- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Police shoot stabbing suspect

A D.C. Police officer fatally shot a man Monday morning in Northeast during a police call.

The shooting occurred about 10:45 a.m. at a group home in the 800 block of Seventh Street.

Police said officers arrived at the residence to find a man with a stab wound. A suspect reportedly attacked them, which prompted the officers to shoot. One officer suffered minor injuries. The stabbing victim was hospitalized.

Bobb tapped for Detroit post

The former president of the D.C. State Board of Education is taking on another role in a struggling school system.

Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm, a Democrat, named Robert C. Bobb emergency financial manager for Detroit Public Schools on Monday. His appointment comes after Michigan’s state superintendent of public instruction declared the school system to be in a financial emergency. State law requires a manager to assume financial authority in the district.

Mr. Bobb also served as D.C. city administrator under Mayor Anthony A. Williams and resigned in 2006 to successfully run for school board president. He held office as the board changed roles and authority over D.C. Public Schools moved under the office of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, a Democrat.



Trucker charged in toll-road accident

Authorities have charged the driver of a tanker truck that overturned Monday morning on the Dulles Greenway, closing a section of the highway for hours.

State police said Richard Clem, 24, was heading westbound near Shreve Mill Road, in Leesburg, when his truck ran off the side of the road and overturned in the median. Mr. Clem, of Middletown, Va., was charged with reckless driving. Police say fatigue was a factor.

The accident occurred about 2 a.m. Thousands of gallons of fuel leaked from the tank, and lanes between Leesburg and Ashburn were shut down. All lanes were reopened by about noon after hazardous-materials teams cleared the area. Mr. Clem’s injuries were not life-threatening.


Recount winner finally seated

Charniele Herring, winner of a special election two weeks ago by just 16 votes, was finally seated Monday in the state House chamber.

Miss Herring, Alexandria Democrat, was seated 13 days after winning a special election for the seat Brian Moran, a Democrat, vacated when he resigned to run for governor full time.

For eight successive floor sessions, majority Republicans blocked Democratic efforts to seat Miss Herring until a recount demanded by Joe Murray, a Republican.

Monday’s recount before three Alexandria Circuit Court judges did not change the initial results, and Miss Herring was seated at the end of Monday’s floor session.


Veteran officer charged with felony

A veteran state police officer is under arrest and charged with a felony count of forcible sodomy.

The arrest Monday of Capt. Edward L. Hope Jr. followed an investigation by the state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Chesterfield County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

According to the state police, the 52-year-old law enforcement officer joined the state police in 1979. His most recent assignment was as division commander of the information-technology division at state police headquarters in Richmond. He has been placed on administrative leave.

Capt. Hope was arrested in Chesterfield County and has a court appearance scheduled for Tuesday.



Family: Mix-up left tot at eatery

A 4-year-old girl was left alone at the Chuck E. Cheese restaurant because the chaperons were handling nine children and left in separate cars, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office said.

Relatives told detectives that Deshawna Tyson and the other children were taken to the restaurant Sunday by an aunt and the aunt’s boyfriend. When they left in separate cars, the two adults thought Deshawna was with the other. Back at home, the children went straight to bed. Deshawna’s mother returned from work, went to bed and was unaware her daughter wasn’t home until she saw her picture on television Monday morning.

Deshawna was found alone in the restaurant about 7 p.m. Sunday. The sheriff’s office says it will consult with prosecutors to determine whether anyone should be charged.


Judge dismisses traffic-stop claims

A federal judge dismissed claims against three of the four defendants in a federal lawsuit brought by three women who say a former Anne Arundel County police officer instructed them after traffic stops to expose their breasts.

Judge Benson Legg found no basis for claims against either the county, police Chief James Teare or former Chief Thomas Shanahan. The ruling does not apply to state litigation.

Former police Officer Joseph Mosmiller remains the sole defendant in the federal case. He was convicted of misconduct and fired in 2007 after the allegations surfaced.


O’Malley proposes two new prisons

The administration of Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, is planning two new minimum-security prisons near Jessup.

Mr. O’Malley’s proposed fiscal 2010 budget includes $23.2 million for the first of the two structures. It will be called the Jessup Community Correctional Facility.

A state Division of Correction spokesman said the 560-bed, dormitory-style prison will house nonviolent offenders who can benefit from drug-treatment programs and other counseling.

He also said inmates fitting that description constitute one of the fastest-growing segments of the state’s prison population. A construction timeline was not available.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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