Man Shot by Officer Charged in Holdup

A Forestville man was charged with robbery yesterday, a day after he was shot by a police officer who interrupted a restaurant holdup in Oxon Hill, Prince George's County police said.

Police said Everett Raymond Gantt, Jr., 18, of the 3700 block of Keyhole Court, tried to rob the Eastern Restaurant in the 6200 block of Oxon Hill Road about 7:45 p.m. Monday, when an off-duty police officer who was still in uniform walked in to pick up his dinner. Gantt pointed what appeared to be a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol at the officer, police said, so the officer fired at Gantt, striking him twice in the chest and once in the elbow.

Gantt was charged with robbery and first-degree assault. He was taken to Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly, where he was listed in good condition was being held on $50,000 bond, police said. The officer, whose name was not released, was uninjured. Police said Gantt's pistol turned out to be fake.

Adelphi Couple Acquitted in Baby's Death

A Prince George's Circuit Court judge yesterday acquitted a young Adelphi couple of beating the woman's year-old daughter to death during a party for a neighborhood child last Jan. 24.

After a two-day trial, Circuit Court Judge Robert H. Mason acquitted Darwin Aguilar, 23, and Ana Zolis, 24, of child abuse of a minor resulting in death.

Zolis's daughter, Briseyda, died of blunt-force trauma, according to Margarita Korell, an assistant state medical examiner. Korell testified that she believed Briseyda died of "concussion of the heart," a rare occurrence in which someone is struck near the heart at precisely the moment that would cause the heart to stop.

Under cross-examination by Public Defender Joseph M. Niland, Korell acknowledged that none of the bruises suffered by the girl would have been fatal, individually or collectively. Niland and William C. Brennan, Aguilar's attorney, argued that the girl choked on milk from a bottle and that the bruises occurred when Zolis, Aguilar and other family members tried to perform CPR.

60 Years for Slaying of Mother, Uncle

An Oxon Hill man convicted this month of two counts of second-degree murder in the slayings of his mother and uncle was sentenced yesterday by a Prince George's County Circuit Court judge to two 30-year prison terms, to be served consecutively.

Judge C. Philip Nichols sentenced John Edward Peterson, 21, for the murders of his mother, Deborah Peterson, 45, and his uncle, Daryl Avery, 31, of Evington, Va. The two were shot to death late Jan. 22 or early Jan. 23, according to court testimony.

During the trial, Assistant State's Attorney Roland Patterson said the slayings were touched off by an argument between John Peterson and his mother over his drug-dealing lifestyle.


Cross Burning Attempted in Arlington

Arlington police are investigating an attempted cross burning.

A woman called police yesterday after she noticed two boards and some burned leaves on a wooded hillside across the street from her home in the 2500 block of North Utah Street about 8:30 a.m., Cpl. Justin McNaull said.

Gasoline was used to try to burn the cross, which was about 4 feet tall and 4 feet wide, McNaull said.

New Challenge to Online Regulation

Civil liberties advocates and a group of Internet businesses yesterday refiled their constitutional challenge to a new Virginia law that seeks to ban online commercial material that could be considered harmful to minors.

People for the American Way, the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression and a group of Internet service providers and Web site owners say the law infringes on adults' free speech rights because it is so hard to control Internet access.

The law, enacted in April, also makes it a misdemeanor to use the Internet to knowingly sell, rent or lend to a juvenile sexually explicit pictures or written narratives.

A federal judge in Alexandria had tossed out an earlier version of the suit in November. The groups refiled the suit in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, naming as defendants the prosecutors and police chiefs of Charlottesville and Albemarle County.


Teenager, Man Fatally Shot in Southeast

A teenager and a man were shot and killed last night outside a Southeast Washington apartment building, D.C. police said.

A 17-year-old male was shot multiple times in the back of the head and was pronounced dead at the scene in the 2600 block of Bowen Road SE, police said. The man, 26, was shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at D.C. General Hospital soon after the 11:50 p.m. incident. Their names were not immediately released.

Suspect Throws Wastebasket at Judge

A theft suspect, angered that she was ordered held without bond, hurled a wastebasket at D.C. Superior Court Judge John Campbell on Friday, bending the judge's glasses, bruising his face and earning herself a fresh felony assault charge, prosecutors said.

As a federal marshal led Jeraldine Norman, 35, toward a holding cell, she grabbed a trash basket and threw it at Campbell.

Norman later said Campbell was not real and had no authority to hold her, an officer wrote in an affidavit.