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Monday, January 26, 2009

MARYLAND

Pizzeria Worker Shot in Robbery

An employee at a Prince George's County pizza shop was shot last night during a robbery, county police said.

Officer Larry Johnson, a police spokesman, said two people entered a Domino's Pizza in the Lanham area about 7:20 p.m. and demanded money.

Customers and employees were in the store, in the 9500 block of Lanham Severn Road, Johnson said. He said the reason for the shooting was not clear. The employee's condition was unknown.

-- Theola Labbé-DeBose

VIRGINIA

Steelers Team Member Arrested

Jonathan Dekker, an injured tight end for the Super Bowl-bound Pittsburgh Steelers, was arrested early Saturday in Old Town Alexandria on suspicion of obstruction of justice, police said.

An Alexandria police spokeswoman said officers responding to a complaint at 3:30 a.m. encountered Dekker, 25, who tried to run. She declined to specify the nature of the disturbance.

Dekker was released on $1,000 bond, jail officials said. A preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 2.

-- Derek Kravitz

Fundraising Letter Criticized

Virginia Democrats are calling on the state GOP chairman, Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick (Prince William), to return donations he received after Jan. 14, the start of the annual legislative session. Frederick mailed a letter to supporters seeking money for the party Jan. 9, five days before the 45-day session began. State law bars state officeholders from campaign fundraising during the session.

"How do you send a letter out on January 9th soliciting funds, expect people to receive it, open it, respond, write a check and send the check back and not be in violation?" asked Del. Joseph D. Morrissey (D-Richmond).

The complaint is "ridiculous," said Gerry Scimeca, a spokesman for the Republican Party of Virginia. He said the letter was signed and dated before the session's start, and thus within the law.

-- Anita Kumar

Bill Clinton to Speak at Dinner

Former president Bill Clinton will headline the Virginia Democratic Party's annual Jefferson-Jackson fundraising dinner Feb. 7 at the Richmond Convention Center, party leaders said.

This year's dinner is likely to be dominated by politicking by the three Democratic candidates for governor: Brian Moran, Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (Bath) and Terry McAuliffe. Clinton and McAuliffe are close friends, but party leaders say they have asked Clinton not to touch on the primary.

-- Tim Craig

THE DISTRICT

Man Found Dead Near C&O Trail

The body of a District man was found Saturday afternoon near a hiking trail in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park, U.S. Park Police reported yesterday. They said there was no initial indication of injury or foul play.

They said Maxwell Kleiman, 48, was found on the Billy Goat Trail in the Widewater area. Police said they think he might have collapsed on a walk.

The Park Police said an autopsy report would be completed by today.

-- Pamela Constable

Missing Teen Found in Northeast

A teenager who was reported missing has been found, D.C. police said last night.

They said Camealle Brown, 14, of Columbia Heights was located apparently unharmed in Northeast.

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