School Volunteer Admits Molesting Girl
A volunteer at Lincoln Junior High School admitted yesterday in D.C. Superior Court that he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old mentally disabled girl inside the school on 16th Street NW. Daniel Travis, 39, of the 1300 block of Fairmont Street NW, pleaded guilty to second-degree child sexual abuse. He had been convicted twice in 1985 in the District of indecent acts involving a child, U.S. attorney's office spokesman Channing D. Phillips said.
Travis, who helped the Lincoln basketball coach, assaulted the girl in a telephone booth Feb. 22, prosecutor Cynthia G. Wright said. He then threw money toward her, Wright said.
The case marks the third time this year that an adult male worker or volunteer at a District middle or junior high school pleaded guilty to child sex charges. The other cases involved Ronald H. Brown Middle School and Shaw Junior High School.
Restaurateur Charged in Assault
Darryl A. Hill, a former owner of the W.H. Bone & Company restaurant in Southwest Washington that was popular with the city's political establishment in the 1970s, was arrested Aug. 25 and charged with assaulting his girlfriend, officials said yesterday.
Hill, 55, part owner of the Savoy restaurant, was charged with simple assault after officers saw Louise M. Hackett, 37, bleeding from her face and running near Hill's home in the 1300 block of Massachusetts Avenue SE, officials said.
Hill was released on his own recognizance pending a hearing in D.C. Superior Court on Sept. 22, said Channing D. Phillips, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office. Hill also was ordered to stay away from Hackett, Phillips said.
Hackett said she had been dating Hill for three months when the attack occurred. "He dug his nails in my skin so I have facial gouges," she said. "He messed my dental work up. I have a sprained back and a sprained shoulder." Hackett said she was treated at a hospital for her injuries.
Reached at home yesterday, Hill declined to comment.
"Mr. Hill categorically denies assaulting or attacking anyone," said A. Scott Bolden, a lawyer whom Hill retained yesterday as counsel. "These allegations are completely unfounded, completely unprovable and untrue."
D.C. Superior Court records indicate Hill was arrested in March 1982 and charged with a misdemeanor count of simple assault. That charge was later dropped, records show.
Hill, a graduate of Washington's Gonzaga High School, was a wide receiver for the University of Maryland. He joined the New York Jets for one season before becoming a consultant for minority businesses.
Fairfax Teen Guilty of Manslaughter
A Fairfax man who fatally shot a 16-year-old in the head after a failed drug rip-off pleaded guilty yesterday to voluntary manslaughter in Fairfax County Circuit Court.
When police arrested John Paul Michaelangelo, 19, in January, he was standing outside a car in a Fairfax apartment parking lot with two bodies. One of the dead was Michaelangelo's friend Robert J. Davidson, 22, of Centreville, who was lying beside the car. The other, Alexander D. Szymkowicz, of Chantilly, was slumped in the driver's seat.
Later that night, Michaelangelo told police that he and Davidson had persuaded another group of young men to pay them $900 for some marijuana. Rather than sell marijuana, though, Michaelangelo said he and his friend planned to rob the would-be buyers, according to a statement filed with the court.
Inside a Toyota Corolla on Persimmon Lane on Jan. 13, the five men began arguing, and Michaelangelo said Szymkowicz pulled a gun and shot Davidson. Police believe Davidson had first brandished a cigarette lighter shaped like a gun. Michaelangelo then yanked the gun away from Szymkowicz as the car emptied. Michaelangelo said he pulled Davidson out of the car, then shot Szymkowicz as he climbed into the driver's seat.
Michaelangelo was charged with murdering Szymkowicz, but prosecutors accepted a plea of voluntary manslaughter, with a possible sentence of one to 10 years in prison.
Police Probe Shooting Death in Chillum
An unidentified man was fatally shot late Thursday as he walked along a residential street in Chillum, Prince George's County police said.
Police responded about 10:15 p.m. to a 911 call from a resident who reported hearing shots in the 1900 block of Van Buren Street in Chillum, one block from East West Highway, just outside the Hyattsville city limits. When police arrived, they said they found a man lying in the street suffering from gunshot wounds.
Police said the man was not carrying identification, but they described him as being in his mid-thirties. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators said they knew of no suspect or motive.
Prosecutors Seek DNA Tests in 1986 Case
Montgomery County prosecutors in the case against Hadden Clark, the Maryland man accused of killing 6-year-old Michele Dorr in 1986, asked a Circuit Court judge in Rockville yesterday to allow evidence examined with the latest form of DNA testing.
At an evidentiary hearing, prosecutors argued that mitochondrial DNA testing, a relatively new technique used on such "degraded" materials as bones and dried blood, should be admitted in the trial, which is to begin Sept. 27.
Prosecutors are seeking to admit a mitochondrial DNA test of blood stains on the handle of a knife found in a Rhode Island storage bin leased by Clark. A judge is expected to rule next week.