Local Digest

Friday, June 18, 2010; B04


'McGruff' assailant back on duty

Shawn Brim, the Metro employee who punched an off-duty police officer dressed as McGruff the Crime Dog, is back on the job as a bus operator, Metro said.

Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said she received notice Thursday that Brim was back on the job. On Feb. 28, 2009, Brim pulled his bus over near Spring Road and 14th Street NW in the District, disembarked and punched the head an off-duty police officer dressed as McGruff, who educates children about crime prevention.

Metro fired Brim on March 6, 2009. "We terminated him for violating workplace rules," Farbstein said earlier this month. Brim was found guilty of simple assault in D.C. Superior Court and received a 15-day suspended sentence and six months of probation.

An arbitrator recently decided that Brim's actions, although illegal and inappropriate, were not undertaken with malicious intent. The arbitrator reduced Brim's penalty to a 30-day suspension and awarded him back pay for the rest of the time.

Metro said Brim underwent retraining before reporting to duty.

-- Ann Scott Tyson


Club sues over Fillmore deal

The owner of the District's 9:30 club is suing to prevent Maryland from giving Montgomery County $4 million to help pay for a Live Nation venue in downtown Silver Spring, saying government officials are hiding the project's real costs.

Live Nation, a major force in the music business with artists such as U2, Madonna and the Eagles, plans to hold rock-style concerts for about 2,000 standing patrons at the Colesville Road venue. Ground is expected to be broken later in the year on what will be known as Fillmore Silver Spring.

The lawsuit filed this week in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court by IMP Inc. and co-owner Seth Hurwitz challenges the deal.

The suit says state officials would be breaking the law if they give the county money, claiming that Montgomery has provided only "skimpy" information about the project's true costs, despite requirements by the General Assembly for more information.

"It's bad enough they're laying off teachers, cutting budgets and expecting everyone else to make sacrifices at the same time they're spending $8 million to build a rock club, but the least the government can do is follow the law in the process," Hurwitz said. No hearing date has been set.

A spokesman for County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) disputed the claims and said the county has "met the conditions" required by the General Assembly, which also has been affirmed in writing by the chairmen of the budget and appropriations committees.

-- Miranda S. Spivack


Man fatally shot in Northeast foyer

A Northeast Washington man was fatally shot in the foyer of his apartment building Thursday, D.C. police said.

Police officers sent to the 2100 block of 3rd Street about 1 p.m. on a report of a shooting found an unconscious man who had been shot more than once, officer Paul Metcalf, a police spokesman, said.

The victim, identified as Calvin Godsey, 38, was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Metcalf said.

Police ask anyone with information about the shooting to call 202-727-9099.

-- Clarence Williams

91-year sentence in shooting of teen

An 18-year-old Northeast Washington man was sentenced in D.C. Superior Court on Thursday to 91 years for the January 2008 shooting death of a District teenager, the U.S. Attorney's office announced.

Antonio R. Harvey, 18, received the sentence for the shooting of Julian Agurs, 17, from Judge Michael L. Rankin.

Agurs had turned 17 less than a day before he was killed.

He was celebrating with friends when he was wounded in a drive-by shooting while leaving a carryout in the 1300 block of Rhode Island Avenue NE. He died soon after.

-- David P. Marino-Nachison

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