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

May 15
THE DISTRICT
Police identify man fatally shot in NE

A man shot and killed Wednesday afternoon on a Northeast Washington street has been identified as Jermaine Dews, 27, of Southeast, D.C. police said.

The shooting occurred about 3:10 p.m. in 5800 block of Field Place NE, near Eastern and Nannie Helen Burroughs avenues, police said. Officers found Dews when they went to the residential area to investigate reports of gunshots.

Officer Araz Alali, a police spokesman, said detectives had made no arrests and know of no motive. Police did not have a description of the shooter.

— Peter Hermann

MARYLAND
O’Malley still weighs bill on wind farm

The final bill-signing ceremony scheduled for Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley came and went Thursday with no word on what he plans to do about legislation that would delay — and perhaps effectively kill — a proposed wind farm in Southern Maryland.

Aides said O’Malley (D) has until the end of next week to decide whether to veto the legislation, as environmentalists have urged, or to allow it to become law.

At issue is a proposed wind farm in Somerset County that would mean hundreds of construction jobs and extra income for farmers. But just across the Chesapeake Bay is the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, where a highly sensitive radar system that tests the stealthiness of fighter jets could be compromised by wind turbines.

Supporters of the bill to delay wind projects near the base include U.S. House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) and a coalition of Southern Maryland lawmakers who voiced concern that the military was not doing enough to protect its “Pax River” assets.

— John Wagner

and Jenna Johnson

VIRGINIA
Head of school PTO
accused of theft

The head of a Fairfax County elementary school Parent Teacher Organization has been charged with embezzling several thousand dollars.

Amy King, 39, became head of the Fort Belvoir Elementary School PTO in September, county police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell said. Vendors who worked with the PTO noticed that its checks were bouncing, Caldwell said, and told school system auditors, who alerted police.

The money King is accused of stealing came from PTO membership fees and fundraisers. All the thefts occurred during this school year, Caldwell said. King’s husband, Jermaine King, 40, is charged with grand larceny, police said.

According to the school Web site, the Fort Belvoir PTO runs an annual book fair, a volunteer program for parents and a school store, and it sells school-themed clothing. About 1,200 students attend Fort Belvoir Elementary, which is located within the Army post.

— Rachel Weiner

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