3 Teens Charged in Post-Game Brawl

Three teenagers have been charged with malicious wounding in the wake of a large brawl in the Burke area last week after a high school football game, Fairfax County police said.

Fairfax police said dozens of youths gathered in the parking lot of a McDonald's restaurant in the 5600 block of Burke Center Parkway on Nov. 5, after the game between Robinson and Lake Braddock high schools. One witness said at least a dozen youths began fighting, with 60 or more spectators cheering them on.

Bradley Cash, 17, a senior at Robinson, suffered a beating that caused bleeding inside his skull, officials said. Cash was admitted to Inova Fairfax Hospital's intensive care unit, officials said. He has since been released.

On Thursday, police arrested an 18-year-old Lake Braddock student, Haytham M. Mansur, of the 6300 block of Alberta Street in the Springfield area, and a 16-year-old Burke youth, whose name was not released because of his age. A 16-year-old Fairfax Station youth was charged but has not yet been arrested, police said.

Robinson and Lake Braddock were to play again last night, and police said they would increase their presence at the game.


Man Found Dead; Foul Play Suspected

A Laurel man who had suffered a head wound was found dead on the floor of the family home last night, and police said they suspect foul play.

Police said the man was found by his mother about 5:30 p.m. when she returned to the house in the 14300 block of Chapel Cove Court. Neither the mother nor the son was identified.

According to police, the man had been dead for several hours. They said that there was no sign of forced entry and that the contents of the house appeared undisturbed.

Tripp Prosecutor Focuses on Key Issue

The prosecutor in the Linda R. Tripp wiretapping case asked her defense team yesterday whether a Friday hearing could be restricted to resolving a single question: Is the tape Tripp made of her phone conversation with former White House intern Monica S. Lewinsky off-limits to the prosecution because of a federal immunity grant she received in 1998?

Tripp is charged with illegally taping a phone conversation with Lewinsky and illegally disclosing its contents to Newsweek magazine. Each charge carries a maximum of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

In a letter to Tripp's defense team filed in Howard County Circuit Court yesterday, State Prosecutor Stephen Montanarelli also asked that Tripp admit that she turned over the tape in question to the independent counsel investigating President Clinton before a judge formally signed off on her immunity deal. Establishing a lag in court action is key to Montanarelli's case. Without it he could lose his main evidence: the tape itself.

Briefcase Causes Annapolis Bomb Scare

A misplaced briefcase triggered a bomb scare in downtown Annapolis yesterday, and police cleared an entire block of Main Street for more than an hour.

Shortly before 1 p.m., several people called police to report that a brown briefcase had been left unattended on the sidewalk in the 200 block of Main Street. Police and fire officials closed the street and evacuated businesses and apartments along the block.

At 2:30 p.m., the owner of the briefcase arrived to retrieve it, police said. He said he had left it by accident outside his car.

Police Charge Wounded Suspect

A Gaithersburg man shot and wounded by two Montgomery County police officers Wednesday after he rammed a stolen car into three unmarked police vehicles, has been arrested on assault and theft charges, police said yesterday.

Brandt Scott Trillanes, 22, of the 20500 block of Strath Haven Drive, is being held in lieu of $250,000 bond on charges of first-degree assault, auto theft, theft and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He is wanted by Frederick County, Md., officials for fleeing a work release program and failing to appear in court, police said.

About 12:15 a.m. Wednesday, Trillanes backed a 1996 Honda Accord into a parking space at the Gaitherstowne Plaza Shopping Center, in the 200 block of North Frederick Road, police said. The parking lot had been under surveillance after a string of robberies at convenience stores and service stations in the area.

Sgt. Darrel Ferdock watched Trillanes enter a liquor store, police said, then phoned in the license tag and learned the car had been reported stolen from a Germantown parking lot Oct. 25. When Trillanes returned to the car, he was met by three unmarked police cars, police said.

According to police, Trillanes drove the Accord forward, ramming a police van, then put the car in reverse and slammed it into the store. He drove the car forward again, striking two other police cars, police said. Two officers, William Thomas and Steven Phelps, fired several shots at Trillanes, striking him in the arms and legs, police said. Trillanes was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and then the Montgomery County Detention Center in Rockville, where he was charged yesterday.

Police Chief Charles A. Moose put both officers on paid administrative leave while the shooting is being investigated.

Jury Rejects Sex Discrimination Complaint

King Lincoln-Mercury-Suzuki, a Gaithersburg car dealership, did not discriminate against a female member of the sales staff with lewd language and behavior, a jury in Greenbelt decided yesterday.

The decision came after a three-day trial on a 1998 complaint filed in U.S. District Court by Brenda Lynn Franklin, of Silver Spring.

Franklin, 47, who alleged that the behavior took place during the summer of 1996, when she was the only woman on the sales staff, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the dealership.

Franklin accused the salesmen of harassing her with lewd language and gestures and, at one point, measuring their penises on the showroom floor.