Gun-rights activist stays in jail for now; Arlington seeing more thefts of Honda wheels

THE DISTRICT
Gun-rights activist
stays in jail for now

A D.C. Superior Court judge on Wednesday denied a gun rights activist’s request to be released from jail into a high-supervision program as he awaits trial on a weapons charge, officials said.

Judge Patricia A. Broderick wrote in an order that Adam Kokesh, 31, would remain in the D.C. jail, citing a violation of bond on a previous arrest weeks before authorities arrested him on a charge of carrying a firearm in the District outside of his home or office.

Kokesh has been jailed since his arrest July 25, after he posted a 23-second video on YouTube of himself apparently loading a shotgun in Freedom Plaza on July Fourth. He sought a change in his no-bond status during a hearing Aug 13.

In her ruling, Broderick also noted that authorities found several weapons and illegal drugs in Kokesh’s Herndon home.

— Clarence Williams

VIRGINIA
Hondas are a target for wheel thieves

Safe and small, reliable and affordable, Honda Civics and Fits are popular cars for suburban commuters. But lately, they’re also popular among wheel thieves, making these compact cars something of a crime target in Arlington County.

On Tuesday night, the wheels were stolen from a Civic in the 5300 block of North Fifth Street, Arlington police said. Monday night, it was a Fit in the 200 block of North Jackson Street. All told, 43 cars have been stripped of their tires in the county this past year. Seventeen were Fits; nine were Civics.

Honda owners might be asking: Why us?

“They’re used for street racing,” police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said. The cars’ 15-inch wheels, he said, fit well onto the low-riding import vehicles used for high-speed races.

The small size also makes the wheels easy to throw in the back of a truck, he said.

A regional auto task force is looking at the problem, which extends throughout Northern Virginia, Sternbeck said. Fits and Civics have also been targeted in Boston, Chicago, Cleveland and New York in recent years.

— Rachel Weiner

Study: State’s seniors
have low hunger rate

Virginia has the lowest rate of hunger among residents 60 and older, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger.

Overall, the hunger rate for seniors rose by 42 percent between 2001 and 2011, according to the annual report, which used data from the 2011 Current Population Survey. According to the report, 15.2 percent of Americans 60 and older are not assured of consistent access to proper nutrition, up from 10.7 percent in 2001 and 14.3 percent in 2009.

People in the South and Southwest, racial and ethnic minorities, those with lower incomes, and those aged 60 to 69 are in greatest danger of facing hunger, said the report, which breaks down senior hunger by state. Virginia had the lowest rates, 8.4 percent, and Arkansas had the highest at 24.2 percent.

— Tara Bahrampour

Barry’s son arrested on drug, DUI counts

The son of D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) was arrested earlier this month in Hampton, Va., and charged with driving under the influence and possession of marijuana, according to police and court records.

Marion Christopher Barry, 33, is scheduled to appear in Hampton General District Court on Nov. 13. He was arrested shortly after 9 p.m. Aug. 16 during a traffic stop of a gray Chrysler PT Cruiser that police said was being driven erratically. Sgt. Jason Price, a police spokesman, said officers found a substance they suspected to be marijuana on Barry and substances suspected to be marijuana and synthetic marijuana in the car.

Barry was released on personal recognizance. He could not be reached to comment. His attorney did not respond to requests for an interview. His father declined to comment through his chief of staff. In 2011, a D.C. Superior Court judge sentenced the younger Barry to 18 months’ probation for possession of PCP and marijuana; the judge said then that Barry used drugs to deal with the death of his mother.

— Peter Hermann

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