Local Digest: Metro weekend work; video of 3-year-old’s shooting released

May 10, 2013
THE REGION
Metro weekend work to affect four lines

Metro work will shut down four Orange Line stations this weekend and create delays on three other lines.

The Vienna, Dunn Loring, West Falls Church and East Falls Church stations on the Orange Line will be closed for Silver Line work. Shuttle buses will replace trains between Vienna and Ballston, with some buses stopping only at those two stations and others stopping at each of the closed stops.

Red Line trains will single-track between Grosvenor and Twinbrook and between Rhode Island Avenue and Takoma because of platform reconstruction. Blue and Yellow Line trains will share a track between Pentagon City and Braddock Road for rail work.

The work on all four lines is scheduled to end when the system closes Sunday night.

— Mark Berman

THE DISTRICT
Video of shooting of 3-year-old is released

Surveillance video captured a man shooting on a street near where a 3-year-old girl was struck in the leg by what appears to be a stray bullet as she played on an apartment balcony in Southeast Washington on Thursday.

D.C. police are asking anyone who recognizes the gunman, and another man he was with, to call 202-727-9099 or text 50411. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

The video shows two men turning a corner near where the shooting occurred in the 2400 block of Elvans Road. One man stops, turns toward the camera and fires a gun at least three times. There is a short pause before the man fires one or two more bursts. His target, if there is any, can’t be seen.

The girl was struck shortly after 6 p.m. and was taken to a hospital for wounds that were not life-threatening. Police said she had been playing on a third-floor balcony of the Forest Ridge apartment complex.

— Peter Hermann

MARYLAND
Jury finds man guilty of sex trafficking

In 2011, Jeremy Naughton, or “Jerms Black,” was an aspiring rapper, posting photos of himself partying in clubs with scantily clad women. He had recently released a single, “Da Paper.”

On Thursday, a jury in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt found Naughton guilty of sex trafficking, transporting individuals to engage in prostitution, kidnapping and using a gun in a conspiracy to commit sex trafficking.

Naughton, 32, was running a ring of prostitutes between New York, Maryland and Virginia with Charles Anderson, a friend with whom he shared a Brooklyn apartment, prosecutors said.

Anderson, 26, pleaded guilty to sex trafficking charges in March.

— St. John Barned-Smith

Search committee members named

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and Lillian Lowery, the state schools superintendent, announced Friday that a community college president, an attorney and an international business consultant will serve on the search committee for a school superintendent in Prince George’s County.

Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College; Kenneth W. Johnson, assistant general counsel at a food and facilities services management company, and Orlan M. Johnson, a principal at TJC Consulting Group and an adjunct professor at Howard University School of Law, will serve on the three-member panel that will make recommendations to County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) for the next schools chief. All three live in Prince George’s.

Alvin Crawley, the school system’s interim superintendent, announced last month that he will leave June 3, nearly a month before his contract ends.

— Ovetta Wiggins

4-year-old killed in Pr. George’s car crash

A 4-year-old boy from Silver Spring was killed in a car crash in Cottage City on Thursday night, and Prince George’s police say speed may have played a role.

Charles Sullivan of the 9300 block of Piney Branch Road was pronounced dead on the scene as county police responded to the crash at Bladensburg Road and 37th Place about 8 p.m., according to county police.

Police said a Ford Explorer was traveling south on Bladensburg Road when it struck the side of an SUV, which was stopped at a traffic signal. The Ford then struck a second vehicle that was also stopped and left the roadway, striking two utility poles.

Sullivan had been in a child safety seat, police said. They said the driver of the Ford and an additional child passenger were taken to hospitals with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, police said.

— Daniel J. Gross

2 kayakers rescued from Potomac River

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service plucked two kayakers from the Potomac River on Friday afternoon. Neither was hurt.

Andrew Benson and Mark Wilcox, both of Arlington, are experienced kayakers, they said. But the river was nearly at flood stage, officials said, because of recent rains that had raised the water to about twice its normal level.

Benson and Wilcox fell out of their boats after hitting rough water near the Old Angler’s Inn in Potomac. Benson climbed onto rocks about a quarter-mile from where he fell, and Wilcox said the current swept him about a mile downriver.

The two were rescued after hikers on the Billy Goat Trail called 911.

— Lindsay A. Powers

Girl, 14, and boyfriend charged with murder

Howard County Police believe the 14-year-old daughter of local blogger Dennis Lane conspired with her 19-year-old boyfriend to kill her father, who was stabbed to death inside his Ellicott City home Friday morning.

Jason Anthony Bulmer, 19, of the 8800 block of Town & Country Boulevard in Ellicott City, and Morgan Lane Arnold, 14, of the 8100 block of Winding Ross Way in Ellicott City, will be charged as adults with first- and second-
degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder, police said.

Police said Bulmer and Arnold, who were found sitting in an upstairs bedroom when police arrived, discussed killing Lane, 58, through electronic communication for the past two months and decided Thursday to commit the crime during the night.

According to police, Arnold left open the sliding glass door of the home for Bulmer, who, at the behest of Arnold, stabbed Lane multiple times with a knife at approximately 4:20 a.m.

— Baltimore Sun

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