VIRGINIA Police Shoot Franconia Man at Home
A Fairfax County police officer shot a 58-year-old Franconia area man in his home yesterday morning after a family member called authorities and reported a disturbance, officials said.
Robert G. Clem was shot in the 6000 block of Bitternut Drive about 10:35 a.m., a spokeswoman said. A family member said Clem was shot three times. He was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital and was listed in fair condition. Officials would not say what specifically led to the shooting. The officer who shot Clem was not identified, but a spokeswoman said he was placed on leave with pay. Police would not say if Clem was armed; a family member said he did not have a gun.
Relatives who called The Washington Post said a family member called police to help persuade Clem to go for medical treatment. After he refused and "became a little loud," an officer used a chemical spray on him, said a woman who identified herself as Meraf Mitchell. Clem then began "really yelling" and was shot, Mitchell said. Trial Date Set in Espionage Case
A Feb. 23 trial date has been set for a former Army officer charged with spying for the KGB while he worked as a code analyst.
David Sheldon Boone, who was arrested last month and arraigned yesterday, faces up to life in prison if he is convicted of espionage or conspiracy to commit espionage. A federal grand jury handed up an indictment last week alleging that Boone passed "top secret" documents to Soviet and Russian handlers from 1988 until 1991.
This fall, the indictment says, Boone, 46, was caught in a sting when he met several times with a paid FBI contact posing as a Russian agent and accepted money and made plans to continue spying. Mother Pleads Guilty to Killing Infant In the five months from his birth to his death, Trevon Taylor gained one pound. In the last month of his life, prosecutors said, he was not fed. Yesterday, his mother pleaded guilty to felony murder.
Charlene C. Taylor, 19, of the 2900 block of Charing Cross Road, was indicted after approaching Fairfax County police Jan. 4 with Trevon's limp body in her arms. Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Raymond F. Morrogh said an autopsy indicated "this child simply was not fed, probably for 30 days, and as a result died of starvation."
Taylor's attorney, Patrick N. Anderson, rejected the claim that Trevon hadn't been fed in 30 days. "The bottom line," he said, "is Charlene, at the age of 18, did not have the tools, either emotional or intellectual, to care for this child." Sentencing is set for Jan. 15. THE DISTRICT One Killed, One Wounded in SE Turf Dispute
A man was killed and another was wounded in a turf dispute between two neighborhood gangs yesterday, D.C. police said.
The two men were standing on the sidewalk at 17th and A streets SE at 2:15 p.m. when two men fired 20 to 30 shots at them, 5th District commander Lloyd Coward said. One of the victims was taken to D.C. General Hospital and was pronounced dead; the other was treated for minor injuries, Assistant Chief Brian Jordan said.
The dead man's name was withheld pending notification of next of kin. The identity of the injured man will not be released because he is a witness, police said. The neighborhood has been plagued by gang-related shootings in the last few months, Coward said.