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Matthew Cella

Matthew Cella is The Washington Times' Metro editor. He can be reached at [email protected].

Articles by Matthew Cella

District sued over man's death

The family of a Northeast Washington man who died of a heart attack hours after being told by a D.C. paramedic that he suffered from acid reflux filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the District on Tuesday. Published December 9, 2009

D.C. taxi probe yields more arrests

Federal law-enforcement authorities Friday unsealed indictments against 39 D.C. taxicab drivers, charging them with conspiring to bribe the head of the city's taxicab commission in a widening criminal investigation into the industry. Published October 3, 2009

Clinic: Cho denied homicidal thoughts

Missing mental health records indicate that Virginia Tech shooter Seung hui-Cho told medical personnel at a campus clinic that statements he made indicating he wanted to kill himself were "a joke." Published August 19, 2009

Lawsuit seeks right to carry guns in public

The man whose Supreme Court challenge secured the right of D.C. residents to keep guns in their homes is back in court, this time filing a lawsuit on behalf of a group seeking the right of registered gun owners to carry their guns in public. Published August 7, 2009

Gunman shot, killed near Capitol

A man was fatally shot within sight of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday afternoon after a traffic stop led to a brief chase that resulted in the driver reportedly pulling a weapon on police officers. Published July 16, 2009

Police shoot and kill armed man near Capitol

A man was fatally shot within sight of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday afternoon, after a traffic stop led to a brief chase that resulted in the driver pulling a weapon on police officers. Published July 16, 2009

Police shoot, kill armed man near Capitol

A man was fatally shot within sight of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday afternoon, after a traffic stop led to a brief chase that resulted in the driver pulling a weapon on police officers. Published July 16, 2009

Court: D.C.'s Trinidad checkpoints not legal

A federal appeals court Friday declared unconstitutional a controversial police checkpoint program used to cordon off a crime-ridden D.C. neighborhood last year. Published July 11, 2009

D.C. court ordered to revisit police checkpoints

A federal appeals court Friday ordered a lower court to reconsider its refusal to block a police checkpoint program that cordoned off a crime-plagued D.C. neighborhood last year. Published July 10, 2009

Ouster a threat for Md. GOP chairman

The Maryland Republican Party's executive committee has asked its chairman to explain the forced resignation of the party's top staff member or step down himself. Published July 8, 2009

EXCLUSIVE: EMS chief promoted despite suit over death

D.C. fire officials promoted an internal candidate to lead their troubled emergency medical services division knowing that their choice to institute agency reforms was himself facing a multimillion-dollar lawsuit. Published May 21, 2009

No cameras for high-crime Md. Metro stops

Metro has installed 20 outdoor surveillance cameras to address an uptick in crime around rail stations, but the stations with the highest number of crimes were not among those getting the cameras. Published May 17, 2009

Carjacking, chase hurt 6; suspect flees

Six people were taken to area hospitals with minor injuries Friday morning after a carjacking that started in Prince George's County ended with a crash that involved a Navy police car in the District. Published May 9, 2009

Dulles rail project gets stimulus check

The Department of Transportation on Thursday awarded $77.5 million in federal stimulus money to the Dulles rail project - a move that will save the project millions of dollars in financing costs. Published May 8, 2009

EMS report outrages families

A man whose brother died of a heart attack hours after being told by a D.C. paramedic that he suffered from acid reflux says his family is outraged to learn that fire officials had prior warning that the paramedic needed retraining. Published April 27, 2009

EXCLUSIVE: Videos, tests show failures by D.C. EMS

Scores of the District's paramedics failed to meet the minimum national standard on written exams or mishandled basic life-saving procedures during videotaped assessments, according to a Washington Times investigation. Published April 24, 2009

Kaine signs off on 'Choose Life' license plates

Gov. Tim Kaine on Monday signed a bill that will allow Virginia motorists to obtain license plates with the message "Choose Life," joining 23 other states that issue plates with the pro-life slogan. Published March 31, 2009

Kaine vetoes gun, execution bills

Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine on Friday vetoed bills that would have lifted restrictions on gun possession and increased the number of offenders eligible for the death penalty. Published March 28, 2009

Chandra Levy's parents: Arrest is near

UPDATED: The parents of slain federal intern Chandra Levy say D.C. police told them Friday afternoon that an arrest is imminent in the eight-year-old investigation into their daughter's killing. Published February 21, 2009