July 24, 2013
THE DISTRICT
Authorities identify
fatal shooting victim

A man shot and killed Saturday in Northwest Washington’s Sursum Corda neighborhood has been identified as Walter Goode Jr., according to D.C. police.

Goode, 52, of Southeast Washington, was found in the back of a building in the 1100 block of First Place NW.

— Peter Hermann

VIRGINIA
Man is shot to death
in Alexandria

A man was shot and killed Wednesday in the stairwell of an Alexandria condominium building, Alexandria police said.

Police who were called to the 400 block of North Armistead Street about 5:30 p.m. for the report of a shooting found a man with an apparent gunshot wound to the upper body, said Lt. Mark Bergin, a police spokesman. The man, whose name was not immediately released, was pronounced dead at the scene.

After police arrived, a fight broke out between groups of people, but police stopped it. Police did not discuss the possible motive of the shooting or a description of the shooter.

— Clarence Williams

and Annie Gowen

MARYLAND
Driver pleads guilty to August assault

A man who nearly drove into a Prince George’s County police officer who was conducting a traffic stop pleaded guilty to assault Wednesday, county prosecutors said.

Dion Morgan, 27, was in his BMW in a parking lot Aug. 7 when a county police officer tried to stop him for an expired tag, according to John Erzen, spokesman for Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks. As the officer approached after getting out of his car, Morgan accelerated and almost hit him.

Morgan pleaded guilty to second-degree assault, possession of crack cocaine and wearing and carrying a handgun.

— Trishula Patel

Cabbies unhappy
with National Harbor

Prince George’s taxi drivers have filed a complaint with the county saying that out-of-county taxis were seen picking up passengers at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center last week.

“During this time there were approximately 50 licensed Prince George’s taxicabs on hand at National Harbor waiting to service Gaylord customers,” wrote Beth Levie, an organizer for the AFL-CIO in a complaint dated July 17.

County cabbies cite a county code that says taxicabs registered outside Prince George’s “shall have no rights to solicit business or transport other passengers in this County.”

Prince George’s cabbies have been at odds with Gaylord National since the resort decided to bring in a private car service for guests. Taxi drivers have been picketing in front of Gaylord for the past three weeks.

— Luz Lazo

Toxic algae found
in Lake Needwood

A toxic algae that can cause serious liver damage in people and pets has been found in Lake Needwood in Montgomery County, officials said Wednesday.

Boating and fishing are still permitted, but people on or near the lake should take extra precautions, county park officials said. That includes washing hands thoroughly after touching the water. Only muscle meat should be eaten in fish caught in the lake and only after it has been properly cooked.

Pets should be kept on leashes and not allowed to swim in or drink the lake water, officials said. Swimming for animals and people is prohibited in the lake at all times. The 75-acre lake is in the Derwood area of Rockville. Parts of the lake could be contaminated for the rest of the summer, officials said.

— Katherine Shaver

Police: Officer in crash violated policy

A Prince George’s County police officer who struck and killed the driver of another vehicle last month in Bowie should not have been driving with his lights on and sirens flashing at the time of the crash, officials say.

Cpl. Michael Mogavero, who was tasked with investigating police officers’ car accidents, was heading to the scene of a minor accident involving a fellow county officer in Oxon Hill when he hit the driver’s side of a car driven by James D. Toliver, 32, of Upper Marlboro.

“This non-life-threatening collision didn’t warrant a priority response,” department spokeswoman Julie Parker said.

— Aaron C. Davis

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