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

April 4
MARYLAND
Oxon Hill man charged in slaying

A 24-year-old Oxon Hill man has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a man found dead in a car, authorities said Friday.

Prince George’s County police charged Odell Quarles III with first-degree murder and related charges Thursday, a day after finding Vincent Toussaunt Kyler, 35, of Accokeek dead in Oxon Hill, police said.

Detectives think the shooting may have been drug-related, police said.

— Lynh Bui

Girl, 15, pleads to assaulting autistic boy

One of the two high school girls accused of assaulting a 16-year-old autistic boy in Southern Maryland admitted responsibility at a plea hearing in the case, which thrust rural St. Mary’s County into an international spotlight.

The 15 -year-old girl pleaded Thursday to second-degree assault and displaying an obscene photograph of a boy, according to the Enterprise newspaper in Southern Maryland. The girl is a juvenile and has not been publicly identified by authorities. A second defendant, Lauren Bush, 17, is being prosecuted as an adult.

Bush and the other girl were arrested last month by St. Mary County’s police. They were accused of assaulting the 16-year-old boy repeatedly from December to March.

The 15-year-old girl’s attorney, James Tanavage, did not respond to an e-mail or phone call on Friday. John Pleisse, a St. Mary’s assistant state’s attorney, did not respond to a voice mail.

—Ian Shapiral

VIRGINIA
Lopez drops out of U.S. House primary

State Del. Alfonso H. Lopez (D-Arlington) has ended his campaign to replace retiring U.S. Rep. James P. Moran (D) in Congress. Lopez said Friday that he lacks the necessary funds to compete in a crowded Democratic primary.

Lopez’s decision leaves 10 candidates vying for the Democratic nomination in the June 10 primary.

They are former lieutenant governor Donald S. Beyer, Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille, state Sen. Adam P. Ebbin (Alexandria), Dels. Charniele L. Herring (Alexandria) and Patrick A. Hope (Arlington), businessmen Bruce Shuttleworth and Satish Korpe, Virginia Tech professor Derek Hyra, former nonprofit chief executive Lavern Chatman and radio host Mark Levine. Another candidate, businesswoman Nancy Najarian, did not make the ballot, but she is challenging that decision.

— Rachel Weiner

THE REGION
March left its mark
on record book

It is April now and springlike, much different from March and the wintry records it set.

At Dulles International Airport, last month was the coldest March since record-keeping began there 52 years ago, the National Weather Service said Friday. The average temperature beat the previous record by 0.1 degree. And the 19.8 inches of snow at Dulles exceeded the previous record for March by more than four inches.

— Martin Weil

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