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Thursday, December 16, 2010; B04

THE DISTRICT
Woman indicted in fatal DWI crash

A D.C. grand jury has indicted a Mitchellville woman on charges of involuntary manslaughter in a drunken-driving accident in September in Adams Morgan that killed one woman and left another severely injured, the U.S. attorney's office said Wednesday.

Chamica Adams, 24, was also indicted on charges of aggravated assault, driving while intoxicated and driving under the influence of alcohol.

She was arrested Sept. 8 after the 2007 Dodge Charger she was driving struck two women. Julia Bachleitner, 26, a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University, died of her injuries six days later.

Authorities said Adams had a blood-alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit for driving in the District.

- Keith L. Alexander

Barry's car stolen - and recovered

D.C. Council member Marion Barry's car was stolen this weekend but was recovered by city police on Tuesday, officials said.

Barry's silver 2002 Jaguar was taken Saturday morning near the Patricia R. Harris education center in the 4600 block of Livingston Road SE between 10:45 and 11:15 a.m., police said. An authority said the keys had been left in the ignition.

Officers recovered the vehicle in the 4000 block of Third Street SE, said Cmdr. Joel Maupin, head of the 7th Police District. And Barry has his car back.

No arrests have been made, Maupin said.

- Clarence Williams

VIRGINIA
Cuccinelli appeals ruling on subpoena

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II has appealed a judge's September decision setting aside a civil subpoena he served at the University of Virginia, seeking documents related to the work of a former university climate scientist.

Cuccinelli (R) had earlier indicated his intention to ask the Virginia Supreme Court to review a decision by Albemarle County Circuit Court Judge Paul M. Peatross Jr., who quashed the civil investigative demands to the university on the grounds that he had failed to state an objective reason why he needed the records.

On Wednesday, Cuccinelli formally filed a brief arguing his appeal with the state high court.

Cuccinelli has said he wants to see whether e-mails and grant documents show that Michael Mann, now a professor at Penn State, engaged in fraud in research showing that the Earth has experienced rapid recent warming.

The university has fought the subpoena, arguing that Cuccinelli was violating Mann's academic freedom and targeting his research because he disagreed with its findings.

In his brief, Cuccinelli argues that the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act allows him to seek any documents that might help determine whether a fraud investigation is warranted.

- Rosalind S. Helderman

Judge keeps records in U-Va. case sealed

A Charlottesville judge ruled Wednesday that the medical records of Yeardley Love, a University of Virginia women's lacrosse player who was slain in May, will remain sealed until he determines whether they are relevant.

Attorneys for George Huguely, the former U-Va. men's lacrosse player who has been charged with first-degree murder in Love's killing, are seeking her medical records. They have requested records from the university's student health and athletic departments as well as from the Charlottesville Albemarle Rescue Squad with the hope of challenging the official cause of death. Medical examiner William Gormley ruled that Love, 22, of Cockeysville, Md., died of blunt-force injury to the head.

Commonwealth's Attorney Dave Chapman opposed the release of Love's records, saying it would allow the defense to go on a "fishing expedition" into her medical history.

Love's mother, Sharon, submitted a letter to the court opposing the release.

Huguely, 22, of Chevy Chase waived his right to appear in court Wednesday. He remains in a Charlottesville jail. A preliminary hearing in his case is scheduled for Jan. 21.

- Steve Yanda

MARYLAND
Officer, suspect trade gunfire

A Prince George's County police officer and a suspect exchanged gunfire in the Suitland area Wednesday evening. The officer was not hit, and it was unclear whether the gunman was injured, authorities said.

The incident started just before 5 p.m. when an officer went to investigate a report of a robbery suspect who was seen near the Suitland Metro station, said Cpl. Henry Tippett, a county police spokesman.

As the officer approached, the suspect fired shots at him, and the officer returned fire. The suspect then ran off. Police searched the area near Swann and Silver Hill roads for about four hours with a helicopter and police dogs for the suspect, but no one had been arrested.

- Matt Zapotosky

and Clarence Williams

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