Forum set for plan on Virginia Ave. tunnel; prosecutors allege assault by D.C. officer

January 23
The District
Forum set for plan on Virginia Ave. tunnel

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) will lead a public meeting Saturday on a contentious proposal from CSX Transportation to reconstruct a rail tunnel in Southeast Washington.

Officials with the Environmental Protection Agency are expected to address concerns related to the proposed plan for the 3,800-foot tunnel that runs beneath Virginia Avenue SE from Second to Eleventh streets.

Neighbors in Navy Yard and Capitol Hill have organized against the project, capturing the attention of several city leaders, and have asked the D.C. Department of Transportation to deny the CSX proposal.

The proposal is under review by DDOT and the Federal Highway Administration. The agencies could release a final environmental assessment of the project early this year. After the assessment is completed, the federal agency is expected to issue a decision on the project.

Saturday’s meeting will be at 2 p.m. at 200 I St. SE.

— Luz Lazo

MARYLAND
Prosecutors allege assault by D.C. officer

A D.C. police officer beat his wife, leaving her with a brain tumor as he tried to kill her, prosecutors said at a detention hearing in a Prince George’s County courtroom Thursday.

Maryland Circuit Judge Sean D. Wallace ordered that Samson Edwards Lawrence III, 45, be confined to his parents’ home, where he is currently residing, and placed under electronic monitoring.

Lawrence has been free on a $200,000 bond after being charged in December with attempted murder, assault and possessing a dangerous weapon with intent to injure in connection with a Nov. 24 incident at the couple’s Accokeek home.

Court records state that during an argument, Lawrence hit his wife over the head with a metal lamp fixture and threatened her with kitchen knives.

— Lynh Bui

Virginia
DREAM Act dies in Va. Senate

A campaign to make college more affordable for students in Virginia who are in the country illegally died in a state Senate committee Thursday by a 7 to 6 vote.

The DREAM Act would apply only to children who qualify for deferred deportation status under a presidential executive order. Virginia’s version would have included its own more stringent requirement that the family of the student have paid taxes in the state for three years.

But opponents said the bill was unfair to Virginia citizens, and some argued that it was unconstitutional until the federal government decides how to deal with the country’s 12 million illegal residents.

Rachel Weiner

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