March 19, 2013
THE REGION
Metro to run more buses on 16th Street

Metro plans to put additional buses into service on southbound 16th Street NW during the morning rush hour in an attempt to alleviate crowding.

Nine new southbound trips will be added to the southern end of the S routes, the transit agency announced Tuesday. These buses will operate between Columbia Heights and downtown Washington, so travelers between Silver Spring and Columbia Heights won’t notice any changes.

— Mark Berman

THE DISTRICT
Muth trial postponed

The judge overseeing the trial of Albrecht Muth, the Georgetown man charged with fatally beating his elderly wife two years ago, ordered the trial to be delayed because of Muth’s failing health due to a three-month hunger strike.

The March 25 trial date has been in question since January, when Muth was taken from D.C. jail to United Medical Center, a month after he resumed his fast.

Muth, 48, is charged with first-degree murder in the August 2011 death of his wife of 22 years, Viola Herms Drath. Authorities said Muth beat and strangled his 91-year-old wife in their Georgetown home.

A status hearing is scheduled for April.

— Keith L. Alexander

2 shot at Tyler House

Two occupants of an apartment in North Capitol Street’s Tyler House were shot and wounded during a burglary early Tuesday, eight days after gunmen opened fire on the street outside, wounding 13 people.

D.C. police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said there is “no reason to believe” the shootings are related.

Police said Tuesday’s shootings occurred about 1:30 a.m. when two men, one armed with a gun, entered the building through an unlocked door. One of the attackers grabbed the male occupant by the neck, police said, and the female occupant intervened.

Police said the woman was shot in the hand and the man was shot in the chest and arm. The injuries were described as non-life-threatening, and both victims were being treated at an area hospital. Police said the attackers escaped without taking anything.

— Peter Hermann

MARYLAND
Woman is stabbedto death in her home

Kateisha Jenkins had just sent her daughters to school on Monday when a man who used to live with her came knocking at the door, her father said. Though Jenkins had thrown him out of her Camp Springs apartment about two weeks earlier, she opened it.

That decision proved deadly, said Wilfred Jenkins, Kateisha Jenkins’s father. He said the man attacked his daughter, fatally stabbing her, an account he said he learned from police and family members who were in the apartment.

On Monday night, police announced they had arrested 33-year-old Keith Warren Henry of the District in Jenkins’s slaying. They said Henry stabbed Jenkins during a domestic dispute.

Officers were called to the 5200 block of Morris Avenue about 8:30 p.m., said Cpl. Clinton Copeland, a Prince George’s County police spokesman. He said they arrived to find a woman, later identified as Jenkins, 33, gravely wounded. She was taken to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead, Copeland said.

Henry was taken into custody a short time later in the 6100 block of Harley Lane. He has been charged with first- and second-degree murder, police said.

— Matt Zapotosky

Senate eases penalty for having marijuana

The Maryland Senate voted 30 to 16 on Tuesday to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, subjecting those caught to a civil fine of up to $100.

Supporters of the bill said the move is consistent with a growing number of states that have sought to do away with jail time for minor offenders. But Maryland’s bill doesn’t go as far as measures in Colorado and Washington that have legalized marijuana.

Sen. Robert A. Zirkin (D-Baltimore County), the bill’s sponsor, said the Maryland legislation would affect “a small-time possessor” caught with up to 10 grams of marijuana, the equivalent of two joints.

Under current law, such offenders face up to 90 days behind bars, along with a fine of up to $500.

The bill goes next to the House of Delegates.

— John Wagner

VIRGINIA
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