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REGIONAL BRIEFING

Monday, June 18, 2007

THE DISTRICT

2 Killed in Separate Shootings

Two District men were fatally shot in separate incidents over the weekend.

The first shooting occurred about 11:30 p.m. Saturday in the 800 block of Southern Avenue SE. Police said the body of Roland Brooks, 26, of the 3500 block of Sixth Street SE was found with a gunshot wound. Brooks was pronounced dead at the scene.

The second incident occurred about 12:30 a.m. yesterday. Police received reports of gunfire in the 3500 block of 22nd Street SE and found Michael Williams, 18, with a gunshot wound to the head. Williams, of the 2800 block of Myrtle Avenue NE, was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead shortly afterward.

-- Candace Rondeaux

VIRGINIA

Webb Says Gun Aide Had Is His

Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) said he owns the gun that an aide was arrested for carrying into the U.S. Capitol complex in March.

"It's my gun," Webb told the Richmond Times-Dispatch last week.

Webb previously had refused to say whether the gun was his. The Washington Post reported at the time of the incident that the aide, Phillip Thompson, told authorities that the weapon belonged to Webb.

Thompson was arrested on an illegal handgun charge when he carried the loaded pistol and two other loaded magazines in a briefcase into the Russell Senate Office Building. A federal prosecutor later dropped the charge.

Webb said little about the incident in March.

"It was a matter under legal consideration, and I was precluded from saying anything," Webb told the Richmond newspaper. "And I hope you'll understand that in matters of self-defense up here, it doesn't do anybody's safety a lot of good by talking about this stuff. We're pretty vulnerable up here."

-- Associated Press

Va. Tech Student Cited in Crash

A Virginia Tech student was charged with drunken driving after swerving off the road and into a crowd, injuring eight people as bars were closing in Blacksburg, police said.

Mary Elizabeth Bowen, 20, of Winchester told police that she was sending a text message on her cellphone when she lost control of her sport-utility vehicle just after 2 a.m. Saturday. The SUV knocked down a small tree and broke a light pole before slamming to a halt against the corner of a restaurant.

Eight people were taken to hospitals, said Capt. Bruce Bradbery of the Blacksburg police. He said none appeared to have life-threatening injuries. Bowen was not injured.

-- Associated Press

MARYLAND

Woman Dies in Wrong-Way Crash

A Clinton woman was killed early yesterday after the car she was driving was struck by a car going the wrong way on Route 5 near Earnshaw Drive in southern Prince George's County.

Maryland State Police said Faith A. Magruder, 37, was driving south in a 2003 Chrysler Sebring convertible about 4:30 a.m. when her car was struck by a 2003 Acura moving at a high speed northbound in the southbound lanes.

The Acura's driver, Charles Edward Crosby, 25, of Temple Hills, was injured and taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. A passenger, Vernice Wingate, 26, was also taken to a hospital. State police Sgt. Jeffrey Stevenson said the incident is under investigation.

-- Rosalind S. Helderman

Pedestrian Killed in Pr. George's

A pedestrian was struck and killed in Prince George's County late Saturday.

According to police, the man was wearing no clothing and had no identification when he was hit at Route 210 and East Swan Creek Road in Fort Washington. Police are investigating the incident.

-- Rosalind S. Helderman

17-Year-Old Shot in Face at Party

A 17-year-old was shot in the face at a house party in New Carrollton on Saturday night. Police said witnesses reported there were about 200 people at the party in the 6600 block of Adrian Street when a fight broke out.

Someone produced a shotgun and fired a round, striking a 17-year-old in the face. Prince George's County police Cpl. Diane Richardson said the victim was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

An 18-year-old was also hit with shot from the shell and was treated for minor injuries, she said. Richardson said police were interviewing witnesses and had made no arrests as of yesterday afternoon.

-- Rosalind S. Helderman

Howard Police Officer Hit by Car

A Howard County police officer working a traffic detail was injured seriously when he was hit by a car Saturday afternoon.

Authorities identified the officer as Scott Wheeler, 31, who has been with the department for 6 1/2 years. They said Wheeler was out of his vehicle and enforcing speed limits with two other officers on eastbound Route 32 near Route 1 when he was hit by a Nissan Sentra about 2 p.m.

He was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in critical condition. The incident is under investigation.

-- Rosalind S. Helderman

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