Regional news roundup: Suspect in fatal D.C. beating arrested; person killed in fire

December 26, 2013
The District
Suspect arrested in man’s fatal beating

D.C. police on Thursday arrested a man suspected in the September beating death of a ­24-year-old man in the Brightwood Park neighborhood of Northwest Washington, according to authorities.

Paul Jefferies, 20, of Northwest was charged with second-degree murder while armed. Police said members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested him Thursday. He could make an initial appearance in D.C. Superior Court on Friday.

Jefferies is charged with killing Awele Olisemeka of Northwest. Police said Olisemeka was found unconscious about 6:10 p.m. Sept. 14 in the 900 block of Madison Street. Police said he had multiple skull fractures and died two days later at a hospital.

The medical examiner’s office ruled the death a homicide.

Police did not provide information regarding a suspected motive.

— Peter Hermann

One person dies in fire in Adams Morgan

A person died Thursday afternoon in a fire in an apartment in Adams Morgan, according to the D.C. fire department.

A spokesman, Tim Wilson, said the fire was reported about 1:50 p.m. and was confined to the basement of a house in the 1600 block of Beekman Place NW. He said the victim was pronounced dead in the house, which is divided into four apartments.

The person’s name and age were not immediately released.

Wilson said the fire was extinguished in about 20 minutes. The cause had not been determined.

Beekman Place is on the southern edge of Adams Morgan, just west of Meridian Hill Park.

— Peter Hermann

VIRGINIA
Woman hospitalized, pets killed in blaze

A fire in a McLean home Thursday afternoon left an elderly woman in the hospital and six of her eight pets dead, officials said.

The small house fire occurred about 12:30 p.m. in the 1900 block of Westmoreland Street, said Capt. William Moreland, a spokesman for the Fairfax County Fire Department. It was brought under control minutes after units from Fairfax and Arlington counties arrived at the scene, he said.

The woman was taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center with injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening, Moreland said.

Firefighters were able to revive one dog and one cat, who were taken to an animal hospital for care.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

— Rachel Weiner

Hampton attorney to be Herring’s deputy

Virginia Attorney General-elect Mark R. Herring (D) has chosen Hampton city attorney Cynthia Hudson to serve as his chief deputy after he takes office Jan. 11.

Officials said Thursday that Hudson will oversee day-to-day legal operations of the attorney general’s office and provide top-level legal services.

Hudson has been Hampton’s city attorney for eight years. She is president of the Local Government Attorneys of Virginia and is on the board of the Virginia Law Foundation.

Before taking office in 1996, Hudson was in private practice for eight years.

She has a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a law degree from the College of William and Mary.

Hudson was honored as one of the “Influential Women of Virginia” in 2012 by Virginia Lawyers Weekly.

— Associated Press

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