- - Sunday, April 17, 2011


Two arrested at IMF, World Bank protests

Two protesters were arrested during weekend demonstrations of the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

Jeffrey Light, an attorney for the activists, says one demonstrator was charged with destruction of property and the other with disorderly conduct. He said both have been released.

The demonstrators marched through downtown Saturday afternoon, then attended a concert at night. An additional march started late Saturday and went into early Sunday morning.

The activists are calling for debt relief to poor countries and other changes to the international economy. Streets around Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest surrounding the IMF and World Bank remained closed through Sunday afternoon.



Officer kills man in gun struggle

Prince George’s County police said an officer fatally shot a man who was struggling with a second officer over her gun.

Officers were called Saturday to a home on Andean Goose Way, where a woman told them her son, 20-year-old Charles Odell Smith, was acting erratically.

When officers tried to take Mr. Smith to a hospital for an evaluation, police say, he tried to flee and assaulted the officer trying to stop him. Officers tried to stop him by using a stun gun and other methods. But, police said, when Mr. Smith grabbed for one officer’s gun, companion Officer Harry Bond fired.

Officer Bond has been placed on routine administrative leave.


Two charged in teen’s slaying

Montgomery County police said Sunday they have charged two men in connection with the Jan. 12 fatal shooting of 18-year-old Alex Nando Roman.

Timothy D. Jackson and David James Wilson, both 20, were charged late Friday evening with first-degree murder, police said.

Detectives originally thought the homicide was drug-related, but now say the motive was Mr. Wilson thought Mr. Roman was stealing from him. The three met up in the Montgomery Village area, then drove to the 4900 block of Brookville Road to smoke marijuana, police said. Mr. Wilson and Mr. Jackson shot Mr. Roman there at about 1:50 a.m., then fled, according to police.

Mr. Roman is thought to be from Prince George’s County. Mr. Wilson has no known address, and Mr. Jackson, is from the 19800 block of Wheelwright Drive in Montgomery Village.


Two boaters rescued on the Bay

A U.S. Coast Guard crew rescued two people Sunday morning aboard a 19-foot motorboat that started taking on water while they fished on the Chesapeake Bay off Calvert County.

The boaters reported taking on water while fishing east of Breezy Point. Rescue crews with the Coast Guard, Natural Resources Police and Calvert County responded.

Passenger Brenda Scott, of North Beach, was transferred to a rescue boat. Ricky White, of North Beach, remained on board to continue bailing water from the boat, which was towed to Breezy Point Marina. No injuries were reported.


Man found on fire at group home dies

Prince George’s County officials say a 67-year-old man died over the weekend after he was found on fire at a Fort Washington group home.

Fire department spokesman Mark Brady says a caretaker was alerted by a smoke alarm Saturday morning, then found the man on fire in his room in the home, on the 2800 block of Cricklewood Drive.

The unidentified man was taken to the burn unit at Washington Hospital Center in critical condition with second- and third-degree burns to nearly 80 percent of his body. He died Saturday afternoon.

Mr. Brady says investigators are still looking into the cause of the fire, but one possible factor is that the man was a smoker.

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