- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 27, 2009


Obama, first lady at soccer field

After a week of meetings with world leaders, President Obama is enjoying some family time.

Mr. Obama left the White House on Saturday morning for a soccer field in northwest Washington, where his 11-year-old daughter Malia was playing. First lady Michelle Obama and the family dog, Bo, also joined.

The president stayed on the field sidelines with other onlookers and parents for about 30 minutes. As he left to return to the White House, several children shouted “Bye, Mr. Obama.” Mr. Obama waved to those on the field.

Mr. Obama returned to the White House on Friday after a week of meetings with world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly in New York and at a global economic summit in Pittsburgh.

Emergency personnel drill over weekend

September is national preparedness month, and several Washington-area police and fire departments were planning emergency drills this weekend.

Authorities in Northern Virginia held a full-scale exercise simulating multiple bombings throughout the region. The exercises took place Saturday from about 7 a.m. to noon in the cities of Alexandria and Fairfax, as well as in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties.



Family deaths murder-suicide

Maryland authorities say a Mount Airy man fatally shot his wife and two children before turning the shotgun on himself.

State police announced the findings Saturday, one day after the bodies of 38-year-old Charles and 37-year-old Jennifer Dalton were found in their home along with the remains of 14-year-old Charles Jr. and 7-year-old Emmaline.

Police spokesman Greg Shipley said no suicide note was found.

He said a preliminary investigation indicated that Mrs. Dalton and the children were shot as they slept. The body of her husband was lying in the master bedroom next to the bed.


Panel taps Cohen for mayor’s race

The Annapolis Democratic Central Committee has chosen County Council member Josh Cohen to be the party’s new nominee in the city’s mayoral race.

The committee made its selection Friday night.

The committee had to chose a new nominee to succeed Zina Pierre, who won the primary but withdrew Wednesday after personal financial concerns became public just days after the primary. Mr. Cohen finished second in the primary.

Republican Alderman David Cordle and independent Chris Fox, a local bar owner, also are in the race.



Police officers cleared in shooting

A prosecutor said Roanoke police officers were justified in killing a man they said was threatening them with a knife.

Robert Douglas Mattox was shot in July by officers responding to a report that he had assaulted a neighbor. Commonwealth’s Attorney Donald Caldwell said Friday that the officers had a reasonable belief that they were in danger and criminal charges would not be appropriate.

Mr. Caldwell said Officer B.J. Smith fired two shots and Officer D.K. Moore fired one after Mr. Mattox, 51, refused to drop the knife. A kitchen knife was found next to him on the floor.

Mr. Mattox’s daughter, Sonya Mattox Fortner, disputes the officers’ story that her father was coming at them with the knife.


Driver says suspect talked of fight

A cab driver who drove an aspiring horrorcore rapper suspected of killing four people to the airport said the man talked about having a fight with his girlfriend over a text message from another man.

Richard “Sam” McCroskey of Castro Valley, Calif., was arrested at the airport the next day, charged with killing his girlfriend’s father, Presbyterian minister Mark Niederbrock.

Authorities expect to charge Mr. McCroskey with killing his girlfriend, 16-year-old Emma Niederbrock; her mother, Longwood University professor Debra Kelley; and her friend, 18-year-old Melanie Wells of Inwood, W.Va.

They were found bludgeoned to death Sept. 18 in Ms. Kelley’s Farmville home.

Cabbie Curtis Gibson said Mr. McCroskey told him that he and his girlfriend fought about him reading the text message.

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