Teen Pleads Guilty in School Gun Incident
Prosecutor to Ask for Maximum Punishment
A Prince William County boy who brought a high-powered rifle to his middle school on the last day of classes and threatened to shoot people pleaded guilty to abduction and weapons charges and could be held in a juvenile facility until he is 21.
The seventh-grader, now 13, pleaded guilty to three felonies. Two other charges, including conspiracy to commit murder, were dropped. Prince William Commonwealth's Attorney Paul B. Ebert said he probably would ask the judge at the Sept. 29 sentencing to order the boy held until he is 21 -- the maximum punishment.
Warner Increases Medicaid Payments
Action Is Attempt to Keep Doctors From Leaving
Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) issued an emergency order to increase Medicaid payments for obstetric care by 34 percent in an effort to keep obstetricians practicing in rural and urban areas of Virginia.
The increase -- the first major rise in Medicaid rates in more than a decade -- boosts the reimbursement rate from about 60 percent of what private insurers pay to 80 percent.
Mother Appeals Jail Time for Smoking
Ex-Husband Wants No Cigarettes Around Kids
A Virginia mother was sentenced to 10 days in jail for defying a court order not to smoke in front of her children.
Tamara Silvius, 44, who has said she smokes about a pack of cigarettes a day, was led from a Caroline County courtroom in handcuffs. But the judge allowed her to post $500 bond to stay out of jail while she appeals the ruling.
The sentence is the latest development in a long-running dispute between Silvius and her ex-husband, Steven Silvius, over custody of their children, ages 8 and 10. His attorney said the measure was necessary to protect the health of the children, who live with their father and often visit their mother on weekends.
Fatal Shooting Linked to Street Gang
Manassas Park Man Killed, Reston Man Charged
A 22-year-old Manassas Park man was fatally shot Wednesday night in a slaying that appears to be linked to the MS-13 street gang, police said.
Jose Escobar was shot in the chest in the hallway of a townhouse just outside Manassas, police said. Police said Escobar was affiliated with but not a member of MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha, an international gang that has spread from California to Northern Virginia. Wilfredo Montoya-Baires, 25, of Reston, who police said is an MS-13 member, was charged in the slaying.
Lawsuit Nixed on Kids' Nudist Camp
New State Law Is Constitutional, Judge Rules
A federal judge tossed out a lawsuit challenging a new Virginia law that requires adult supervision at a summer nudist camp for children.
Judge Richard Williams ruled that the lawsuit was moot because organizers of the camp in southeastern Virginia had surrendered their permit to operate it this summer. He also said the new law's requirement that a parent, grandparent or legal guardian accompany each camp participant is a minimal restriction that does not violate parents' constitutional rights.
Across the Region
Virus at U-Md.; Final Bank Robbery Arrest
* Doctors identified norovirus, a highly contagious gastrointestinal infection, as the likely cause of an outbreak that left more than 100 high school students staying at the University of Maryland's College Park campus violently ill last weekend.
* The last remaining suspected member of a band of heavily armed robbers that struck six Washington area banks was arrested Tuesday in a Texas border town, authorities said.