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Jul 2, 2015

Man charged in Washington mansion murder of four fires lawyer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The man accused of killing a wealthy Washington businessman and his family and torching their mansion ditched his lawyer on Thursday in favor of the public defenders first assigned to him.

Daron Wint, 34, of Lanham, Maryland, faces a charge of first-degree murder in the May deaths of businessman Savvas Savopoulos and his wife, son and housekeeper. Their bodies were found in their burned home near the official residence of Vice President Joseph Biden.

Jun 30, 2015

Maryland launches campaign against illegal crab fishing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Maryland on Tuesday launched a campaign to police recreational and commercial crab fishing as the state grapples with a low population of crabs that can be caught in the Chesapeake Bay, authorities said.

The enforcement campaign takes aim at poachers who defy regulations on minimum sizes, harvest limits and hours, as well as crab pot registrations, threatening the sustainability of Maryland’s blue crab population, officials said.

Jun 28, 2015

Pontoon boat plunges over Maryland dam, killing one, injuring 8

By John Clarke

(Reuters) – One man died and eight teenagers were injured when the pontoon boat they were aboard was swept over a Maryland lake dam by a heavy current caused by earlier stormy weather, authorities said on Sunday.

The group was on Lake Linganore, about 40 miles (64 km)northwest of Washington, D.C., at about 6:30 p.m. on Saturday when the boat crested the dam and crashed into a rocky spillway below, Maryland Department of Natural Resources police spokeswoman Candy Thomson said. It is the fifth fatal boat accident in the state this year.

Jun 27, 2015

Baltimore police open probe into new shooting of unarmed black man

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Police have opened an investigation into the killing of an unarmed black man by law enforcement officers outside Baltimore, authorities said on Saturday, two months after the city was rocked by protests over the death of another African-American who was taken into custody.

The latest incident unfolded in the Baltimore suburb of Owing Mills, where three officers fired at least 19 rounds and killed Spencer Lee McCain, 41, during a domestic disturbance on Thursday. The Baltimore County police’s homicide unit is investigating, police said in a statement Saturday.

Jun 26, 2015

National Cathedral may remove windows with Confederate images

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The dean of Washington’s National Cathedral has called for removing two stained glass windows depicting the Confederate battle flag, saying it is a painful reminder to many African-Americans of the country’s legacy of slavery.

A spokesman for the landmark Episcopal church in the U.S. capital said on Friday officials would begin considering the Rev. Gary Hall’s appeal immediately.

Jun 24, 2015

No charges in deadly NSA spy agency shooting in Maryland: officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – No charges will be filed in the deadly March shooting outside the National Security Agency where officers fired on a vehicle carrying two men dressed as women that crashed into the spy agency’s gates, federal officials said on Wednesday.

No crime was committed by either the officers or the vehicle’s surviving passenger during the incident at Fort Meade, Maryland, about 20 miles northeast of Washington, D.C., on March 30, U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein said in a statement.

Jun 22, 2015

Florida man who flew gyrocopter to U.S. Capitol rejects plea deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Florida man who flew a gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol grounds rejected a plea deal on Monday that would likely involve jail time, prosecutors said.

Douglas Hughes, a 61-year-old mail carrier from Ruskin, Florida, appeared in federal court where he turned down a plea deal, according to a spokesman for Assistant U.S. Attorney Tejpal Chawla.

Jun 20, 2015

Judge denies bond for Washington man accused of threats on transit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A man who last year appeared on an MTV reality show and is accused of threatening Washington’s mass transit system and President Barack Obama in calls to emergency responders was denied release on bond on Friday by a federal judge who called his actions dangerous and harmful.

“This is not some sort of childish pranks or phony phone calls,” U.S. District Magistrate Judge G. Michael Harvey said. “These were bomb threats and threats to harm the president of the United States.”

Jun 16, 2015

Man accused in Washington quadruple murder, arson taps new attorney

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The man accused of slaying a wealthy Washington businessman and his family and torching their mansion last month appeared in court on Tuesday with a new attorney to replace his public defender.

Daron Wint, 34, of Lanham, Maryland, has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of businessman Savvas Savopoulos, his wife, son and housekeeper, whose bodies were found in their burned home near the official residence of Vice President Joseph Biden.Wint, wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, was asked by Superior Court Judge Rhonda Winston if he agreed to change from a public defense attorney to attorney Sean Hanover.”Yes,” he said.Hanover noted that Wint is from Guyana and could face deportation if convicted of the felony charges he faces.”He’s encouraged about the case and feels justice will be served,” Hanover said.Wint is accused of holding captive construction business owner Savopoulos, his wife Amy, son Philip, 10, and housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa, 57, until he got $40,000 in cash, then killing them and setting fire to the house.Police have said Wint, who was identified by DNA left behind on a pizza crust at the home, once worked for Savopoulos’ company, American Iron Works.Wint’s next court appearance is scheduled for July 2.

Jun 13, 2015

Virginia officer indicted in killing of black man released on bond

By John Clarke

(Reuters) – A Virginia policeman indicted in the killing of a mentally ill black man last summer has been released from jail on his own recognizance pending trial, according to a local media report on Saturday.

Norfolk Police officer Michael Edington Jr., 25, was charged this week with voluntary manslaughter over the June 6, 2014 shooting death of 35-year-old David Latham.