3 Students Charged With Brandishing Gun

Three students at Fairfax County's Hayfield Secondary School have been charged with brandishing a weapon and possession of a weapon on school property.

Police said the students were in a car near the school on May 26 when another motorist reported seeing one of them point a handgun out the window, after which the car pulled into the school parking lot. Police said they found a replica handgun inside the car. A fourth student, the car's owner, also was charged with possession of a weapon on school property. It is not clear whether the gun was capable of firing.

Also, a 12-year-old student at Fairfax's Virginia Run Elementary School has been banned from riding his school bus for one week for pretending to fire a paper gun at other students on the bus on May 27.

Woman Sentenced for Lying About Loan

A Virginia businesswoman was sentenced yesterday to 37 months in prison for lying to obtain a bank loan and committing perjury in court.

JoAnn McCoy, 37, was convicted last year of making false statements to Adams National Bank and the U.S. Small Business Administration to get a government-backed $296,000 loan for her now-defunct recycling business. Prosecutors said she greatly inflated income projections to get the loan. As a result, they said, she quickly defaulted in November 1993. McCoy, of Annandale, was convicted in U.S. District Court in Washington of two counts of making false statements and one count of perjury.

Commuter Parking Forbidden at Produce Lot

An Arlington County judge has ruled that the owner of a produce stand near the East Falls Church Metro station can no longer allow commuter parking on his weedy gravel lot.

A General District Court judge on Wednesday found Jimmy Palmer in violation of a zoning ordinance because the land is zoned for residential use. Sentencing was postponed for one year; the case will be dismissed then if there have been no further violations. Palmer faced a maximum $1,000 fine.

Palmer has been charging his customers $2 to leave cars all day, and his attorney, John C. Youngs, argued that these customers purchased produce on a fairly consistent basis. Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Abigail J. Raphael argued that parking may be scarce, but that doesn't mean Palmer can violate the law.


Three Charged With Setting House Fire

Prince George's County fire investigators have arrested two men and a juvenile and charged them with setting fire to a Fort Washington house that sustained an estimated $130,000 in damage last month.

Damon Johnson, 23, of Temple Hills, and Lamont William Pierce, 19, of Capitol Heights, were arrested Wednesday night and charged with first-degree arson, fire officials said. They are both being held on $50,000 bond at the Prince George's County jail. A 17-year-old, who was not identified because he is a juvenile, also was charged with arson and is being held.

Authorities said the three suspects set fire to a house in the 6000 block of Summerhill Court in Fort Washington about 2:30 a.m. on May 25 to cover up a break-in.

Former Shriver Aide Pleads Not Guilty

A former aide to Eunice Kennedy Shriver pleaded not guilty yesterday in Salt Lake City to child pornography charges.

Thomas J. Pearl, 39, faces charges of e-mailing pornography across state lines, bringing pornography with him to Salt Lake City, trying to coerce a minor into unlawful sexual activity and traveling to engage in sex with a minor. Prosecutors said he was arrested May 21 when he stepped off a plane at the Salt Lake City International Airport with plans to visit a 12-year-old girl who actually was an adult Customs Service informant.

His court-appointed attorney, Herschel Bullen, said Pearl lived on the grounds of the Shriver family's estate in Potomac until his arrest.