Local digest: Impact of relocating FBI, 2 Md. officers die in plane crash

July 1, 2013
THE DISTRICT
Study details impact of relocating FBI

Moving the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue NW to a suburban site would mean 4,800 fewer District jobs but an additional $28 million in yearly tax revenue if the site were redeveloped, a study commissioned by city officials has found.

The study, done for Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi by the National Academy of Public Administration and Bolan Smart Associates, reflects the impact of replacing the FBI’s ­property-tax-exempt building with a mixed-use private development at one of the city’s most desirable addresses. The findings reinforce the positions of many city officials who feel that even if the agency moves to a suburban site, the relocation could represent a net gain for the city economy.

About 5,750 are employed at the FBI’s Hoover Building, with another roughly 3,000 agency employees working in private office buildings elsewhere in the city. But the study estimates the direct-revenue impact of having those workers leave the city — with their workplaces and most of their income already unable to be taxed under D.C. charter restrictions — is only $9.2 million.

— Mike DeBonis

Gray campaign aide argues for probation

A longtime friend and campaign aide to Mayor Vincent C. Gray is hoping to avoid jail time for his role in illegal payoffs to a fellow candidate in 2010.

In a court papers filed Friday, Thomas W. Gore asked U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-
Kotelly to spare him jail time when he is sentenced on July 26. Prosecutors the week prior asked the judge to hand Gore a six-month prison sentence, saying he “caused significant damage to the image and integrity of the District’s electoral process.”

In arguing for the probation-only sentence, Thomas’s lawyer, Frederick D. Cooke Jr., made note of Gore’s childhood in foster care, his long history working for social service organizations and as a church deacon, and his role “as the good son, the good brother, the good friend, and the good mentor.”

Gore, 62, pleaded guilty in May 2012 to campaign finance violations, as well as a felony obstruction of justice charge for destroying a spiral-bound notebook in which he kept records of payoffs to Sulaimon Brown — the minor candidate who in exchange for the cash verbally attacked incumbent Adrian M. Fenty on the campaign trail.

— Mike DeBonis

MARYLAND
Plane crash killed two police officers

Divers recovered the bodies of two Maryland police officers Monday, the day after their two-seater airplane crashed off the coast of Ocean City.

Thomas Geoghegan Jr., 43, owned the Nanchang CJ-6A plane, and state police said he was likely the pilot when it crashed. The other victim, Joshua D. Adickes, 27, was likely seated behind Geoghegan. Both worked as Ocean City police officers and were off duty at the time of the accident.

Crews from the Maryland State Police, Maryland Natural Resources Police, Coast Guard, Ocean City Police and the salvage company Sea Tow Delmarva searched by air and sea for the wreckage of the plane.

“We’re on the scene and trying to pull the wreckage out of the water,” said National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Terry Williams. “There were witnesses, and we expect to interview them. We also understand there is some video footage, most likely taken by someone on the beach. We want to take a look at that too.”

— Julie Zauzmer and Ashley Halsey

VIRGINIA
Voter registration training underway

Mandatory training for third-party groups seeking to register voters in Virginia begins this week.

The General Assembly passed a law requiring the training for individuals or groups obtaining 25 or more voter registration applications from the State Board of Elections or local voter registration office.

In-person training begins Wednesday at the elections board in Richmond. Other scheduled sessions are July 9, Aug. 13, Aug. 22, Sept. 11 and Sept. 25.

Online training is expected to be available later this month.

— Errin Whack

Jogger fights off attacker in Fairfax

A jogger fought off an attacker in the Hayfield area over the weekend, Fairfax County police said.

The woman was running along Hayfield Road approaching Old Telegraph Road about 10 p.m. Saturday, when she was grabbed from behind by an unknown man, police said.

The woman sprayed the man with mace and fought him off before fleeing, police said. The man fled in the opposite direction. The woman then went home and called police.

The suspect was described as wearing a dark, long-sleeved shirt and cream-colored pants.

— Justin Jouvenal

Missing diver found dead in Potomac

The body of a man who went missing after jumping into the Potomac on Saturday was found dead Monday by police and fire officials.

Vincent Crapps, 21, dove off the cliffs on the Virginia side of the river near Bear Island, police said. His friends called 911 when he did not resurface.

His body was found at 2:25 p.m. Monday. Crapps was a member of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, also known as the Old Guard, and was stationed at Fort Myer.

— Trishula Patel

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