May 6, 2013
THE DISTRICT
Man fatally shot
in Northeast

A D.C. man was shot and killed in Northeast Washington on Sunday, and police are searching for suspects and a motive in the case.

Frederick Booker, 29, was found in a vehicle, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound, just after 6:40 p.m. in the 4100 block of 20th Street NE, authorities said. He was taken to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099

— Matt Zapotosky

Thompson accused
of obstruction

Federal prosecutors have accused a D.C. businessman at the center of a far-reaching corruption probe into Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s 2010 campaign of obstructing their investigation, according to a court order unsealed Monday.

The year-old ruling by U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth also criticizes Jeffrey E. Thompson for engaging in a protracted legal battle over millions of pages of personal and business records seized from his home and offices last year.

In the ruling, Lamberth said that prosecutors argued against delaying review of the records “because of efforts by Thompson to obstruct the investigation.”

Thompson, who is alleged to have financed a “shadow campaign” for Gray (D), has fought to keep the U.S. attorney’s office from reviewing some of the documents. Last May, Lamberth rejected Thompson’s effort to temporarily block the review, writing that it would “grind the government’s efforts to a halt.”

Thompson’s legal challenges “consume institutional resources that could be better spent on conducting the underlying investigation,” Lamberth wrote in the redacted ruling.

— Ann Marimow

Driver of ATV dies after hitting pole

A 23-year-old man died after crashing an all-terrain vehicle, D.C. police said Monday.

Shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday, Michael Allen Brown of Hyattsville was driving a 2005 Yamaha 700R in a grassy area near Oxon Run Park and the 900 block of Valley Avenue SE.

Brown tried to enter a road, but the ATV hit a curb and a utility pole. Brown was thrown from the vehicle and suffered head trauma, police said. He was not wearing a helmet, according to police.

Brown was taken to a hospital, where he died. D.C. police are continuing to investigate.

MARYLAND
Germantown man struck by car dies

A Germantown resident struck by a car April 26 died three days later, police said Monday.

Silvano Celedonio Alvarado, 60, was crossing Lost Knife Road in Gaithersburg about 8:30 p.m. when he was struck by a black Lexus, Montgomery County police said.

Alvarado, a resident of the 12900 block of Walnut View Court in Germantown, was taken to a hospital with serious injuries. Police identified the driver of the Lexus as Song Hee Lee, 71, of Gaithersburg. According to the release, he stayed at the scene after the collision.

— Gazette

Priest resigns amid financial probe

The head of St. Luke Institute, a Silver Spring mental health facility for clergy, has resigned amid an investigation into potential financial impropriety when he worked in New Hampshire.

According to a statement from St. Luke, the state attorney general and Catholic officials in New Hampshire are investigating Monsignor Edward J. Arsenault. He is accused of “possible improprieties, including improper financial transactions and a possible inappropriate adult relationship,” the statement Monday said.

Arsenault is a priest of the Manchester, N.H., diocese and reportedly held a number of leadership positions there between 1999 and 2009 before joining St. Luke Institute in 2009.

Susan Gibbs, a spokeswoman for St. Luke, said the Manchester bishop suspended Arsenault last week from priestly duties pending the outcome of the investigations, and he resigned Friday. The probe, she said, did not involve his time at St. Luke.

— Michelle Boorstein

VIRGINIA
Man indicted in death of toddler son

A father accused of drowning his 15-month-old son was indicted by a Prince William County grand jury Monday on the charge of murder.

Joaquin S. Rams, 40, had taken out more than $500,000 worth of life insurance on his son, Prince McLeod Rams, according to court documents. Prince, who had been the subject of a custody dispute between his father and mother, Hera McLeod, was rushed to a hospital Oct. 20 after an emergency call. He died a day later.

The boy arrived with injuries to his face and body and was naked, wet and cold, according to court testimony and a hospital report. Prince had a history of fever-
induced seizures, and Rams told investigators, according to court papers, that he had sought to splash ice-cold water onto the boy to bring down a fever.

Rams faces the possibility of life in prison if convicted, said Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul B. Ebert (D). Ebert said that he has not decided whether to seek a capital murder charge, for which a guilty sentence could mean the death penalty.

— Jeremy Borden

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