Local digest: A roundup of D.C. area news briefs

March 28
MARYLAND
Board delays vote on charter school lease

The Prince George’s County Board of Education delayed a vote on whether to lease a vacant elementary school building to a charter school operated by Imagine Foundation for the 2014 school year.

The vote was delayed after parents asked the board to deny the request from Imagine Leeland Public Charter School, which is based in an Upper Marlboro church and wants to move to Berkshire Elementary School in Forrestville.

Parents complained that they were not given sufficient notice about the move to what some of them consider an unsafe neighborhood.

Imagine officials apologized for the short notice. They said they were working on getting the charter’s renewal approved while negotiating with a landlord about changes to a lease. The board decided to table the item until its next meeting, in two weeks.

— Ovetta Wiggins

VIRGINIA
Company revises landfill proposal

EnviroSolutions, the waste company behind a controversial application to extend the life of an industrial landfill in Lorton, announced Friday that it is willing to reduce the scope of its project in the spirit of compromise.

Opponents, however, said the two sides remain far apart after a mediation group met several times without reaching an agreement.

In a news release, the Manassas-based company said it submitted an amendment to its application, a change that would close the landfill in 2034, or six years earlier than the company had sought. The landfill is currently supposed to close in 2018.

EnviroSolutions also said that it has agreed to keep the mountain of construction debris overlooking Interstate 95 under 412 feet high and that the company remains committed to making the site a hub for green energy technology.

— Antonio Olivo

Severance hearing on extradition canceled

A Monday court hearing for a “person of interest” in three Alexandria killings has been canceled in West Virginia pending his decision on whether to fight extradition to Virginia.

Charles Severance, 53, is jailed in Wheeling, W.Va. as a fugitive from justice. He faces a weapons charge in Loudoun County.

A prosecutor in Alexandria said Severance is being investigated in connection with the fatal shootings of music teacher Ruthanne Lodato in February, transportation planner Ronald Kirby in November and real estate agent Nancy Dunning in 2003. Severance has not been charged in any of the slayings.

— Rachel Weiner

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