Teen Tipster to Remain at Home

The Takoma Park girl whose report to police about marijuana in her home led to her parents' arrest may remain at home, Montgomery County District Court Judge Cornelius J. Vaughey said yesterday.

Vaughey was reviewing bail conditions for Robert Jason Alvarez, 54, and Kathleen Marie Tucker, 55, that allowed them to bring their 16-year-old daughter, Kerry Tucker, back home. Attorneys for the girl and her parents said they have seen no evidence of the girl being pressured to change her story.

A judge initially ordered that Tucker and Alvarez have no contact with their daughter after they were arrested in August on charges of possessing and manufacturing marijuana and conspiracy to possess and manufacture marijuana.

Tucker stayed with friends until last month, when Vaughey approved Tucker's return home on the condition that the marijuana incident not be discussed. Police said they found 69 marijuana plants in varying stages of growth at the couple's home in the 600 block of Kennebec Avenue.

An October preliminary hearing is scheduled in the case.


Slaying Suspect Held Without Bond

John Antwan Harris was ordered held without bond yesterday on a murder charge in the death of Theodore "Teddy" Garvin, who was shot last week as he sat on a Metrobus.

Harris, 19, was arrested Thursday morning at his Temple Hills home. He waived extradition back to the District. Yesterday, a Superior Court hearing commissioner set Harris's next hearing for Oct. 12.

Police say that Harris and Garvin knew one another from Ballou High School but that a motive for the shooting has not been established.

Garvin, 17, a tennis star at the high school, was shot once in the armpit Sept. 24 as he sat down near a window on the bus on Wheeler Road SE. Detectives say Harris walked up to the bus, leaned into the window and shot Garvin.

2 Officers Accused of Excessive Force

The FBI has been asked to investigate two D.C. police officers in connection with a complaint that excessive force was used against a Maryland man, D.C. police officials said yesterday.

Police sources said the man was in a bar when a dispute occurred. The officers, both assigned to the 2nd Police District, allegedly removed the man from the bar, according to police sources. At least one of the officers may have been working at the bar part time, sources said.

"The allegation is, the two officers took a man somewhere and allegedly beat him up," Assistant Chief Ronald Monroe said. The officers remain on the force but are not on patrol duty, according to police sources.