- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 5, 2009


Off-duty Maryland officer shoots man

An off-duty Prince George’s County officer shot a man in Northeast early Saturday, D.C. police said.

Shortly before 2 a.m., the officer shot Thomas Evans, 24, of Northeast, authorities said, as Mr. Evans was firing a gun at someone fleeing through an alley in the 400 block of 15th Street Northeast.

Mr. Evans suffered a gunshot wound to his upper body and was in critical condition at a hospital. He faces charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and carrying a firearm without a license, police said.



Ex-Miss Maryland arrested in drug bust

A former Miss Maryland and her boyfriend are facing drug charges after a raid uncovered drugs, ammunition and cash in their apartment, Montgomery County police said.

Tia Shorts, who was crowned Miss Maryland USA in 2004, and her boyfriend, Joey King, face numerous drug possession and distribution charges, police said. Mr. King also faces a firearms charge.

The arrests were made after detectives witnessed drug activity at the apartment complex Tuesday night, police said. Two others were also arrested. All four were released after posting bond.


Prince George’s hires superintendent

The Prince George’s County Board of Education has voted unanimously to hire William Hite Jr. as superintendent of schools.

Mr. Hite has been serving as the interim chief of the 128,000-student system since Dec. 1, after John Deasy suddenly quit as superintendent after 2 1/2 years in office.

Mr. Hite, 47, was a longtime educator in Virginia’s Henrico County and had a stint as an assistant superintendent in Cobb County, Ga. He came to Prince George’s in 2006 to serve as Mr. Deasy’s deputy.

Mr. Hite’s contract will run through June 2013. Details of his salary are still to be negotiated, officials said.



Video-gambling devices seized

Police seized dozens of suspected video-gambling machines in overnight raids at several Hampton strip malls.

Police said they had been staking out three businesses since early March and conducted the seizures at Get Lucky Internet Time, Hampton Roads Billiards and Supplies, and Movie Play Home Gaming Supplies.

Patrons of the businesses could face misdemeanor charges, but the main goal of the raids late Friday and early Saturday was to seize equipment and go after the proprietors, a police spokeswoman said.

In each business, customers could gamble by purchasing a card onto which they deposited money. The cards could then be used as individual accounts on computers, where patrons could pick from a variety of games and play by clicking on a mouse.


Fatal house fire a murder-suicide

A fire in a Herndon home in which two people were found dead has been ruled a murder-suicide, Fairfax County police said.

An autopsy determined that Chi-Len Chen, 55, was fatally stabbed and Ho Bih Chen, 55, died in the fire, investigators said. Both lived in the home, police said.

Neighbors reported the fire about 4 a.m. Thursday at the home in the 12000 block of Eddyspark Drive.

Firefighters found two adults dead in the home, and investigators found apparent ignition points for the fire inside the home.

Fire officials estimated damage at $370,000.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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