Local digest: Oct. 9. 2013

October 8, 2013
THE DISTRICT
Police search store
for stolen goods

A man associated with an electronics store near downtown Washington is facing criminal charges after D.C. police raided the store and seized more than 500 items they believe to be stolen, authorities said.

The items include cellphones, tablet computers and electronic games, police said.

Police said they raided 12 Volt Electronics in the 300 block of H Street NW on Monday. David Brown, 49, of Capitol Heights, was charged with felony trafficking of stolen goods. Police did not describe his relationship with the store.

— Peter Hermann

Two arsons in NW
being investigated

D.C. police are investigating two arson fires that occurred Monday night and early Tuesday in Northwest Washington, authorities said.

The first fire was reported about 9:40 p.m. Monday in the 600 block of T Street, near the Shaw-Howard University Metro station. Police said the fire spread to the building but was quickly extinguished.

About 1 a.m. Tuesday, police said, fire broke out in the basement of an apartment building in the 1400 block of Oglethorpe Street. Police said they think that someone poured a flammable liquid and then started the fire, which was extinguished before it spread.

Police could not say whether the incidents were related.

— Peter Hermann

VIRGINIA
Teen is stabbed
in Alexandria

A teenager suffered life-threatening wounds in Alexandria on Tuesday evening when he was stabbed during a fight between two groups, authorities said.

The stabbing occurred about 7 p.m. in the 5400 block of N. Morgan Street, on the west side of the city.

The victim, described as being in his late teens, was found with one or more wounds in his abdomen by police who were called there after a fight was reported.

— Martin Weil

Pr. William extends
deadline for car tax

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors extended the deadline for residents to pay the “car tax” Tuesday because of the effect of the federal government’s shutdown.

Residents can now pay the property tax on vehicles by Nov. 21 without penalty. More than 75 percent of county taxpayers had paid the tax by the Monday deadline, officials said.

The 6 to 1 vote came over the objections of county staff and the board chairman, Corey A. Stewart (R-At Large), who said that the county could endanger its Triple A bond rating.

— Jeremy Borden

Alexandria considers seizing parking lot

Alexandria officials declared an end Tuesday to the long-running talks with the Old Dominion Boat Club over a 0.6-acre parking lot at the foot of King Street, announcing a public hearing on whether to take the lot by eminent domain for a public park.

The mayor, city manager and city attorney, acting at the direction of the City Council, called for a public meeting and hearing at 6 p.m. Nov. 19 at City Hall.

The 53-space parking lot is in the way of the city’s plan for a revitalized Old Town waterfront.

— Patricia Sullivan

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