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Friday, January 29, 2010; B02


Lawsuit thrown out

A Prince George's County judge threw out a civil case yesterday seeking damages in a January 2007 incident in which Keith A. Washington, at the time a high-ranking county official, shot two furniture deliverymen in his Accokeek home, killing one and wounding the other.

Circuit Court Judge Sean D. Wallace granted a motion by attorneys for Prince George's to throw out the case. Wallace ruled that the plaintiffs' attorneys had failed to provide enough evidence for the case to go forward.

The civil suit was brought by Robert White, now 39, who survived the shooting, and relatives of Brandon D. Clark, 22, who was killed. In 2008, a county criminal jury convicted Washington, now 48, of involuntary manslaughter and other charges. Washington was sentenced to 45 years in prison. The civil suit alleged that Washington, acting as a police officer, used excessive force.

-- Ruben Castaneda

Miller named judge

Gov. Martin O'Malley on Thursday named Thomas V. Miller III, son of the Maryland Senate president, to a judgeship on the Anne Arundel County District Court.

Miller, a member of the Maryland Parole Commission for the past 13 years and son of Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D), was among seven candidates recommended to O'Malley by an Anne Arundel nominating commission.

Controversy erupted last year when he was nominated for another trial bench vacancy. Miller was initially passed over by the county's judicial commission, but he was later nominated when O'Malley asked for more candidates. That prompted three commission members to resign in protest.

O'Malley spokesman Shaun Adamec said Thursday's appointment -- one of nine judgeships announced by O'Malley -- was made on its merits.

Before becoming a parole commissioner, the younger Miller was a lawyer in private practice. He is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law.

-- John Wagner

Bullis selects chief

The private Bullis School in Potomac announced Thursday that an education administrator with experience in North Carolina and Prince George's County has been chosen as its new head of school.

Gerald Boarman, chancellor of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, will move into the post in July. Previously, Boarman was principal at Oxon Hill Middle School and Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Prince George's. He replaces Tom Farquhar, who is moving to become head of Sidwell Friends School in the District.

-- Nick Anderson


AeroTrain hits bump

On its second day operating, a new underground train that whisks travelers to their gates at Dulles International Airport went out of service for 41 minutes.

The unmanned AeroTrain shut down at 9:25 p.m. Wednesday after control room operators detected an open door in a tunnel between two of the four stations. The door, leading to a maintenance corridor, had mistakenly been left open by a firefighter responding to an unrelated alarm, said Robert Yingling, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which operates Dulles.

The airport ran mobile lounges from the main terminal to the gates during the delay; about half of the diesel-powered shuttle buses remain in service.

The mishap prompted United Airlines, the dominant carrier at Dulles, to hold three flights, with the longest delay 11 minutes. Six passengers missed their connections, Yingling said.

-- Lisa Rein

Dulles ramp to close

Construction will close the exit ramp from the eastbound Dulles Connector Road onto Dolley Madison Boulevard overnight next week.

The ramp will be closed from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. for five days beginning Monday. The closing is required to allow construction of one the many piers that will support the aerial guideway for the rail system.

Drivers will be directed to use the exit ramp to southbound Route 123, and to use the traffic signal to access the northbound lanes. Police will be on site.

-- Ashley Halsey IIII


Teenager fatally shot

D.C. police identified a man shot to death late Wednesday night in Southeast Washington as Calvin L. Woodland, the younger brother of D.C. Council member Jim Graham's chief of staff.

Woodland, 18, was found about 10:30 p.m. lying in a parking lot near his home in the 800 block of Barnaby Place SE, police said. He had been shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at a hospital a short time later, police said.

Woodland is the son of the late Calvin Woodland Sr., a prominent community activist with deep ties to the local African American community.

His older brother, Calvin B. Woodland Jr., has worked for Graham (D-Ward 1) since his first election in 1998. In December, Graham promoted Woodland to chief of staff to succeed Ted G. Loza, who has been indicted on bribery charges.

Police are offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information in the case. Graham's office sent an e-mail to council members Thursday morning about a vigil held by the Woodland family that night at 828 Barnaby St. SE.

-- Tim Craig and Jerry Markon

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