In November, the federal Health and Human Services Department reviewed child welfare cases from Baltimore city, as well as Anne Arundel and Allegany counties. Officials found that the state has one of the worst computer systems in the nation for tracking abused and neglected children.
The state's information system has been questioned since the deaths of twin infant girls in Baltimore. When information was requested, nothing came up about previous abuse reports involving the mother.
Man Charged in Brother's Slaying
A Huntington area man was charged with murder yesterday in the shooting death of his brother after they apparently had an argument over money, Fairfax County police said.
Scott LeClaire, 50, and his brother Randall LeClaire, 52, lived together in a house in the 2500 block of Massey Court, just north of Richmond Highway. Fairfax Officer Jeffrey Hairston said that the two began arguing about 10:30 p.m. Monday but that specifics of the argument were unclear. Randall LeClaire was shot in the upper body, police said, and then Scott LeClaire apparently fled.
Hairston said that Scott LeClaire soon contacted a family member and that a neighbor was sent to check on Randall LeClaire. Scott LeClaire was arrested without incident about 11:30 p.m. at a restaurant in the 6300 block of Richmond Highway, Hairston said. He was charged with murder and use of a firearm during a felony and was being held without bail yesterday in the Fairfax jail.
Fairfax County Attorney to Lead Bar
David P. Bobzien, county attorney for Fairfax, will become the president of the Virginia State Bar this month. He is the first local government attorney to head the agency, which regulates the legal profession in Virginia.
A 1968 graduate of Holy Cross College, Bobzien received his law degree in 1971 from the University of Virginia's law school. He received a master of laws degree in taxation from George Washington University while serving in the U.S. Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps.
He was hired as county attorney by the Fairfax Board of Supervisors in 1993. Bobzien is scheduled to be installed as president of the bar June 18.
W. Nile Confirmed in First Bird This Year
Virginia's Department of Health reports that a crow from Norfolk is the first bird to test positive for the mosquito-borne West Nile virus this year.
Officials said the discovery is a reminder that West Nile is active in Virginia and that people need to take precautions to eliminate standing water where mosquitoes can breed before more of the insects become infected.
Catholic Bishop of Richmond Hospitalized
The new bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Richmond was admitted to a Portsmouth hospital yesterday.
The diocese said Bishop Francis DiLorenzo, 62, was feeling sick earlier in the day and was admitted to Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center by a physician who ordered a series of tests.
DiLorenzo was installed May 24 as the diocese's leader. His secretary, Anne Edwards, said the examination found nothing wrong. Edwards did not know when the bishop would be released.
DiLorenzo, who served in Hawaii before his appointment to Richmond, had a minor heart attack about three years ago.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"Even though I am sad that Reagan passed . . . it's another day in traffic for me."
-- Tisha Tutein, a commuter whose drive will take her past the route that former president Ronald Reagan's body will follow today. -- Page A9
Staff writers Spencer S. Hsu, Linda Perlstein and Tom Jackman and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
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