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Thursday, April 8, 2010


Students charged in BB gun incident

Three private schools on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral in Northwest Washington were locked down for about 90 minutes Wednesday in a gun-related scare that turned out to involve a BB rifle, officials said.

Two male students at St. Albans School, ages 17 and 18, who were seen with the rifle in a school parking lot were arrested and charged with violating D.C. regulations on the possession and transportation of a BB gun, police said. The National Cathedral School and Beauvoir School, on the grounds with St. Albans, were locked down from about 8 to 9:30 a.m., officials said.

Police said Arya Mortazavi, 18, of Potomac brought the rifle to school in his vehicle. At one point, the 17-year-old student had possession of the rifle before it ended up back in the vehicle, police, said. They said there was no evidence that the two meant to pose a threat.

Mortazavi was charged with violating a regulation on the transportation of a BB gun, and the other student, whom police did not identify, was charged as a juvenile with illegal possession of a BB gun by a minor.

The U.S. Secret Service also briefly locked down the middle school of Sidwell Friends School, nearby on Wisconsin Avenue NW, where President Obama's older daughter, Malia, is a student.

-- Michael Birnbaum and Paul Duggan


Firefighter was in the right place

The timing could not have been better. The volunteer firefighters, having just finished dousing a brush fire in Bowie, were blocks from their station in Kentland. The choking infant girl, having just been loaded into a car by family members trying to find help, was one street away.

The firetruck could not even turn around before the car crossed its path near Hawthorne Street and Fire House Road about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, said firefighter Fred Caramiello, who was on the truck. And when a young man rushed from the car, cradling the lifeless infant in his arms, the help he so desperately sought was right there.

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