Local digest: Man arrested near White House had weapons, files say

July 18, 2013
THE DISTRICT
Court records: Man had ammunition

A Texas man who was arrested Tuesday near the White House with a loaded pistol and two hunting knives also had carried nearly 200 rounds of ammunition and told police that he “was only going to fire a couple of shots,” according to documents filed in D.C. Superior Court.

Uniformed Secret Service officer Kevin Conner spotted Christopher Wade Briggs of San Antonio as he removed a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol from his backpack just west of the White House about 3 p.m., court records say. Briggs allegedly told police “I was only going to fire a couple of shots if no one confronted me,” the documents say.

Officers recovered the handgun, which had a round in the chamber, and a 13-round magazine, among other weapons and ammunition, court records said. Briggs was charged with a carrying a pistol outside of a home or business, a felony charge.

— Clarence Williams

and Peter Hermann

MARYLAND
Boy on bicycle struck, killed by SUV

Investigators are not sure why bicyclist Jahbari J. Howe went into oncoming traffic in Bowie on Sunday, but the result was fatal for the 9-year-old.

The Bowie boy died Tuesday from injuries suffered as he rode his bicycle near a sidewalk in the 12800 block of Woodmore North Boulevard about 7:30 p.m., Prince George’s County police said. Police say they think he veered in front of an oncoming SUV and was fatally struck.

— Clarence Williams

VIRGINIA
Police investigate attack on boy

A bizarre attack on a 12-year-old boy operating a lemonade stand in Fairfax County is being investigated as a possible hate crime, according to a search warrant filed in Fairfax County court.

The boy had set up the stand July 6 outside the Camden Monument Place Apartments in the 12000 block of Monument Drive when someone wearing a full-body leotard decorated with a design of the internal human anatomy came outside, the warrant said. The outfit concealed the person’s identity.

The person then threw a red balloon at the boy, hitting him in the thigh, the warrant said. The boy told investigators that he smelled of urine after the attack.

A few minutes later, the boy said, he heard a male voice coming from the second or third floor of the same building, yelling, “Go back to Africa, you [expletives]!”

No arrests have been made.

— Justin Jouvenal

Forum planned on Trayvon Martin case

Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille (D), the Alexandria Human Rights Commission and the Alexandria Chapter of the NAACP have organized a community forum to discuss the Trayvon Martin case from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe St.

Euille, the city’s first African American mayor, said he respects the Sanford, Fla., jury’s verdict that George Zimmerman was not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter in Martin’s death last year. But he is “troubled” by the outcome, he said.

— Patricia Sullivan

Poll: McAuliffe
leads for governor

With less than four months to go until Election Day, Terry McAuliffe still holds a slight lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli II in the race for Virginia governor, but half of voters don’t know enough about the veteran Democratic fundraiser to make up their minds, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday morning.

The survey shows McAuliffe with a 43 percent to 39 percent lead over Cuccinelli, who has served as the state’s attorney general since 2010. The numbers are similar to the university’s May 15 poll, which showed McAuliffe with a 43 percent to 38 percent advantage.

— Errin Whack

U-Va. Social Security data compromised

Social Security numbers of more than 18,000 University of Virginia students were printed in the address field of health insurance brochures mailed this month to their homes, breaching the confidentiality of the information, the university said Thursday.

U-Va. spokesman McGregor McCance said a computer programming error related to a university-maintained database initiated the problem with the brochures from Aetna Student Health.

McCance said the error affected about 18,700 undergraduate and graduate students, including incoming first-year students. The Cavalier Daily student newspaper and the Daily Progress of Charlottesville reported the breach Wednesday.

— Nick Anderson

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