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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY

Officer Fires at Vehicle During Traffic Stop

A Prince George's County police officer fired at the driver of a sport-utility vehicle who accelerated toward him early Monday during a traffic stop in District Heights, police said yesterday.

In a second incident, police said an off-duty officer exchanged gunshots in Beltsville with a man who was peering into parked vehicles. No one was hit in the incident, which occurred in the 11300 block of Cherry Hill Road.

In the first incident, Cpl. James Bridgeman, spotted a man with a gun getting into the SUV in the 7900 block of Central Avenue, police spokesman Henry Tippett said. When Bridgeman tried to stop the vehicle, the driver -- it was not clear if he was the man with the gun -- sped toward him, Tippett said. "The officer, fearing for his safety, discharged his firearm," he said.

No one was hit and after a short chase Tippett said, police arrested five people in the SUV and found a handgun they said was thrown from the vehicle.

-- Aaron C. Davis and Derek Kravitz

CHARLES COUNTY

Deadly ATV Crash at Football Player's House

A New Jersey woman who crashed an all-terrain vehicle into a tree at the Charles County home of a member of the Washington Redskins died Sunday, authorities said yesterday.

Lashana N. Wilson, 24, an acquaintance of offensive tackle Chris Samuels's, was at his house in Newburg on Saturday when she crashed shortly before noon, police said. Wilson was at the house for a "small, quiet gathering" of fewer than 10 people, said Diane Richardson, a spokeswoman for the Charles County Sheriff's Office.

Wilson was riding on a paved driveway toward the home when she swerved, lost control of the ATV and crashed, Richardson said. She was not wearing a helmet and sustained serious head injuries, she said.

Richardson said there is no indication that alcohol or foul play was involved in the crash, which occurred at 11:55 a.m. "At this point, it appears it was a tragic accident," Richardson said.

-- Matt Zapotosky

U.S. DISTRICT COURT

Ex-Delegate to Plead Guilty in Child Porn Case

Robert A. McKee, a long-serving delegate who resigned from the General Assembly this year after his home in Western Maryland was searched as part of a child pornography investigation, has agreed to plead guilty to a federal offense, his attorney said yesterday.

Prosecutors filed papers at U.S. District Court yesterday charging McKee with possession of child pornography, which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. No date for the plea has been set, and no terms of any agreement with prosecutors were made public.

A Republican from Washington County, McKee was elected in 1994. He resigned in February.

In a statement, McKee's attorney, Timothy Maloney, said McKee accepts responsibility for his actions and has been receiving treatment. "He continues to progress with professional assistance and strong support from his family and friends and the Hagerstown community," Maloney said.

-- Henri E. Cauvin


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