- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 17, 2009


Teen shot at Metro station

A teenager was shot at the Anacostia Metro station in Southeast.

Metro spokeswoman Angela Gates said the shooting occurred about 12:20 a.m. Sunday after a dispute between two groups that started on a Green Line train and spilled onto the train platform.

The teenager was shot in the abdomen. He was taken to a hospital and was in stable condition Sunday night.

A suspect was arrested near the station. Mrs. Gates said he had been charged with assault with a deadly weapon. The suspect’s name and age had not been released.

Mrs. Gates said a 9 mm pistol was found in the area around the station. She said it was not clear what prompted the confrontation.



Grand jury indicts ex-administrator

Maryland’s state prosecutor said a grand jury has charged a former Seat Pleasant city administrator with felony theft, counterfeiting and other offenses.

State prosecutor Robert A. Rohrbaugh said a warrant had been issued for the arrest of Bryan Alston, 42, of Baltimore County. The indictment was returned Feb. 5.

The indictment says that in 2006, Mr. Alston issued false check payments to Seat Pleasant vendors by forging the signatures of the city’s mayor, treasurer and various vendors. Authorities said Mr. Alston then deposited the checks - which totaled about $3,500 - into his personal bank account.

If convicted on all charges, Mr. Alston faces a maximum of 93 years in prison. He could not be reached for comment.



Woman killed, man injured in shootings

Fairfax County police were investigating a shooting in affluent Fairfax Station that killed a woman and injured a man.

Spokesman Officer Don Gotthardt said police were called about 10:30 a.m. Monday to a house on Laketree Drive, where they found a woman dead from an apparent gunshot wound. Officer Gotthardt said a man thought to be her husband suffered a gunshot wound to his torso and was taken to a hospital.

Officer Gotthardt said the man’s condition was unknown. He said police think the shooting may have resulted from a domestic dispute.


Immigrants march against policies

Immigrants in Prince William County marched to protest county policies they say have torn apart families, caused racial tension and made them fearful of reporting crimes.

Organizers with the group Mexicans Without Borders said they expected about 500 people to march Monday afternoon from a Manassas Park shopping center to the county courthouse.

Protesters were gathering to call on lawmakers to rescind a nearly year-old policy that, in part, allows local police to enforce federal immigration law. They say the policy, which drew national attention, has torn apart families and created tension between Hispanic immigrants and police.

Organizers also said they planned to demand justice for a woman who says she was beaten by a police officer earlier this month because she is Hispanic and does not speak English.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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