- The Washington Times - Monday, September 22, 2008


Council approves higher driving fines

The 13-member D.C. Council has unanimously passed a bill to increase fines for drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians.

Under the law passed last week, those who do not yield to pedestrians face a $250 penalty and three license points. The current penalty is a $50 fine.

Motorists who hit a pedestrian in a crosswalk or intersection would receive a $500 fine and get six license points. In the city’s point system, drivers who get 10 points lose their license for 90 days.

Money from the fines would help pay for pedestrian-safety programs.

Teen charged in fatal shooting

The Metropolitan Police Department has arrested a male teenager in a fatal shooting last week in which shots fired through an apartment door killed a female teen.

Official have identified the suspect as Terrance John Jones, 19, no fixed address. He has been charged in connection with the slaying of Tanganika Stanton.

Miss Stanton, 18, and another woman were shot Thursday in an apartment in the 4900 block of Grant Street Northeast

Miss Stanton died at a hospital. The other victim was treated for a foot injury.



Ex-Wicomico official charged in 2nd theft

A former Wicomico County court official convicted of stealing from the county has been charged with spending thousands of dollars earmarked for a cheerleading group on herself.

Gay Hommel faces 22 counts of theft and other charges in the misuse of about $4,000 from the Eastern Elite All Stars cheerleading group in 2006. Investigators think that she may have taken more, but the statute of limitations restrict them to that amount.

State police say a concerned parent from the cheerleading group approached them in December when one of the group’s checks could not be cashed.

In 2004, Miss Hommel was sentenced to 18 months in prison for stealing more than $143,000 while working as a Wicomico County jury commissioner. In that case, Miss Hommel spent on herself money meant to pay expenses, such as meals for jurors and bailiffs.


D.C. man dies in shooting

A Southeast resident was killed in a weekend shooting, according to the Prince George’s County Police Department.

Police say the incident occurred at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday in the 2600 block of Holly Drive.

The victims has been identified as Andrew Dakota Johnson, 22. He was found with gunshot wounds to his upper body and pronounced dead at the scene.

Another victim at the scene was taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds and was in critical condition.



$1 million ticket purchased in Salem

Officials are looking for the owner of a winning ticket purchased in Salem is worth $1 million, the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s 20th Birthday Raffle.

The ticket was purchased at County Line Tobacco.

Three tickets worth $20,000 each were purchased in Richmond, Portsmouth and Nassawadox. Two-thousand other tickets are each worth $20.

The raffle ran from Sept. 1 through Sept. 19, marking the 20th anniversary of the state lottery. Tickets cost $5 each, and players purchased 226,331 tickets.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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