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24-year D.C. officer charged with theft

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A D.C. police officer with 24 years on the force was arrested Thursday and charged with taking property from the Evidence Control Branch, where he was assigned, police said.

Officer Rodney Williams was charged with one count of second-degree theft, police said.

Officer Araz Alali, a D.C. police spokesman, said the arrest was made after a tip from another police employee. Police did not specify what was taken.

— Peter Hermann

Officers share story of owl rescue mission

It was follow that snowy owl early Thursday for two D.C. police officers who witnessed Washington’s celebrated raptor survive being hit by two vehicles.

Officers Lauren Griffin and Othneil Blagrove were on patrol at 14th and K Streets at 12:30 a.m. when they saw the owl get hit. It then flew around as they pursued, trying to summon aid, they said Friday night.

Finally, with the help of Officer Kenneth Downey, they immobilized it with a flashlight beam, got it into a carton, covered it with a blanket and took it to the National Zoo for care. The owl was then transferred to a wildlife rehabilitation facility and is said to be doing well.

— Clarence Williams
and Martin Weil

MARYLAND

Man sentenced for wounding officer

A 34-year-old Beltsville man was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison for shooting an off-duty police officer in the leg outside the Galaxy nightclub in Prince George’s County, police said.

Kelly Gordon Gilliss was convicted in October of first-degree assault and other charges related to the July 2012 incident outside the club.

An off-duty officer who was working security threw Gilliss and two women out of the club after they got into a dispute, police said. After leaving, they got into a car, rode through the parking lot and fired at three officers, wounding one of them.

— Lynh Bui

 
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