Sunday, June 27, 2004; Page C03
Man Fatally Shot in Northeast
A man was shot to death in his apartment building in Northeast Washington early yesterday, police say.
Ray Charles, 44, was found at 8:35 a.m., just inside the door of his apartment in the 1900 block of Third Street NE. He had no signs of life when officers arrived, police said. Police knew of no suspects yesterday, said Sgt. Joe Gentile, a police spokesman.
Anyone with information can call police at 202-727-9099. Information leading to an arrest is eligible for a reward of as much as $25,000.
Gorilla Didn't Have TB
The National Zoo gorilla whose inconclusive tuberculosis test prompted a temporary closing of the Great Ape House has been found to be free of the disease, zoo officials said.
The zoo announced Friday that it received results of a definitive test on the 4-year-old male gorilla that showed his lungs free of the bacteria that cause TB. The ape house was closed from April 24 to May 8 as a precaution after routine testing proved inconclusive.
Officer Accused of Gun Threat
A Montgomery County police officer has been arrested on three counts of assault after allegedly using his service revolver to threaten a former girlfriend who had come to his Gaithersburg apartment.
David Michael Smith, 22, a police officer of 18 months assigned to the 5th District in Germantown, was arrested shortly after 11 a.m. Friday. Montgomery County police officials said Smith and his former girlfriend argued in the parking lot outside the apartment on Quince Orchard Boulevard. Police said that when she refused to leave, Smith pointed his police revolver at her legs. The woman called police, who arrested Smith and charged him with first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. He was later released on his own recognizance.
Smith, who was not on duty at the time, has been placed on administrative leave with pay, officials said, pending criminal and internal police investigations.
Quiz Show Crowns Champion
Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville scored a last-second victory over Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg and the Holton-Arms School in Bethesda in yesterday's broadcast of the Washington area championship on the taped TV quiz show "It's Academic."
But the Montgomery County team went on to lose to Howard High School in the show's Super Bowl for the region that includes Virginia, Maryland and the District.
The Ellicott City school -- winner of the Baltimore area competition with the team of Amelia Liebhold, Eric Moberg and Vincent Wickenheiser and coach John Gilbert -- also defeated central Virginia winner Spotswood High School in Rockingham County in the contest broadcast last night.
Richard Montgomery High's team included Seth Samelson, Daniel Belkin and Humza Kazmi, and coach Dan McKenna.
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