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Nov 6, 2015

Man who landed gyrocopter at U.S. Capitol to plead guilty -lawyer

WASHINGTON, Nov 6 (Reuters) – A Florida man who flew a
gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol grounds in an effort to
advocate for campaign finance reform will plead guilty and face
jail time when he appears in federal court this month, his
lawyer said Friday.

Douglas Hughes, a 61-year-old mail carrier from Ruskin,
Florida, is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 20, where he
will plead guilty to one felony count of operating without an
airman certificate, his attorney, Mark Goldstone, said.

Nov 2, 2015

Virginia man found guilty in three murders over 11-year span

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A former Virginia political candidate was convicted on Monday of three murders over an 11-year span that fed fears of a serial killer in the U.S. capital area.

Charles Severance, 55, was found guilty by a Fairfax County Circuit Court jury after testimony from more than 100 witnesses, a court spokeswoman said.

Oct 29, 2015

Virginia student arrested after making bomb threats at high school

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Virginia teenager has been arrested for threatening to detonate a bomb at his high school and shoot students in an attack stemming from his inability to make friends, and police found weapons at his home, authorities said on Thursday. 

The 15-year-old boy is accused of making the threats on Tuesday at Brooke Point High School in Stafford, about 45 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., Stafford County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Bill Kennedy said.

Oct 23, 2015

Cemetery to seek permit after complaint about Ben Bradlee mausoleum

WASHINGTON, Oct 22 (Reuters) – The cemetery housing the
mausoleum of longtime Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee has
agreed to comply with city regulations after coming under fire
for lacking the required permits to build the memorial there,
officials said on Thursday.

The tomb recently erected just inside the entrance to
historic Oak Hill Cemetery, in the upscale Washington
neighborhood of Georgetown, attracted scrutiny after a complaint
was filed, according to a spokesman for the city’s Consumer and
Regulatory Affairs Department.

Oct 16, 2015

U.S. judge rules Maryland can ditch Confederate flag license plates

By John Clarke

(Reuters) – A federal judge in Maryland has ruled that the
state may start phasing out license plates featuring the
Confederate battle flag as early as November, a state official

U.S. District Judge Marvin Garbis issued the order on
Thursday, lifting a 1997 injunction at Maryland Attorney General
Brian Frosh’s request, Frosh’s office said in a statement. The
order goes into effect on Nov. 17.

Oct 16, 2015

Maryland teens, wife arrested over love triangle double slaying

By John Clarke

(Reuters) – A Maryland woman and two teenagers have been charged with first-degree murder in an alleged double slaying triggered by a love triangle gone bad, police said on Friday.

Ann Anastasi, 42, of Lothian, Maryland, was arrested on Thursday and charged with the killing of her husband, Anthony Anastasi, 40, and housemate Jacqueline Riggs, 25, Anne Arundel County Police said in a statement.

Oct 9, 2015

Drone crashes near White House, man faces charges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Washington man faces federal charges after crashing a drone near the White House in the nation’s capital early Friday, federal authorities said.

Howard Solomon landed the drone illegally around 1:20 a.m. local time, across the street from the White House South Lawn outside the security gates, after launching it from the Washington Monument, U.S. Park Police spokeswoman Sergeant Anna Rose said.

Oct 9, 2015

Witness identifies Virginia man accused of three murders as killer of final victim

By John Clarke

FAIRFAX, Va. (Reuters) – A witness in the trial of an eccentric former Virginia political candidate charged with murdering three people over an 11-year span identified him on Thursday as the gunman who shot the last of the victims.

On the opening day of testimony, witness Janet Franko named the suspect, Charles Severance, 55, as the man who shot music teacher Ruthanne Lodato last year. The three seemingly random killings in the Washington suburb of Alexandria fed fears that a serial killer was loose in the U.S. capital area.

Oct 7, 2015

Baltimore mayor likens police-community relations to struggling marriage

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The relationship between U.S. police and the communities they serve is like a struggling marriage in need of better communication, the mayor of Baltimore, a city rocked by anti-police rioting, said on Wednesday.

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who is also president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, said in a speech to the group it was up to both cities and police to determine what kind of interactions they would have.

Sep 25, 2015

Transgender inmate wins suit against Maryland prison officials

WASHINGTON, Sept 24 (Reuters) – A transgender inmate who
says guards called her an animal and encouraged her to kill
herself has won a legal battle against Maryland prison officials
in the first successful lawsuit of its kind against a U.S.
correctional facility, her attorney said on Thursday.

In a decision that led Maryland prisons to adopt new
policies about transgender inmates, Administrative Law Judge
Denise Shaffer ruled in favor of Sandy Brown’s claim that prison
officials at Patuxent Institution in Jessup, Maryland, failed to
comply with national standards for the protection of inmates
from sexual abuse, according to court documents.