Nelford Edward Dallas, 58, of Northwest was the driver of the vehicle.

Mr. Dallas stayed at the scene and was not injured.

From staff reports and wired dispatches

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