Man Fatally Shot in Northeast
Johnathan Shields, 31, of Southeast Washington, was killed early yesterday after an unidentified attacker repeatedly shot him in the head and body outside the 501 nightclub at 501 Morse St. NE, District police said.
Two other people were wounded in the shooting, which occurred about 3 a.m. outside the busy club. Police, who do not believe the attack was related to the club, said yesterday that they were unsure of a motive for the shooting.
The gunman fled on foot and is still being sought by police.
Ultralight Plane Crashes Along Parkway
An ultralight airplane crashed into a tree along the Baltimore-Washington Parkway yesterday near the interchange with Route 198 in Anne Arundel County, police said.
Authorities said the pilot, whom they did not identify, was not injured in the incident, which happened shortly before 6 p.m. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
Goucher College Gets $3.3 Million Gift
Goucher College in Towson has received a $3.3 million donation from a trust set up by a former college trustee. The gift from the Edwin T. Stackhouse Trust of New York, which will be used for scholarships, is the largest one-time gift in the school's 114-year history.
It also places Stackhouse--a college trustee from 1922 until his death in 1951--among the four largest donors in school history. The Shickshinny, Pa., native created the trust through his will, which benefited his survivors throughout their lives and also named Goucher as a beneficiary.
An entrepreneur of the industrial age, Stackhouse owned coal mines and lumber companies in Pennsylvania and was a banker. In 1886, he graduated from Lehigh University and received a master's degree in engineering the next year. Stackhouse's daughter, Mary Stackhouse Kimmons, was a 1924 Goucher graduate. Upon the death of Stackhouse's wife in 1965, Goucher began receiving about $40,000 a year from the trust, which the college used for scholarships.
Baltimore Boy, 3, Shot in Head
A 3-year-old Baltimore boy was shot in the head and critically wounded yesterday, and police said the boy may have shot himself accidentally. Police spokesman Robert Weinhold said the shooting occurred about 4 p.m. at a home in south Baltimore.
No names were released. Weinhold said the boy's father was home watching his son and two younger toddlers. Preliminary indications are that the boy went into the basement, found a semiautomatic handgun and shot himself in the head. The boy was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, and the father was being questioned by police last evening.
Chesapeake Expands Use of Radios
Officials in Chesapeake, worried that the system they use to warn people of oncoming severe weather is too slow, are buying about 100 weather radios and installing them in libraries, community centers and other public buildings.
The battery-powered radios will be installed in city buildings this month, Chesapeake fire officials said. They'll stay silent most of the time. But when severe storms and tornadoes approach, the radios will sound a siren followed by weather alerts from the National Weather Service in Wakefield.
The radios have been used as a warning device in city schools for years, but city officials said they need to provide them for all municipal employees. In the past, the city has relayed the weather warnings through faxed messages to city departments. Emergency management officials say that's not quick enough to prepare for fast-moving storms or sudden tornadoes.
Confederate Group Installs Billboard
The Sons of Confederate Veterans, irked that the town of Windsor was hesitant about supporting a dedication ceremony for a Confederate historical marker, have installed a large billboard on a local highway to point travelers to the site.
The historical marker honors the seven Roberts brothers, all Confederate infantrymen who helped found Windsor. The marker was backed by John Daniel Roberts Sr., a Virginia Beach resident and a descendant of one of the brothers.
Roberts worked for two years to have the marker approved by the state historic board. It was erected in front of the local fire station. Roberts then planned an April dedication that was to include Roberts descendants from 10 states and members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. But he abandoned the dedication idea when town officials, worried about backing a ceremony in which the Confederate battle flag would be present, expressed reservations about taking part.
Lutheran Synod Elects Bishop
The Rev. James Mauney was elected bishop of the Virginia Lutheran Synod yesterday at the synod's annual assembly at Roanoke College.
Mauney, 46, of Salem, received 282 votes to 167 votes for the Rev. Dwayne Westermann, pastor of College Lutheran Church in Salem.
Mauney, who has been assistant to Bishop Richard Bansemer for 11 years, will succeed him Sept. 1.
Mauney's father and grandfather were Lutheran pastors, and his uncle, the late Rev. J. Luther Mauney, was president of the Virginia Synod for 28 years.
The synod includes more than 25,000 active Virginia members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"I think we can send a message of economic development in other ways. I'd like to restore a shopping center. I'd like to see redevelopment along Martin Luther King Avenue. I'd like to see more important things than putting a prison there. I am confident that during my administration, we will see strong economic development east of the [Anacostia] river and, in particular, Ward 8."
-- Mayor Anthony A. Williams, on whether a new prison should be built in far Southwest Washington.