Local digest: D.C. area news briefs

January 29
THE DISTRICT
2nd arrest made in 2012 fatal shooting

D.C. police have reported arresting a second suspect in a 2012 shooting that killed one man and wounded another in Northwest Washington.

Bernard Fleming, 23, is charged with first-degree murder in the July 7, 2012, death of Michael Edward Jones, 30, of Northwest Washington.

Police said officers responded to a report of a shooting about 10:38 p.m. in the 1700 block of Seventh Street NW and found Jones and another man suffering from gunshot wounds. Jones was pronounced dead at the scene; the other man was taken to a hospital, treated and released, authorities said.

A Northeast Washington man was arrested four days after the shooting and charged with second-degree murder while armed, authorities said. Police said that they arrested Fleming on Monday and that he had also been charged with assault with the intent to kill while armed and tampering with evidence, police said.

— Patrick Svitek

Ailing cheetah euthanized at zoo

The National Zoo on Wednesday euthanized an 8-year-old male cheetah that had been suffering from a diseased gastrointestinal tract.

Draco, who came to the zoo in 2007 from the White Oak Conservation Center in Florida, had not been eating well lately. The zoo said it had tried feeding him meat at the end of a special tool, which required multiple feedings during the day.

— Michael E. Ruane

VIRGINIA
Bill on elderly drivers fails in state Senate

An attempt to increase oversight of “mature” drivers in Virginia failed in the state Senate on Wednesday after a spirited debate in which lawmakers expressed competing concerns about elderly parents and angry elderly voters.

The bill, introduced by Sen. Jeffrey L. McWaters (R-Virginia Beach), would require drivers to renew their licenses at 75 rather than 80. From then on, their licenses would expire every five years, rather than every eight. The bill would also create a crash-prevention course that older drivers could be required to take as a result of traffic-related court cases.

The bill came out of a Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles study and was endorsed by the American Association of Retired Persons, McWaters said. In fact, he said as he introduced the bill, he knew of only one opponent: his mother.

Lt. Gov. Ralph S. Northam (D) cast the deciding vote against the bill, breaking a 19-19 tie.

— Rachel Weiner

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