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Council intern charged in shooting

Officials said an intern for D.C. Council member Jim Graham has been charged in a double shooting near the Columbia Heights Metro station.

Police said Devyn Black, 19, of Northwest turned himself in to authorities Friday. They said he faces charges of assault with a dangerous weapon in connection with a Thursday afternoon incident in which two men were shot in the leg.

Mr. Black had started a summer internship in Mr. Graham’s office four days before the shooting.

Mr. Graham said when he learned that police had an arrest warrant for Mr. Black, he called the young man and encouraged him to turn himself in. Mr. Graham accompanied Mr. Black to the police station.

Authorities said the shooting may be linked to a dispute between two rival gangs.



Police investigate two homicides

Prince George’s County police are investigating two homicides that occurred in Suitland and Capitol Heights on Saturday.

Authorities said they responded to the 3000 block of Stone Gate Drive in Suitland around 2:45 a.m. after reports of gunfire. They found Victor Smith, 35, of no fixed address, suffering from a gunshot wound. Mr. Smith later died.

About 8:15 a.m. Saturday, police were called to the 700 block of Capitol Heights Boulevard in Capitol Heights, where they found a man with trauma to his body. They said the man was taken to a hospital, where he died.


Two universities set to merge

After 90 years, Baltimore Hebrew University is moving to a new campus.

The Maryland Board of Regents on Friday unanimously approved a new partnership between Baltimore Hebrew and Towson University. The move is being made because of rising costs and declining enrollment at Baltimore Hebrew.

With it, Baltimore Hebrew will transfer 55 graduate students, seven instructors and its library to the nearby Towson campus. However, some full-time and part-time employees will lose their jobs because of the merger.

Officials said Baltimore Hebrew’s graduate programs and library collection will be up and running this fall at Towson.

Baltimore Hebrew’s interim president, Erika Pardes Schon, said she is delighted by the decision, and Towson officials said they are eager to welcome new faculty members.



Pilot is charged in skydiver clip

An unidentified 54-year-old Arlington man has been charged with reckless operation of an aircraft after he clipped a skydiver’s parachute.

The June 13 incident in Orange County caused the chute to fail about 20 feet above a field where the skydiver was to land. The injured skydiver has since been released from the hospital.

State Police spokesman Sgt. Les Tyler said the misdemeanor charge was filed against the pilot.

Sgt. Tyler said the pilot flew low over the landing area and clipped the rigging of the skydiver.

The Federal Aviation Administration is also investigating.

From wire dispatches and staff reports.

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