Local news briefs

July 15, 2013
MARYLAND
Officials visit China to study gambling

A team of Maryland gambling regulators and law-enforcement officers spent several days in China last week as part of an ongoing investigation into the suitability of MGM Resorts to operate a casino in Prince George’s County, according to a person familiar with the trip.

MGM, one of three companies vying for the Prince George’s license, operates a casino in Macau, the world’s top gambling market, that has drawn the attention of regulators in several other states, prompting varying degrees of concern. The casino is partly owned by Hong Kong businesswoman Pansy Ho, whose father, casino magnate Stanley Ho, has been alleged to have ties to organized crime.

MGM officials said last year that they fully expected Maryland regulators to examine the company’s relationship with Pansy Ho but said they were confident the review would not derail MGM’s efforts to build and operate an $800 million “luxury resort” at National Harbor, the 300-acre mini-city on the banks of the Potomac River.

— John Wagner

VIRGINIA
Woman struck, killed by police cruiser

A 25-year-old woman who was struck by a Prince William County police cruiser early Saturday morning has died from her injuries, authorities said Monday.

Police said that the incident occurred as an on-duty officer was responding to a report of an intoxicated woman walking in traffic in the area of Jefferson Davis Highway and Cardinal Drive in Woodbridge about 4:30 a.m. Saturday.

As the officer crested a hill about one-third of a mile from the reported location, he saw the woman walking in his lane.

Officials said the officer, who was driving a marked police cruiser, tried to avoid the woman but was blocked by a truck in the lane to his right. He was unable to swerve out of the way or brake in time, and struck the woman, they said. In a news release, police described the collision as inadvertent.

The woman, identified as Isabella Majano, 25, of Woodbridge, was taken to a hospital, where she died Monday, officials said.

Police said Majano was under the influence of alcohol and was not in a designated crosswalk when she was struck.

The officer was not injured and no other vehicles were involved in the collision. Officials said speed was not a factor in the crash.

— Maggie Fazeli Fard

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